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Dean Jeff Slagell is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Mississippi Library Association.

Slagell honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

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Jeff Slagell, Dean of Library Services at Delta State University, has been recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Mississippi Library Association.

The award is given by the MLA to a librarian who has contributed to the permanent improvement of library service; made significant contributions to professional literature; and provided outstanding service to his/her community or institution.

Melissa Dennis, Outreach & Instruction librarian at the University of Mississippi, nominated Slagell.

“It’s always satisfying to be recognized by your colleagues,” said Slagell. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with many talented librarians across the state and have benefited from those relationships, both personally and professionally.”

“Our profession is unique in that on an almost daily basis, you can see the impact that our resources and services have on people in a tangible way,” he added. “You know you’re making a difference. That’s gratifying for all of us here at Delta State.”

Slagell has dedicated the last 18 years of his career serving the students, faculty, staff and community at the Roberts-LaForge library. As dean, he manages the library, Charles W. Capps Jr. Archives and Museum, and the Instructional Resources Center.

His areas of expertise include academic library administration, budgets, accreditation, assessment, and conference coordination.

Slagell has been a speaker and supporter for MLA initiatives for over a decade. He has served the roles of president, vice president, past president, ALA councilor and ACRL chair.

“Jeff is amazing at supporting others but doesn’t do the best job promoting himself,” said Dennis. “I felt like it was about time someone bragged on the way he has lifted up so many of us. He has impacted the community in so many ways.”

“Jeff’s selfless compassion for others has not only allowed him to be a great librarian, but has also contributed to his influence on our state by serving as a leader, mentor, advisor, activist, listener, teacher and friend,” she added.

Dr. Charles McAdams, Delta State provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Slagell is extremely worthy of the recognition.

“Dean Slagell is very deserving of this award from the Mississippi Library Association,” said McAdams. “He operates a student-focused, service-orientated, library with extremely limited resources. Regardless, he continues to ‘make things happen’ in the library, and we all owe Dean Slagell a debt of gratitude for what he does for students, faculty, staff and the community. I am pleased for him that his statewide professional organization has chosen to reward him in this manner.”

Learn more about the Mississippi Library Association at http://www.misslib.org.

Fawn Ussery is the August 2015 Employee of the Month.

Ussery named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Fawn Ussery as the August 2015 Employee of the Month. Ussery is the library assistant at the Roberts-LaForge Library.

The Delta State alumna and Rolling Fork, Miss. native began working for the university in July of 2012. In her role, she provides services and assistance to students and patrons of the library, and assists in the serials and circulation departments.

Ussery is a two-time graduate of Delta State, receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts in History in May of 2012 and her Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Delta Studies in December of 2014. She is currently working on her Master’s of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi.

During her time as a student, Ussery worked in the Career Services office, history department, and as a resident assistant for the Kappa Delta Sorority hall. She also met her husband, Hunter, while attending Delta State, which only added to their love for everything green and white.

Employee of the Month distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service at Delta State that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

 Each winner receives a plaque, monetary award, WalMart gift card from the Student Government Association, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

Janet Horne was recently honored as the April 2015 Employee of the Month.

Horne named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Janet Horne as the April 2015 Employee of the Month. Horne is in charge of interlibrary loan services at the Roberts-LaForge Library.

She is a Delta native, is a graduate of Delta State and has worked in the library since 2010.

Horne and her husband have three children and four grandchildren, and they attend Benoit Union Church. She is very involved with the church’s youth and is the Sunday School superintendent. 

Employee of the Month distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service at Delta State that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

Each winner receives a plaque, monetary award, WalMart gift card from the Student Government Association, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

For an archived list of previous Employee of the Month winners, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/staff-council-employee-of-the-month/employee-of-the-month-archives/

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

The Roberts-LaForge Library at Delta State University is hosting "The Delta Italians" presented by Dr. Paul V. Canonici on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Howorth Room of Capps Archives and Museum.

Delta Italians to be discussed at archives

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In celebration of National Library Week, the Roberts-LaForge Library at Delta State University is hosting “The Delta Italians” presented by Dr. Paul V. Canonici on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Howorth Room of Capps Archives and Museum.

Canonici, a Mississippi Delta native and author, will read from his books “The Delta Italians” and “The Delta Italians Volume II.”

In his first book, Canonici tells the story of his people — Italians recruited for cotton plantations of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. Volume II supplements his first book but includes the immigration experiences of Italians other than those recruited for cotton plantations, especially Sicilian Italians.

“The Roberts-LaForge Library is delighted to have Dr. Canonici join us for National Library Week,” said Nacole Adams, reference librarian. “His books ‘The Delta Italians’ and ‘The Delta Italians Volume II’ lend insight into the rich history of the Delta by providing an in-depth account of the lives of the Italian immigrants, their children and grandchildren in the Delta regions of Arkansas and Mississippi.”

For more information on the Roberts-LaForge Library, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/maps-directions/campus-map/roberts-laforge-library.