In 1985, the Mississippi Library Commission gained an unusual new employee, Lil’ Darlin’ the Yorkshire Terrier. Lil’ Darlin’ was a trained Hearing Dog and was one of the first in the state of Mississippi. Her job at MLC was to assist Sherry Dixon, a Reference Librarian in the Information Services branch. Ms. Dixon had progressive hearing loss since birth; with Lil’ Darlin’ by her side, she was able continue her duties at MLC.
To learn more about the first trained Hearing Dog at MLC, visit volume 18, issue 3 of the 1985 Packet. Until next time, happy reading!