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Monday, February 24, 2020

Mississippi's Star Libraries

Recently the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) named 12 library systems as Mississippi Library Stars for FY 2018. The concept of Library Stars is based on the national professional magazine, Library Journal. The publication separates library systems into categories by expenditures that they report on the annual Public Library Statistics report that is submitted to the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Mississippi Library Star ratings are then calculated by comparing libraries in the following areas:
  • Mississippi Measures, an amalgamation of ILL, statewide database use, number of registered users, and items withdrawn. Mississippi public libraries are required to report on these items annually as part of the Mississippi Public Library System Accreditation Program since they represent nationally recognized standards in library service. Additionally, some of these measures are provided to all public libraries and do not represent a cost to individual libraries.
  • Circulation per capita
  • Total program attendance per capita
  • Public Internet terminal uses per capita
MLC has awarded Mississippi Library Stars to the three highest-scoring library systems in each of four expenditure categories. Mississippi Library Stars go to the following libraries for their performance in Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018):

Up to $300,000 Expenditure Category
smiling woman holds star recognition certificate for union county library system

smiling man holds a certificate of recognition for east mississippi regional library system
smiling woman holds a certificate of recognition for judge george w armstrong library

smiling woman holds a certificate of recognition for columbus lowndes public library system

smiling woman holds a certificate of recognition for northeast regional library system

smiling woman holds a certificate of recognition for jackson george regional library system

smiling woman holds a certificate of recognition for lincoln lawrence franklin regional library system

The winning libraries received a certificate and a Mississippi Star Library star to feature on their website. Watch our social media platforms for local coverage highlights. Congratulations to the winners for all their hard work!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Meet MLC Monday: Kristen Hillman

Meet Kristen Hillman, Patron Services Librarian in Talking Book Services (TBS) for the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC)! Kristen has been working at MLC for just over a month. She assists patrons with searching for books, as well as providing support with digital book players, assisting the TBS circulation department, and attending and coordinating outreach events.

Kristen holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education from The University of Mississippi and spent three years as a 9-12th classroom teacher. She also holds her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Prior to coming to MLC, she worked for two years as a Youth Services Librarian at the Pearl Public Library.

The people are part of Kristen's favorite part of working at MLC. "Getting to assist the patrons in finding the right book for them is my favorite part of the job." She also notes that MLC has supported her in her career as a librarian with workshops and other training. She feels honored to be able to assist others on the same path by leading the same types of trainings and workshops. Kristen led her first training, the SLP Early Literacy Workshop, on January 22.

She has a long history with libraries; they've been important to her since she was little. "When I was a child, my mom would bring me to the public library to select books and movies each week. Without that early start, I do not think I would enjoy reading as much as I do now. I believe that libraries are essential to the early development of the children we serve as well as providing occupational and educational assistance to adults and fun programs for all ages"

Kristen loves to read. Her favorite books are actually book series: The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. She also enjoys the classics, such as works by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mary Shelley. She admits to an obsession with Henry VIII and his six wives, especially Anne Boleyn, and loves to read about them. The last book she read was Julia Fox's Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile, a non-fiction book about the life of Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon, and her sister, Juana of Castile.

When Kristen isn't absorbed by the library life and reading, she likes gardening, kayaking, traveling, and playing video games. She bakes some of the finest chocolate chip cookies you will ever eat and she likes to eat them while lazing around on the couch with her two dogs, Foxy Brown and Mikey.
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