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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Star Library Status Awarded to 12 Mississippi Public Library Systems

The Mississippi Library Commission recently named 12 public library systems as Star Libraries based on their statistics for fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019). The library systems are separated into four categories by expenditures that they report on the annual Public Library Survey, required by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. MLC then compares libraries’ per capita rates in these four areas:
  • Mississippi Measures – this is a combination of interlibrary loan use, statewide database use, number of registered users, and items withdrawn.
  • Circulation per capita
  • Total program attendance per capita
  • Public Internet terminal uses per capita

Star Library status is decided by recognizing the three highest scoring libraries in each of the four expenditure categories. Star Library status is awarded to the following libraries for their FY19 statistics:

Under $300,000

$300,000 - $599,999

$600,000 - $999,999

$1,000,000 and above

The winning libraries received a certificate and a digital Star Library badge to feature on their website. Congratulations to the winning libraries!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Mississippi Talking Books Gets an Update

Mary Rodger Beal, Talking Book Services Director
Sebastian Murdoch, Readers Advisor
a smiling woman poses next to her desktop computer. the computer screen is open to the Mississippi Talking Book services catalog search page.
Talking Book Services Director Mary
Rodgers Beal shows off the updated webpage.
If you're one of our Mississippi Talking Book Services patrons, you may have noticed a few changes in our Talking Book Services online catalog. These changes have been made with your convenience in mind, and we hope you’ll enjoy how much easier it is to navigate our website. 
One new feature? Check which books are waiting to be shipped to you and which books are currently checked out to you!
  1. Log in to your account.

  2. Click on the Account tab.

  3. Click on the Reading History tab.

  4. Browse by Requests, Items Waiting to Ship, or Currently Checked Out Items.

You can also browse recent and popular titles from the main page and order books yourself.

  1. Log in to your account.

  2. Select a book you’d like to order.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click on the Add Book to Your Book Basket button
  4. Click the Proceed to Checkout button.

If you have any questions about how to navigate the site, or if you have questions about becoming a Mississippi Talking Book Services patron, please call our Readers Advisors at 601-432-4151 or toll free at 1-800-446-0892. They'd love to help you!

Call us at 601-432-4151 or toll free at 1-800-446-0892. Two photos accompany this text. One shows a man with a mustache posing next to his desktop computer, the other shows a woman wearing glasses posing next to hers. Both computers are open to the MLC Talking Book Services catalog.
Two of MLC's Talking Book Services Readers Advisors, JD Burns and Sebastian Murdoch

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