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USM’s Hali Black honored by the Mississippi Library Association – Picayune Item

Hali Black, an assistant professor and senior first-year librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) University Libraries is the recipient of the 2021 Mississippi Library Association (MLA) Past President’s Award.

The Past President Award recognizes “an outstanding junior professional librarian” within the organization of state libraries. “As an early career librarian and faculty member, I was both delighted and touched to receive this prestigious award,” said Black.

A native of Curry, Alabama, Black graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in MLIS. She joined university libraries as an experienced first-year librarian and assistant professor in October 2018 after working at the University of North Alabama. At USM, she is responsible for providing general and specialized research, instruction, awareness and collection development services. Black serves as the primary contact between the libraries and the freshman writing program, as well as academic programs focused on student recruitment and retention such as the Center for Student Success, Honors College, Advisement Center and other student support programs.

Black is also the Learning Design Coordinator for Academic Libraries, who serves as a leader in setting goals, objectives and priorities for his teaching program, and as a resource for colleagues in the areas of design. inclusive and learner-centered pedagogy and pedagogy.


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