In April 2016, MaxxSouth Broadband — a provider of high-speed Internet, cable TV and phone services in northern Mississippi – committed gift-in kind support to the Mississippi State University Foundation valued at $750,000 as part of the company's continued commitment to higher education in the region. As part of the support agreement, MaxxSouth Broadband will provide advertising and other services to MSU Libraries and to a variety of other programs at the university over a three-year period. This support will provide for a positive impact not only to the students enrolled at MSU, but to the Mississippi community in general that benefit from the various programs that MSU and MSU Libraries provide to local residents.
Mississippi celebrated the 200th anniversary of statehood on December 10, 2017. Communities around the state joined the celebration with events and activities throughout the year, culminating in the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson in December 2017.
The state bicentennial celebration was spearheaded by the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission, established by the state legislature in 2008. Other partners on planning the bicentennial were the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Visit Mississippi, and other state and local institutions. The website, created by Mississippi State University Libraries' Web Services Department, serves as a gateway for events and information about bicentennial activities throughout Mississippi.
The Mississippi Land & Literature Series is a programming partnership among Mississippi State University Libraries, Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, and Cotesworth Culture and Heritage Center. Mississippi's contributions to American and world culture and heritage are extraordinary. The Cotesworth Culture and Heritage Center will serve as a center for education and interpretation of agri-tourism, culinary heritage, the performing arts, visual arts, and writer's conferences and retreats. Due to its geographical location, it will also serve as a link between two recently-designated National Heritage Areas, the Mississippi Hills and the Mississippi Delta. The vision for Cotesworth provides Mississippi with an asset that will bring economic benefit to the region and to the people of Mississippi.
MSU Libraries partnered with the Mississippi Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Vicksburg National Military Park, and the Ulysses S. Grant Association to produce a website that provides information about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in MS and its commemoration around the state. MSU Libraries contributed server space and web development to the project.
The Southern Literary Trail, the nation's first and only tri-state literary trail, has found a new home at Mississippi State University. Recently, the Southern Literary Trail board accepted an offer from Frances Coleman, dean of University Libraries at Mississippi State University, to base the trail at Mississippi State University. Locating the trail at Mississippi State University provides access to university resources and support, allowing the trail to expand its goal of promoting the South's cultural heritage while celebrating its classic writers.
Fully appreciating the Mississippi of today requires understanding the rural, agricultural roots upon which the state has grown. Access to documents and artifacts that chronicle the history of agriculture, forestry, and rural life in Mississippi provides a rich resource for historians, scientists, and interested citizens. The CHARM is a single location to preserve these materials and make them accessible in a setting where large collections of other, more general information about Mississippi and its past are already available for public scholarship.
MAGNOLIA was established in June 1997 for the benefit of all of Mississippi's publicly supported libraries, K-12 schools, community colleges and universities. MAGNOLIA provides access to Internet databases that include full-text and abstracted journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, almanacs, and other reference books on many subjects of general and specialized interest. Dean of Libraries Frances Coleman has been Chair of the MAGNOLIA Steering Committee since its inception. Administrator of Systems Stephen Cunetto serves as Technical Advisor and Chair of the Database Selection Committee.
The Mississippi Library Partnership (MLP), formerly known as the Golden Triangle Regional Library Consortium, is a multi-type library consortium established in 1993 by the Mississippi State University Libraries to share automation costs and technical expertise through implementation of a common integrated library system. Each member library uses the SirsiDynix system for its circulation, cataloging, acquisitions and serials system. The online catalog, which displays the holdings of all members, and the reciprocal borrowing agreement among the members encourage resource sharing. The consortium has significantly increased the number of resources available to MSU students. Stephen Cunetto, MSU Libraries' Administrator of Systems, manages the consortium.