Marsha Belton is an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University. Marsha accepted the position of Electronic Resources Cataloger, at Mitchell Memorial Library, on October 1, 2019. She has 15 years of librarianship experience, which serves her well, in her new role, at MSU. Marsha will be responsible for cataloging serial materials, ETDs and other library materials. She also is the library liaison for Agricultural and Life Sciences Department. Prior to this appointment, she worked as Cataloging Librarian at Mississippi Valley State University. Marsha holds a B. S. Degree from Alcorn State University in Agriculture Economics and M. S. Degree in Library and Information Science from University of Southern Mississippi.
Blair Booker joined the Mississippi State University Libraries October 1, 2019, as the Distance Education & Instruction Librarian. She comes from the Mississippi community college system where she served in various roles for 10 years. Aside from community college libraries, she has previous reference experience working for the Mississippi Library Commission. She is a past treasurer of the Mississippi Library Association and is a graduate of the Mississippi Library Leadership Institute. She received her MLIS from the University of Alabama.
Lauren Geiger is the Metadata Librarian in Collection Management Services at Mississippi State University Libraries. She completed her Bachelor's in History at Pittsburg State University in May 2017 and her Masters of Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2019. As the Metadata Librarian she works to improve the consistency, interoperability, and accessibility of the metadata in the Digital Collections and Institutional Repository. Lauren also works with the University Archives, Manuscripts Department, and the Congressional and Political Research Center to help standardize and expand the subject headings and authorized terms used in their finding aids.
Two Mississippi State University librarians have earned recognition from NASIG, an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials, electronic resources, and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG's ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models.
Karen Davidson, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Serials Cataloging, received the NASIG Capstone Award for her significant and distinguished contributions to the field of serials resource management. As the Coordinator of Serials she has provided leadership in Collection Development Services Department of Mississippi State University Libraries since 2006 and in the Research Services area from 2003-2006. Karen transitioned from a career in law enforcement to library science in 2002, receiving her Master's in Library Science from San Jose State University. In pursuing promotion and tenure at MSU, Karen has found research and service opportunities within the NASIG organization in support of her Librarianship goals. She is a mentor to her colleagues and is always willing to assist them with finding committee assignments within NASIG.
Mary Ann Jones, Associate Professor and Scholarly Communication Coordinator, has been elected to serve a 3-year term on the NASIG Executive Board as Member-at-large. Mary Ann has been a member of NASIG since 2006 and has served in several other roles, including Annual Conference Co-chair for the 2016 conference and Conference Registrar for the past 2 years. Member-at-large board members represent the general membership and serve as a liaison to one or more NASIG committees. Mary Ann has been assigned to liaise with the 2021 Conference Planning Committee where she will also serve as Conference Registrar.