Services for Faculty and Staff

Special Collections provides a wide range of services to Southern Miss faculty and staff. Faculty and staff have access to print and electronic resources in Special Collections. Services of special interest may include classroom instruction from a librarian and one-on-one consultations. Use the links below to learn about specific services available to you.

Guides for Faculty and Staff

For general information about Special Collections, visit the Welcome to Special Collections guide.

For project ideas using our collections, look at the Research Topics in the Special Collections guide. Review our subject guides to get you started on a topic.


Special Collections’ instructional services program encourages collaboration between librarians and course instructors as a vital part of the educational process to help students learn archival research, critical thinking and information literacy skills. Librarians provide instruction using a library classroom, non-library classrooms, and the University’s learning management system (Canvas) in order to provide convenience for faculty and staff.

In addition to one-off instruction sessions, Special Collections also offers other options for class instruction. For an emphasis on in-depth research, faculty can bring students in numerous times over a semester to conduct in-library research, work on projects, or other activities. To view a selection of possible instructional opportunities, go to the instruction page.

Contact Jennifer Brannock with any questions.

Research Help

Visit the Ask-a-Librarian page for research assistance via telephone, e-mail, or chat. For one-on-one or small group help, schedule a research consultation with a librarian.

Putting Items on Hold
Materials in Special Collections are not available for circulation and must be used in McCain Library & Archives Room 305. For faculty and staff, we will put materials on hold for up to 2 months, so that research materials are readily available.

Technology Help

Printing: Photocopies of materials are available for a fee of $0.10/page with a $5.00 fee for every 100 pages copied. Faculty and Staff may make their own copies from books unless they are in poor condition.

Public Computers: Special Collections has two computers available for student use.

Wireless Access: Is available on campus. Go to iTech’s website for additional information.

Digital Reproductions: High resolution scans of our materials are available to students for $5.00/image. Copyright clearance is the responsibility of the student.

Individuals with Disabilities

Faculty or Staff requiring special assistance in the University Libraries should be registered with the University's Office for Disability Accommodations, which will help to ensure that the libraries are aware of all reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Other inquiries about library services and assistive technology may be made by phoning or visiting any service desk located within a particular library or by using Ask-a-Librarian.