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So that all Mississippians understand, support and use public libraries, the Library Development Division staff offers consultation to public library systems directors, staff, library trustees, Friends groups, governing authorities and others on a variety of public library policy and management issues. In addition, division staff provides training and continuing education opportunities to assist in increasing library staff competencies in both traditional library services and in the new and emerging technologies.

Working with public library systems for sustained growth and development, services of the Library Development Division include Consulting Services, Continuing Education, Summer Library Program, E-rate Consultation, Statistics, and Support to Public Library Trustees and Friends of Libraries.

Resources developed by the division staff in this important mission include:

Mississippi Library Laws Annotated 2007 Edition

Mississippi Public Library Personnel Policy Development Guide

Mississippi Public Library Services Valuation Study

Mississippi Public Library System Accreditation Program Manual

Mississippi Trustee Handbook

Resource Guide for Directors of Mississippi Public Library Systems (not available online)

Wordpress Quick Guide (New)

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Virtual Union Catalog (VUC)



Each library system has an assigned consultant who serves as a liaison to the services provided by the Library Development Division. Consultants travel extensively throughout the state offering on-site assistance and support to public libraries. Additionally, consultants provide expertise on subjects such as collection development, weeding, programming, library ethics, budgeting, personnel issues, working with friends groups, and more. 

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Library Development Division Staff:


Kathy Buntin, Library Consultant, Senior


Tracy Carr, Library Services Bureau Director
(601) 432-4450

Lacy Ellinwood, Library Consultant, Senior



Joy Garretson, CE Training Coordinator & Statistics Data Coordinator


Lorietha Myers, Administrative Assistant



Jennifer Nabzdyk, Library Consultant, Digital Services








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