Mississippi has a place in the history of library science. Although libraries appeared in the state as early as 1818 (Halsell, 1975), training for librarians was not available until 1926 at the State Teacher’s College in Hattiesburg, later renamed The University of Southern Mississippi. Southern Miss awarded its first master’s degree in library science exactly fifty years ago, in 1965.
Griffis, Matthew R.
"Library Science Education at Southern Miss: A History of Survival and Growth,"
SLIS Connecting: Vol. 4
, Article 6.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/slisconnecting/vol4/iss2/6