Melissa Dennis became Head of Research & Instruction
Services and Associate Librarian at the University of
Mississippi Libraries in November 2015. Her liaison
responsibilities include the departments of Health, Exercise
Science and Recreation Management; Nutrition & Hospitality
Management; and Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Melissa supports teaching and learning at all levels through
a broad team of librarians and staff in the department of
Research & Instruction and serves as a faculty advisor for
the student organization Library Ambassadors. She
coordinates the reference desk, campus outreach, and
information literacy instruction to faculty, staff, students
and the community. Prior to this role, Melissa was the
Outreach/Instruction Librarian at the same library for seven
Melissa remains active in research and has published seven peer-reviewed journal articles and presented seven conference presentations in the past eight years. Her research involves assessing student learning, analyzing surveys such as LIBQUAL to identify user expectations in academic libraries, and progressive instructional design initiatives.
Melissa received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. Her thesis was: Intellectual Freedom and Mississippi Academic Libraries: An OPAC Study of Books Challenged or Banned in 2003 - 2004.
A Mississippi native, Melissa has worked for three academic libraries over the past 18 years in her home state. She has served her alma mater, Ole Miss, for the past eight years in Oxford where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Melissa has been involved with service to the Mississippi Library Association her entire career and has represented Mississippi as SELA State Representative since 2013. She has been involved with various committees including Membership and Legislative. Melissa has also been active in ALA and ACRL, especially through the PRXchange committee and LLAMA Mentoring program.