Melissa Dennis

Melissa Dennis

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 years.

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.

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