Melissa Dennis is the Head of Research & Instruction Services and Associate Librarian at the University of Mississippi Libraries. She manages a small department of faculty and her liaison areas include Nutrition & Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice & Legal Studies, Applied Gerontology, the Graduate School, and General Studies. She coordinates the library’s chat service, first year instruction initiative, and general outreach to all UM campuses.
Dennis received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. A Mississippi native, Dennis has worked for three academic libraries over her career in her home state. She has served her alma mater, Ole Miss, since 2008, and lives in Oxford with her husband, two sons, and chiweenie. She is an active mentor to junior librarians and her research interests include assessing student learning, analyzing surveys to identify user expectations in academic libraries, and progressive instructional design initiatives.
Dennis has been active in the Mississippi Library Association her entire career and has represented Mississippi as SELA State Representative (2013 – 2016), Secretary (2016 – 2018), and Chair Elect (2019-2020). Melissa received SELA’s Hal Mendelsohn Award in 2020.