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About Digital Collections

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries’ Digital Collections was established in November 1999 to create research quality digital collections of texts, images, and audio materials and make these collections available to scholars throughout the world. The first major collection was The Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive, which won a SOLINET Outstanding Programs Award and was partially funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The Libraries’ Digital Collections is also a leading partner in the Mississippi Digital Library.

The Libraries’ Digital Collections aids in the preservation of research materials and promotes teaching and scholarship by providing digital access to the resources of the Special Collections housed in McCain Library & Archives.

Digital Lab Guidelines

Hardware & Software 


  • Epson Expression 11000XL flatbed scanners
  • Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 mini overhead scanners


  •  Pentax K10D digital camera


  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe Photoshop CS
  • OmniPage Pro OCR software

Digital Lab Contact Information

McCain Library & Archives                                  Phone: 601-266-6493

118 College Drive #5148                                     Fax: 601-266-6269

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148                              Email:


Digital Lab Staff

Elizabeth La Beaud – Digital Lab Manager (601.266.5606)

Leah Rials – Digitization Specialist (601.266.6493)

Joshua Vaughan – Digitization Assistant (601.266.5604)

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