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.
Crystal Gates currently serves as the Executive Director of the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She is creating an engaged work culture and driving innovative, patron-centric services to meet the library's mission and exceed the community's expectations.
She serves as the Past President for the Arkansas Library Association, Treasurer for Advocates for Arkansas Public Libraries, Library Development District III Chair, Philanthropy Chair of the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, and serves on numerous professional committees, including the strategic planning committee for ArLA. As a speaker at library conferences, she shares both her successes and lessons learned from embracing innovation, directing capital projects, and advocating for libraries.
An advocate of lifelong learning, Gates holds a Master of History from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University.
Tim Dodge has been employed at Auburn University Libraries since 1992 and is currently serving as History and Political Science Subject Specialist in the Reference Department. Previous positions include Special Collections Librarian and Archivist at the University of New Hampshire and Serials and Reference Librarian at Barry University (Miami, Fla.).
Tim has been a SELA member since 1992 and an active member since 1999 serving in offices such as Chair of the University and College Section, Chair of the Government Documents Roundtable, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, Chair of the Membership and Mentoring Committee, and has served as the Alabama State Representative. Tim has been active in other library associations. A partial list of offices includes President of the Alabama Library Association (2004-2005), President of the Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries (2000-2001 and 2009-2010), and Coordinator of the Federal Documents Task Force of the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association (2014-2015).
Education: Ph.D. in History from the University of New Hampshire (1992); M.A. in History from the University of New Hampshire (1982); M.L.S. from Columbia University (1980); and a B.A. in History from Swarthmore College (1979).
Fun Fact: Tim has served as a disk jockey on four radio stations since Fall 1975. Most recently, he has been broadcasting the Golden Oldies program under the name Dr. Hepcat on WEGL - Auburn, Ala. since May 1998.
Vicki L. Gregory currently serves as the Treasurer of the Southeastern Library Association. She is Professor Emeritus in the School of Information at the University of South Florida where she has taught LIS courses for 31 years. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication, Library and Information Studies, and two degrees from the University of Alabama: MLIS, and MA in History. Gregory is active professionally in the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and SELA. She served as Treasurer of ASIS&T from 2007-2016, and for Beta Phi Mu from 2019 to the present. She is the author of 6 books in LIS, plus numerous articles and presentations.
Kristin Rogers is the Electronic Resources & Discovery Library (ERDL) at the University of Mississippi Libraries (UML). She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. She began working at the UML in 2002 as a Senior Library Assistant in Acquisitions and accepted her current position in 2015. Her research has focused on demand driven acquisitions, the user experience with Discovery, usage statistics, and methods and process of gathering usage statistics.
As an ERDL librarian, Rogers has been involved in Electronic Resources and Libraries annual conference by presenting two poster sessions in 2018 and 2019 and served on the 2020 Conference Planning Committee. She joined SELA in 2017 and has served on the Membership Committee (2018) and as chair of the Public Relations and Marketing Committee (2019-2020). Rogers is also a member of the Mississippi Library Association and has been the indexer for their quarterly publication Mississippi Libraries since 2015.
Outside of the library, Rogers enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, church activities, children’s ministry, and volunteering with the Oxford Film Festival. Rogers is currently the festival’s Assistant Director, managing transportation and local accommodation details, hospitality planning, and communicating with filmmakers and VIPS about their stay in Oxford, and assists the festival director with the execution of the yearly event.
Camille McCutcheon coordinates collection management at the University of South Carolina Upstate and has been a librarian at the University for over twelve years.
Prior to working at USC Upstate, Camille worked as a librarian at Converse College for two years. She received a Joint Master's Degree in English and Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Public Affairs from Columbia College.
Camille has been an active member of SELA since 2000. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Planning Committee. Last year, she served as the SC representative for SELA. Prior to 2009, Camille served in the following capacities at various times: Chair of the University and College Section, Chair of the Library Instruction Round Table, and Chair and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She currently serves as a reviewer for The Southeastern Librarian. She is a member of the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) and has served in the following capacities at various times: SCLA secretary, SCLA treasurer, Chair of the Legislative Committee, and Chair of the Bibliographic Instruction Interest Group.
Camille is a member of ALA and has been active in the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). She concluded her term as Archivist at the close of the Annual 2010 Conference. Prior to her term as Archivist, she served in the following capacities at various times: as LIRT Secretary and Chair and Co-Chair of the Top Twenty Committee