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State Librarian

Ms. Susan Cassagne
Executive Director
Mississippi Library Commission
3881 Eastwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: 601/432-4039
Fax: 601/432-4480

State library website:

“We feel our role and the role of federal funds is to ensure equity, to make sure that it doesn't matter where you live or what your educational attainment is when it comes to library service. Our staff training and purchasing support are guided by that mission.”

--Susan Cassagne, Executive Director, Mississippi Library Commission


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$1,863,411 $1,819,928 $1,757,051 $1,806,004 $1,789,025

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Project Examples

boy with a Titanic book in the autism resource centerCLPL Autism Resource Center
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library (CLPL) sought to reach its autistic community by establishing an Autism Resource Center, by increasing awareness of library services, and by providing educational opportunities, social outlets, and continued community support through a series of speakers. The library’s programming included an event for parents interested in starting a support group, as well as a family festival that included professional consultation and appropriate sensory activities for children. The library also enhanced its collection with items appropriate for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), children’s informational needs and play therapy. Among respondents, 67 percent noted that speaker programs made them feel more confident in their home routines and in interactions with their children’s doctors and educators, and 100 percent said the programming was beneficial to their families or practices.
IMLS Funds: $14,500

young girl at early literacy station computerEncouraging Reading and Enhancing Reading Abilities in Children
The Greenwood-Leflore Public Library System used grant funds to provide resources for children that encouraged reading and built confidence in reading abilities. The project focused on interactive teaching games by placing early literacy stations and associated software in both branches of the library system. Following installation, there was more noticeable foot traffic in the children’s area of the library, with kids either using the computers, waiting to use the computers, or reading books while waiting for the computers. There were also more children scanning the shelves in that area for books of interest. Overall, children and parents were excited to have something fun at the library that they could access anytime.
IMLS Funds: $20,000

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Mississippi's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 491KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning


  • Offer various Center for the Book reading programs.
  • Partner with other organizations to develop and support reading programs.
  • Support the annual statewide Summer Reading Program.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Support statewide resource sharing, including access to databases, to meet patrons’ needs.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Encourage libraries to continue offering help to patrons who want to create resumes and do online job searches.
  • The Mississippi Department of Employment Security will open job centers in public libraries.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Engage consulting services to provide advice and guidance on resource sharing, collection management, planning, and emerging technologies.
  • Engage consulting services to provide advice and guidance on library programming, working with community partners, and staff training.
  • Provide continuing education and development opportunities to enhance the skills of public library personnel and trustees to meet the needs of diverse communities. Offer workshops, online opportunities, and customized training.


  • Encourage our libraries to explore new opportunities for collaboration.
  • Seek cooperative agreements that equip libraries and partners to improve services for patrons through state agency-defined long-term projects that address statewide needs.
  • With the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, develop a statewide disaster network and identify valuable collections in our libraries in need of preservation.


  • Ensure that library personnel and patrons have access to high quality technology resources through the enhancement of established and emerging technologies and broadband capacities.
  • The Mississippi Broadband Connection will donate gently-used computers to public libraries to increase public access to the e-resources offered by their libraries.
  • The Mississippi Extension Service, through its Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team (eBEAT), will help develop local solutions to increase broadband adoption and library staff digital literacy training.

Civic Engagement

Civic Collaboration

  • Offer noncompetitive subgrants that will equip libraries and partners to improve services for patrons through specific projects that address local needs.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Provide individuals with visual or physical disabilities opportunities, in appropriate formats, for learning and the enjoyment of reading. Forming or maintaining partnerships with other organizations will be part of this effort.
  • Encourage libraries to continue offering GED testing and tutoring.
  • Engage consulting services to provide advice and guidance on library services, planning, and serving learners with special needs.
  • With the Mississippi Department of Revenue, develop local partnerships to assist individuals with tax preparation.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Mississippi's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 2,212KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Mississippi's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 335KB).