Derek Webb

Assistant Professor, Special Collections Librarian / University Archivist


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(662) 241-7601

Miscellaneous Information

Head of the Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections, spearheading the library’s efforts to locate, preserve, and make available the documentary history of The W. Contact Derek if you want to use archival or special collections materials, have something you’d like to donate, or want to bring your class to Special Collections


Archives Leadership Institute (2017) – Berea College

Master of Library Science (2010) – Indiana University / Purdue University Indianapolis Coursework included: Archives Management, History of the Book, Web Information Architecture

Master of Arts (2005), Early Christian Studies – University of Notre Dame
Thesis: “Augustine of Hippo, Commentary on the Book of Job: a Translation”

Bachelor of Arts (2002), History (Minor: Classics) – Texas Tech University
Senior Paper: “Guilt and Action: Protestantism and Its Effects on East Germany”

Certificate in Irish Studies (2000) – University College Cork, Ireland

Technical Experience:

  • Productivity: MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Skype for Business), Google Drive/Docs, Dropbox
  • Metadata: DACS, AACR2, Dublin Core, LCSH, MARC21
  • Catalogs and Cataloging: Aleph, OCLC, Sirsi Workflows
  • Web Design: XHTML, CSS, Adobe Contribute and Dreamweaver, Joomla!, Libguides
  • Multimedia and Digital Preservation: Audacity, Adobe InDesign, GIMP, Fixity
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+, Google Hangouts

Languages: excellent knowledge of Latin, Greek; basic reading knowledge of French

Archives and Library Experience

Mississippi  University for Women – Columbus, MS                                                                August 2012-present
Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist
Develop all policies and procedures and supervise staff and students. Process all incoming archival records. Develop website and maintain social media presence. Provide reference and instruction. Coordinate the library’s exhibits.

  • Risen from volunteer to part-time staff to full-time professional staff to assistant professor
  • Re-opened archives to student researchers and the public for first time in 20 years
  • Updated all current policies for archives, including mission statement, collections and gifts policies
  • Secured climate-controlled space for collections and implemented environmental monitoring procedures
  • Begun digitization and digital preservation program in partnership with the Mississippi Digital Library
  • Embedded archives in History Dept.’s Capstone course, Research Methods course, and Public History concentration
  • Instructing courses in Archives Management for History Dept. and Latin for Language Dept. , serve as supervisor for History’s internship course, and have served on advisory board fo r an Honors thesis

University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, IN                                                                                             2006-2011
Senior Library Specialist, Medieval Institute
Took on public services duties in the Medieval Institute, attending to preservation needs of the collection, providing reference, supervising student employees, and maintaining website.

  • Oversaw the large-scale reorganization of MI library and trimming of collection in 2006-7, for which I won a Performance Recognition Award from the library
  • Updated MI library literature and web presence for patrons
  • Performed initial selection, organization, and weeding of a late former Institute director’s office materials, routing books, equipment, and effects to library, archives, and his family
  • Served on Serials Working Group, Strategic Planning Committee (Special Collections subcommittee), MI Library Committee, Performance Recognition Committee

Other Work Experience

The Mississippi  School for Mathematics and Science – Columbus, MS                                              Spring 2012
Adjunct Instructor, Latin
Designed and instructed first and second year Latin courses to high school juniors and seniors, formulating every aspect of the classes save the textbook.

  • incorporated various technological tools into lessons and study suggestio ns, such as Quizlet, Youtube, and Google Earth

Institute of Reading Development – Chicago, IL                                                                                                2005
Reading Instructor
Taught twenty-five courses over two summer terms to students ages four to adult, and two intensive college- level courses in the fall on improving reading enjoyment and skills, specifically speed, concentration,
comprehension, and recall.

University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, IN                                                                                                       2004
Teaching Assistant
Assisted in the junior-level course “Classical Mythology.” Led engaging and enriching weekly discussions over primary source material, met with students upon request, graded written work, including exams and term papers, and maintained grade book.

Texas Tech University – Lubbock, TX                                                                                                                  2003
Graduate Part-time Instructor
Instructed sophomore-level course “A Second Course in Latin, II,” a reading-centered course with intensive grammar review. Assumed all responsibilities of a college instructor.

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                                           2003
Assisted in “A Beginning Course in Greek, II.” Occasionally led class, met with students upon request, and regularly graded written work.

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                                  2002-2003
Assisted in “Comparative Mythology” and “The World of Rome.” Contributed to d evelopment of syllabi and overall course structures, gave occasional  lectures,  assisted in grading written work and maintained grade books.

Awards and Honors

Award of Merit (with Dept. of History, Political Science, Geography) , Mississippi Historical Society, 2016

Performance Recognition Award, Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame, 2007

Teaching Assistantship, Dept. of Classics, University of Notre Dame, 2004

Graduate Part-time Instructorship, Dept. of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University, 2003

Teaching Assistantship, Dept. of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures., Texas Tech University, 2002-2003

Outstanding Senior Seminar Research Paper, Phi Alpha Theta (Texas Tech Chapter), 2002

Honors Endowed Scholarship, $10,000, Honors College, Texas Tech University, 1997-2002


Cultural Heritage Digitization Award                                                                                                    January 2015
In-kind grant from the Mississippi Digital Library to bring two staff to the archives with digitization equipment to digitize and house online 600 images from the archives and provide training on digital preservation to archives staff.

Natural Disaster Recovery Fund                                                                                                        November 2013
$725.50 grant from the Society of American Archivists to purchase preservation materials.

MHRAB Travel Grant                                                                                                                                    June 2013
$500 grant from the Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board to send early career archivist to the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting.

Conservation Assessment Program                                                                                                         January 2013
In-kind grant from Heritage Preservation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to hire two conservation assessors and bring them to archives to consult on preservation and develop short and long term preservation strategy.

Publications, Presentations, and Workshops

“‘Bold, Masculine, Unwomanly Women’: Deploying the Suffragist Bête Noire at Mississippi’s Public Women’s College,” paper presented at Mississippi Historical Society Annual Conference, Jackson, March 1-3, 2018.

Conference Organizer, “Preserving and Providing Access to Mississippi’s Treasures,” Society of M ississippi Archivists Annual Conference, April 26-28, 2017.

“The Virtuous Circle of Student Research: Harnessing the Productivity of the Classroom to Create New Local History Collections,” paper presented at Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference, Vicksburg, October 18-21, 2016.

“Collaboratively Building Digital Collections: The 2015 Cultural Heritage Award Experience,” panel presented at Tennessee Association of Museums/Southern Archivists Conference, Nashville, March 15-18, 2016.

“Collaboratively Building Digital Collections: The 2015 Cultural Heritage Award Experience,” panel presented at Mississippi Library Association Annual Meeting, Natchez, October 22, 2015.

“Partnering with Undergraduates: What Time and Numbers Can Do,” panel presented at Society of Mississippi Archivists Biennial Meeting, Long Beach, April 15-17, 2015.

“The Basics of Archival Processing,” workshop presented on behalf of Society of Mississippi Archivists, Jackson, October 28, 2014.

“Diverse Collections in the MUW Archives,” The Primary Source 32:1 (2013).

“History Out of the Classroom: The Promise and Perils of Undergraduate Archival Research,” panel presented at Society of Mississippi Archivists Biannual Meeting, Cleveland, April 2013.

Professional Service and Memberships


2019 Program Committee,


May 2018-present

Society of American Archivists
Society of Mississippi Archivists





Society of Mississippi Archivists



Society of Mississippi Archivists

Board Member


Society of Mississippi Archivists



Mississippi Historical Society



Society of American Archivists



American Library Association





Records Retention Committee


January 2018-present

Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Cmt.


August 2017-present

Intercollegiate Athletics Board


September 2017-present

Coordinator of Undergrad Research hiring Cmt.


February-April 2017

Integration Project Committee


January-May 2016

University Curriculum Council


August 2016-August 2017

Faculty Research Committee


August 2016-present

Dean of Library Services hiring committee


March-June 2016

Integration Project Committee


April 2015-May 2016

Created Equal Planning Board


October 2014-February 2015