Hillary Richardson

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Research Coordinator and Information Literacy Librarian

EMAIL: hhrichardson@muw.edu

PHONE: (662) 329-7334

WEBSITE: http://www.hillaryahrichardson.com

About Prof. Richardson

Organizes, promotes, and encourages undergraduate research and creative activities across campus; liaison to the College of Arts, Science, and Education, Ina E. Gordy Honors College, and Mississippi School for Math and Science.


  • MLIS, University of Southern Mississippi, 2013
    • Master’s Project: “A ‘Shared Vision’: An Examination of Scholarly Literature on Writing Initiatives and Information Literacy”
  • M.A. in English, University of Mississippi, 2011
    • Thesis: “The French Chef in the Cold War: Julia Child and the Mask of Contained Domesticity”
    • Honors Fellow (2009-2011)
  • B.A. with Honors in English, Millsaps College, 2008
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 2008
    • Honors Thesis: “Unlovability: Self-Hatred in the novels of Toni Morrison, Dorothy Allison, and Khaled Hosseini”


Mississippi University for Women

Fant Memorial Library

  • Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and Information Literacy Librarian, May 2017 – present
    • Liaison to the Honors College, College of Arts, Sciences, and Education, & the Mississippi School for Math and Science

Department of English

  • Adjunct Instructor of English Composition, Fall 2012- Spring 2013
    • Hybrid online/in-person instruction
Mississippi State University

Mitchell Memorial Library

  • Assistant Professor
    • Humanities Librarian, November 2013 – May 2017
      • Embedded Librarianship: Honors College Librarian and Service-Learning Librarian
      • EN 3414 Instructor (Critical Writing and Research in Literary Studies)
      • Liaison to Department of English and the African American Studies Program
    • Instructional Services Librarian, August 2013 – November 2013
      • Liaison to Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Library Associate, Mississippi State University, June 2012 – August 2013
    • Electronic Resources Library Assistant

Office of Admissions and Scholarships

  • Admissions Assistant, Mississippi State University, July 2011 – June 2012
    • Assisted international students with immigration issues
    • Assisted prospective students with admission process
University of Mississippi
  • Graduate Assistant, J.D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi, June 2010 – May 2011
    • Reference and Circulation assistant
  • Graduate Instructor of English, University of Mississippi, August 2009 – May 2011
    • Taught English Composition II and American Literature surveys
Vanderbilt University
  • Coalition for Healthy Aging, AmeriCorps member, September 2008 – June 2009
    • Facilitated independent living for Nashville-area senior citizens

Volunteer Experience

  • Temple Heights antebellum home, Columbus, MS,
    • Inventorying library items for preparation to donate to MSU Special Collections, May 2015 – July 2015
  • Destination Imagination
    • Affiliate Challenge Master, Mississippi schools, March 2013 – March 2016
  • Mississippi University for Women
    • University Archives, January 2012 – August 2012
  • 2010 Southern Foodways Alliance Conference
    • Wait staff, August 2011
  • Historic Eudora Welty House
    • Cataloging, January 2008 – June 2008


  • Richardson, H. A. H. & Eichmann-Kalwara, N. (2017). Process and collaboration: Assessing digital humanities work through an embedded lens. College and Undergraduate Libraries, 24(2-4), 595-615. doi: 10.1080/10691316.2017.1336145
  • Kastner, S. & Richardson, H. A. H. (2016). Researching and writing as ‘braided processes’: A co-curricular pilot of a framework for success at the postsecondary level. Forthcoming chapter in R. McClure (Ed.), Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships in a Framework State of Mind. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Nolen, D. & Richardson, H. A. H. (2016). The search for landmark works in English literary studies: A citation analysis. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(4), 453-458. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2016.04.002
  • “A Shaky Truce”: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980. Digital public history project, published in collaboration with Lindsay Drane, Nickoal Eichmann, Daaiyah Heard, Simon Marcy, Michael Murphy, Kelli Nelson, Judith Ridner, Nick Timmerman, and Justin Whitney. Published October 29, 2015. http://starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
  • Richardson, H. A. H., & Kathuria, S. (2014). Created Equal: Continuing the Civil Rights conversation at Mississippi State University. Mississippi Libraries, 77(2), n.p.
  • Richardson, H. A. H. (2014) Review of A Deed So Accursed: Lynching in Mississippi and South Carolina, 1881-1940, Mississippi Libraries, 77(2). n.p.
  • Richardson, H. A. H. & Kennedy, Marie R. (2014). How to market your library’s electronic resources. Serials Librarian, 67(1), 42-47.
  • Richardson, H. A. H. (2014). Looking forward with discovery tools: What the scholarly publications say. Invited submission to Informed Librarian Online Guest Forum.
  • Richardson, H. A. H. (2013). Review of Colonel William C. Faulkner: Death on the Courthouse Square. Mississippi Libraries, 76(3).
  • Richardson, H. A. H. (2013). Revelations From the Literature: How Web-Scale Discovery Has Already Changed Us. Computers in Libraries, 33(4).
Conference Posters and Presentations
  • Richardson, H. A. H., Powers, A. C., & Kastner, S. M. We’re all mixed up: Collaborating to support the acquisition of academic literacy. Mississippi Writing Center Association Annual Conference, April 16, 2016, Mississippi State University.
  • Richardson, H. A. H. & Eichmann, N. Fostering community through grassroots DH at Mississippi State University, 23 March 2016. Part of an ACRL DHIG/DCIG webcast, Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle.
  • Ridner, J., Richardson, H. A. H., Eichmann, N., Nelson, K., & Timmerman, N. (2015). Learning by Doing: Creating a Digital Oral and Public History Site on School Desegregation in Starkville, Mississippi. Roundtable, Oral History Association Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, October 2015.
  • Nolen, D. S. & Richardson, H. A. H. (2015). Looking for landmarks: A citation analysis of English literary scholarship for collection development. Poster, American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 2015.
  • Ridner, J., Richardson, H. A. H., Whitney, J., & Eichmann, N. (2015). Digitizing a Community: The Process of Telling the National Civil Rights Narrative through a Local Lens” Panel, National Association for Ethnic Studies Annual Conference, Starkville, MS, March 2015.
    • Panel moderator
  • Richardson, H. A. H., & Heiselt, A. (2014). Building Bridges at ‘The People’s University’: Supporting faculty pursuits to develop service-learning research. Presentation, Colloquium for Libraries and Service-Learning, Santa Clara, CA, August 2014.
  • Dennis, M., Kathuria, S., Richardson, H. A. H., & Williams, S. Created Equal: Civil Rights Outreach @ Mississippi Academic Libraries. Presentation, Mississippi Library Assocation annual conference, October 2014.
  • Hamblen, H. A. (2011). Licked, Tasted, and Eaten: Reading Jonathan Demme’s Beloved Through Food-shaped Lenses. Paper, American Literature Association, Boston, MA.
  • Hamblen, H. A. (2011). Beverly Hillbillies or Oppressed Tenant Farmers?: The Union of Comedy and Social Realism in Erskine Caldwell’s Tobacco Road. Paper, Southern American Studies Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hamblen, H. A. (2010). Beverly Hillbillies or Oppressed Tenant Farmers?: The Union of Comedy and Social Realism in Erskine Caldwell’s Tobacco Road. Paper, Southern Writers/Southern Writing, Oxford, MS.
  • Hamblen, H. A. (2009). A (Fashion) Statement against Artificiality: The African Aesthetics of Beauty in Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino. Paper, University of Mississippi Graduate Student Colloquium, Oxford, MS, April 2010
  • Panel Chair: Southern Writers/Southern Writing, 2009
Grant Awards
  • Mississippi Humanities mini-grant, $2,500 (co-authored). Awarded October 2015.
  • LSTA Extension grant, principal investigator. $2,000. Awarded by the Mississippi Library Commission, May 2015.
  • IMLS Community Project grant, $1,000. Awarded in October 2014 as part of Mississippi Library Leadership Institute by the Mississippi Library Commission.

Honors and Other Recognitions

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Participant, “Textual Data and Digital Texts in the Undergraduate Classroom,” 2018-2019.
  • Association of College and Research Libraries, Immersion: Teacher Track, Burlington, VT.
    • selected for July 2016 cohort
  • Team Diversity award, President’s Commission for the Status of Minorities, March 2016
    • Awarded $1000 in the category of team for “’A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980”
  • Elbert R. Hilliard Oral History Award, Mississippi Historical Society, March 2016
    • Awarded $300 for “’A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980”
  • Mississippi Library Leadership Institute graduate, October 2014-January 2015
  • John Riddick Student Grant, North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), March 2013
    • Awarded travel, lodging, and conference registration fees for NASIG’s annual conference
  • University of Mississippi Student Development Grant, March 2011
    • Awarded $500 in travel funds
  • University of Mississippi Graduate Honors Fellowship, 2009-2011
    • Awarded $2,000 stipend per year
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, July 2009
    • Awarded $4,725 for educational expenses upon completion
  • Phi Beta Kappa, May 2008
  • Who’s Who Honoree, May 2008
  • Sigma Tau Delta, English honorary society, 2007
  • Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish honorary society, 2006
  • ITA Scholar Athlete, Millsaps College, 2005-2006
  • Millsaps College Chamber Singers Scholarship, 2005-2008

Professional Service

  • dh+lib Review, editor-at-large, January 2016-present
  • Digital Humanities Now, editor-at-large, 2016
  • Serials Librarian reviewer, December 2015
  • Mississippi University for Women
    • Campus Technology Advisory Council (2017-present)
    • Undergraduate Curriculum Council (2017-present)
    • Quality Enhancement Plan Committee (2017-present)
    • Honors Committee (2017-present)
  • Mississippi State University Libraries
    • Research Committee (2015-2017)
    • Social Media Management Committee (2015-2017)
    • Information and Digital Literacy Committee (2014-2017)
    • Electronic Resources Evaluation Committee (2012-2015)
    • Mississippi State University Libraries eResources and Emerging Technology Summit (MSU-LEETS) Planning Committee (2012-2013)

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Library Association, 2012 – present
    • Association of College and Research Libraries, 2014-present
      • New Members Round Table
      • Literature in English Section
        • Working Group to update LES Research Competencies, June 2016- June 2018 (Co-chair)
        • Virtual Participation Committee Member 2015-2016
        • Membership Committee, 2016-2018
      • Women and Gender Studies Section
  • Mississippi Library Association, 2012 – present
  • Southern Miss Student Archivists Association, 2012
  • Library & Information Science Student Association, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011- 2012
  • African American Literature and Culture Society, 2011