On-Going Library Workshops

Throughout the year, the library holds free workshops for students and staff. Topics include citation managers, computer applications, and more. Reservations are encouraged and help a lot with planning. To find out full details and to register, please visit the Library Workshops calendar by clicking here.

imageCrossroads of Discovery
October 26, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Library, Second Floor with additional locations on campus

Crossroads of Discover is part of Montana State University's Year of Undergraduate Research. This event introduces members of the community to the exciting undergraduate research, scholarly work and creative activity taking place at MSU. The event is a festival atmosphere with attendees visiting exhibit tables at their own pace.  The free event will also feature free food and music performed by MSU students. To find our more about Crossroads of Discovery, read this story from MSU News.

Save Thursday, January 9, 2020 for MSU Library's Open House!

The event takes place in conjunction with the Provost’s Spring Convocation activities.This year's theme is Alice in Wonderland! Further details to be announced this fall.


Creating Spaces graphicLibrary Spaces Project - MSU Library to Create More Space for Students and Faculty

In response to student feedback, the MSU Library will be expanding its available space for student study areas, seating, technology, and group study rooms in the summer of 2019. 

Constructed in two phases in 1949 and 1961, the Renne Library was built for a student body that was much smaller than it is today. Enrollment in 1961 was 4,320 students compared to current enrollment of almost 17,000 students. The library’s main purpose was to store large collections of books and periodicals, but, today the most heavily used collections are digital.

Technological changes have altered the nature of the library’s collection, ultimately transforming the library into more of a study area and an active collaborative learning environment. After careful analysis that included an 18-month long master planning process, we determined that the that best way to create more student study space in the library was is to move some important but low-circulation items to a storage facility near campus.

Complete information on the project, including a timeline and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found here.

Staff News 

Library Dean Kenning Arlitsch and Outreach and Humanitites Librarian Jan Zauha spoke about the Montana writer Ivan Doig Archive on C-SPAN's "Cities Tour" program. The program features the history and literary life in towns across America, and Bozeman was in August 2019. To catch the clip on the Doig Archive click here.

Research Services Librarian Mary Anne Hansen published a co-authored article in the International Journal on Innovations in Online Education about the Tribal College Librarians Institute. The article provides an overview and history of TCLI, which has been running at MSU for nearly 30 years, and examines plans to utilize online learning technologies to extend the reach and impact of this unique professional development program.

Data Services Librarian Sara Mannheimer recently completed a research project about data management planning on campus. She conducted a content analysis of data management plans from grant proposals at MSU, and then conducted follow-up interviews with PIs from awarded grants. Results of the research were used to revamp the library's data services resources, including a revised data management planning toolkit for PIs. http://www.lib.montana.edu/services/data/. Sara shared the results of her research in an article published in Journal of eScience Librarianship.  

  • Mannheimer, Sara. (2018). “Toward a better data management plan: the impact of DMPs on grant funded research practices.” Journal of eScience Librarianship, 7(3), e1155. https://doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2018.1155

Library Journal  named User Experience and Assessment Librarian Scott Young one of 54 “Movers and Shakers” recognizing him for his work in developing the Indigenous Participatory Design Toolkit.

Friends of MSU Library Book Group Announces 2018-2019 Selections

Reading need not be a solitary activity. The Friends Book Group invites everyone to join them for their monthly book discussions. A variety of fiction and nonfiction is read each year and membership is casual - you're free to come to the discussions that interest you as your time allows. Visit this link  to discover which books made the 2018-2019 reading list.


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Bobcat Browse

Bobcat Browse is a popular reading collection on the first floor ologof the Library, just past Brewed Awakening coffee shop. Here you'll discover the latest  books recommended by MSU students, faculty, and staff and can read current  magazines and local newspapers. What to see something added to the shelf? Click here to suggest a book for Bobcat Browse.  

Library Display

Throughout the semester you may notice the different displays in the glass case, just inside the door of the library. These ever changing displays are the work of the MSU Library Display Committee. Check them out in person or take a look by visiting this link.

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