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Class of 2019, this case is for you! Go Bobcats!                             Spring 2019


We are so proud of all of the graduating students of MSU!

To see more images of our send off display to the class of 2019 follow this link.

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April is National Poet-Tree Month                                                   Spring 2019


 April is National Poetry Month! This year to celebrate, we let our student workers take the lead on designing the display and it turned into this wonderful creation, with the fun theme of Poet-Tree!

They worked to make all of the elements highlight the Poet-Tree and to bring some spring into the library. Poems were chosen from many different time periods, genres, and people from all walks of life. The poems were placed on the leaves, flowers, and raindrops as a way to show that poetry is all around us. Many of the library's poetry books were featured in the case and it was advertised for people to check them out from there. 

This case was a big success with students and staff alike, many stating that the bright colors brought them joy when coming inside from the dreary long Montana wintery weather. To see more images of this display please follow this link.

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The Sensual Fish - Trout Lecture featuring Henry Hughes Spring 2019


MSU Library sponsors an annual Trout and Salmonid Lecture which is free and open to the public. This year we’re pleased to present The Sensual Fish, a playful and scholarly evening with writer and professor Henry Hughes. Drawing from literature, art and popular culture, Henry will discuss the delightfully slippery world at the confluence of piscine and human existence. Through fishing, Hughes crosses boundaries of race, ethnicity, gender, and class, and learns important life lessons as he interacts with people who share his love of fishing and enjoy the sensual connection between the salty pleasures and tensions of human and fish life. His exploration of the romantic aspects of fishing is sure to delight the audience.  Follow this link to see more images from this display.

Henry’s stories aren’t just for people who fish.

They’re for anyone who enjoys human connection and a good story.

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Goethe Institute Display                                                                     Spring 2019

The MSU German department was lucky enough to get the Goethe "Erfinderland" exhibit to come to MSU! The MSU Library teamed up with them to extend the exhibit into the Library. There was a display telling about the exhibit as well as acting as a calendar for the events. The exhibit celebrated Germany's contributions of inventions to the world in a wide range of fields. The Library also hosted a virtual reality experience on the CyberDiscovery Wall, featuring a tour of the hindenburg or watching the Bauhaus exhibit their unique dance style. For more information on the event please read the press release. Follow this link to see more images from this display.

OBOB Display Case

One Book One Bozeman 2019                                                           Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford                       SPRING 2019


One Book One Bozeman is a community focused event wherein one book is selected as the local read. By supporting this selection with author talks, discussion panels and other programming, OBOB promotes literacy and community engagement through the shared experience of reading. 

For 2019, MSU Library has partnered with the Bozeman Public Library and the Country Bookshelf to bring to life Jamie Ford's novel Love and Other Consolation Prizes for One Book One Bozeman. Throughout the month of February there will be events that play upon the themes that Jamie paints, themes such as book discussions, Japanese culture, the hazards of working in prostitution, World Fairs, local red-light districts, and many more. These events are open to the community, and we encourage you to attend as many as you would like. To find out more about the events please click here to view the calendar. To read more about the display case, One Book One Bozeman, and the book please click here

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Open House Display 2019 Office of International Programs     Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne theme       Winter 2019

January 8th the Library hosted their annual Open House, this year the theme was based on Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, so it was only natural to invite the Office of International Progams (OIP) to create the display case. OIP provided images taken by students that have been around the world with the international program. In this display the pictures told the stories of culture, discovery, beauty, friendship, and so much more that are found when travelling. 

To view more photos of this display click here.

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De-Stress for Success!                                                                        Winter 2018

During the last two weeks of school, MSU students begin to feel the pressure that finals inevitably create. As a way to help our students do their very best, our De-Stress for Success case has some simple suggestions of ways to help students relax. It simply reminds students just how important it is to relax just for a while so you can resume your studies with renewed vigor.

It was also a great introduction area to our Paws to De-Stress program. During dead week and finals week the Library partners with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA); two hours each day there are therapy dogs available for students to interact with, or simply to observe.

During Dead week the library also hosted the Office of Health Advancement with their De-Stress Fest. They provided simple ways for students to relax and stay healthy, with things such as popping bubble wrap, coloring, and eating healthy. The results were instant for many students, visibly seen by the smiles on their faces! 

To see more photos of this display click here

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100th Anniversary of Armistice Day 11/11/1918 - 11/11/2018  Fall 2018

In remembrance of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day the Library dedicated our display case to the memory of those who served and sacrificed in The Great War. Our humble display housed 100 poppies, one each for the years of remembering, and showed the hope that grows from tragedy.  Our heart felt thank you goes to those who served, those who are serving and those who shall serve. 

Why did we choose Poppies as a focus point? Click here to read more about what inspired this particular display! 

Also check out these events that the MSU Library has been working along the Gallatin History Musuem, and the Museum of the Rockies to that commemorate Armistice Day.

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125 Extraordinary Ordinary Women of MSU                                Fall 2018

Since the university’s creation 125 years ago, the women of Montana State University have made remarkable contributions to the status of women at the institution, in the state and across the country. In this year celebrating MSU’s 125th anniversary, the President’s Commission on the Status of University Women is honoring women leaders, problem solvers and innovators from today and throughout MSU’s history.

Nominations poured in from across Montana, recognizing those who have had an impact on the status of women at MSU and inspired others by their example. Out of nearly 400 nominations, 125 Extraordinary Ordinary Women of MSU were selected.


Explore the profiles of these Extraordinary Ordinary Women at and in several locations in the MSU Library until November 9th. 

  • Posters and interactive display of honorees in the atrium (see photo)
  • Featured contributors to the MSU Library Open Collection on the book shelves near the Cyberwall
  • Featured contributors to the MSU Library Special Collections in Special Collections on 2nd floor
  • 125 Women featured on the Cyberwall
  • Don’t miss the display case at the Library entrance!

To see more photos from this exhibit click here.

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Banned Books                                                                                       FALL 2018

This year we celebrated Banned Books Week with a trivia night at MAP Brewery. We had multiple rounds of questions for people to answer, it resulted in a tie that was settled by a dance off! In our case we showed off some books and titles that have been banned nationally all the way down to individual group levels. The broad scope of books made for a fantastic moment for people to stop and reflect on why these books have burned so brightly in the world of controversy.

For more information click here to learn about this display.

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People & Technology: An Endless Evolution of Change in the Library.                                                                                                   FALL 2018

This display was designed to show changes the Library has experience throughout its history. It highlights how the technology has evolved and how seamlessly the library has adapted to each new transformation. The technology and artifacts on display throughout the case, such as a card catalog drawer that has methods of how to find information, from the cards, to microfiche, to floppy disks, VHS, CD, DVD, and a thumb drive. The archaic looking book vice that would hold the binding in place as the glue would dry, the rotary telephone and flip mobile phone that has its antenna raised as if still searching for a signal. Each of these items were for a moment, ahead of their time, but now the dust has settled on each of them.

For more information click here to learn about this display.

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Grand Prismatic Spring Inspires Art, Photography and Science                                                                                                  Fall 2018

The display Grand Prismatic Spring Inspires Art, Photography and Science is designed to connect the many ways in which people interact with this unique wonder in Yellowstone National Park. The examples of art and photography are boundless with a wide range of media and artists. The science, represented by MSU’s Thermal Biology Institute, encapsulates one of the finest examples of what we can learn from thermal springs that benefit science as well as humans. The most striking aspect of the Grand Prismatic Spring of course is its renowned color. What seems surely the product of enhanced digital photography is absolutely genuine, and defies all attempts at reproduction. If you haven’t had the opportunity to stand in the sulphur-laden steam from this magnificent spring, there is no better time than now!

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Graphic Design 224: Form + Content | Instructor: Meta Newhouse, Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Spring 2018

The book jackets were the product of a course focused on pairing typography and image to express conceptual thinking. The project "The New York Times Non-Fiction Book Bestseller Book Jacket" gave students an opportunity to read about a topic and reinterpret that reading into book jacket form. The students were encouraged to consider characters in the stories, storyline, and relevant surprises and twists. The books displayed belong to the individual artists, and not part of the MSU Library collection.

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The Divide War: 113 Years of Cat-Griz Rivalry
Late Fall 2017

This display chronicled the spirited history of the Cat/Griz rivalry. It showcased images and information from the MSU Library's Special Collections, which included historical photographs from football programs and team photos dating back to the beginning of the rivalry in 1897. The display took viewers through the first matchup, the Butte years, and up to this year's Brawl of the Wild. 

Banned Book Photo Booth 2017

Banned Books Week
Fall 2017

This year we celebrated our freedom to read during the national Banned Books Week. Our display housed information about why books are banned or challenged, as well as historical accounts of book burnings in the United States. We also had a "Banned Books Selfie Station" where patrons were encouraged to snap a selfie with whichever banned book they were caught reading!

One Book One Bozeman Display

One Book One Bozeman
Fall 2017

One Book One Bozeman, "a community-wide read program designed to encourage engaged discussion and literacy through the reading of a common book." In 2017, the featured book was Speak by Louisa Hall, which interrogates themes of human communication. Glimpse various tools of human communication from different eras, ranging from a rotary phone to one of the first Apple laptops.  One Book One Bozeman is sponsored by the Bozeman Public Library, the Country Bookshelf, and MSU Library.