Tip of the Week: Intersession Hours

The semester may be ending, but we’ll be open to meet your winter break library cravings! Come relax on the third floor with a new book from the Browse Section, or take advantage of an open computer to check out some online resources. Starting when we close tonight at 5 pm, the library will have special hours during the intersession, which are posted below.

Intersession Hours

Saturday, December 13-Tuesday, January 13

  • Monday-Friday:       7 am-5 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday:   Closed
  • Thurs, Dec. 24:        Closed
  • Friday, Dec. 25:       Closed
  • Thurs, Jan. 1:           Closed
  • Friday, Jan. 2:          Closed

We look forward to seeing you soon!


12/17 Workshop: Excel 2010-Beyond the Basics

Free workshop Wednesday, 12/17, from 12-1pm in the Heathcote Classroom of Renne Library.

Learn more advanced functions of Excel. Topics to cover: using formulas and functions, relative vs. absolute references, referencing cells in formulas, using auto-fill with references, inserting and formatting charts, plotting multiple series on a chart, and printing options.

Register and see more library workshops here.


12/16 Workshop: EndNote Citation Management

Free workshop Tuesday, 12/16, from 9-10 am in the Innovative Learning Studio of Renne Library.

EndNote is now available for free for MSU users. See how EndNote X7 makes formatting citations and managing bibliographies easy! Learn to search, import records, add notes, find articles, manage PDFs, and format papers using any one of thousands of citation styles. This workshop covers how to get EndNote, share references, and use both the desktop and online version.

Registration is recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome as long as there is room. Bring your own laptop and install EndNote during the workshop.

Register and see more library workshops here.

12/11 Workshop: Excel 2010 Basics

Free workshop Thursday, 12/11, from 11 am-12 pm in the Heathcote Classroom of Renne Library.

Learn the basics of Excel, with an eye toward troubleshooting common problems. Topics to cover: general spreadsheet formatting, data formatting (%, $, etc.), using formulas and functions, referencing cells in formulas, inserting and formatting charts, and printing


Register and see more library workshops here.

12/10 Workshop: Reading with MontanaLibrary2Go

Free workshop Wednesday, 12/10, from 12:10-1 pm in the Library Conference Room of Renne Library.

This hands-on workshop will take participants through the basics of the MSU Library’spopular reading subscription service, MontanaLibrary2Go. Whether you have an e-reading or listening device, bring it along and we’ll explore how you can download the latest fiction and non-fiction from this online service, how to maintain your account, how to find what you are looking for! Please also have your NetID and password with you.

Register and see more library workshops here.

Featured on the Acoustic Atlas: Roaring Mountain

Listen to the sound of steam escaping from Roaring Mountain in Yellowstone National Park. In the 1800s, the sound could be heard from a distance of four miles. Today, its roar competes with automobile traffic and curious tourists, but it is still one of the park’s signature sounds. Recorded by Jeff Rice for the library’s Acoustic Atlas: acousticatlas.org.

Tip of the Week: West Entrance Revamp

Facilities Services will be redesigning the library’s popular West Entrance to better meet your safety and usage needs. The West Entrance will be temporarily closed starting at the end of the business day on Friday, December 12. We will provide updates as the project progresses.

Good luck with finals week!

_msu-photos_objects_hres-parc-000494“Students study in the Montana State College library, 1905″

Photo from Special Collections at the MSU Library.



The sound of snow

Monitoring noise levels along the road to West Yellowstone. NPS/Neal Herbert

Monitoring noise levels along the road to West Yellowstone.
NPS/Neal Herbert

By anyone’s standard, Shan Burson has an unusual job. He listens to the snow fall. That’s part of it, at least.

Burson works at the National Park Service in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and he and his colleagues are part of an effort to identify and preserve the sounds of the natural environment. For more than two decades, the National Park Service has classified natural sounds as a protected resource. Park officials now monitor the natural soundscape in the same way that they measure other key components of the ecosystem, like unspoiled vistas or clean air and water.

Burson’s work usually focuses on the impacts of human-caused noise. The sounds of snowmobiles, idling tour buses and the growing smog of noise pollution have been a concern for the parks because they can affect wildlife that rely on sound for survival. (You can read more about this interesting field of study at the park’s website, and many park recordings are archived on the library’s Acoustic Atlas.) But one day in midwinter, Burson heard something that sounded new to him, like “small pieces of glass or crystals hitting each other,” he recalls. There was no wind to disturb the pine boughs; not even an elk bugle in the distance. He could hear the snow falling.

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