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We’d like to know what you consider a “good read” — a book you’d recommend to any student. It could be fiction, non-fiction, about any subject…

Please recommend these books at: https://montana.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6uvPhBSW2DJnmu1 (This is a secure Qualtrics link and will not result in spam)

Why? The MSU Library’s collection, the popular reading area in the center of the Library Commons (1st floor), needs to be refreshed this summer. It was created in fall 2013, thanks to input from faculty, staff and students. For the past two years we have featured student recommendations in that area. These books have been wildly popular: in the first year (2013-2014), the collection had an overall circulation rate of 87%.

To recommend a book (or several), please use the link above to give us the title(s). We will purchase the books this summer and display them for browsing and checkout in the popular reading area (beside Brewed Awakening) by the start of fall semester. They will be available for all MSU students, staff, and faculty to check out – as well as Montana community borrowers.

Our (soft) deadline for these recommendations is May 11th in order to process the books in time for fall. If you have any questions or other ideas for us, please let us know – or fill out the comments box in the survey.

Thank you for helping to promote reading at MSU. Come and check out the Bobcat Browse collection yourself!

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5/20 Workshop: EndNote Citation Management

Free workshop Wednesday, 5/20, from 12-1 p.m. 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.

Do wolf howls change with the seasons?

A wolf from Yellowstone's Druid Pack mid-howl (Photo: NPS Photo)

A wolf from Yellowstone’s Druid Pack mid-howl (Photo: NPS Photo)

Recently, the Acoustic Atlas entered into a new partnership with the National Park Service and its publication Yellowstone Science. Over the next two years, radio reporter and science editor Jennifer Jerrett will be producing a podcast series featuring new scientific research in the park. These podcasts will be jointly featured by the Park Service and the Acoustic Atlas, along with many of Jerrett’s Yellowstone field recordings.

Look for these fascinating stories and sounds in the coming months. Meanwhile, take a listen to Jerrett’s story this week for the national radio program Living on Earth. It features researchers Doug Smith and John Theberge, who are investigating how wolf howls may change with the seasons. “People come from all over the world to see and hear wild wolves in Yellowstone,” reports Jerrett. “And this latest research into wolf ecology, communication, and behavior, offers an opportunity to move further, beyond seeing and hearing, to take another tiny step closer toward understanding the mind of the wolf.”

Listen to the full story on PRI’s Living on Earth.

5/12 Workshop: Excel Basics (Level I)

Free workshop 5/12 from 1-2 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

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Register and see more library workshops here.

5/4 Workshop: EndNote Citation Management

Free workshop Monday, 5/4, from 2-3 p.m. 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.

New Database: Statista

Statista_LogoThe MSU Library recently acquired Statista, which is an online statistics portal integrating data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources in one platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, Statista provides access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and other areas of interest or markets. Statista’s data sources include market research reports, such as the Ipsos Affluent Survey published annually by Ipsos Media, Simmons National Consumer Studies and Consumer Insights from Scarborough Research, as well as trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases. A series of YouTube video tutorials are available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVhy7fxZnXU&list=PLDsppPE8HSBBsmcmw-JVWWVVJZmm1xs7s

Statista is available to unlimited users via networked computers on the MSU campus in Bozeman and via the proxy server: .  Please direct questions or comments to Kirsten Ostergaard, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian, kirsten.ostergaard (at) montana.edu.

Database Trial: SAGE Video

sage-videoA trial of SAGE Video is available through May 26, 2015. SAGE Video contains three collections of streaming video content available on one platform. The three collections include:

Education- Comprised of more than more than 115 hours and 550 videos, this collection offers a practical view into a full range of teaching settings and situations, from early years to educational leadership, to support students needing to understand theory or how to apply it in practice.

Media, Communication & Cultural Studies- This internationally diverse collection of more than 110 hours and almost 600 videos offers academic viewpoints and real-life insights into practices applicable directly in Communication and Media Studies courses.

Counseling & Psychotherapy- This collection of more than 100 hours and 430 videos draws upon a vast network of SAGE’s authors and editors, and includes how-to tutorials from Mick Cooper on Empathy, and interviews with Jerrold Lee Shapiro on Existential Psychotherapy and John McLeod on Evidence-Based Practice.

SAGE Video is currently in Beta. Approximately 50% of the videos are currently live and the remaining content will be loaded by July 2015. For a complete list of titles, visit http://sk.sagepub.com/help#Title_Lists. Special features of these streaming video collections include:

  • Video clip creation
  • Change video play speed
  • Change video size
  • Auto-scroll, searchable, downloadable transcripts
  • Closed captioning
  • Change video size
  • Multiple citation options
  • Save video to playlist
  • Embeddable HTML codes for web pages

*It is worth noting that SAGE Video is not compatible with Internet Explorer 10.0.

SAGE Video is available to unlimited users via networked computers on the MSU campus in Bozeman and via the proxy server: . Please direct questions or feedback to Kirsten Ostergaard, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian, kirsten.ostergaard (at) montana.edu.