Design a new donor Bookplate for the MSU Library!

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Design your mark on MSU

The MSU Library invites all students to enter a contest to design a new donor bookplate. This is a chance for you to design a functional piece of art that will live on well into the future of the library’s collection.

The Library’s bookplate personally acknowledges donors and the family members or friends in whose name they make a donation to support book purchases. The library has had several bookplate designs. Many featured local scenery such as the Bridger Mounts and the “M.”

Your design may continue this tradition or propose something entirely new.

Design your mark on MSU: Create a new bookplate for the Library!

Contest Webpage: http://www.lib.montana.edu/bookplate-contest/

 

About Ex Libris, a.k.a., the bookplate

The bookplate, originally known as ex libris, is a labels adhered to the inside front cover of a book that identify the book’s owner.

For centuries, bookplates have been more than mere labels. Indeed, ex libris is an enduring miniature art form practiced since the 15th century. Many distinguished artists have contributed to the genre; Albrecht Durer, Marc Chagall, M.C. Escher are just a few. Contemporary artists continue the tradition and bring fresh interpretations to the art form.

Learn more about ex libris design: http://www.bookplate.org/page/about-ex-libris

Sounds for new film at Sundance

Walking Out promotional still

Walking Out promotional still

If you had a chance to see the movie Walking Out at the Sundance Film Festival last week, you would have 1. been pretty lucky (the tickets were sold out far in advance), and 2. heard an incredibly rich mix of audio recordings from Montana’s backcountry. We’re proud to say that the library’s Acoustic Atlas contributed many of those recordings to the film.

Walking Out was shot mostly outdoors near Montana’s Crazy Mountains, and the filmmakers wanted the right sounds to match their epic cinematography. They knew that by coming to us, they would not only get great sounds, but also recordings of the actual places and species in their movie.

The movie adapts David Quammen’s short story of the same name and is written and directed by Montana filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith. It’s the story of a father and son hunting trip that turns into a struggle for survival. Variety called it a “lyrical and moving exploration of both the Montana backwoods and the human soul.”

I was able to visit Park City for a showing of the movie, and it was a thrill to see it all come together in the theater. Even though the movie is a work of fiction, those elk bugles and bird calls weren’t recorded on a Hollywood sound stage. The sounds are as real as it gets.

Keep an eye out for the movie later this year. Want to hear some of the sounds? Visit acousticatlas.org.

Outside the Redstone Theater in Park City

Outside the Redstone Theater in Park City

WriteNight Fall 2016

The MSU Writing Center and MSU Library have once again teamed up to bring you WriteNight on Wednesday, November 16 from 4 – 7 p.m. on the 1st floor of the MSU Library.

Work with writinwritenightfall2016g tutors, librarians, and fellow students on any stage of the writing process. Help is available for undergraduate and graduate students. Bring your computers, ideas, and questions for an evening of writing in community!

Help topics include:
Experimenting, Brainstorming, Researching, Organizing, Revising, Focusing, Editing,Citing

 
Coffee coupons to the Brewed Awakening will be given to participants.

Head into the final weeks of the semester on the right foot by getting help with those papers and projects from writing experts and librarians. We’re here to help you!

World Usability Day at your Library

World Usability Day (WUD) is Thursday, November 10. We want to hear from you! Contribute to a conversation about sustainability at Montana State University.

  • Who: You!
  • What: World Usability Day
  • When: Thursday, November 10
  • Where: Throughout the Library
  • How: Contribute your thoughts and experiences on the large poster sheets that will be placed throughout the library on November 10
  • Why: To share your sustainability experiences on campus

The World Usability website describes the event as a way to celebrate “successful user experience, bringing awareness to holistic solutions to create a better world.” The 2016 theme is Green UX, so join the conversation about sustainability at MSU!