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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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9/2 Workshop: Excel Basics (Level I)

Free workshop 9/2 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.

Lynda.com login instructions

Dear MSU Library user,

On Tuesday, September 1st, the login process for Lynda.com will become simpler. On that date, at about 5 PM, we will integrate Lynda.com for MSU Bozeman with our Web single sign on.

You will no longer need a separate username and password to access your Lynda account.

Please login through the regular “Connect to Lynda.com”  link, found on this page on the Library website:

http://www.lib.montana.edu/resources/about.php?id=552&title=Lynda.com

If you are off-campus, you will be prompted as usual to login with your NetID. If you are on-campus, you may need to click “Log in” in the upper right corner of the Lynda.com homepage, where you will then see a screen, where you should choose the “Organizational Login” tab. Enter “montana.edu” in the bottom box and click the “Go” button.

After logging in with your NetID, you will have the opportunity to merge your previous, self registered account. The reason you may want to do this is to maintain your account history. Make your choice and proceed. You will need your previous account credentials to merge the account. Use the forgot password link if necessary.

In keeping with good privacy practices and Library policies, we will not share your personal information with Lynda.com. We share your first name only. It is your choice whether to complete your profile on Lynda, in order to take advantage of email alerts or other services.

That’s it! Please contact us if you have any problems. You may continue to use Lynda.com in the meantime, but look for this change after 5 PM on September 1st.

If you’d like complete directions, with screenshots, please download the word document below:

link to word document – Lynda.com login changes

Erik Guss, IT Systems Integration, MSU Bozeman Library

8/25 Workshop: EndNote Basics

Free workshop Tuesday, 8/25, from 1-2 pm 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.

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The sound of fire

The Yellowstone Fire of 1988. Photo courtesy of the National Interagency Fire Center .

The Canyon Creek Fire in Yellowstone. Photo courtesy of the National Interagency Fire Center.

Bobbie Scopa worked the Yellowstone fire of 1988. The smoke was so thick that it had created its own weather—an inversion that locked the forest into a dense cloud of soot. “In the middle of the day we had to have our headlamps on just to read our maps,” she recalled years later. Visibility was down to 30 or 40 feet and the fire itself was hidden. All she had to go on was the sound.

There would be dead calm as the fire choked on its own smoke at times, and then it would come to life with fresh oxygen. Scopa, now a Deputy Regional Fire Director with the Bureau of Land Management, told me the story several years ago, and this summer’s intense fire season prompted me to revisit our conversation. She had talked vividly about what she heard on that day. Continue reading

Database Trial: Kanopy Streaming Media

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A trial of Kanopy is available until September 17, 2015.

Kanopy is a streaming media service with a collection of over 50,000 films. Producers include Criterion Collection, Universal Paramount, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, and Documentary Educational Resources to name a few. Films touch on a variety of topics and cover genres from documentaries to movies and training videos. Users can take advantage of features, including a clip/playlist creation tool, closed captioning and transcripts.

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

New Database: Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center

The MSU Library now maintains a subscription to the Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center. This resource offers practitioners a comprehensive array of analysis, news, primary sources, and practice tools covering federal, international, and state tax issues and financial accounting. Topics covered include:

  • U.S. Federal Tax
  • State tax topics and tax types for all 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • International Tax
  • Transfer Pricing
  • Estates, Gifts and Trusts Tax
  • Financial Accounting

Among the features available in this collection, users can click on the State tab to focus research on statutes, regulations, news and commentary for state specific tax information. In addition, users may customize their account by creating a profile. User profiles allow for saving and organizing research, creating custom home pages, and setting up tailored news alerts.

Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center 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.

Wild ringtones for your phone

Looking for a way to bring more of the natural world into your day-to-day life? The Acoustic Atlas now features a selection of ringtones straight out of the wild. Howling coyotes, bubbling mud pots, trilling sandhill cranes, and many more, all available to preview and download for free in mp3 and m4r formats: acousticatlas.org/ringtones.php. Thermal_pool_at_Yellowstone_National_Park_Picture_1194Photographer: Ken Thomas, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ken_Thomas Provider: Wikimedia Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/

One of our favorites: the Rhinoceros Auklet. Who knew a honking seabird could sound at once prehistoric and futuristic?

 

While you are visiting, be sure to browse our collection of more than 2100 recordings of the species and environments of Montana and the American West.

8/11 Workshop: Microsoft Office Q&A

Free workshop Tuesday, 8/11, from 1-2 pm in the Heathcote Classroom of Renne Library.

Your questions answered! Come with anything you want to know about Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint or Publisher. Together, we will explore answers to your questions, options to your problems, and learn some tips & tricks along the way. 

Registration is recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome as long as there is room.

Register and see more library workshops here.

Can’t make this time? Schedule an appointment with Jacqueline.

8/4 Workshop: Microsoft Office Q&A

Free workshop Tuesday, 8/4, from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. in the Heathcote Classroom of Renne Library.

Your questions answered! Come with anything you want to know about Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint or Publisher. Together, we will explore answers to your questions, options to your problems, and learn some tips & tricks along the way.

Registration is recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome as long as there is room.

Register, and see more workshops here.

Can’t make this time? Schedule an appointment with Jacqueline.