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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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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.

 

7/28 Workshop: EndNote Basics

Free workshop Tuesday, 7/28, from 9-10 a.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.

The sound of summer in Montana

Sunset on the Flying D Ranch in southern Montana. Photo by Jeff Rice.

Sunset on the Flying D Ranch in southern Montana. Photo by Jeff Rice.

It was a pleasure to record this month at the Flying D Ranch outside of Bozeman. The 116,000 acre ranch sits on the edge of Big Sky in the Yellowstone corridor and is famously owned by billionaire conservationist and media mogul Ted Turner. This working ranch is known for its thousands of free range bison, but it also shares the land with wolves and grizzlies and countless other wildlife. Continue reading

Rhinoceros auklets on Living on Earth

Examining an auklet chick near artificial burrow (Photo: Jeff Rice)

Examining an auklet chick near artificial burrow (Photo: Jeff Rice)

Several of our rhinoceros auklet recordings are featured this week on the national radio program Living on Earth. Listen to the show’s Earth Ear segment to hear the sounds of these puffin-related birds nesting on Protection Island in Washington state. Rhinoceros auklets spend their days in the coastal waters there, but at night they return to their burrows, mouths full of fish for their chicks.

Hear the sounds at Living on Earth.

World Listening Day features H20

There is a saying that you never miss the water till the well runs dry. That has resonated throughout California and other parts of the country this year. As climate change becomes more extreme, droughts will become more devastating. In some places storms and sea level rise will bring other problems.

Water is the theme of this year’s World Listening Day on July 18th. The annual celebration of sound and soundscapes is raising awareness of the global water crisis by inviting people to reflect upon our increasingly complex relationship with H20.

Here, the sound of water is the sound of a changing West. Spanish Creek in southern Montana is the lifeblood of a wide and open valley near Big Sky, and this July 2015 recording is our World Listening Day contribution.

 

7/14 Workshop: Excel Beyond the Basics (Level II)

Free workshop Tuesday, July 14, from 1-2 p.m. 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.

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

Register and see more library workshops here.

 

Cooperative parenting, Warbling Vireo style

You may have seen our tweet last week linking to Yellowstone National Park’s webcam of a warbling vireo nest:

Today we have something even better to offer: Jennifer Jerrett’s recording of the actual vireos on the Yellowstone nest. While recording on Sunday morning, Jennifer captured a “nest switch”: the male vireo moving off of the nest so that the female can take her turn incubating the eggs.

Take a listen: 

Photo credit: Neal Herbert, Yellowstone National Park.

Photo credit: Neal Herbert, Yellowstone National Park.

The singing bird is the male on the nest. At 25 seconds, you’ll hear the female’s buzzy call to bring the male off the nest. At 34 seconds, you can hear her wing beats as she replaces him and settles in to incubate the eggs.

Yellowstone National Park bird biologist Lisa Baril confirms the context of what we’re hearing: “The males have an incessant drive to defend their space. The [second] call you hear is the female calling the male off so she can get back on the nest.”

As in all relationships, communication is key. How fortunate that Jennifer Jerrett was able to capture this moment for the Acoustic Atlas!

7/8 Workshop: EndNote Citation Management

Free workshop Wednesday, 7/8, from 4-5 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.

7/7 Workshop: Excel Basics (Level I)

Free workshop 7/7from 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.