#MSULib101 – Find Your Library

The very first step to navigating your Library: Find Your Library!

#MSULib101: A Guide to Navigating Your Library is a seven-part series of posters that welcome students into the Library by highlighting key activities  and services in the Library. Stay tuned for more posts throughout the year 🙂

Special Collections, Temporary Closing

The Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections at the Montana State University Library will be temporarily closed during the following two days due to necessary renovations:

  • Monday, July 22
  • Tuesday, July 23

Any inconvenience as a result of this temporary closure is decidedly regretted.

Special Collections will reopen for regular hours on Wednesday, July 24.

For further inquiry please contact Kim Scott, University Archivist.

A New Library Website

This coming fall semester marks not only the introduction of a new school year, but also the debut of a new website for the Montana State University Library. You may have already noticed a few changes, so let’s take a quick walk-through of our remodeled appearance along with a brief description of how we got here.

In redesigning and restructuring the library website, we have aimed to create a more streamlined experience that offers greater guidance and instruction for the library’s resources and services. We started this process by engaging in extensive discussion about core actions of an academic research library website. Through these discussions three essential and harmonizing functions emerged to represent the library’s mission: Find, Request, and Interact. In this conceptual model, the library website serves a three-fold user-centered purpose: finding items, requesting items, and interacting with the library and the library staff. From a design perspective, this process of refinement has allowed us more room on our homepage to describe each of these three main points of entry. You will notice large banners that prominently indicate the name of each category, along with descriptive text beneath. In a similar fashion, we have also redesigned the pages immediately beneath our three main categories in a way that provides us with more room to describe the resources and services of Find, Request, and Interact. This design and structure enables us to serve both long-time users of the website as well as those who might be less familiar with our library and with our website.

Our approach in redesigning these pages of the library website involved the close study of information science and library science literature, web analytics, user testing, internal library feedback, and general web trends. If you are interested in providing feedback, please leave a comment on our feedback page, and if you would like further information about our new changes, please contact Scott Young, Digital Initiatives Librarian.

8/14 Book Discussion: Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Get a jump on our 2012 Freshman Convocation and Summer Reading event!

Come checkout Condoleezza Rice’s Book Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family at Renne Library. We have circulating copies available in the New Book browsing area.

Join us for brown bag discussions on any or all of these dates:

  • Wednesday, June 13
  • Wednesday, July 11
  • Tuesday, August 14
These discussions will be held from 12-1PM in the Renne Library Administration Conference Room (CR1). All are welcome to come to one or more of the sessions. Bring lunch and a friend–students, staff, faculty, and community members are all invited.


For more information about these discussions, contact Jan Zauha, Reference Librarian, at 994-6554, or jzauha@montana.edu.

For more information about Freshman Convocation, see http://www.montana.edu/convocation.