Computer Tips for the End of the Semester

1. Save your Documents! When working on Library computers, save your files to either your Z drive or flash drive. Documents in the Saved Documents folder are erased each night or whenever a computer is restarted.

2. Jazz up your final paper with color images and charts. A color printer is available in the Library. The cost is $0.50/page. Alas, your $7.50 of free printing cannot be used towards color printing. Ask your librarian for instructions on how to print in color.

3. Remember that our printers print double sided. To print singled sided, you need to change it manually through the properties feature in the print box.

Free Access to Additional RSC Titles in April

The library subscribes to some of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journals online, but we can not afford all of them. However, through the end of this month, the RSC is letting us have access to all their journals from 1997-present. They should all be accessible via the JournaList as of tomorrow, or you can get to them now (from on campus) at http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/Journals/fjournalsearch.asp
While we wish we could afford all the RSC titles, at least we can enjoy all the RSC titles back to 1997 while we have access during the month of April.

Does Research Have You at a Crossroads?

With only a month left until the end of classes, assignment deadlines are starting to loom. Don’t wait until the last minute to get the research help you need.

Set up a RAP appointment with a reference librarian. We’re your guide on the side. Whether it is a solo or group project, a librarian can help you brainstorm paper topics, explore search options, design research strategies and locate resources.

Stop by the reference desk to complete a RAP form or fill out a form online at www.lib.montana.edu/forms/rapreq.php

Book Homecoming

Books that were damaged in the January flood returned to Renne Library, Monday, March 17, 2008, after being dried through a freeze-drying process. Find out more from MSU’s News Service.

Fill out a Survey & Win a Prize!

The MSU Library is conducting a survey to measure library service quality and identify best practices through the Association of Research Libraries’ LibQUAL+™ program. Students, faculty, and staff who participate will have a chance to win one of a number of Food Services or Bookstore gift certificates. The survey will be open March 4 through April 3, and will take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey invitation will be sent via E-mail to a random sample of 1500 undergraduate students, 600 graduate students, 600 faculty, and 600 staff. If you are not part of the sample but wish to participate please see our survey Web page for more information.

MSU Authors Reception

On April 3, 2008, the Friends of MSU Libraries will host the annual Author’s Reception.

The Friends of MSU Libraries and President Gamble will recognize recent publications of MSU authors in the Burton K. Wheeler Reading Room, at the Renne Library from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. Authors, photographers, illustrators, and editors who have published books since January 2007, will be recognized by the Friends of MSU Libraries & MSU President Geoffrey Gamble during this public reception.

Authors will be available to discuss their publications and autograph copies of their books. Refreshments will be served, and the MSU Bookstore will have a selected inventory available for purchase.

New Happenings with the DVD/video Collection

Good news! The Libraries have lengthened the checkout time for DVDs and videos from 3 days to 7 days. Double the time, double your viewing pleasure.

We will also be making some changes to the DVD collection. Currently, the DVDs are housed in the basement with the physical DVD locked in the case. We will be taking the items out of the cases and housing them behind the Circulation Desk. As this will be an ongoing project, items that have been moved to the Circ Desk will have labels on them reading “Disk at Circ desk, please take DVD case up to Circ desk to checkout DVD.” Videotapes will remain in their cases in the basement. See the Q&A section below for additional information.

Why is the Library making these changes?

Due to some thefts that the Library experienced last spring, a decision was made to move the DVDs to the Circulation Desk. We hope this will provide you with better access because you can’t check out a DVD if it has been stolen. However, we realize the importance of browsing a DVD/video collection so the cases will be left in the basement for you to peruse.

Will I have to do anything different to check out a DVD?

The practice of checking out a DVD will remain the same for you. You will still either search the catalog or browse the collection in the basement. When you find a DVD you would like to check out, bring the case to the circulation desk (as you normally would). The circulation folks will get the DVD from the cabinet, place it in the DVD case and check it to you.

Will I have to wait longer to get the materials checked out?

The checkout exchange should not take any longer. Currently, when you bring a DVD to desk, a staff member needs to unlock the cases. This practice will be eliminated. In lieu of unlocking the cases, staff will retrieve the DVD from the cabinet.

Printing and Network outage

Systems sent a notification on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 stating:

“There will be no ITC Network or servers running Saturday 2/23 from 8am-12pm. ITC will be shutting everything down to work on the AC system. Printing and network traffic will be unavailable during that time.”

Please plan accordingly and we apologize for the inconvenience.

MSU Libraries search plugins for your web browser

Take the library with you as you browse the web. Montana State University Libraries has created a set of search plugins that allow you to search library materials from within your favorite web browser.

Have a look at our list of search plugins.

Among your search options:

  • Library Catalog
  • Library Videos
  • Journalist
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations
  • Collection 10 – James Willard Schultz Collection

If you see one you like, click on the “install” link and you’ll be able to search the library from the top left corner of your web browser. (Hint: It’s the search form that usually defaults to Google).

If you have questions or need some technical advice about the search plugins, contact us.