Congratulations 2008 MSU Graduates

The MSU Libraries extends congratulations to our 2008 graduates. As information experts, we’ve enjoyed being a partner in providing you with the necessary tools to support your academic needs.  Again, congratulations on your success, and best wishes on your future endeavors.

Spring Open House & Post Flood Celebration

Please Join Us for the MSU Library Spring Open House & Post Flood Celebration!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 5:30~8:30 PM at the Montana State University Libraries, Heathcote Court

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, and join us for tours of the Library!

  • Explore new and emerging technologies.
  • Learn about the flood recovery efforts.
  • Discover what the Library has to offer you!

Free and open to the public. Free parking after 6 PM in the SB parking lots. Pay parking also available. For more information, please call Sara Terry at 994-6857.

The Survey Says…

In March, we asked faculty, staff and students to complete a survey about library services and what they would like from the library. The Association of Research Libraries tabulated, evaluated and otherwise analyzed the results, which are available for review in pdf format. Check out what the campus had to say about library services and resources!

Grantwriting Resources at MSU

“Grantwriting Resources at MSU” will be presented on Wednesday, April 30, 1-2pm in the Renne Library Heathcote Classroom (basement of Renne Library). In this session, MSU Foundation Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Traci Weller and James Thull, Special Collections/Reference Librarian, will go over the basics of grant writing at MSU, including how to start the process, who can write a grant (you can!) and where to find and how to use the grant related resources available at MSU. This event is free and open to the entire campus. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Doralyn Rossmann (doralyn@montana.edu or 994-6549) by Tuesday, April 29 at Noon.

Heathcote Classroom Opens for Student Lab Use

Beginning April 21, 2008 until the end of the semester, Heathcote Classroom’s twenty-four computers will be available for student use on a first come first serve basis. Students who use the classroom may be asked to relocate and empty the room before scheduled library instruction sessions, so please plan accordingly and save your work often. Check out our Tips Spotlight for further information.

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.