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MSU Library Services for Faculty

Discover the services the library provides in research & publication, teaching & learning, and technology services.

Instructional Services

We can help you with in-person and online information literacy instruction.

" "Library Instruction

Our instruction librarians are here to help your students succeed in or outside the classroom. Librarians welcome collaboration with faculty to integrate content to support students with their information needs, collaborate with you to develop effective information literacy instruction and/or assessment, and work with you to develop a tutorial, LibGuide, or other instructional tool for your students. 

" "Information Literacy Tutorials

The Library provides online information literacy tutorials. These can be used as a ready-to-use course or to supplement existing courses and instructions sessions. Modules, tutorials, and quizzes can be embedded into BrightSpace, and the quizzes can be auto-graded with grades getting imported into the Brightspace grade book.

" "Resources in Brightspace

The Library is now using an LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) tool within Brightspace to provide subject-level library resources to students. These can be found under the Course Resources drop-down menu of each course and can be added as a content item using the External Learning Tools function within the Brightspace.

" "Research Assistance

Librarians and other library staff are available for research assistance through chat, email, and in-person consultations. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to contact the library for assistance at anytime.

Teaching Support

Find the resources you need to support your teaching.

" "Innovative Learning Studio (ILS)

The Innovative Learning Studio (ILS) is a collaborative and flexible space that can be used for a variety of group activities such as presentations, classes, workshops, and training sessions. When you use the Innovative Learning Studio, we’ll provide the technical support to help you integrate innovative technologies and applications into your teaching.

" "Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Funds

Overview: The OER Grant Fund Initiative makes funds available to migrate existing course materials for undergraduate classes to open educational resources. The amount of funding depends on the needs of the proposed project, and the reach/impact of the outcomes for MSU students.

Individuals, teams, and departments/programs may submit proposals describing a project to:

  • Adopt an existing open textbook (or other educational resource); up to $1,000
  • Adapt existing open educational resources to your instructional needs; up to $2,500
  • Author a new resource where no appropriate item exists; up to $5,000, one course buy-out, or a month of summer salary.

Learn more about the initiative and application process.

" "Online & Physical Collections

Get recommendations from a librarian on materials that will enhance your course: databases, electronic books, print materials, etc. These materials can be embedded through permalinks into Brightspace or you can use our Course Reserves Service.

The Library's Course Reserves Service allows instructors to set aside books, films, sound recordings and other physical items for class use. Items can be identified online via CatSearch, and checked out at the Service Desk. The normal lending period for the majority of Course Reserves is 4 hours. Other options include 24 hour and 3 day.

We have many streaming video available in multiple databases that cover topics in most subject areas. These can be embedded into Brightspace.

Give your students hands-on learning experiences by visiting our Archives and Special Collections. 

All new faculty are eligible for $600 in purchases of physical or online information resources in support of their research and/or teaching in their first year of working at Montana State University.

MSU Library Online Tutorials

MSU Library is proud to offer the following tutorials to help students begin the research process. Each tutorial will guide you through a step in the research process from deciding on a topic to reading scholarly research articles.