A Message from the Board
“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”
~ Shelby Foote, American Historian and Novelist
Hello , Friends! I invite you to give a contemplative moment to Mr. Foote’s wise assessment regarding the central role of a university library. As an integral piece of a land-grant university, the MSU library is not only central to the MSU university system and its campus patrons, but to the greater Bozeman community as well.
In addition to our in-house collections and services in support of students, faculty, and staff on campus, the library staff and faculty dedicates themselves to changing, expanding, and developing new programming in ways that also support our patrons across the greater Gallatin Valley. These important changes keep our library mission fresh and our community connections strong. In order to extend our support beyond the confines of the campus, our group of dedicated library professionals continually seek out new and exciting avenues to bring our information and services to you, our community members.
Our community presence was perhaps at its best this year with the wonderful Ivan Doig Archive Exhibit at the Big Sky Country State Fair in July. I am pleased to report we had over 2200 visitors come and peruse our display of Doig’s life’s work. We also forged a community partnership with many of the area’s finest teachers through the Yellowstone Writing Project to provide writing opportunities for exhibit visitors. Our current innovation to programming involves the annual benefit dinner. This year for our fall event we will host a FREE speaker event at the Museum of the Rockies in place of the traditional ticketed dinner in the library. Our hope is that by instituting this change, we are making it possible for more community members to participate in our event, thereby extending our outreach into the community.
Your generous support, whether through your friends’ membership, attendance at our events, silent auction purchases, or monetary sponsorships and donations are what help the library to continue thriving in our land-grant mission. I would like to take a moment to personally thank you for all that you have done to support our library’s mission!
Danette Long, President, Friends of MSU Library Board