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Missoula: State’s busiest library out of shelf, storage space

“Space, funding and parking are three of the issues the Missoula Public Library is looking at in the design and construction of its future home. The library recently put out a request for qualifications for architects to apply to be the firm chosen to design a new complex that will be built at the site of the current library in downtown Missoula. The new building, expected to cost $35 million, will be between 120,000 and 130,000 square feet, compared to the library’s current size of around 42,000 square feet.” (via missoulian.com)

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Behavior problems at library present new challenges

“As the Billings Public Library serves more and more new customers, librarians have detected new and sometimes unforeseen problems from people who they say are among the newest library card carriers. “There is a whole group of people who want to be here in the new building, but don’t have much experience being here,” library director Bill Cochran said Wednesday. “Kids see more tempting play areas than they did at the old library.” Behavior problems have become so prevalent recently that last week the library’s board of directors approved a revised customer behavior policy that includes: “Parents or chaperones of children who violate this policy will receive the same warnings and penalties as the children.” (via Billings Gazette)

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Big crowds at new Billings library produce new phenomena – empty shelves

“Don’t go searching for Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Billings Public Library. The popular children’s books by Norman Bridwell are all checked out. All 50 copies of them. All of the Berenstain Bear books are gone too, along with every one of Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” What’s going on over there at the new library? “It’s amazing,” said children’s librarian Cindy Patterson. “I don’t even know what else to say. We have complete authors that are just gone. We’ve never really had that happen before.” (via missoulian.com)

See also Billings Public Library dedicated weeks after ‘soft’ open.

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Montana State Library releases videos highlighting impact of libraries

“The Montana State Library and Mineral County Public Library are pleased to announce the release of a series of three videos that highlight the impact libraries have on the lives of Montanans.  The videos feature Montana library users and Montana librarians from around the state. The videos were filmed at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton; the Hearst Free Library in Anaconda; the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena; the North Lake County Public Library in Polson; the Sidney-Richland County Library in Sidney; and the Web on Wheels (W.O.W.) Bus, which is a branch of the Missoula Public Library.”

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Bozeman sees steep rise in usage since building new library

Billings Gazette – “Library usage was already high in Bozeman, but it really took off after a new public library opened there in 2006. In 2005, just under 46 percent of the library’s service population of 47,805 people held library cards. That rose to 47 percent in 2006, shot up to almost 54 percent in 2007 and stood at 60 percent last year. In Billings, by contrast, only 39 percent of the Parmly Billings Library’s service population of over 123,000 held library cards in 2010, according to the Montana State Library.”

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Montana State Library Adopts the Internet Archive As Its Institutional Repository

Internet Archive Blog – “The Montana State Library (MSL) has just completed moving 3,070 born-digital state publications from OCLC’s CONTENTdm to the Internet Archive. This is a key piece of the Montana State Library’s institutional repository for state publications now hosted by the Internet Archive (IA). “

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More on Montana State Library

AP – “Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Thursday that his “blood pressure went up” when he learned of the library’s plans, which call for phasing out “services associated with the library as public space.”

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Stayin’ Alive

Well, it looks like the Montana State Library is not “closing”. See also.

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Montana State Library “Closes”

AP – “The Montana State Library plans to close its doors at the start of the year and will instead be offering its resources over the Internet”

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