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Meet the Mansfield – Jennifer Rusk

4 February 2014 by sarah.weatherby

Meet the Mansfield is our feature on the faculty and staff who are the heart of the Library. From Reference to Instruction, Printing to Interlibrary Loan, Archives to Acquisitions and everywhere in between, the people featured here make the library run. Read on to learn more about the great faculty and staff at the Library!

Name and work title:

Jennifer Rusk, I work in the library’s Bibliographic Management Services division as the Electronic Resources Manager.

What do you do in the library?

I play a key role in acquiring and managing all of the library’s electronic resources (ejournals, databases, ebooks, you name it) to make sure they run smoothly for our users. I see that continuing resource bills are paid on time; that important communications are received and dealt with; and I help assess resources to ensure that we are making wise collection investments. I often serve as a go-between with our vendors when resources fail or a user needs help. In a nutshell, I spend my days doing research, writing more emails than is probably healthy or natural, and staring into the depths of Excel spreadsheets to unlock insights into library collections data.

What are you watching/reading/listening to right now?

I just finished reading Empty Mansions, Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.’s biography about Huguette Clark, the eccentric heiress daughter of W.A. Clark, the copper magnate and senator from Montana. She was a wealthy recluse who abandoned her many palatial homes to live in a hospital for the last couple decades of her life despite being in fine health. I haven’t made up my mind yet if Clark was insane or simply ruined by the burden of living with such incredible affluence. I’m inclined to think most people would be just as peculiar if they had unlimited means to do whatever they wanted in life.



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Expanding Your Research, Sharing Your Work

3 February 2014 by Megan Stark

Ever wondered about how to expand the reach of your research, the best way to share your work with colleagues and students, or how to increase the impact and longevity of your scholarship? Consider contributing your scholarship to ScholarWorks, an open access repository provided by the Mansfield Library that centralizes, showcases, preserves, and provides free online access to the UM community’s research and creative scholarship. Visit ScholarWorks or contact the Library to learn more!

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Humanities Montana Awards Grant to the Mansfield Library

31 January 2014 by Julie Biando Edwards

The Mansfield Library was recently awarded a grant from Humanities Montana in support of the Library’s efforts to bring the exhibition “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings” to the University of Montana. This exhibition, produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, details events on and around May 10, 1933, when German university students burned thousands of “un-German” books, and explores how the book burnings became a potent symbol in America’s battle against Nazism and why they continue to resonate with the public—in film, literature, and political discourse—to this day. A series of related lectures, films, and exhibits are being planned for the duration of the exhibition, which will be held in the Mansfield Library beginning in October 2014. Humanities Montana is an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities and whose vision is to “enrich the lives of all Montanans by fostering inquiry and stimulating civil and informed conversations about the human experience.” For more information please contact Julie Biando Edwards at or 406-243-4505.

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Meet the Mansfield – Tammy Ravas

28 January 2014 by sarah.weatherby

Meet the Mansfield is our feature on the faculty and staff who are the heart of the Library. From Reference to Instruction, Printing to Interlibrary Loan, Archives to Acquisitions and everywhere in between, the people featured here make the library run. Read on to learn more about the great faculty and staff at the Library!

What is your name and work title?

Tammy Ravas, Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts Librarian and Media Coordinator

What do you do in the library? 

As the Visual and Performing Arts Librarian, I work with the Schools of Art, Media Arts, Music, and Theatre and Dance.  I get to select books, sound and video recordings, scores, and electronic resources related to these areas.  I teach sessions, workshops, and courses on conducting research in the visual and performing arts.  I answer reference questions at the reference desk as well as through individual consultations.

Here is a link to my research guides in the Visual and Performing Arts:

As Media Coordinator, I help to shape policy in the library related to non-print materials in our collection and I also stay informed about copyright issues— especially as they related to non-print materials in our library.  Although I’m not a lawyer, I received a certification in Copyright Management and Leadership through the former Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland in 2010.  I give workshops to provide information on the basics of copyright law and how it affects student, staff, and faculty work.  There are many myths, legends, and interesting perceptions about copyright law and academia; I enjoy giving students and workshops participants an opportunity to engage with authoritative resources and information on the topic in an attempt to dispel some of these myths.  Samantha Hines, Head of the Missoula College Library, also has the same certification from the University of Maryland in Copyright Management and Leadership and we’ve created and edited some library guides to point users in the right direction to assist with copyright questions:

Copyright Information For Authors by Samantha Hines

Copyright Issues and Resources by Samantha Hines and Tammy Ravas

Media Resources by Tammy Ravas

Public Domain and Creative Commons: A Guide to Works You Can Use Freely by Tammy Ravas

What are you watching/reading/listening to right now?

What I’ve been watching lately: (In no particular order) Dr. Who (both classic and new episodes); Kids in the Hall; and The IT Crowd on Netflix streaming.  Favorite movie in our collection (for right now at least): Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) DVD 01193.

What I’ve been reading: (In no particular order) I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen, and the graphic novel Unterzakhn by Leela Corman.

What I’ve been listening to: (In no particular order) Stone Roses, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Marvin Gaye, and a lot of amazing classical music in the form of Requiem masses since I recently gave a talk about that topic.  I highly recommend Berlioz’s Grand Messe des Morts (CD 03114 for the Robert Shaw / Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus recording).



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Spring 2014 Newsletter available now!

24 January 2014 by john.greer

Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Snmipnuntn, the faculty newsletter of the Mansfield Library.  You will find the most recent issue, and past issues, on the Library Newsletters page.

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Popular Reading…Calling all Bibliophiles!

24 January 2014 by Megan Stark

The library has a new collection of current best-selling and award-winning books located on the main floor. Come check them out! We can’t wait to share them with you!

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Games at the library!

22 January 2014 by Susanne Caro

Do you need a break? Want to relax with friends? Why not try a game from the library? We have a growing selection of electronic, board and role playing games available.

Where: East Faculty Office area
When: January 23rd,   11am-4pm

Click here for more information about our game collection.

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Endangered Species

23 December 2013 by Susanne Caro

For 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has protected America’s imperiled plants and animals—from the carnivorous green pitcher plant of Southeastern wetlands, to the western snowy plover of northwestern beaches, to the iconic polar bear of the Arctic. Learn more!

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What’s the Best Book You Read in 2013?

9 December 2013 by Julie Biando Edwards

Mansfield Library faculty and staff answer the question: “what’s the best book you read in 2013?” What’s YOUR answer?

Audra Loyal
Debt: the First 5000 Years, David Graeber
The Old Ways: a Journey on Foot, Robert Macfarlane
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

Sue Samson
The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

Marian Lankston
The Round House, Louise Erdrich

Kim Granath
The Lost, Claire McGowan,
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Julie Biando Edwards
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo

Karen Jaskar
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, Adam Hochschild
Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd, Mary Rose O’Reilly

Megan Stark
Seeing Flowers, Teri Dunn Chance and Robert Llewellyn
In Sunlight and in Shadow, Mark Helprin
Transatlantic, Colum McCann

Susanne Caro
Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest, by A. Lee Martinez

Samantha Hines
To Sell is Human, Dan Pink
Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry

Helen Keremedjiev
Three Squares:  The Invention of the American Meal, Abigail Carroll
Fire and Brimstone:  The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917, Michael Punke
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor, Mark Seal

Christa Fehrer
A Week in Winter, Maeve Binchy
The Abundance, Amit Majmudar
The Whisperer, Donato Carrisi

Kimberly Swanson
The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con, Amy Reading
Walking Home: A Traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness, a Journey into the Human Heart, Lynn Schooler
100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared, Kim Stafford

Sarah Weatherby
The Dog Stars, Peter Heller
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness


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NOTICE: Temporary Change to Library Entrance due to Extreme Cold

6 December 2013 by Jordan Hess

Due to the extreme weather, we are rerouting the entrance and exit using the west outside doors to conserve energy and keep the Main Level warmer for patrons and employees. Thank you for your cooperation.

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