In support of the academic program at the University of Montana, the department acquires, catalogs, classifies and processes library material in a variety of formats for the University of Montana Libraries (Maureen & Mike Mansfield Library, the Flathead Lake Biological Station, Missoula College University of Montana, and the Herbarium) Additionally the library hosts a shared catalog providing support and assistance the William J. Jameson Law Library at The University of Montana School of Law, three affiliate campus libraries (The Helena College University of Montana, Montana Tech of The University of Montana (Butte), The University of Montana-Western: Lucy Carson Library (Dillon)) and two non-state funded institutions (Salish Kootenai College and St. Patrick’s Hospital Library).
Members of the department participate in the Library of Congress' NACO program to create name authority records for the national database, through the Montana NACO Funnel. Members of the department also participate in The Montana Memory Project which provides access to digital collections and items relating to Montana's cultural heritage and government.
Bibliographic Management Services (BMS) is subdivided into four general service areas: Cataloging and Metadata Services, Acquisitions Services, Electronic Resources Services, and Digitization Services.
Cataloging and Metadata Services
Cataloging and Metadata Services is responsible for providing bibliographic description, authority/bibliographic control and maintenance, and aids in providing access to a variety of library materials. Material types include books, periodicals, electronic resources, non-print media, government documents, maps and more. For more information about what Cataloging and Metadata Services can do for you visit our services page.
Acquisitions Services is responsible for purchasing monographic materials in all formats; acquiring and maintaining subscriptions and access to all printed serial like materials such as periodicals and standing orders. Acquisitions Services is also responsible for processing and binding of library materials on an as needed basis. For more information about what acquisitions services can do for you visit our services page.
Electronic Resources & Rights Management Services
E-Resources Services is responsible for purchasing, cataloging, processing and maintaining access to monographic electronic materials such as e-books; acquiring and maintaining subscriptions and access to electronic serial like materials such as periodicals and databases. These materials are accessible via the Internet for students, faculty and staff of the University of Montana and select affiliate libraries as required by specific license agreements with vendors. For more information about what electronic resources services can do for you visit our services page.
Digitization Services is responsible for supporting the variety of digital initiatives of the library. The team is responsible for digitizing and reformatting analog materials; aids in the preservation and access of digital collections within the library and the state of Montana. For more information about what digitization services can do for you visit our services page.