MSU Billings Library

Library Launches New Resource Management System

December 15, 2016


The MSUB Library will introduce a new search and collection management system this Friday, December 16th. The new system will integrate with 15 other academic institutions in Montana’s Treasure State Academic Information and Library Services (TRAILS) consortium. As a result, users will more easily discover print and electronic information resources at these institutions.


Library staff have been working tirelessly for the past nine months to migrate to this new system.  Alma is the system that Library staff will use to process resources.  An improved Power Search will be the search and discovery tool for library users. This will be the end of the MSUB library catalog as we know it. Instead, the new Power Search platform will allow users to search library materials more broadly and across all formats, pulling together journal articles as well as books and other types of information in a single search.


While the library works to ensure a smooth transition, the effort is not without challenges. We ask that you be patient with us throughout this transition.


Some important things to note:

  • Course reserve service is still suspended. We will not be able to make any changes to course reserves before January 3, 2017.   If you have items you would like added or removed in your course reserves, we will be able to process these in January. Processing times for course reserve changes for spring semester may take a bit longer as we learn to use our new system. As a reminder, you always have the option of adding online items to your course D2L shell. If you have questions, please call 657-1671.
  • As we transition to the new system, please call the library to submit renewals or holds of items. Please call 657-1671.
  • Interlibrary Loan will function normally during this time.
  • If you have any other questions, please contact your liaison librarian or the Ask Here desk at 657-1662.
We are excited to move forward with this new system so that the library may better support instruction and research at MSUB!