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Full-time Equivalent

A measure of employee workload based on a forty-hour work week. 1 FTE represents a full-time position.


Fiscal Year

State Fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following calendar year.

Federal Fiscal year typically runs from October 1 to September 30 of the following calendar year.



General Funds

Specifically, state funding appropriated by the Montana Legislature.


Geographic Information Systems

Montana State Library GIS Coordination

Montana citizens and GIS practitioners in Montana have a decades-long investment in a strong foundation of GIS knowledge, partnerships, spatial data infrastructure, and data sharing tools. This investment in GIS empowers local, state, and federal government staff as well as business, industry, education, and research personnel seeking to understand Montana’s economy, demography, landscape, and much more.

Montana State Library staff support State GIS Coordination in Montana to ensure that this investment not only endures but is further expanded, strengthened, and utilized.



House Bill

Usually associated with a number and refers to a bill introduced in the Montana House of Representatives.

Look up drafts, bills, and other information on the Montana Legislature webpage.



Interlibrary Loan

  • WorldShare Interlibrary Loan – OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan is a new service that replaces WorldCat Resource Sharing, as part of libraries’ existing subscriptions. The service centralizes workflows and provides functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests to save time for library staff and library users.


Integrated Library SystemThe computer based automation that libraries use for circulation and cataloging of library materials and the management of patron accounts.


Institute of Museum and Library Services

Independent federal agency that provides programs of support for both libraries and museums and encourages library-museum partnerships. The agency administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program to states.



Legislative Council

Refers to an unintroduced bill draft requested by a legislator.

Look up drafts, bills, and other information on the Montana Legislature webpage.


Library Development

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