Quick Reference: MSL Terms, Acronyms, and Lingo
Acronyms and common terms used throughout this site are included in this glossary.
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Detection and Ranging
Library Information Services
Program of the Montana State Library that administers the state depository library program, provides reference service, interlibrary loan service, and bibliographic control and access to MSL collections including state publications, natural resource information about Montana, and professional library development material.
Services Technology Act
Administered under the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with the primary focus on improving library services through technology, encouraging sharing of resources and targeting library and information services to underserved populations. LSTA grants are awarded annually to all state libraries for use in statewide and local projects. In Montana, the Montana State Library Commission establishes priorities for LSTA funds.
Budget Analysis and Reporting System
State association with a membership composed of librarians from all types of libraries, trustees, friends and students. MLA's concerns are the welfare and professional development of its members, the advocacy of library needs and the assurance of open access to information for all Montana's citizens.
Montana Library Commission
The acronym often used by the Legislature and Governor's Budget Office for MSLC or Montana State Library Commission
Montana Land Information Advisory Council
The Montana Land Information Advisory Council (MLIAC), as required by statute, advises the State Librarian and the State Library Commission on issues related land information, on the priority of land information, including data layers to be developed, on the development and management of the Montana Land Information Act grant process and on the distribution of funds collected in the Montana Land Information Account.
The Council assists the State Library to identify, evaluate, and prioritize requests received from state agencies, local governments, and Indian tribal government entities to provide development and maintenance of services relating to the GIS and land information.
The Council promotes coordination of programs, policies, technologies, and resources to maximize opportunities, to minimize duplication of effort, and to facilitate the documentation, distribution, and exchange of land information. Finally, the Council advocates for the development of consistent policies, standards, and guidelines for land information.