Friday, January 6, 2017

New Library Subscription: The Economist Online

The Ort Library is pleased to provide FSU students, faculty and staff with online access to The Economist, a leading weekly news publication covering international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology.  Online coverage is from July 19, 1997 through the current issue.

The Economist may be accessed via the “A-Z Journals” list on the library’s website.  Articles from The Economist are also linked to relevant citations in OneSearch and the library’s databases.

The library previously subscribed to The Economist in print, and maintains holdings in this format from 1965 through 2016; issues from 1960-1965 are available in microfilm.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact a librarian at 301-687-4424,, or via online chat.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Public Notice - MD State Highway Admin., US 219 Improvement Project - 1/23/17

The Maryland State Highway Administration has distributed a public notice of a joint public hearing in relation to the US 219 Improvement Project, I-68 to Old Salisbury Road. Representatives of the Federal Highway Administration and the US Army Corps of Engineers will also be available.

The meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2017 in Grantsville, MD.

Monday, January 23, 2017
Grantsville Elementary School
120 Grant Street
Grantsville, MD 21536
Displays: 6:00 PM
Presentation/Testimony: 7:00 PM

Snow dates: Jan. 30, 2017 or Feb. 6, 2017.

Please see this scan of the notice for additional information about the meeting: Maryland State Highway Administration - 1/23/17 Public Notice (PDF).

The Lewis J Ort library is a depository for Maryland State Documents as well as a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program.  As a Maryland depository, we receive public notices such as the one featured above.  These notices are posted to a designated bulletin board on the  2nd floor of the Ort Library, but will also be posted regularly to the Ort Library Blog.  If  you would also like to be added to an e-mail distribution list in order to receive information about future public notices, please contact Lisa Hartman, Government Documents Coordinator at or (301) 687-4734.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Library Winter Intersession Hours

The Lewis J. Ort Library will be open the following hours during Winter Intersession:
  • Monday - Friday: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
If you need assistance, please contact the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424 or the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Library Closed December 22 - January 2

The Lewis J. Ort Library will be closed from Thursday, December 22, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017 for Winter Recess.

The Library will reopen on Tuesday January 3, 2017 for Winter Intersession Hours.

Intersession Hours:
  • Monday - Friday: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
As always, access to electronic databases are available 24/7. In addition, if you need reference assistance, you can chat with a librarian 24/7 using MD AskUsNow! chat service.

The Lewis J. Ort Library wishes all students, faculty, and staff a safe and happy Winter Recess.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Featured Online Resource: The End of Term Presidential Archive

Photo by diannehope at

The End of Term Presidential Harvest has existed since 2008.  The Harvest is a cooperative project involving several Federal depository libraries who archive copies of government (and other) web sites just before transitions to a new presidential administration.  

Once archived, the information can be browse or searched.  The previous End of Term archives can be found here:

Web sites are vulnerable information resources since information can so easily be altered or removed over time.  According to the web site, "This harvest is intended to document federal agencies' presence on the World Wide Web during the transition of Presidential administrations and to enhance the existing collections of the partner institutions."

While participating libraries are managing the project, anybody may submit the address to a web page which they would like to see archived. To nominate an address, go to this link.   If you think you will be nominating many web sites, then you can also install a bookmarklet to your browser. Find the bookmarklets and instructions near the end of this page.

You may learn more about the End of Term Presidential Harvest here or through this New York Times article!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Extended Library Hours for End of Classes and Final Exams

Extended Library Hours for the Last Week of Classes and Final Exams:
  • Sunday: December 4: 1:00 pm to 2:00 am
  • Monday - Thursday: December 5 - 8: 7:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Friday: December 9: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: December 10: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: December 11: 11:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Monday - Thursday: December 12 - 15: 7:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Friday: December 16: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: December 17: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: December 18: 11:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Monday: December 19: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Library Hours for Commencement and Winter Recess:
  • Tuesday: December 20: Commencement: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: December 21: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
​The Library will close on Thursday, December 22 and remain closed through Monday, January 2, 2017. The Library will reopen for the Winter Session on Tuesday, January, 3, 2017 at 7:30 am

If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Library Displays for December 2016

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present new displays for the month of December.

The display on the 5th floor of the library highlights the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This display was put together by Charles Courtney, who has an interest in military history. Some of the items in the display are from his personal collection. Additionally, this display includes many resources that the library offers on the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, 75 years ago.

The display on the 4th floor highlights the changing times in two areas of our lives and continues from November.  The first display case has a set of china used when Dr. Compton was President, 1945 - 1954, and a set on loan from Chartwell's that is used today.  It is interesting to see the difference in the patterns. The second display case has china/porcelain dishes painted by Dr. Compton after her retirement from Frostburg State Teachers College.  The items were donated by a friend of Dr. Compton's to the Lewis J. Ort Library at Frostburg State University. Also included in the display are photographs of teas and social events which can be compared to our events today.  Do we prefer the fast, easy way to socialize or long for the more formal, slower past?

The first display on the 3rd floor, highlights Kwanzaa. The display provides a brief history of the holiday and introduces Nguzo Saba, or the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.  Additional information about the holiday includes information on the seven basic symbols of Kwanzaa that represent the values and concepts reflective of African Culture.

The second display on the 3rd floor highlights the Children’s Literature Centre Storybook Holiday that is held every December. The display highlights some of the holiday themed children’s books the library offers and includes other holiday decorations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Theresa Mastrodonato ( or 301-687-4425).