Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Harry Potter Book Night - Thursday Feb 4: 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Join the Children’s Literature Centre and the Lewis J. Ort Library for an evening of fun with all things Harry Potter.

On Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Children’s Literature Center and the Lewis J. Ort Library will be hosting Harry Potter Book Night in the Library. 

The evening of fun will include a Hogwarts house sorting ceremony, magic classes, Quidditch lessons, games, quizzes, readings, screenings and more. Fans of the book series can show off their knowledge and meet other Harry Potter enthusiasts, and newcomers to the magical world will get an introduction like no other. All attendees, magical or Muggle, are encouraged to wear their favorite wizarding outfit and compete in a costume contest.

Please Note: Events will be taking place throughout the building, with the exception of the 4th floor, which will remain open for Quiet Study only. While Library services may be disrupted, the library's computers and electronic resources will be available.





Monday, February 1, 2016

Library Highlights: Group and Individual Study Rooms



Group Study Rooms and Individual Study Rooms Available

The Ort Library would like to remind students that we offer five (5) group study rooms for groups of 3 or more people. Each study room is equipped with a computer and large screen monitor. Three (3) group study rooms are available on the 5th floor and two (2) group study rooms are available on the 2nd floor. 

To access a group study room, please stop by the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the library to check out a key. Your group can utilize the group study room for two (2) hours. At least three (3) members of your group must come to the Circulation Desk to check out the key.

In addition, three (3) group study carrels are available on the 5th floor of the library. These are open computers/tables for use and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Finally, just an additional reminder that four (4) individual study rooms are available for student use on the 5th floor of the library. These rooms are always unlocked and you do not need a key to access them.  The individual study rooms can be found at the end of the floor closest to the Chesapeake Dining Hall. If you take the elevator to the 5th floor, you would go to the left and they would be at the end of the stacks. The rooms that are available for use are 514(A), 515, 519(G), and 522(C).

 Group Study Room on the 2nd floor

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Library Highlights: Maryland AskUsNow!


Welcome back students, faculty, and staff.   The beginning of a new semester is a great time to get to know the services the library offers.  In this post we highlight:

Maryland AskUsNow! – Our 24/7 chat reference service

Imagine this:
You are working on an assignment but the library is closed.  You need to find additional resources (articles) and you are not sure where to look and need some help.  What can you do to get some help?

You can use Maryland AskUsNow!  It is your access to 24/7 reference assistance. 

You can access it from the link on the library’s homepage (http://www.frostburg.edu/lewis-ort-library/).  Once you click on the link, you can ask your question and be chatting with a librarian in no time. 

You can also access it through the AskUsNow qwidget located on the results screen in OneSearch. You do not even have leave the results screen to chat with a librarian.

The librarians will be able to show you how to find the information you need and perhaps even work with you on what search terms will bring the best results.  No question is too tough!

http://www.questionpoint.org/crs/servlet/org.oclc.home.TFSRedirect?virtcategory=13572


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Library Opening at 1:00 p.m. Friday 1/15/16

Due to a scheduled staff meeting and training, the Library will not open until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016. Library hours for that day will be 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. All electronic resources will still be accessible via our website.

If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 during open hours. You can also email us at circulation@frostburg.edu.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Featured Online Resource: The King Center Digital Archive

With the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday just around the corner (Monday, January 18), you might be interested in browsing documents related to Dr King which have been digitally archived and made available to the public by the King Center.



The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change was established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King.  The center is concerned with education and efforts promoting nonviolence and social change.

The center offers a digital archive with documents related to the life of Dr. King. Items in the archive range from programs, texts of speeches, telegrams, note cards, articles, and much more.  Some highlights include:
This is an excellent place to find primary resources related to Dr. King and the civil rights era.  The site also provides information for those who may have the opportunity to visit the Center in Atlanta, GA.


serves as the premier resource dedicated to educating a global network of allied individuals and organizations working collectively using the philosophy and methods of nonviolence to create the Beloved Community that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned. - See more at: http://thekingcenter.org/about/mission#sthash.sXiZGCnd.dpuf
serves as the premier resource dedicated to educating a global network of allied individuals and organizations working collectively using the philosophy and methods of nonviolence to create the Beloved Community that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned. - See more at: http://thekingcenter.org/about/mission#sthash.sXiZGCnd.dpuf
serves as the premier resource dedicated to educating a global network of allied individuals and organizations working collectively using the philosophy and methods of nonviolence to create the Beloved Community that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned. - See more at: http://thekingcenter.org/about/mission#sthash.sXiZGCnd.dpuf
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change - See more at: http://thekingcenter.org/about-king-center#sthash.jmKLBYke.dpuf
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change - See more at: http://thekingcenter.org/about-king-center#sthash.jmKLBYke.dpuf

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What-I'm-Watching-Wednesday: Boyhood

Writer/director Richard Linklater’s independent film Boyhood (2014) gives viewers an intimate, raw look at a boy’s life growing up in Texas.  Shot over a span of 12 years, this one-of-a-kind film shows the characters aging in real time with the same actors.  It’s a revelation to see the leads and even supporting players mature and change over time.  Linklater, reportedly, shot the film every year in 10-15 minutes segments that he wrote each year after reviewing the prior footage.  This technique imbues the film with a vitality as the characters react to contemporary events, including September 11th, as well as, dropping pop culture, including the Harry Potter books, in the mix.

Protagonist Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), have a fractured, tumultuous childhood.  Their mother (Patricia Arquette) is often uprooting the family while their ne’er-do-well father (Ethan Hawke) is an infrequent part of their lives.  Mason is an ordinary boy who comes of age painting graffiti, playing video games, and hanging out with friends while dealing with the fallout from his mother’s life choices.  Arquette’s brilliant performance underscores a woman who loves her children but often feels trapped. Mason’s mundane life and journey to adulthood is filled with heartbreaking moments that shape him and his philosophy as he becomes a man.

As the story unfolds, Linklater and his cinematographers, Lee Daniel and Shane Kelly, imbue the story with breathtaking Texas landscapes and city shots.  Memorable shots include Mason and his father camping at Pedernales Falls State Park and a stunning sunset at Big Bend Ranch State Park.

This critically-acclaimed film won numerous accolades and was named “Best Motion Picture - Drama” by the Golden Globes and “Best Film” by the British Academy Film Awards.  Linklater and Arquette picked up Golden Globes and British Academy Film Awards, as well, for their work on this film.

Boyhood is one of the many films held by the Ort Library. Films are searchable in the Library's catalog, and can be requested by clicking on the yellow "Request" button. Log in using your 14-digit Library barcode number (located on your University ID), and your last name. You will then be able to select your pick-up location. The Library will notify you via email when your item has arrived for pick-up. If you need assistance with this process, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays


The Ort Library closes at 5:00 on Wednesday, December 23, and will reopen after Winter Break on Monday, January 4. 


If you've missed the opportunity to create Frosty this winter, consider the Ort Library's version of Olaf as an option. Happy Holidays to all.