Friday, September 22, 2017

Portable White Boards and White Boards in Group Study Rooms

The Lewis J. Ort Library is happy to announce that there are 3 portable white boards for use on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors of the library. The white boards are on wheels and can be moved around on the floor. The white boards should already have dry erase markers and an eraser. If these are missing, please stop by the Reference or Circulation desks.

The library is also pleased to announce that white boards have been added to each of the study rooms in the library. There are 2 group study rooms on the 2nd floor and 3 groups study rooms on the 5th floor. Each of the white boards in the group study rooms should already have dry erase markers and an eraser. If these are missing, please stop by the Reference or Circulation desks.

We ask that you only use dry erase markers on these white boards. 

Portable White Board (available on 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors)

White Boards in Groups Study Rooms
(3 on 5th floor, 2 on 2nd floor)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017

The Lewis J. Ort Library Celebrates Banned Books Week 2017

Banned Books Week runs from September 24 through September 30. Banned Books Week began in 1982 when libraries began to notice that a large number of books were being challenged and/or removed from libraries, schools, and bookstores. Since 1982, libraries and other organizations have taken an active role in making sure the public is aware of the books that are being challenged and to make sure everyone has the “FREEDOM TO READ”.

This year’s theme for Banned Books Week is: 


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Stop by the Ort Library to see a display on Banned Books and check out some of the books that have been challenged (those that people have asked to have banned).

On Tuesday October 3rd at 7 pm there will be a Banned Books Reading in the Ort Library. The English Honors Society Sigma Tau Delta and the Ort Library at Frostburg State University are sponsoring an evening of readings from books deemed controversial enough to be challenged or banned. Please join us on October 3rd to read your favorite Banned Book.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Celebrate Constitution Day with a special guest on Monday September 18!

Please join us as we celebrate the 230th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution (Sept. 17, 1787).  This year, the anniversary falls on a Sunday, so we will be celebrating on Monday, September 18.

This year, the Office of Civic Engagement and Ort Library have partnered together to bring you a very special guest.  Ben Franklin will be available at the library on Monday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. We hope you have a chance to stop by to say hello to one of our favorite founding fathers. While you're here you can enjoy some refreshments, get a selfie with Mr. Franklin, and pick up a pocket Constitution!

“Ben Franklin.” by Hall, Henry Bryan (1808-1884) is licensed under CC0 1.0

Every year, we commemorate the signing of the Constitution and honor the men who signed this important document by celebrating Constitution Day!

Please join us in the celebration by visiting our online library guide as well as our display cases.

Also visit the two library displays located on the third floor of the library to learn more about the Constitution and some of the related materials that you can check out from the library.

The library guide is available at  This year, we are including a tab links to biographical information about Mr. Franklin and the other founding fathers along with additional information about the Constitutional Convention of 1787!

Please take some time today to learn a little more about the Constitution with these resources today.

Happy Constitution Day!

Public Notice: US 219 Improvement Project in Right-of-Way Phase

The Maryland State Highway Administration has distributed a public notice with an update to the Right-Of-Way Process in the Rte 219 Improvement Project.

Please see this scan of the notice for additional information about the meeting: Maryland State Highway Administration - September 2017 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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

We're Hiring Federal Work-Study Students!

The Ort Library is hiring!

If you are an undergraduate student with a verified Federal Work-Study Award as part of your financial aid package, we invite you to apply!

We are looking for customer service-oriented, enthusiastic student assistants to help staff our Circulation and Media Desks! As front line staff, students should be prepared to greet and assist library users in a friendly and helpful manner.

Student assistants are responsible for:

  • answering questions both in person and on the phone
  • checking materials in and out
  • showing library users where things are located
  • helping library users search the catalog
  • assisting with printing and basic technology issues
  • retrieving/shelving items from our various collections
  • other tasks as needed

The Circulation and Media Desks have a variety of daytime and evening hours available, however students are limited to approximately six hours of work per week.

Applications are available at the Circulation Desk. Once you complete an application, return it to the Circulation Desk and bring your financial aid work-study packet and a copy of your schedule (include classes, sports activities, and any organization events that may be a routine obligation). If supervisors are available at the time you apply, you may be interviewed immediately.

For questions related to positions at the Circulation Desk, please contact Amanda Bena, Access Services Librarian, at 301-687-7012 or by email at

For questions related to positions at the Media Desk, please contact Krista McKenzie, Library Services Supervisor / Media Department, at 301-687-3085 or by email at

Monday, August 28, 2017

Let the Ort Library help you to succeed!

The Ort Library welcomes our new Freshman and Transfer students this semester, and we welcome back our returning Bobcats as well!

One step toward a successful semester includes taking advantage of all of the services and resources that the Library has to offer.  You are always welcome to visit us at our service desks to learn about what we can do for you.

In addition to our service desks, next week we will have a table with volunteers who are eager to answer your questions about how we can help you! Here are the details:

Tuesday, Sept. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Main (3rd) Floor of the Library

Not sure what to ask? Consider inquiring about:
• Our research tools (OneSearch, CatalogUSMAI, various databases),
• Research assistance from a librarian, 
• Equipment (copiers, printers, scanners),
• Facilities (group and individual study rooms, quiet areas),
• And much more!

If you're unable to visit it at those times, just visit the library’s circulation, media or reference desks. We’re always happy to answer your questions!
Are you an online student wishing to learn more? Call the reference desk (301) 687-4424 to ask about scheduling an online appointment with a reference librarian!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Statewide Coordinator Visits FSU

Paul Chasen (far right) Coordinator for Maryland AskUsNow (AUN) service visited the Ort Library on August 23 to meet with campus providers and to provide an onsite training session.

Theresa Mastrodonato (center) serves as campus liaison for the service. Providers: Krista McKenzie, MaryJo Price, Theresa Mastrodonato, Pam Williams and Dr. Sean Henry contribute service hours.

AskUsNow is a global 24/7 chat reference service. During FY 2017, AUN providers answered 244 questions from FSU students in addition to answering questions from statewide and global library patrons.