Monday, December 9, 2019

New and Continuing Library Displays for December 2019

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present several new displays for December.

The first display, located on the 3rd floor, honors the 75th anniversary of the World War II Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 - January 1945). The display provides information about the conflict as well as resources the library offers on this topic.

The second display, located on the 5th floor, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of French artist Henri Matisse. The display provides highlights of his life, information about his life and work, and resources the library offers on Henri Matisse.

Continuing:
  • Located on the 2nd floor: Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). The display provides information on the building of the wall and its eventual removal. The display also highlights some of the resources the library offers on this topic.
  • Located on the 4th floor: Celebrates Ricky Arnold, FSU alum and astronaut. The display has some artifacts from Ricky Arnold's trip to space.
Are you an organization on campus who would like to create a display about an event or specific topic, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato (tmmastrodonato@frostburg.edu) for more information.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving and End of Semester Library Hours


Happy Thanksgiving Week! The Ort Library will adjust hours during this week of the Thanksgiving holiday and also extend hours for the remainder of the semester during the last week of classes and final exams. Extended hours begin Sunday, December 1 and run through Monday, December 16. We will be open an additional 43 hours beyond our regular schedule, plus 12 extra late nights until 2:00 a.m. and extended weekend hours.

2019 Thanksgiving Week Hours:

Monday, November 25 || 7:30 a.m. to Midnight
Tuesday, November 26 || 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27 – Saturday, November 30 || Closed for Holiday

End of Semester Hours:

Sunday, December 1 || 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday, December 2 – Thursday, December 5 || 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6 || 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 || 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 || 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday, December 9 – Thursday, December 12 || 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday, December 13 || 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 || 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 15 || 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday, December 16 || 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 17 – Thursday, December 19 || 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Closed Winter Recess, Friday, December 20 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The Library will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2020 with an adjusted intersession schedule of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Library will be closed on Saturdays in January 2020.

Library hours are posted on the Library website: www.frostburg.edu/library and libguides.frostburg.edu/libhours.

If you have questions, please contact the Library Main Desk during our open hours at 301-687-4395 or by email at circulation@frostburg.edu. Online resources remain accessible via the Library’s website www.frostburg.edu/library, and online chat research help is available 24/7 through AskUsNow even when the Library is closed.

Need help getting started on your final projects? Schedule a research consultation with a research librarian. Email libref@frostburg.edu or call 301-687-4424.

Also, Library Staff would like to remind everyone not to leave belongings unattended during this busy time, even if only for a short period. Please also observe the space and noise policies designated for each of the Library’s four public floors:

Second Floor: Quiet Group and Individual Study / Individual Computer Stations / Group Study Rooms
Third Floor: Quiet Group and Individual Study / Individual Computer Stations
Fourth Floor: Individual Silent Study
Fifth Floor: Group Study / Group Computer Stations / Group Study Rooms / Individual Study Rooms

More information about the library’s study spaces, collections, and policies can be found on our website: www.frostburg.edu/library and our full Library Code of Conduct is available here: http://libguides.frostburg.edu/circulation/conduct.

On behalf of all of us in the Library, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and all the best finishing out the semester!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street

The Lewis J. Ort Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street with a display this month and a white board asking students, faculty, and staff to let us know their favorite Sesame Street Character.







Let us know your favorite Sesame Street Character.

New Library Displays for November

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present several new displays for November.

The first display, located on the 2nd floor, celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). The display provides information on the building of the wall and its eventual removal. The display also highlights some of the resources the library offers on this topic.

The second display, located on the 3rd floor, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street. The first episode of Sesame Street was broadcast on PBS on November 10, 1969. The display highlights some of the characters of Sesame Street and some facts you may not know about Sesame Street.

The third display, located on the 4th floor, celebrates Ricky Arnold, FSU alum and astronaut. The display has some artifacts from Ricky Arnold's trip to space.

The fourth display, located on the 5th floor, celebrates the 160th Anniversary of the publication of On the Origins of Species by Charles Darwin. The display highlights some of the history of Charles Darwin as he traveled to the Galapagos Islands and came up with his Theory of Evolution. The display also highlights some of the resources the library has on Darwin.

These displays will be up through the end of November.

Are you an organization on campus who would like to create a display about an event or specific topic, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato (tmmastrodonato@frostburg.edu) for more information.

Friday, October 4, 2019

New Library Displays for October

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present several new displays for October.

The first display, located on the 3rd floor of the library, honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. The display highlights facts and myths about breast cancer as well as showcases some resources the library offers on the topic.

The second display, also located on the 3rd floor of the library, celebrates the Anniversary of Nigeria's Independence Day, which is celebrated on October 1st. This display is sponsored by FSU's Gamma Theta Upsilon Geographical Honor Society. It also includes some resources on Nigeria that are available in the library.

The third display, located on the 4th floor of the library, provides information on the some of the pamphlets found in the George A, Meyers Collection, located in the Archives. It consists of over 5,000 pamphlets, flyers and brochures representing the Communist Party, Socialist, and other leftist movements. A large number of the pamphlets are from the former Soviet Union and the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Several of the pamphlets date from the 1920s and 1930s and deal with the Spanish Civil War and other contemporary issues.

The fourth display, located on the 5th floor of the library, celebrates Earth Sciences Week. The theme for this year's celebration is "Geoscience is for Everyone". The display highlights information about the four main branches of Earth Science as well as some resources the library offers on the topic of earth science.

The fifth display, located on the 2nd floor of the library, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. The display highlights many of the resources the library offers on this topic.

These displays will be up through the end of October. If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at tmmastrodonato@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4425.

Are you an organization on campus who would like to create a display about an event or specific topic, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato for more information.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Celebrate Constitution Day (Tues. Sept. 17)! Very special guest presentation at 12:30!

Join us in celebrating the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution (Sept 17, 1787).
We will be marking the anniversary by giving out free pocket Constitutions to anybody who visits our Constitution trivia table (Monday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm).

We will have a very special guest at the Library today. The Father of our Country, George Washington, will be making a special appearance today as he will appear at the front of the library with a short address about the Constitution!  Afterwards he will be available to pose for photos.



Please also visit our Constitution Day guide at http://libguides.frostburg.edu/constitution. It contains a variety of links and videos to help you learn more about the Consitution. A display is also available, located immediately inside the library entrance.


Monday, September 16, 2019

New Donations for Special Collections






The FSU Special Collections has recently received several donations adding to its documentation of the history of Frostburg and the University.

Emeritus Mathematics Professor Dr. Karen Parks donated two photographic images of historic downtown Frostburg taken in 1906.

The Hotel Gladstone was built in 1896 by William R. Percy and his son-in-law Gladstone Hitchins. It was sold to William Gunter in 1903 and has retained the name Gunter Hotel ever since. 


Downtown Frostburg, Main street, 1906

In addition, Brad Richards, Frostburg State University Alumni 1988, donated a collection of items depicting the history of Frostburg State Teacher's College primarily during the 1950s. Included are images of College staff, President Lillian Compton, aerial photography, and letters from President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed to Frostburg Teacher's College President Lillian Compton when he was President of Columbia University, shortly before he took office as the 34th President of the United States.

Brad Richards and donations

Brad Richards' mother, Ardtha Dunn Richards, worked in the Registrar's Office from 1947-1958 when she retired as Senior Stenographer to raise a family. Ardtha worked in Old Main and Lowndes Hall under Registrars Elizabeth Hitchins and Fred Wescott. She is seen here c. 1953 with Ivan C. Diehl who served at the Teacher's College for 35 years as College Professor, founder of the Geography Department, and Dean of Academic Affairs.  

Norma Bishop, Peggy Lloyd(worked in financial aid), Esther Biggs, Ardtha Richards, April 18, 1958

Eisenhower wrote to College Presidents throughout the country while he was President of Columbia University.  His letters  invoke the common Cold War rhetoric of fighting against oppression and censorship.
This letter, sent to President Lillian Compton (President of Frostburg Teacher's College, 1945-1954) contain's Eisenhower's original signature. 
1926 aerial view of the campus. Old Main, Frost Hall, and the Brownsville District are visible