Monday, November 24, 2014

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break

The Ort Library will close on Tuesday (11/25) at 5:00 pm and will remain closed through Saturday (11/29) in observance of Thanksgiving Break. The Library will resume regular hours on Sunday (11/30), opening at 1:00 pm as regularly scheduled.

Regular Fall Library Hours

Monday - Thursday // 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday // 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday // 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday // 1:00 p.m. - Midnight

Closings, holidays, and extended hours for exams will be posted as the semester progresses, but you can always check our website for the full schedule at

For questions or additional information, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Featured Online Resources: Ebola Information Available Online

As the Ebola outbreak in Africa continues to make the news, we've gathered some helpful resources to help you become better informed about the disease. 

Web Sites

Reference Resources

Every week, the Ort Library brings you a new and outstanding resource from the Web or from one of the library's databases. To get an archive of all FOR entries, click here. Also, you can suggest a website that provides well-organized access to useful info

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Library Displays for November

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

The first display, located on the 3rd floor near the front door, highlights the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street. This show began on November 10, 1969. Sesame Street has aired in over 120 countries and has taught generations of children how to read and count by using short, funny sketches with interesting and colorful muppets. Everyone can sing the theme song: “Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street”.

The second display, located on the 3rd floor near room 318, highlights the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. The display provides information about the Federal Reserve and its importance to the US.

The third display, located on the 4th floor near the stairs, highlights the 35th anniversary of the Iran Hostage Crisis. This was a time of historic change both in the US and Iran. The display highlights the history of the crisis and provides information on some of the resources the library offers on this topic.

The final display, located on the 5th floor, highlights Native American Heritage Month that is held every November. The theme for this year’s Native American Heritage Month is “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever”. The display highlights some of the resources the library offers on Native American Heritage.

If you have any questions about the displays, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at ext. 4425 or or MaryJo Price at ext. 4889 or

Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Library Service: Research Consultation Requests!

It’s now the season for concentrated research as the semester starts to wind down, and the Ort Library is happy to offer a new service to help!

When you are doing research, a quick stop by the library reference desk always helps, but sometimes that’s not enough! Now you can benefit from a one-on-one meeting with a reference librarian to help guide you in more depth with information sources to use in research projects such as term papers, oral presentations and literature reviews.

Using our new ResearchConsultation Request Form (also linked on the library’s homepage as ResearchRequests), you can schedule approximately 30 minutes of undivided attention from a reference librarian, who will focus on your information need or research topic.

This is open to students, faculty, or staff. Research consultations address the following typical needs:
  • Getting started on a research project (i.e., identifying a topic, developing a search strategy, discovering the appropriate databases and other research tools)
  • Identifying research materials inside and outside of the library
  • Evaluating the relevance and usefulness of selected research materials
  • Using library services and collections such as Special Collections and  Government Documents
  • Working with equipment such as the microform readers
When you schedule an appointment using the form, describe your research need and suggest a date and time (plus a couple of alternates) when we can schedule a meeting with you. We will match you with the subject specialist librarian who can help you the most.
Actually, this is not really a new service – we’ve always been happy to make appointments for consultations with you. The new part is that you can now schedule online!

We in the Ort Library are here to help you succeed!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Featured Online Resources: Voter Information Web Sites

November 4 is Election Day. Have you decided who you will be voting for this year?

"I Voted Sticker" by Dwight Burdett is licensed under CC Attribution 3.0 Unported.

Below, you will finds a list of resources that may help you find more information about voting and the candidates.

General Information

Voting Places:

Learn about the Candidates
  • Project VoteSmart - Compiles information on candidates' voting records, positions, and more. 
  • - Uses quizzes to help voters determine where they fall on the political spectrum. Voter guides for each state match answers to candidates in that state.

Also consider accessing candidates' own web pages to see where they stand on issues.

Every week, the Ort Library brings you a new and outstanding resource from the Web or from one of the library's databases. To get an archive of all FOR entries, click here. Also, you can suggest a website that provides well-organized access to useful info.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease: Display of Resources the Library Offers

The Ort Library has developed a display on the 3rd floor of the library to highlight and present some of the resources that the library offers on the topic of Alzheimer’s disease. The display was developed to provide some information about the disease prior to FSU holding the Alzheimer’s Foundation’s Raise Your Voice for Care College Tour on November 5 in the Lane Center.

Some facts about the disease from the Alzheimer’s Association website (

  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including more than 200,000 who are under the age of 65. By 2050, more than 16 million are expected to have the disease.
  • 1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s – it jumps to 1 in 3 Americans over 85 who have the disease.
  • In 2010, Alzheimer’s was the 6th leading cause of death in the US.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Special Collections Named for Dr. David Gillespie

On Thursday October 16, 2014, a ceremony was held in the Lewis J. Ort Library to formally unveil the new name for Special Collections. It will now be known as the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections. Dr. Gillespie was the Library Director of the Lewis J. Ort Library for 30 years. His tireless work on behalf of the library and Frostburg State University was the impetus for the naming Special Collections for him.

Dr. Gibralter, President of Frostburg State University, was present to read the dedication to Dr. Gillespie. Dr. Gibralter and Dr. Messman-Mandicott, Library Director, unveiled the new sign proclaiming Special Collections, the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections. A reception was held after the dedication in the Ort Room of the Library.

Congratulations to Dr. Gillespie for this well-deserved honor.

 All photos taken by Avalon Ledong