Thursday, July 20, 2017

Featured Online Resource: August 21 Total/Partial Eclipse information from NASA

On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse will be visible across much of the United States. It will also be visible as a partial eclipse in other states (including Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia).

NASA has compiled some resources to help you learn more about eclipses, including specific information about the August eclipse!



Learn more with these resources!



Enjoy your eclipse-watching!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Einstein: His Life and Universe

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His portrait graces a current Special Edition publication by Time; his life inspired a recent ten-week television series titled GeniusAlbert Einstein continues to provoke public interest with stories of both his persona and his theories. 

Walter Isaacson's biography, Einstein: His Life and Universe, is documented by primary sources and depicts an imaginative, playful scientist who struggled to survive the horrors of war and to maintain personal relationships.

Issacson’s work expertly combines descriptions of  scientific theories with examples from Einstein's letters to family and colleagues that reveal his complex personality.

In addition there are numerous occasions when Einstein understood the moral dilemma created by many theories and responded with his own memorable actions. 


If you would like to share Einstein’s journey, consider reading this biography available on Floor 5 of the Ort Library  QC16.E5I76 2007.





















Friday, June 30, 2017

Consolidated Coal Company Researcher

Zada Komara, Adjunct Professor at Centre College and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, traveled from Kentucky this summer to conduct research on the Consolidated Coal Company in Special Collections at the Ort Library.


The Mutual Monthly Magazine and Ledgers/Journals of Consolidated Coal were the principal resources that she used. These titles are representative of many coal related research materials available in either print or electronic format at the Ort Library. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Upcoming Library Closings - 7/2 & 7/4

The Lewis J. Ort Library will be closed on Sunday, July 2 and also on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The library will be open on Monday, July 3. Regular business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424. There is also 24/7 chat reference assistance available online through Maryland Ask Us Now if you need help during our closed times.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Woodward D. Pealer Exhibit

A display of materials, from the Pealer Collection of Beall Archives on third floor of the Lewis J. Ort Library, celebrates the lifetime of public service of Woodward D. Pealer. 

It includes citations commemorating the dedication of the Woodward D. Pealer Recital Hall on July 9, 1995 and the conferring of an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters by Frostburg State University on May 16, 2009.


The Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center Naming Ceremony on June 16, 2017 will recognize the $2.5 million gift to the FSU Foundation from Pealer’s estate. The Woodward and Virginia Pealer Endowed Fund was established by Pealer and his wife in 1990. The Endowment supports scholarships and faculty development at FSU.

When friends and members of the Cumberland community asked Pealer about his interest in FSU, he explained, “In my opinion the power of education is the most valuable resource we have to improve ourselves. For this reason, I want to provide financial support to young people pursuing learning opportunities in educational excellence.”

When Pealer visited campus in 1995, Library Director Dr. David M. Gillespie gave him a personal tour of the Pealer Collection. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

WPWVC ACRL Spring Conference

Amber Harrison, Pam Williams, Emily Zumbrun and Lisa Hartman attended the Spring Conference of WPWVC ACRL at Potomac State of WVU in Keyser on June 2, 2017.


Libraries Leading the Trends, began with a Keynote address by Cheryl Ann Middleton, Associate University Librarian for Learning and Engagement at Oregon State University Libraries & Press and in-coming president of ACRL.

Both Amber and Emily participated in the conference poster session. Amber, enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s School of Information Science, created a poster detailing the celebration of National Library Week at the Lewis J. Ort Library that contained the assessment of comments from students explaining what they love about the Library.


Emily Zumbrun, enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park’s College of Information Studies, designed a poster detailing her internship with the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections and the Digital Projects Lab at the Lewis J. Ort Library to digitize seventy years of Commencement Bulletins for the Maryland Shared Open Access Repository (MD-SOAR).

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Library Displays - Summer 2017

Three new library displays are now available at the Lewis J. Ort Library.

The first display, located on the 5th floor, celebrates the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright. As many people know, we have 2 of his houses within an hour of Frostburg, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. The display provides some history of Wright and showcases some of the books we have on his architectural works.

The second display, located on the 4th floor, highlights the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prizes being given out. The display focuses on some of the books that have won Pulitzer's in literature and history. A biography of Pulitzer is also included in the display.

The third display, located on the 3rd floor, highlights the Appalachian Trail. In the summer, many of us look forward to being outside and some may contemplate hiking parts of the Trail. The display highlights some of the resources the library offers on the Appalachian Trail and provides a brief history of the Trail.

The displays on the 4th and 5th floor will be up through the end of August. The display on the 3rd floor will be up through the end of July.