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.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ort Library Summer Hours

The Lewis J. Ort Library is now observing summer hours.

  • Monday through Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
If you need assistance when the library is not open, you can contact Maryland AskUsNow. Click on the AskUsNow icon below to access our 24/7 Chat Reference Service.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Public Notice: MD Dept of Housing & Community Development public hearings on draft annual plan

Public Notice (PDF)

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has shared the following public notice:

The Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State's Consolidated Plan.

Please see the document linked above for details.

The first set of hearings on the development of the draft Annual Plan will be held in 4 locations:

  • Towson, MD - Tues. May 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Denton, MD - Wed. May 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cumberland, MD - Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Owings, MD - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:430 a.m.

The Cumberland meeting will take place at the Allegany County Office Complex, 701 Kelly Road, Potomac Room 230.

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.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Extended Library Hours for End of Semester

The Lewis J. Ort Library will offer extended hours of service for the last week of classes and final exam week beginning this Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Dates and hours are listed below. They are also posted online at If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424. We also offer 24/7 online chat reference service through Maryland AskUsNow! at

Spring 2017 Extended Library Hours Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 10 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 11 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 12 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 15 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 16 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 18 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 19 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 22 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23 – 7:00 a.m. to midnight
  • Wednesday, May 24 – 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25 – COMMENCEMENT DAY – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 26 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, May 28 – CLOSED
  • Monday, May 29 – MEMORIAL DAY – CLOSED

Library Summer Hours:
Monday through Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays – CLOSED
Sundays – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We wish you all the best in finishing out the semester!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Multimedia Presentation Room

Need to practice an upcoming group presentation? The Ort Library offers the Multimedia Presentation Room on the 2nd floor of the library to assist you with practicing for your presentation. 

The Multimedia Presentation Room allows students to practice a presentation utilizing the same equipment you would see in the classrooms on campus. 

The Multimedia Presentation Room is also equipped with a large LCD monitor for watching DVDs for class assignments.

If you have any questions about using the Multimedia Presentation Room, please see a librarian at the Reference Desk.  

To access the Presentation Room, please check the key out from the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Library.