The Lewis J. Ort Library staff is working on the 2nd year of a 3 year inventory project that will see the entire collection of circulating items inventoried. Working in teams of two, the staff is physically assessing each book for its condition and checking to make sure the information about the book is correct. During the first year the staff inventoried over 60,000 items.
The Lewis J. Ort Library was pleased to host the quarterly
meeting of the liaisons of Maryland AskUsNow. Paul Chasen, the Statewide
Coordinator for Maryland AskUsNow and Becca Starr, Support for Operations for
Maryland AskUsNow, joined AskUsNow liaisons at FSU both in person and virtually
to meet for the quarterly meeting.
The library was happy to host the meeting of AskUsNow
Maryland AskUsNow is the 24/7 chat reference service that is available for students, faculty, and staff to ask reference questions when the library is not open.
The displays on the 3rd and 5th floor of Star Trek at 50: A Cultural Phenomenon continues through the summer month. Come to visit the library to see some memorabilia from Star Trek that library staff have loaned for the display.
Also continuing on the 3rd and 4th floors is the displays celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Lewis J. Ort Library. The library building opened up in April of 1976. This is the 4th library that FSU has had during its history.
Stop by to see any of the displays through August.
The Zika Virus has been steadily increasing as a topic in the news this year. When concerned about public health issues, it helps to be informed through reliable information sources. Below are some links to a variety of web sites from agencies and organizations at state, national and international levels.
CDC - Zika information - The CDC's web page includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), information about symptoms & treatment, and information on areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of the virus
The Lewis J. Ort Library
congratulates the Class of 2016 on its commencement! In honor of this occasion,
the library offers a glimpse into our institution’s earlier commencement ceremonies.
The library has been digitizing FSU’s historic commencement programs from
Special Collections to put online in our institutional repository, eScholarship@Frostburg. The
programs have been scanned and provided as OCR-compatible PDFs.
Originally, Frostburg State University
was State Normal School No. 2 and, later, Frostburg State Teachers College. The
commencement programs show varying sizes of graduation classes through the
years. The majority of graduates hailed from Allegany and Garrett Counties. Meanwhile,
changing ceremony formats often reflect the spirit of the historical period. For
decades, Tasker G. Lowndes, President of the State Board of Education, awarded
diplomas while the current school president conferred degrees. Administration
officials were predominately male. However, a few female State Board of
Education members are listed in commencement programs. By 1945, college
president John S. Dunkle had passed the reins to Lillian C. Compton.
Ceremony programs include either an
invocation or a prayer from a clergy member. Growing patriotism leading up to
and during WWII is reflected in the ceremonies. State Teachers College commencements
featured Henry Carey’s patriotic “America” (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee”) in the
1939 to 1941 programs. By 1942, flag salutes and Francis Scott Key’s “Star
Spangled Banner” were integrated into the commencement ceremony and continued
to be a fixture. The commencements also had somber moments that were personal. In
1950, John J. Stapleton of Frostburg was awarded his degree posthumously.
Music plays a large role in the degree-conferring
spectacle. Commencement ceremony participants were treated to whimsical music
selections both vocal and instrumental that included popular selections, folk
songs, classical music, and religious music. Earlier commencements featured
glee clubs singing breezy selections, such as the Men’s Glee Club’s performance
of “In the Garden of Your Heart” in 1926. Later, the light-hearted glee clubs
made way for choral groups, including the Maryland Singers who often sang
operatic selections, such as “Hail to Isis” from Verdi’s Aïda in 1939. Likewise, orchestral selections changed in tone
depending on the year. The 1926 program lists the “Indian Cradle Song.” Whereas,
the 1949 commencement featured three musical selections from Richard Wagner.
While “Pomp and Circumstance” is
considered a classic processional or recessional for graduation these days, it only
shows up occasionally in these historic commencement programs. A college or
university’s unique aspects are often expressed in its school’s song. In early
programs, the “School Song” song, from Pinsuti, was often performed by the
student chorus or student body prior to the recessional. By 1939, the program
replaces the “School Song” with the “State Teachers College Song,” attributed
to alum George W. Walburn (Class of 1937). Presumably, this song underwent revision
as subsequent programs (1940-1954) indicate the performance of the “State
Teachers College Song.” The song is then attributed to “Adapted” with no
mention of Walburn.
The Ort Library will offer extended hours of service for the last
week of classes and final exam week beginning this Sunday, May 8th. Dates and
hours are listed below. They are also posted online at http://libguides.frostburg.edu/libhours.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Circulation
Desk at 301-687-4395or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424. We also offer 24/7 online
chat reference service through Maryland AskUsNow! at www.askusnow.info.
Extended Hours for Last Week of Classes and Finals Week:
Sunday, May 8 // 1:00
p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday, May 9
- Thursday, May 12 // 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday, May 13 //
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 //
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 15 //
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday, May 16
- Tuesday, May 17 // 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 18
- Friday, May 20 // 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
& Memorial Day Weekend Hours:
Commencement, May 21 // 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 //
Monday, May 23
- Friday, May 27 // 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.