Thursday, April 12, 2018

Choose Civility Today (and Everyday)!

The Lewis J. Ort library is proud to join the campus in celebrating Civility in Action on this Day of Civility (April 12, 2018).

We have created an online guide to resources related to civility, as well as a library display, which can be found on the third (main) floor of the Library. The online guide can be found here:

A limited number of "I choose civility" stickers and window decals are available at this display. Please help yourself while supplies last!

Find out more about events taking place on campus at this link. Also please visit the Facebook event page to learn about other events across Allegany County!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The library has several displays honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please stop by the library to view these displays and to add to our whiteboard on the ways you have honored the legacy of Dr. King.

You can see that some students have already added the ways they are honoring Dr. King.

Tell us: How are you honoring the legacy of Dr. King?

Rickie Arnold's First Flight - Display

To celebrate Rickie Arnold's upcoming mission, A collage of items from his first flight on 15 March 2009 is available for viewing on the easel just inside Special Collections (Library 4th Floor).  Included are: a small Maryland flag, the patch worn by the astronauts, and various photos from the Mission (including the astronauts).  In the top left corner is the certificate of authenticity that these items were in space.

At the top of the easel is the Frostburg State University ball cap that Mission Astronaut Richard Arnold II took into space.  We have a signed certificate stating that the cap was worn by Arnold.  There is also a banner reading, "Frostburg State University is proud of Astronaut Richard Arnold, II" and signed by Arnold with his year of graduation.

Posted by LAH on behalf of MaryJo Price, Special Collections Librarian.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March Book Madness - Champion Crowned

Congratulations to Ort Library's 
March Book Madness Champion 2018

The voting for the Champion has ended. In the end it came down to a contest between:  Sherlock Holmes vs Murder on the Orient Express. 

This year we had over 3600 individual votes during the tournament. 

In the end only one book can be crowned:     
March Book Madness Champion for 2018 
The winner of this year's Championship is: 

Sherlock Holmes 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
You can view the results for the Championship "Game" on the guide created for the March Book Madness:

Public Notice: MD Dept of Housing & Community Development, Annual Plan

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has announced a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State's Consolidated Plan.

In Western Maryland, the meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 13.

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Allegany County Office Complex
701 Kelly Road
Potomac Room 230
Cumberland, MD 21502

Please see the original notice here: MD DHCD Public Notice, Annual Plan

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.

Friday, March 30, 2018

March Book Madness - Championship Match

March Book Madness
Voting March 30 – April 2 
Congrats to the 2 books moving onto the Championship Match for Ort Library’s March Book Madness 2017 tournament. 
The field has now been narrowed down to the Final 2:
Sherlock Holmes vs Murder on the Orient Express 
Voting for the CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH in the Ort Library’s March Book Madness begins today, Friday March 30.
The winner will be announced Tuesday April 3rd on the 3rd floor of the Ort Library. 
Vote for your favorite book to be crowned the Ort Library’s 2018 March Book Madness Champion. 
The library guide will have a tab for voting in the Championship Match and a tab that provides the results for the Final Four. 
The Guide can be accessed here: 
Good luck to the final two books as voting for the CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH begins! 
If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at or 301-687-4425

Monday, March 26, 2018

March Book Madness - Final Four

March Book Madness - FINAL FOUR (Voting March 26-29)

Voting for the FINAL FOUR in the Ort Library’s March Book Madness begins Monday March 26.

We had some very close games during the Elite 8. It is now time to vote for your favorite book to move onto the Championship Match.

The library guide will have a tab for voting in the Final Four and a tab that provides the results for the Elite 8.

Good luck to all the books as voting for the FINAL FOUR begins!