Monday, February 23, 2015

March Book Madness Starts March 6th



The Lewis J. Ort Library’s March Book Madness is back for its 2nd year. Last year we had over 3000 votes cast to crown the winner To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This year we have NEW brackets and many new books joining the tournament.

The 8 brackets for this year's tournament are:
  • Children’s Books
  • Young Adult
  • Books on Screen
  • Graphic Novels
  • American Lit
  • Brit Lit
  • Historical Fiction
  • Banned Books
Look for the books to be announced on Friday March 6, 2015. 

Voting starts March 6, 2015. 

The winner will be crowned on Monday April 6, 2015.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Featured Online Resource: FoodSafety.gov

Whether you are a serious cook, or you just need to know how long your leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator, FoodSafety.gov is a helpful resource for finding reliable information.

The web site is a joint effort of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Highlights of this resource include:

  • Food recalls - information about current food recalls as well as an option to subscribe to e-mail alerts.
  • Food safety charts - information about food storage, cooking times, and temperatures
  • Emergency preparedness guidelines such as ensuring safe food and water after an emergency
  • "Ask Karen" - ask questions about food safety or browse a database of past questions and answers.  An online chat is also available.
  • Expert assistance - The "Other Resources" option under "Ask the Expert" provides a list of contacts for assistance in various topics

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.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ort Library Presents New Displays for February 2015


Ort Library Presents New Displays for February 2015

The first display, located on the 3rd floor near the entrance, celebrates Black History Month with a remembrance of Brownsville – An African American community in Frostburg. Read about the residents of Brownsville as well as view aerial photographs and materials from many sources.

The second display, located on the 3rd floor near room 318, highlights the discovery of Pluto in 1930. Although it was first designated as a planet when first discovered, since 2006, it has been designated a dwarf planet. The display highlights the history of the discovery of Pluto.

The third display, located on the 4th floor, highlights the sinking of the USS Maine in the Havana harbor in February 1898. The sinking of the USS Maine was one of the many factors that led to the Spanish-American War in 1898. The display highlights some of the resources the library has to offer on the Spanish-American War.

The fourth display, located on the 5th floor, highlights Reggae Music and Bob Marley. Reggae music originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s.  Learn more about Marley and the music he performed throughout the world.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Featured Online Resource: Computer Desktop Encyclopedia



This week’s Featured Online Resource is the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (http://computerlanguage.com/). The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia was founded in 1978 when the founder of the company was unable to find a computer dictionary that would work in the computer classes he was teaching. The dictionary started out with 300 entries and now has over 30,000. 

The site offers the option of searching for a particular term, browsing by letter, or getting the Tech Term of the Day. This site also offers users the option of downloading the dictionary to their iPhone, Android, or Windows device.

http://computerlanguage.com/


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.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Featured Online Resource: Behind the Veil Oral History Project



This week’s Featured Online Resource (FOR) is Duke University Library’s Behind the Veil Oral History Project (http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/behindtheveil/). This project is a collection of recorded oral history interviews that chronicles African-American life in the American South during the era segregation, dates from the 1890s to the 1950s. Interviews were conducting during the early 1990s.

More than 400 of the 1260 interviews have been digitized and can be listened to online. Additionally, many of the interviews include transcripts of the recordings which can be downloaded in PDF format. The majority of the interviews are from people who lived in North Carolina, but other Southern states are also represented.

http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/behindtheveil/

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Library Highlights: Maryland AskUsNow!



Welcome back students, faculty, and staff.   The beginning of a new semester is a great time to get to know the services the library offers.  In this post we highlight:

Maryland AskUsNow! – Our 24/7 chat reference service 

Imagine this:
You are working on an assignment but the library is closed.  You need to find additional resources (articles) and you are not sure where to look and need some help.  What can you do to get some help?

You can use Maryland AskUsNow!  It is your access to 24/7 reference assistance.  

You can access it from the link on the library’s homepage.  Once you click on the link, you can ask your question and be chatting with a librarian in no time.  


You can also access it through the AskUsNow qwidget located on the results screen in OneSearch. You do not even have leave the results screen to chat with a librarian.


The librarians will be able to show you how to find the information you need and perhaps even work with you on what search terms will bring the best results.  No question is too tough!