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!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Spring 2015 Library Hours

The Library will resume regular semester hours on Monday, January 26, 2015. Spring hours are listed below. Any delays, closings, or changes to hours will be sent out via email to the campus community. Hours are also available online: If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Library Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

Regular Semester Hours:

Monday - Thursday // 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight
Friday // 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday // 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday // 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 Midnight

Spring Recess

Friday // March 13 // 7:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday // March 14 - 15 // Closed
Monday - Friday // March 16 - 20 // 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday // March 21 // Closed
Sunday // March 22 // 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 Midnight

Extended Hours
During the final week of classes and exam period

Sunday // May 3 // 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - Thursday // May 4 - 7 // 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday // May 8 // 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday // May 9 // 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday // May 10 // 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - Thursday // May 11 - 14 // 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday // May 15 // 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight
Saturday // May 16 // 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight
Sunday // May 17 // 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - Tuesday // May 18 - 19 // 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday // May 20 // 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Commencement & Memorial Day Weekend

Thursday Commencement // May 21 // 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday // May 22 // 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - Monday // May 23 - 25 // Closed

Monday, January 5, 2015

Intersession Library Hours

The Library is open during Intersession. Intersession hours are posted below. Adjustments to library operating hours, including weather-related closings and delays, will be sent out via email to the campus community.

The Library hours are also posted online:

If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

·         The Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
·         The Library will return to regular semester hours on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Featured Online Resource: The Astronomical Almanac

If you are an astronomy scholar or even a serious fan, you may wish to explore the Astronomical Almanac Online.  The Almanac is a joint publication of the United States and United Kindom through the United States Naval Observatory, Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office, and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.

The glossary can be a helpful resource to those lest familiar with Astronomical terms. The almanac compiles data on phenomena such as eclipses.  It also has sections covering the sun, moon, planets,  and more.

The site also allows you to download iCalendar files of a diary of astronomical phenomena.  This can be downloaded and imported into calendars in iCalendar 2.0 format such as Outlook, Google, and iCal,

You might notice that some types of information are not available online.  This data can be found in the print version of the Astronomical Almanac.  Newer copies can be found in the Library's Reference section, at call number: QB 9 .U55.  Older copies are in the government documents section at D 213.8.  (Just ask for help if you need assistance finding them!)

A list of additional links to helpful information in all three agencies is also available here.

The almanac assumes that viewers have some background in understanding of the data.  If you are less familiar, and would just like to learn a bit more about astronomy, you might want to monitor NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day web site.  With each photo, a professional astronomer provides a brief explanation of what you are seeing!

Happy stargazing!

The Ort Library regularly 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, December 5, 2014

Extended Library Hours for Last Week of Classes & Final Exams

As in past semesters, the Lewis J. Ort Library will extend its hours during the last week of classes and the week of final exams. Extended hours begin today, Friday, December 5th, and will continue through Friday, December 19th. Library hours through Commencement are listed below:

Friday, December 5
7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 6
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 7
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday, December 8 – Thursday, December 11
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday, December 12
7:00 a.m. to Midnight
Saturday, December 13
9:00 a.m. to Midnight
Sunday, December 14
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday, December 15 – Thursday, December 18
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday, December 19
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 – COMMENCEMENT
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Library hours are also posted online:

If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Celebrate Letter Writing Day by Writing a Letter to a US Service Member

December 7, 2014 is Letter Writing Day. The Ort Library has created a display to highlight the history of letter writing and showcase some of the handwritten letters available in Special Collections. 

To celebrate Letter Writing Day we are asking everyone to write a letter to a person in the US Armed Forces. We will gather all the letters written and send them off to be sent to the troops. We will send the letters to Operation Gratitude who will then forward the letters onto our US Service Members.

The display has paper and envelopes available for letter writing. You can also drop off letters you have written. There is also a box that has been set aside to collect the letters written. 

When you write a letter, please do not seal the envelope that you put the letter in.

We will gather letters until December 19, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato (ext. 4425) – or MaryJo Price (ext. 4889) –

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Multimedia Presentation Room

Multimedia Presentation Room Available on the 2nd Floor of the Ort Library.

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 available for students to watch DVDs that the library has available. The room is equipped with a large LCD monitor for watching DVDs.

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