Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Break Library Hours

 Library Hours During Spring Break:

  • Saturday, March 18 // Closed 
  • Sunday, March 19 // Closed 
  • Monday, March 20 // 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 21 // 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 22 // 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, March 23 // 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, March 24 // 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 25 // Closed 
  • Sunday, March 26 // 1:00 p.m. – Midnight

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

As always, Maryland AskUsNow!, our 24/7 chat service is available for you at: Maryland AskUsNow!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Book Madness 2017 Begins March 1

Our first three March Book Madness tournaments were such a success, the Ort Library has decided to hold the March Book Madness Tournament again. Just like the  NCAA Basketball Tournament that will be held during March, the Ort Library will hold its own tournament, only our tournament will crown one book the Champion of March Book Madness. Eight different categories of books were selected and through a tough and rigorous process, the library staff narrowed down the list of books to eight books in each category, for a total of 64 books.

Voting for the Round of 64 begins on Wednesday March 1 and ends on Sunday March 5.
The categories are:

  • New York State of Mind
  • Southern Comfort
  • One Word Titles
  • Girl Power
  • Lazy Days of Summer
  • Are we there yet?
  • Great First Lines
  • 2016

Just like in the NCAA Tournament, we will start out with 64 teams (books). Student, faculty, and staff votes will determine which books move onto the Round of 32. Once the 32 books are selected, additional rounds of voting will take place to get to the Championship title game. The Champion Book will be crowned on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

There are three (3) ways to vote:
  1. Paper ballots will be available in the library by the March Book Madness display case.
  2. A Library Guide has been created so that you can see the brackets and vote online. The guide can be accessed via the following link:
  3. On the Library Guide, there is a PDF bracket that you can download, save, and e-mail to

Voting for the Round of 64 begins on Wednesday March 1 and ends on Sunday March 5.

Voting for the titles in the Round of 32 will begin on March 6 and end on March 9. 

Some of the books selected for March Book Madness will be available for your review on the main floor of the library (3rd floor). Just look for the March Book Madness display case.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at or 301-687-4425.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tibetan Monks Create Mandala in Library

You are invited to the Opening Ceremony at the Ort Library that welcomes the Tibetan monks to campus on Sunday, March 5 at 3:00.

During their five day residency, the lamas will create a mandala with colored sand. It will require at least 33 hours of concentrated effort to complete the sand painting. Observation hours to view the process will be Sunday, March 5 3:00 -7:00 p.m.; Monday to Wednesday 10:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. - 12 Noon.

A lecture will also be held on Sunday, March 5, on the "Symbolism of the Sand Mandala" in the Atkinson Room (232) of the Lane Center.

Events will occur throughout the week to celebrate the ceremonies and traditions of Buddhism. This campus residency is endorsed by the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing.

When he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the Dalai Lama stated, " I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means might appear different the ends are the same."

The monks from the Drepung Loselang Monastery in Tibet will conclude their visit with a public performance on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available by calling 301-687-3137.

Visit the Mystical Arts of Tibet Website to see their traditional attire and listen to their chanting. A display of library resources on the culture of Tibetan Buddhism is currently available at the entrance of the Library.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Artstor Celebrates Black History Month

The Artstor Blog for February highlights Black History Month in its Top Posts & Pages section. Links on this month's publication identify digital images from the database featuring photography on Black life and culture and art by Black women.

Artstor has also partnered with The Phillips Gallery of Modern Art to provide access to additional images from prominent Black artists. The newsletter mentions efforts to partner with other organizations for future access to additional images.

Archives of previous newsletters include resource links from last year's February issue.

Artstor Digital Library is available from the A-Z database tab on the Ort Library home page.

If you have questions about accessing or using Artsor, please contact the Ort Library Reference Desk at 301-687-4424 or to e-mail a question..

Instructions for accessing library resources from off campus are provided on the Distance Ed Students link also available on the library home page.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Library Introduces Kanopy Streaming Video

The Ort Library has recently introduced a new online video streaming service, Kanopy.  Kanopy's collection includes thousands of award-winning educational documentaries, training films and theatrical releases from producers such as the Criterion Collection, PBS, Kino Lorber, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel and hundreds more.

Kanopy may be accessed via the Library’s A-Z Databases web page.  In addition, citations and links to the films are included in the OneSearch search engine located on the Ort Library website.  FSU students, faculty and staff will be asked to enter their 14-digit barcode number and last name to access Kanopy films and other Library resources from off-campus.

Faculty & Staff:  Please note that Kanopy videos cannot be embedded in Blackboard at this time, but may be linked to from your courses.  Please follow these instructions to link to Kanopy videos from Blackboard courses:
  1. Find the video you are interested in having your class view.
  2. Below the video, click on the Share button.
  3. Click on Share link.
  4. A URL is provided for you to copy.  This link will be pasted in your Blackboard course by creating an item, assignment, etc.
  5. To ensure off-campus access to Kanopy films, make sure to add the Library's proxy prefix ( in front of the URL.  For example, the film URL provided by Kanopy should be added your Blackboard course as  Off-campus users will be asked to enter their 14-digit barcode number and last name to authenticate into Kanopy to view the video.
  6. When creating the link in Blackboard as an item, assignment, etc., after pasting the link in the box, choose "Open in New Window" from the drop down.
 If you have questions about accessing or using Kanopy, please contact the Ort Library Reference Desk at 301-687-4424, or via online chat.  If you need assistance linking to Kanopy videos from Blackboard, please contact the FSU Instructional Design & Delivery team.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Spring Library Hours

Welcome back to Frostburg State University! Regular semester hours for the Ort Library for the Spring 2017 semester being today, Monday, January 30, 2017 and are as follows:

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

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424. 24/7 Online Reference Service is also available through Maryland AskUsNow! You can also email questions to

We are happy to have you all back on campus and we wish you a successful semester!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Three New Library Displays

Three new displays are available on Floor 3 of the Ort Library.

The first display case on the left highlights Harry Potter Book Night. The Ort Library will host the event again this year in collaboration with the Children's Literature Centre from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on February 2.  Last year Hogwart's Express greeted visitors to the celebration in the library.

About 300 area middle school children and parents attended. Plans are underway for an even bigger celebration this year--stay tuned for additional details.

The second display recognizes January 17th as the anniversary of the first meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The display includes books from the library's collection that document the history and challenges addressed by the Council. Countries that provoked sanctions are identified. In addition to the materials assembled in the display case the Council's official website includes an extensive list of links to additional documentation.

The third display features items donated to Special Collections by Dr. Gary S. Horowitz, former Vice-President of Advancement at FSU.  Dr. Horowitz collected these items while traveling through Africa.

Items displayed include carvings, dolls and masks.

Additional items from the Horowitz Collection can be viewed in the President's Conference Room, Hitchins 218.

Visit the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections on Floor 4 of the Ort Library to see the wooden carving, pictured on the left, from the Horowitz Collection.