Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's Constitution Day (Sept 17, 1787 - Sept 17, 2014)

Today marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution (Sept. 17, 1787).

Every year on this date, we commemorate this occasion and honor the Founding Fathers who signed this important document by celebrating Constitution Day!

You may learn more about the Constitution by visiting the Constitution Day / Star Spangled Banner Anniversary display located on the 5th floor of the library.

That's right, it is also the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner!

Also, visit our library guide at to locate additional library and online resources, including videos, about the Constitution and Constitution Day.  Find entertaining games and videos help you test your own knowledge and learn even more about the Constitution!  An additional tab with information about the Star Spangled Banner celebration has also been added.

Happy Constitution Day!

(Images courtesy of Web site)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Library Highlights: Group and Individual Study Rooms

As we move into the fall semester, the Ort Library would like to highlight the individual and group study rooms that are available for your use. 

The library has five (5) group study rooms for groups of 3 or more people. Each study room is equipped with a computer and large screen monitor. Three (3) group study rooms are available on the 5th floor and two (2) group study rooms are available on the 2nd floor. To access a group study room, please stop by the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the library to check out a key. Your group can utilize the group study room for two (2) hours. At least three (3) members of your group must come to the Circulation Desk to check out the key.

 Group Study Room Located on 2nd Floor

In addition, three (3) group study carrels are available on the 5th floor of the library. These are open computers/tables for use and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Additionally, four (4) individual study rooms are available for student use on the 5th floor of the library. These rooms are always unlocked and you do not need a key to access them.  The individual study rooms can be found at the end of the floor closest to the Chesapeake Dining Hall. If you take the elevator to the 5th floor, turn left and you will find them at the end of the stacks. The rooms that are available for use are 514(A), 515, 519(G), and 522(C).

Individual Study Room Located on 5th Floor

Monday, September 8, 2014

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!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Four New Library Displays for September

The Ort Library is pleased to present four new displays for September.

The first display, located on the 3rd floor near the front door, highlights Banned Books Week, held September 21-27, 2014. This year’s theme is “Freadom: Celebrate the Right to Read”. The display provides information on the most frequently banned/challenged books from 2000-2009. Additionally, a display is set up with 20th century classics that have been banned/challenged. These books are available to be checked out. Ask yourself: “Who decides what you can read?”


The second display, located on the 4th floor near the stairs, celebrates the life of Maya Angelou who passed away May 28, 2014. She visited FSU four times during her career, the first time in 1972 and the last in 1998. The display highlights her career, her works, and the awards she received during her lifetime as an author, poet, civil rights advocate, actress, and director.

The third display, located on the 5th floor, celebrates Constitution Day held September 17th each year. The display highlights the US Constitution and some books that the library has available on the Constitution. The library also offers a guide for resources on Constitution Day. It can be found here:

The fourth display, also located on the 5th floor, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, the United States national anthem. The display highlights books that are available in the library on the topic and provides some background information on the history of the song.

Continuing through September 15 the display, located on the 3rd floor near room 318, highlights the Incan city of Machu Picchu located in Peru. One of the National Geographic maps that the Ort Library owns on Machu Picchu is also highlighted. Additionally, there is a quiz to complete to see how much you know about this ancient city.

If you have any questions about the displays, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at ext. 4425 or or MaryJo Price at ext. 4889 or