Monday, January 22, 2018

Federal Government Shutdown Updates - Alternative Resources

During the Federal government partial shutdown, some online resources may be affected.  Please monitor this list for potential workarounds.  If the agency that you seek is not included, please contact Lisa Hartman, Reference Librarian & Government Documents Coordinator (, 301-687-4734), or the reference desk (, 301-687-4424), for potential alternative sources.  

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

1/22/18 8:30 am update:

Additional sources of information about the shutdown:

  • "Dark websites"
    • As of 1/22/18 at 8:00 am, many of the agency web sites that were dark during the 2013 shutdown are still functioning. However, they are most likely not being regularly updated. (Many agencies have a message stating this on their home page.)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Local FDLP Libraries' Representatives Meet

Connie Clifton, Dean of Educational Services and Acting Director for the Donald L. Alexander Library at Allegany College of Maryland, and Lisa Hartman, Government Documents and Reference Librarian at FSU, met January 12 to discuss possibilities for increased collaboration for Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) participation by their respective libraries.

The Ort Library at Frostburg State recently celebrated its 50 year anniversary as a selective depository for FDLP. A display case on Floor 2 contains highlights from the federal documents collection as well as the Government Publishing Office's plaque formally acknowledging the Ort Library's participation from 1967-2017.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Seasonal Visitors Find Refuge

Two of our recent visitors wanted to extend an invitation to you to visit the Lewis J. Ort Library during Intersession. The Ort Library is open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sunday hours during Intersession are 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

We will resume normal hours when classes begin on Monday, January 29.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Library Closed for Winter Break Dec 22 - Jan 1

The Ort Library will be closed from Friday December 22, 2017 through Monday January 1, 2018 for Winter Break.

The Library will reopen on Tuesday January 2, 2018 at 7:30 am.

You can still access resources from off-campus during this time using your barcode and last name.

If you need reference assistance, you can chat with a librarian 24/7 via Maryland AskUsNow!

Have a safe break and happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ort Library Congratulates December 2017 Graduates

The Lewis J. Ort Library would like to congratulate all the December 2017 graduates. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

50th anniversary celebration - Thank you!

Thank you to all who stopped by to celebrate our 50th anniversary with the Federal Depository Library Program on Monday! We hope you enjoyed your treats!

While the anniversary has now passed, displays about the program and highlighted documents will remain available this month. Stop by and see the type of information that can be found in our government documents area! Also, please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about how we can help you with research in government information.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Celebrate with us! 50 Years in the FDLP

Monday, December 4, 2017 will mark the library's 50th anniversary as a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)!

We will be celebrating with cake and refreshments from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the government documents area (2nd floor) today! Please drop by join us in our celebration!

The Ort Library is proud to participate as a member of the FDLP.  As a member, we have access to a selection of Federal government documents. This includes documents which are published online. In addition to the documents themselves, the program offers training opportunities for library staff and a network of other participating libraries so that we can help you better with your government information needs!

Feel free to ask if you would like to learn more about the program, or if you have any current needs for government information or data. 

Meanwhile, please take some time to view the displays this month which focus on the FDLP program and the variety of information included!

You can also learn more about the Ort library's documents collection as well as the FDLP at these links: