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:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dr. Theresa M. Mastrodonato

Dr. Theresa M. Mastrodonato (Center) is pictured with her Dissertation Committee Members (Left to Right) Dr. Kelly Hall (Chair), Dr. William Childs, Dr. Suzanne McCoskey, and Dr. Lea Messman-Mandicott. 

Theresa successfully defended her dissertation: Perceptions of Academic Librarians Regarding Supporting Distance Education Students and Meeting National Standards November 17 to partially meet program requirements for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree with specialization in Higher Education Leadership that will be conferred at December’s Commencement.

If you see Dr. Mastrodonato in the Ort Library, please congratulate her. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Extended Library Hours for Last Week of Class/Final Exams

The Lewis J. Ort Library will offer extended hours of service for the last week of classes and final exam week beginning next Monday, December 4, 2017. Dates and hours are listed below. They are also posted online at If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424. We also offer 24/7 online chat reference service through Maryland AskUsNow! at

Fall 2017 Library Extended Hours Schedule:

Monday, Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 7 || 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday, Dec.  8 || 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 || 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 || 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 14 || 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 15 || 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16 || 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 || 11:00 a.m. to Midnight
Monday, Dec. 18 || 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 21 || 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, January 1, 2018 || CLOSED

Weather-related closures and delays will be posted via the regular university-wide announcement systems.

We wish you all the best in finishing out the semester!

Monday, November 27, 2017

A special birthday coming next week!

On December 4, 1967. Frostburg State College's Framptom Library (now Frostburg State University's Lewis J. Ort Library) became a member of the Federal Depository Library System!

Next week, on Mon. Dec. 4, we will be celebrating this anniversary with cake and refreshments from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (or while the food lasts).  Please join us and enjoy some treats in the government documents area on the 2nd floor of the library at that time!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Library Hours During Thanksgiving Week

The Ort Library will maintain the following schedule during Thanksgiving Week:

Monday, Nov. 20 - 7:30 a.m. to Midnight
Tuesday, Nov. 21 - 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closing early)
Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Saturday, Nov. 25 - CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 26 - 1:00 p.m. to Midnight

The Library does offer 24/7 online chat reference service through Maryland Ask Us Now. The link is on the main Library webpage For assistance or questions during our open hours, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424.

We wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Library Displays for November

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to announce 3 new displays for November 2017.

The first display on the 4th floor of the library recognizes the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution that led to the development of the Soviet Union. The display contains resources available on this historical event that are available in the library.

The second display is located on the 3rd floor of the library and recognizes Native American History Month. The display highlights the 1973 Occupation of Wounded Knee by the American Indian Movement (AIM). The display highlights some of the newspaper articles from this time.

The third display is also on the 3rd floor of the library and is on King Tutankhamun. It provides information on his background and history of his tomb that was found in 1922.

These displays will be up through the end of November.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day - Resources for Vets and Dept. of Defense display

Best wishes to our veterans as we recognize Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11!

Please stop by to visit the display which highlights our Department of Defense documents as well as 242nd birthday of the US Marine Corps! The display is located on the 5th floor of the library.

If you or any of your friends or family are a veteran, we hope you enjoy this display.  Also, feel free to check out these other resources that provide information about services and resources for veterans:

  • - This web site is published by the US Dept. of Labor, and focuses on employment information for veterans.
  • My HealthEVet - Published by the Veterans Health Administration, MyHealthEVet you tips and tools to help veterans partner with their health care teams.
  • Veterans Benefits Administration - Provides an overview of benefits available to veterans. 
  • - Compilation of Federal links of interest to veterans.
Many of the documents featured in this display are from our Federal documents collection. This year marks our 50th year as a member of the Federal Depository Library Program! Watch for more information about this anniversary soon!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Biology and Chemistry Models Available

Tom Dosunmu and DeAntae White were intent on studying for Anatomy 321 in the Ort Library this week. In addition to their own notecards, they were using the Anatomy Male Muscle Figure Model requested by the Biology Department. Models can be checked out at the Circulation Desk for use in the Library for two hours at a time.

Other biology models available on Reserve in the Library include:
  •   Skeleton - Mini skeleton [model]
  •   Skull - Standard premier 4-part skull
  •   Ear - The human ear
  •   Eye - The human eye 
  •   Brain - Life-size 2-part brain
  •   Heart - Classic heart, 2 part
The Molecular Model Set for Organic Stereochemistry is also on Reserve for Chemistry students.

Monday, November 6, 2017

What You Should Know about Financial Aid: FSU Government Resources Have the Answers!

Did you know that the time line and process for submitting your FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) has changed? According to the Federal Student Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education, the application process is now open from October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 and requires the submission of tax information from 2015 tax returns 

Not sure what this is or what means for you? Wondering what kinds of aid will be accessible, whether or not you are eligible, or how to go about applying? The FSU Lewis J. Ort Library Government Documents Libguide has many weblinks with answers to these questions and more!

The 2nd floor Media area will be featuring a bulletin board showcasing these resources, as well as answers to some of these essential questions. The sites featured can be found on the Libguide created by our Government Documents Librarian, Lisa Hartman at

Under “Children’s Government Resources” the link will lead you to websites on varying subjects managed by  Here there are two major links you can click on to give you Financial Aid information. The first is “How do I apply for federal/student aid” and the other is “Financial Aid for Students.” Both of these links take you to pages detailing the types of aid out there, eligibility requirements, how to apply, and what to expect from the process. They also connect you directly to the FAFSA form website and provide how to videos for the process, as well as deadlines and information you may need to complete your FAFSA form.

This information is essential to your higher education, so don’t waste any time (or money) and check out these resources to know your options and to get your financial aid application started correctly right away!

Please come by and check it out! For questions dealing specifically with your Frostburg State Financial Aid process for deadlines and other essential information, please visit the FSU Financial Aid Office web page at or contact them  at 114 Pullen Hall, 301-687-4301,

 (Posted on behalf of Krista McKenzie, Library Services Supervisor in Media Dept.)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dr. Philip D. Morgan, Guest Lecturer

FSU's Center for Literary Arts, The Department of History and the Lewis J. Ort Library hosted Dr. Philip D. Morgan as guest lecturer on October 26th.

Dr. Morgan addressed a group of 40 students, faculty and community members on "Black Patriots and Enslaved Fugitives in Maryland During the American Revolution." His Power point presentation included excerpts of newspaper articles and advertisements published during the period. In addition to those primary sources his research included pension rolls that identified African-Americans who served as soldiers in the Revolution.

During his 60 minute address, he pointed out how the adjectives and adverbs used to describe Afro-American patriots illustrated that their fellow soldiers learned to respect and appreciate the valor and loyalty they displayed in battle.

Dr. Morgan currently serves as the Harry C. Black Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University.

The Ort Library owns three of his books: Black Experience and the Empire, Colonial Chesapeake Society and Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Unforgettable Moments in American History

This December, The Ort Library is celebrating 50 years as a Regional Depository in the Federal Depository Library Program. As members of this program, the Library houses thousands of materials created by U.S. Government offices, both in print and online. Check out a highlight of some unique Government published materials in our digital display of Unforgettable Moments in American History. Click link for full display or see preview below.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Students Needed for Focus Groups (FREE PIZZA!)

Frostburg State University’s Lewis J. Ort Library is committed to its contribution to the academic success of our students.  Last spring we asked students to complete a Student Success Survey. We have compiled the data gathered from the survey and have determined that we would like to hold several focus groups to further understand how the Ort Library can contribute to your success.

We are looking for some more volunteers who would be willing to share their ideas about how the Ort Library can contribute to their success at Frostburg State University.

If you would like to be a part of one of the focus groups, please stop by the Circulation Desk in the library to sign up or e-mail
There will be two  focus groups held.

The dates and times for the focus groups, which will last for 45-60 minutes, are:
  • Monday October 30 at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday November 1 at 12:00 pm

As a thank you for your participation PIZZA and beverages will be provided.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Library Displays for October

The Ort Library is pleased to present several new displays in the library for the month of October.

The first display, located on the 3rd floor celebrates National Chemistry Week, October 22 - 28. This year's theme is Chemistry Rocks! The display highlights information on geochemistry and showcases several rocks collected by our library staff.

The second display, also located on the 3rd floor, celebrates the Independent Lit Festival that is held each year at FSU. The display highlights information about independent literature.

The third display is located on the 4th floor and highlights the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's publication of the 95 Theses. The display provides some information about why the 95 Theses were written and showcases some of the resources we have in the library on this topic.

The fifth floor has our last display on the resources that our government documents area has to offer. The library will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary as an Federal Depository Library in December. Thanks to Ron Clark for creating this display.

The displays will be up through the end of October.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Banned Books That Shaped America

Have you read The Great Gatsby? What about Moby Dick or Gone with the Wind? If so, these are just a few of the thousands of titles that have been banned at some point by a school, library or other organization for inappropriate content. 

Each year, hundreds of books are challenged and subsequently reported to the American Library Association. Often, the books that make it on ALA’s Challenged Books list, are the same books that have a profound impact on society and the way its readers view the world. ALA recently released its Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 which included books like Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki. 

 Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association, 

In 2012, the Library of Congress created an exhibition of Books That Shaped America “to spark a national conversation on books and their importance in Americans’ lives.” This year, the Banned Books Coalition cross-referenced this list with ALA’s Challenged Books lists to create a list of Banned Books That Shaped America. This list inspired the display below, which can be spotted on the third floor of the Ort Library. 

Celebrate your freedom to read by picking up one of these titles at the library today!