Thursday, July 20, 2017

Featured Online Resource: August 21 Total/Partial Eclipse information from NASA

On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse will be visible across much of the United States. It will also be visible as a partial eclipse in other states (including Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia).

NASA has compiled some resources to help you learn more about eclipses, including specific information about the August eclipse!



Learn more with these resources!



Enjoy your eclipse-watching!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Einstein: His Life and Universe

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His portrait graces a current Special Edition publication by Time; his life inspired a recent ten-week television series titled GeniusAlbert Einstein continues to provoke public interest with stories of both his persona and his theories. 

Walter Isaacson's biography, Einstein: His Life and Universe, is documented by primary sources and depicts an imaginative, playful scientist who struggled to survive the horrors of war and to maintain personal relationships.

Issacson’s work expertly combines descriptions of  scientific theories with examples from Einstein's letters to family and colleagues that reveal his complex personality.

In addition there are numerous occasions when Einstein understood the moral dilemma created by many theories and responded with his own memorable actions. 


If you would like to share Einstein’s journey, consider reading this biography available on Floor 5 of the Ort Library  QC16.E5I76 2007.





















Friday, June 30, 2017

Consolidated Coal Company Researcher

Zada Komara, Adjunct Professor at Centre College and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, traveled from Kentucky this summer to conduct research on the Consolidated Coal Company in Special Collections at the Ort Library.


The Mutual Monthly Magazine and Ledgers/Journals of Consolidated Coal were the principal resources that she used. These titles are representative of many coal related research materials available in either print or electronic format at the Ort Library. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Upcoming Library Closings - 7/2 & 7/4

The Lewis J. Ort Library will be closed on Sunday, July 2 and also on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The library will be open on Monday, July 3. Regular business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424. There is also 24/7 chat reference assistance available online through Maryland Ask Us Now if you need help during our closed times.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Woodward D. Pealer Exhibit

A display of materials, from the Pealer Collection of Beall Archives on third floor of the Lewis J. Ort Library, celebrates the lifetime of public service of Woodward D. Pealer. 

It includes citations commemorating the dedication of the Woodward D. Pealer Recital Hall on July 9, 1995 and the conferring of an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters by Frostburg State University on May 16, 2009.


The Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center Naming Ceremony on June 16, 2017 will recognize the $2.5 million gift to the FSU Foundation from Pealer’s estate. The Woodward and Virginia Pealer Endowed Fund was established by Pealer and his wife in 1990. The Endowment supports scholarships and faculty development at FSU.

When friends and members of the Cumberland community asked Pealer about his interest in FSU, he explained, “In my opinion the power of education is the most valuable resource we have to improve ourselves. For this reason, I want to provide financial support to young people pursuing learning opportunities in educational excellence.”

When Pealer visited campus in 1995, Library Director Dr. David M. Gillespie gave him a personal tour of the Pealer Collection. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

WPWVC ACRL Spring Conference

Amber Harrison, Pam Williams, Emily Zumbrun and Lisa Hartman attended the Spring Conference of WPWVC ACRL at Potomac State of WVU in Keyser on June 2, 2017.


Libraries Leading the Trends, began with a Keynote address by Cheryl Ann Middleton, Associate University Librarian for Learning and Engagement at Oregon State University Libraries & Press and in-coming president of ACRL.

Both Amber and Emily participated in the conference poster session. Amber, enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s School of Information Science, created a poster detailing the celebration of National Library Week at the Lewis J. Ort Library that contained the assessment of comments from students explaining what they love about the Library.


Emily Zumbrun, enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park’s College of Information Studies, designed a poster detailing her internship with the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections and the Digital Projects Lab at the Lewis J. Ort Library to digitize seventy years of Commencement Bulletins for the Maryland Shared Open Access Repository (MD-SOAR).

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Library Displays - Summer 2017

Three new library displays are now available at the Lewis J. Ort Library.

The first display, located on the 5th floor, celebrates the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright. As many people know, we have 2 of his houses within an hour of Frostburg, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. The display provides some history of Wright and showcases some of the books we have on his architectural works.

The second display, located on the 4th floor, highlights the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prizes being given out. The display focuses on some of the books that have won Pulitzer's in literature and history. A biography of Pulitzer is also included in the display.

The third display, located on the 3rd floor, highlights the Appalachian Trail. In the summer, many of us look forward to being outside and some may contemplate hiking parts of the Trail. The display highlights some of the resources the library offers on the Appalachian Trail and provides a brief history of the Trail.

The displays on the 4th and 5th floor will be up through the end of August. The display on the 3rd floor will be up through the end of July.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Ort Library Summer Hours

The Lewis J. Ort Library is now observing summer hours.

Hours:
  • Monday through Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
If you need assistance when the library is not open, you can contact Maryland AskUsNow. Click on the AskUsNow icon below to access our 24/7 Chat Reference Service.

http://www.questionpoint.org/crs/servlet/org.oclc.admin.BuildForm?&page=frame&institution=13572&type=2&language=1

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Public Notice: MD Dept of Housing & Community Development public hearings on draft annual plan

Public Notice (PDF)

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has shared the following public notice:


The Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State's Consolidated Plan.

Please see the document linked above for details.

The first set of hearings on the development of the draft Annual Plan will be held in 4 locations:

  • Towson, MD - Tues. May 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Denton, MD - Wed. May 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cumberland, MD - Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Owings, MD - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:430 a.m.

The Cumberland meeting will take place at the Allegany County Office Complex, 701 Kelly Road, Potomac Room 230.

The Lewis J Ort library is a depository for Maryland State Documents as well as a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program.  As a Maryland depository, we receive public notices such as the one featured above.  These notices are posted to a designated bulletin board on the  2nd floor of the Ort Library, but will also be posted regularly to the Ort Library Blog.  If  you would also like to be added to an e-mail distribution list in order to receive information about future public notices, please contact Lisa Hartman, Government Documents Coordinator at lahartman@frostburg.edu or (301) 687-4734.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Extended Library Hours for End of Semester

The Lewis J. Ort Library will offer extended hours of service for the last week of classes and final exam week beginning this Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Dates and hours are listed below. They are also posted online at http://libguides.frostburg.edu/libhours. 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 http://www.askusnow.info.

Spring 2017 Extended Library Hours Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 10 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 11 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 12 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 15 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 16 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 18 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 19 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 22 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23 – 7:00 a.m. to midnight
  • Wednesday, May 24 – 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25 – COMMENCEMENT DAY – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 26 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, May 28 – CLOSED
  • Monday, May 29 – MEMORIAL DAY – CLOSED

Library Summer Hours:
Monday through Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays – CLOSED
Sundays – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Multimedia Presentation Room



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 equipped with a large LCD monitor for watching DVDs for class assignments.

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

To access the Presentation Room, please check the key out from the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Library. 




New Library Displays for May 2017

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present three new displays in the library.

On the 5th floor is the celebration of the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy (JFK), who was born in May 1917. The display provides biographical information about JFK and includes some of the books that the library has on our 35th President of the United States.

The 4th floor of the library has a display on the history of the American Red Cross, including information on the co-founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton. The display provides some history of the organization and includes some of the resources the library has on the organization.

The final display is on the 3rd floor. This display celebrates Mother Goose Day on May 1st. This display highlights the history of "Mother Goose", including that some of the nursery rhymes may go back to the 10th century. The display also highlights some of the resources we have in the library on Mother Goose, including a Chinese Mother Goose book, a Muppets Mother Goose book, and a French Mother Goose book.

These displays will be up through the end of May.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Theresa Mastrodonato at tmmastrodonato@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4425.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Public Notice: Alternative 4 Modified - Interchange Roundabouts with Local and Relocated US 219


Public Notice (PDF)

The Maryland Department of Transportation and State Highway Administration has shared the following public notice:

Alternative 4 Modified - Interchange Roundabouts with Local and Relocated US 219

The text of this notice may be read at the link above.

A public hearing was held on February 6, 2017 at Grantsville Elementary School. The transcript of this hearing may be viewed at this link: http://www.us219northmd.com/transcript.html

The transcript may also be viewed at the following locations:

SHA District 6
1251 Vocke Rd.
LaVale, MD 21502
Telephone: 301-729-8400
Toll Free: 1-800-760-7138

Ruth Enlow Library-Grantsville
102 Parkview Dr.
Grantsville, MD 21536
Telephone: 301-895-5298

Grantsville Municipal Building
171 Hill St.
Grantsville, MD 21536
Telephone: 301-895-3144

SHA Keyser’s Ridge Complex
3876 National Pike
Accident, MD 21520
Telephone: 1-888-754-0209

The Lewis J Ort library is a depository for Maryland State Documents as well as a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program.  As a Maryland depository, we receive public notices such as the one featured above.  These notices are posted to a designated bulletin board on the  2nd floor of the Ort Library, but will also be posted regularly to the Ort Library Blog.  If  you would also like to be added to an e-mail distribution list in order to receive information about future public notices, please contact Lisa Hartman, Government Documents Coordinator at lahartman@frostburg.edu or (301) 687-4734.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Money Smart Week - Financial Literacy Presentation




In recognition of Money Smart Week, the Ort Library is pleased to be hosting a presentation by FSU's Director of Financial Aid, Angela Hovatter. Ms. Hovatter will discuss how FICO credit scores impact students, how what students do now could affect their future, student loans and the importance of saving money.
When & Where
Wednesday, April 26
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Ort Library
Library Instruction Center

Money Smart Week takes place from Saturday, April 22, through Saturday, April 29. It originated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002.  Since then, the Federal Reserve has teamed up with libraries, schools, businesses and other organizations to help consumers manage their personal finances. 

Please feel free to visit our online guide to Money Smart Week as well at http://libguides.frostburg.edu/moneysmartweek.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fake News and more - Join our lunchtime roundtable on Monday!

The Lewis J. Ort Library, Communication Leadership Lab, and the J. Glenn Beall Jr. Institute for Public Affairs invite you to a light lunch and a lively discussion at:



This roundtable discussion will include faculty from the Ort Library and the Departments of Communication< Computer Science, English, Geography, Philosophy, and Political Science.

When and where?

Monday, April 24
12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lane Center, Atkinson Room
Light lunch fare will be served.

The goals of this discussion are to share observations and best practices for choosing reliable news and research materials, to disrupt “bias bubbles” and algorithms that block the view of shared facts and reality and to improve communications online and in person about source credibility.

We hope to see you there! For more information, please contact  Lisa Hartman (lahartman@frostburg.edu, 301-687-4734)  or Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski (elruminski@frostburg.edu, 301-687-4480).





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CLA Presents Poetry Reading by Multi-Prize Winner Blumenthal in the Library



The FSU Center for Literary Arts will present a poetry reading by poet Michael Blumenthal on Wednesday April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Lewis J. Ort Library. The reading is free and open to the public.
Blumenthal is a poet, author and professor at West Virginia University. He has written a collection of prize-winning books of poetry, including “Sympathetic Magic” (1980), “Laps” (1984), “Dusty Angle” (1999), “And Poems” (2009) and “No Hurry Poems 1000-1012” (2012). He is a graduate of Cornell Law School and formerly director of Creative Writing at Harvard University.
Blumenthal is also a notable fiction and nonfiction author. His novel, “Weinstock Among the Dying” (1993) won the Ribalow Prize for Best Work of Jewish Fiction. His nonfiction works include “He When History Enters the House: Essays From Central Europe” (1998), a collection of short essays he wrote during his years in that region; “All My Mothers and Fathers: A Memoir” (2002); “Just Three Minutes Please: Thinking Around on Public Radio” (2013); and “Because They Needed Me: The Incredible Life of Rita Miljo and Her Struggle to Save the Baboons of South Africa” (2015).
For info, contact the Center for Literary Arts (CLA) at cla@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4340.

The text here is "clipped" from the article in the April 17, 2017 issue of FSU StateLines.