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.