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:

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 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

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 (, 301-687-4734)  or Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski (, 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 or 301-687-4340.

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

Celebrate National Library Week (April 9 - 15)

Each year the National Library Association celebrates National Library Week. It is a way for everyone to recognize the work that library's do to support their communities and research. The Ort Library is a place for learning.  Whether it is taking library instruction classes, working on the computers, or studying in one of the many study rooms, the Ort Library has everything you need to help you study and learn.
This year's display for National Library Week highlights what the staff of the Ort Library believes we are expert in; what our staff believes we excel in.  

Now we want to hear from you.

  • What do you believe the Ort Library is expert in? 
  • What do you like the best about the Ort Library?

Please leave your ideas on the easel next to the display. We will share some of these on this blog later this week.

Here are some of the responses we have received so far:


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Library & Student Success Survey

The Ort Library would like to hear from you! 
The Library is committed to contributing to the academic success of our students.  We are reaching out to students and faculty through a survey to learn more about their use of the library and its services. We will use the information from the survey to support continuous improvements in our contributions to student success.
The survey can be accessed through the links below. Responses to the survey are confidential. Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience; but no later than the deadline date of April 21, 2017.
Student Survey:
Faculty survey: (For Faculty or  Staff who have taught students in the last five years.)

This survey is an adaptation of a survey produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) libraries (, and is used with permission from MIT.

Friday, April 7, 2017

One Card, Three Libraries

The Lewis J. Ort Library at Frostburg State University has partnered with the Allegany County Library System public libraries and the Donald L. Alexander Library at the Cumberland campus of the Allegany College of Maryland to allow for one card to be used to access all three libraries. Patrons with a library card at any of the three libraries can elect to use one library card as their sole card at all three library systems, instead of carrying individual cards for each library system. FSU students, faculty, and staff members will be able to use their FSU ID cards at the public libraries and the ACM library if they choose. Library users will still need to complete the registration process at each individual institution and will adhere to each individual library’s policies and procedures as far as circulation and library usage.

For questions about this new initiative, please contact Amanda Bena, Access Services Librarian, at the Ort Library at FSU at 301-687-7012 or by email

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March Book Madness 2017 Champion Crowned

Congratulations to Ort Library's 
March Book Madness Champion 2017

The voting for the Champion has ended. In the end it came down to a contest between:  Tale of Two Cities and The Great Gatsby.

This year we had over 2900 individual votes during the tournament.

In the end only one book can be crowned: Ort Library's March Book Madness Champion for 2017

The winner of this year's Championship is:

Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens

You can view the results for the Championship "Game" on the guide created for the March Book Madness: