Want to find out what the library employees do in their spare time?
Then make sure to check out the Employee Talent Display in the 3rd floor lobby to see their magnificent work!
The library is running a trial of a new technology called BrowZine which is a tablet application that allows you to browse, read and monitor some of the library’s best journals, all from your iPad. Built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.
To learn more, please take a look at this short two minute video:
For the trial, search for “BrowZine” in the App Store and download the app for free; when initially launching BrowZine, select Towson University from the drop down list.
We only have this trial for a few weeks, so the library would appreciate your feedback while we consider subscribing to this service. Please use this survey: http://bit.ly/11yDnWe to provide feedback or feel free to contact Laksamee Putnam, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions/concerns you might have.
From Tuesday, May 28th through Monday, June 3rd, Cook Library is holding a print card giveaway!
To get a free print card*:
- Check in at Cook Library using Foursquare
- Stop at the Research Help Desk
- Choose a print card at random
*limit one print card per day
May 22 – May 27
|May 22 – 24 (Wednesday – Friday)||8 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|May 25 – 27 (Saturday – Monday)||CLOSED|
|Monday – Thursday||7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.|
|Friday||7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
|July 4-6 (Thursday-Saturday)||CLOSED|
If so, you should check out a bag of books from Cook Library!
We have grouped three similar titles together into a single bag. All you need to do to start your reading fun is pick a bag based on the category on the bookmark attached to the outside of the bag and take the bag to the library’s Circulation Desk to check out the books.
We hope you have a wonderful summer filled with lots of page-turning adventures!
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys is a scholar-led reading and discussion program designed to foster opportunities for informed community conversations about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States. Available only to sites that have been selected to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys offers up to $4,500 in grant funding to support more in-depth exploration of select titles included in the Bookshelf collection.
In May 2013, NEH and ALA selected 125 libraries and humanities councils to participate in the project. Each participating site will focus on one of five Muslim Journeys themes, hosting a five-part, scholar-led reading and discussion series exploring the theme and related books.
Thus, Cook Library is pleased to announce the following book discussion schedule:
- Discussion of In the Country of Men on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4pm at Cook Library and led by Dr. Kimberly Katz, Professor in Towson University’s Department of History
- Discussion of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 4pm at Cook Library and led by Dr. Robert Tappan, Assistant Professor in Towson University’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Discussion of House of Stone on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Cook Library at 4pm and led by Dr. Erin Fehskens, Assistant Professor in Towson University’s English Department
- Discussion of Broken Verses on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Cook Library at 4pm and led by Dr. Sanaullah Kirmani, Adjunct Professor in Goucher College’s Department of History and Peace Studies and has taught for Towson University’s Philosophy and Religious Studies Department and History Department
- Discussion of Dreams of Trespass on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Cook Library at 4pm and led by Dr. Kimberly Katz, Dr. Robert Tappan, Dr. Erin Fehskens, and Dr. Sanaullah Kirmani
Congratulations to Communications and Development Librarian Joyce Garczynski and University Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian Nadia Nasr! Joyce has been promoted to the rank of Librarian II and Nadia has been awarded permanent status. Below is more information about each of their accomplishments.
Joyce has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication with a minor in History from Villanova University. She earned a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and the Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Joyce joined Towson University in 2009. She is the subject specialist liaison to mass communication, supporting faculty and students in that discipline. Joyce is recognized as an outstanding teacher of information literacy. In addition to her library instruction responsibilities, Joyce co-developed and team taught a Towson Seminar on mass media and medicine. Joyce oversees all marketing efforts for Cook Library. She chairs the library’s marketing committee; coordinates library events and outreach activities including national exhibits, workshops, book discussions, and guest speakers; creates promotional materials; obtains grants; and contributes to a variety of advancement and development activities.
Joyce’s scholarship includes journal and newsletter articles and numerous conference presentations. She was awarded “Article of the Year” from Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division for her article “Making the Cut: Do Faculty Want to be Involved in Library Database Cancellation?” Joyce was inducted to the Towson Academy of Scholars for her research on academic integrity at Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. She received several other awards including “Best of Show Award” and “Best of Show Honorable Mention” from the Library Leadership and Management Association for public relations materials she developed. In addition to her service on Cook Library and Towson University committees, Joyce is active in regional and national professional associations including Special Libraries Association, American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Maryland Library Association.
Nadia has a Bachelor of Arts in French (cum laude) with minors in Business and English, from Mississippi College, Clinton, MS. She earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi. After serving as a Librarian for the Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Program, Nadia joined Towson University in 2007. Due to her innovation and professional promise, Nadia was awarded the title “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2007. Nadia provides leadership for all aspects of Towson University’s archives, special collections, and digital collections. She participated in planning and designing the renovation of the university archives and special collections space in Cook Library, and she directed a comprehensive inventory and reorganization of the archives, manuscripts, and special collections to ensure preservation of and access to the materials. Nadia manages all projects related to digitizing materials from the archives and special collections, making them accessible worldwide through the Cook Library website and other national digital collections. Nadia developed and leads a model internship program for upper level undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to learn and work in the university archives and special collections for a semester. In addition, Nadia conducts information sessions about the archives and special collections for university, alumni, and community groups.
Nadia’s scholarship includes numerous conference presentations, scholarly exhibits, and blog articles. Her publications include “Renovating and Expanding Special Collections Facilities at Towson University, “published in Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL; and “European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction: JCR Books in the BHI Rare Books Collection,” published in Maryland History and Culture Collaborative Newsletter. Her articles “A Year on Facebook: Linking and Learning” and “White Gloves Sessions: Towson University Raises Awareness about Unique Collection” were published in the Society of American Archivist’s Archival Outlook. Nadia was a founder of OCLC’s Eastern CONTENTdm Users Group and is active in the Society of American Archivists.