Transgender infoPlaylist

The increasing visibility of our transgender community in the U.S. has inspired national conversations about the social and political issues faced by trans-identified people. In honor of these growing conversations, as well as the representation of TU student Shane Henise in ‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,’ Cook Library is posting a student-generated list of online resources to facilitate the dialogue. The infoPlaylist was created by Towson students Shane Henise, Becca Hertl, and G. Baires and edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski.

Background information

  • Frequently asked questions about the transgender community presented by the Human Rights Campaign
  • Gender Spectrum’s overview of different gender identities
  • Washington Post’s interview on gender pronouns in the transgender community with Tiq Milan
  • A story from the New York Times’ Sunday Magazine that explores the complex issues faced by the transgender community at Wellesley College
  • A timeline of transgender visibility

U.S. Policies and Statistics

  • State-by-state map of LGBT non-discrimination policies
  • National and state-by-state transgender discrimination survey results, collected by the National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Hate violence against transgender communities – a report prepared by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
  • The Lamda Legal “Know Your Rights” legal guide for trans people and their advocates
  • Official report of LGBT representation on primetime television
  • An infographic representation of the case for transgender-inclusive healthcare

Other Resources

October 20, 2014 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

It’s time for Noontime Jazz!

jazzyNoontime Jazz 
Tuesday, October 21st
12:00pm- 1:00pm
Cook Library, 3rd floor Lobby

Bring your lunch and enjoy a jazz concert featuring songs from Jewish composers and singers.

October 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Apply Today for Cook Library’s Paid A-LIST Leadership Program!


Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute for Students (A-LIST)

The library is seeking three adventurous students interested in gaining hands-on experience in academia through a yearlong, paid leadership program. The Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute for Students, (A-LIST), offers students experiential learning opportunities in leadership, research, research assistance, writing, teaching, and outreach. If you are passionate about promoting academic success, want to help enhance library visibility via innovative outreach, and are interested in teaching and helping students with research, please consider applying. All A-LIST students will receive extensive mentorship, leadership development, and job experience.


A-LIST students will be expected to commit 10 hours a week for two semesters (Spring 2015 and Fall 2015). After receiving in-depth training, students will represent the library, through peer research help and library outreach events. A-LIST students will also have the opportunity to choose projects, working with various library departments to improve library services both internally and externally.

All students will be required to attend a minimum of six leadership workshops through the iLEAD program or other leadership opportunities on campus.



  • Must have completed at least one semester at Towson University and have at least two semesters of enrollment remaining
  • Must have a cumulative Towson GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Active member of the campus community with participation in one or more student groups, organizations, or clubs
  • Creative and innovative thinker
  • Outgoing personality with strong communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong collaborative skills and enjoys working on a team
  • Undergraduate student


  • Previous leadership training, or civic engagement activity
  • An interest in library science, education, marketing, or outreach
  • Interest in and/or experience with graphic design, movie, or web design software
  • Interest in and/or experience with interviewing, focus groups, or survey design

Pay: $10 an hour

Hours: 10 hours/week, flexible scheduling

Must commit for one full year.

Learn more about the program and view the application at

Questions about the program can be sent to Carissa Tomlinson, FYE Librarian at


October 15, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Interested in Researching Social Issues?

image1Join Cook Library’s research session on the status of transgender health and policy in America.

Since TU will be hosting a campus screening of ‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,’ Cook Library would like to post a student-generated list of online resources to correspond with the topic. Help us create our infoPlaylist for the library website, and get some pro tips on finding top resources for this issue!

When: Wednesday October 15th, 2-3 PM

Where: Center for Student Diversity computer lab (University Union, Suite 313)

Why: It’s a chance to improve your research skills on human rights issues and the current events surrounding them!

Here is a link to our most recent infoPlaylist, so you can see what the end result will be like:

Hope to see you there!

October 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Cook Library Book Club Discusses “There”

there“There” Cook Library Book Club Discussion
 Tuesday, October 14th, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Cook Library, RM507

The Cook Library Book Club will discuss “There” by Towson alum Heather Rounds. This meeting will begin with Michael Masatsugu, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, providing background on this novel about a young American journalist working in the capital city of the northern Kurdish region of Iraq. Then Librarian Megan Browndorf will lead attendees in a discussion about the book. Light refreshments will be served.

October 8, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Cook Open 24/7 for Midterms Starting Sun. Oct. 12th

LibraryNight(1)Between Sunday, October 12th and Friday, October 17th, Cook Library will extend its hours of availability to accommodate students’ studying needs during midterms.

During extended hours, the 2nd & 3rd floors will be open; other floors will be closed at the end of the library’s regular hours.  Course Reserves services will still be available, but all other library services will be closed.

A Photo ID will be required to enter the Library during extended hours.

Special Hours
Days Hours
October 12th (Sunday)

Open at 12:00 PM

October 13-16 (Monday – Thursday) Open (All day)
October 17 (Friday) Open until 8:00 PM

October 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Persistence: Poems by Ann Eichler Kolakowski

persistancePersistence: Poems by Ann Eichler Kolakowski
Wednesday, October 8th, 12:30pm-2:00pm
Cook Library, 507

Ann Eichler Kolakowski will read and discuss her new book of poems, “Persistence”. In “Persistence”, Kolakowski meditates on the making and unmaking of Warren, Maryland, a mill town north of Baltimore flooded in 1922 to make way for the Loch Raven Reservoir. Copies of her book will be available for sale after the reading.

October 2, 2014 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

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