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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

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 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

Need Research Help but Nowhere Near Cook? No Problem!

Research Relief LogoDon’t have time to come to Cook Library to get help with your complex research question? No problem!

Come to Research Relief, a program that makes research help available at sites across Towson’s campus.

Research Relief gets into full swing again this week and here is a list of the times and locations:

Center for the Arts Center for Student Diversity College of Liberal Arts Hawkins Hall Smith Hall
Cafe/Atrium Area University Union, Room 313 Writing Center Ed Tech Center Room 304


Starting October 7th



Starting October 1st

Tuesdays, 1-3pm

Wednesdays, 3-5pm




Starting October 1st

Closed 10/8 and 10/15



Starting October 23rd

September 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Find Your Perfect Database Match!

D-Harmony2A good database shouldn’t be hard to find! Now you can find your perfect information match, by taking our online D-Harmony quiz.

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

Employment Opportunities for Federal Work Study Students

Are you a Federal Work Study Student looking for a job? Look no further than Cook Library! We have several openings in various departments around the library. Learn more about the positions and how to apply on our employment website.

September 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

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