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Nominate Your Favorite Librarian for an Award!

Has one of Cook’s librarians made a difference in your life? If so, you can nominate him or her for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The nomination form is just a few short questions and up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each winner receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

Nominations run now through Sept. 12th.

August 11, 2014 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Database Changes Effective July 1st

Every year librarians evaluate our electronic resources to make sure that we are getting the best value for the millions that we spend. This includes the databases and  we have made some changes effective July 1.

Cancelled because of low usage:

  • CQ Weekly (cost per use last year was $37 per search)
  • International Index to Black periodicals (cost per use last year was $21 per search)

Cancelled and replaced:

  • We cancelled Literature Resource Center (LRC) and replaced it with Literature Online (LION). While LRC did not have low use, English Department faculty members have been asking for LION for a number of years.

To see what databases we have in a particular subject area, check out the Subject Gateways and please feel free to contact Mary Gilbert (Assistant University Librarian for Content Management) with any questions you may have.


July 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

New Study Space Coming to the 2nd Floor!

http _static.ow.ly_photos_normal_6a1EoConstruction has begun to the back of the 2nd floor of Cook Library. The process will begin with demolition and then the new space will be built. The quiet study room (CK200c) is adjacent to the construction and will be out of commission until the new space opens.

July 8, 2014 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

The Oldest Items in Cook Library Are…

… The Lena C. Van Bibber Collection of Cuneiform Clay Tablets!

Cuneiform_Clay_Tablet_Drehem_ca_2350_BCLena C. Van Bibber was a faculty member of the State Teachers College at Towson (now Towson University). The clay tablets were probably acquired by her sometime in 1939 from Edgar J. Banks, who had been appointed as American consul in Baghdad, Iraq in 1898. Banks was an antiquities enthusiast, who went on to purchase many clay tablets which later were distributed to various universities, museums, and libraries throughout the United States.

The collection consists of three cuneiform clay tablets from the ancient sites of Drehem and Umma in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq), dating to about 2400-2100 B.C.E. The cuneiform script on the tablets relates to administrative and economic transactions, including the receipt for the delivery of oxen, sheep, and goats to a temple; a sales receipt for the killing of an ox; and records of the temple transactions. Other materials include a letter from the seller, Edgar J. Banks, with a description of each tablet and details of the sale; a letter from faculty member, Lena C. Van Bibber; and an index card with a description of one the clay tablets.

Learn more about this collection and view the tablets at

June 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Student-Created infoPlaylist on the Ku Klux Klan

Students in Dr. Tara Bynum’s Spring 2014 Towson Seminar class “By Any Means Necessary”: African-American Literature and Social Activism in the 20th Century United States created infoPlaylists for an assignment. This infoPlaylist on the Ku Klux Klan represents the exemplary research of four students in that class. Minor edits have been made by Librarian Joyce Garczynski.

People tend to think the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) no longer exists, but due to recent events it has revived. An ex-KKK leader, Frazier Glenn Cross, has made headlines from a past crime that he is now being convicted for and many still support his ideals. We hope to target individuals who are unaware of the Klan’s current activities. Follow along as students Brittany Diggs, Taylor Grady, Caitlyn Ellis, and Brittlie Branstetter uncover the past history and recent cases of the KKK in modern time.

History/ Background Information
The History channel provides background on the KKK and how the group was founded:

The Anti-Defamation League provides brief details on the birth of the KKK to the early 2000s:

A book created by the Staff of the Klanwatch Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center to show the History of Racism and Violence in the KKK:

This website from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan provides an insider’s view of the KKK in Maryland:


Significant Court Cases
The Crumsey v. Justice Knights of the Ku Klux Klan case involves the injury of the five Chattanooga women during the KKK shooting spree:

The Person v. Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan case involves the shutting down of the Klan paramilitary camps:

The United States v. Cecil Price, et al. case known as the “Mississippi Burning Trial” involves the murder of the three Mississippi civil rights workers:

News story about how 12 Ku Klux Klan murder cases from the 1960s are reopened in Louisiana and Mississippi:


Recent National News
The New York Times gives a chronology of current cases and provides articles about other recent KKK events:

A story from the Huffington Post on how Oberlin College cancelled classes due to hateful vandalism and reports of someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-style outfit on campus:

A story from the New York Daily News about how the KKK is looking to form a neighborhood watch group:

News coverage of how the KKK in Indiana made informational packets spreading their literature:


Recent Maryland News
News story from USA Today about the Klan having a meeting in Elkton, Maryland to recruit new members:

News video of a Klan meeting in Elkton, Maryland:

An article from the Baltimore Sun about a Klan meeting held in 2013 at Antietam, the Civil War battlefield:

A 2013 article about how Fredrick, Maryland KKK members were spreading fliers around town trying to recruit members:


Hate Crime Information
The FBI began investigating hate crimes as far back as World War I, when they began to examine the KKK. This website from the FBI looks at hate crimes and provides a link to the latest statistics on hate crimes:


Maps and Locations of the KKK
A map from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows the variety of hate groups spread throughout America:


Analysis of the Modern KKK
An article by Harrison Jacobs for Business Insider on what the KKK looks like today:

Sheila Eldred writes for the Discovery Channel about why people still join the Ku Klux Klan:

An article on about how the Klan is attempting to make a comeback:

The Anti-Defamation League examines how the KKK uses the internet to spread hate:

An examination by the Anti-Defamation League of how the Ku Klux Klan uses a variety of media sources like newspaper, radio stations, and fliers to give their group notoriety and how they donate to museums and adopt high programs to persuade non-followers:

May 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Summer Library Hours

May 21 – May 26

Regular Hours

May 21 – 23 (Wednesday – Friday) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 24 – 26 (Saturday – Monday) CLOSED

Summer 2014
Summer Session Hours
May 27 – August 1

Regular Hours

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 4-5 (Friday-Saturday) CLOSED

May 21, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Congratulations to Four Cook Librarians!

Congratulations to Librarians David Dahl and Carissa Tomlinson on receiving Permanent Status (the librarian equivalent of tenure).

David Dahl (M.L.S./M.I.S., Indiana University)
Information Technology Librarian

Mr. Dahl earned master’s degrees in library science and information science from Indiana University in 2008. He joined Towson University in June 2008 as emerging technologies librarian. Between then and 2011, he helped modernize the Albert S. Cook Library by applying information and instructional technologies to support library users and to enhance the library’s research services. In 2012, Mr. Dahl was promoted to information technology librarian, providing leadership for developing and implementing technology-based innovations across library functions and services. He was promoted to librarian II in July 2012. Among his scholarship are two articles in peer-reviewed journals, a book chapter, and a regularly published online technology blog. He has made 15 presentations to state and national associations on fourteen topics related to library information technology. He also served on the editorial advisory board for the book Planning & Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries, and on the national NetLibrary Advisory Council. His scholarly research interests range from creativity and innovation to organizational informatics to mobile technologies. As librarian liaison to the computer science department and formerly to the mathematics department and homeland security program, Mr. Dahl has worked with faculty to plan and deliver information literacy instruction customized to their courses, including Towson Seminars. He supports both faculty and students in scholarly research, and has worked with graduate students designing research projects focused on library operations. .

Mr. Dahl serves on several committees, investigational groups, and task forces. He contributes to state and national professional organizations including leadership positions with the Association of College & Research Libraries Maryland Chapter and the Maryland Library Association, as well as service to the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association, Library Information Technology Association and Library Leadership and Management Association.

Carissa Tomlinson (M.L.I. S., Dominican University)
Fist Year Experience Librarian

Ms. Tomlinson earned her master’s in library and information science from the Dominican University, Illinois. She joined Towson University in 2008 as an emerging technologies librarian before her promotion to first year experience librarian in 2011, and librarian II in 2012. Her scholarship includes many presentations, articles and blog posts. Recent presentations cover the topics of professional development for librarians and the role of the first year experience librarian. Since arriving at Towson, Ms. Tomlinson led the implementation of text reference services and the use of QR codes in the library for marketing and outreach. She also provided tailored, innovative library instruction sessions for nursing, gerontology, health science, and cultural studies.

Ms. Tomlinson is active member of several national organizations. She is the founder of both the First Year Experience Discussion Group and the Health Science Interest Group for the Association of College and Research Libraries. She has planned, organized and/or coordinated first-year and other student engagement related events and programs for the library, collaborating with partners from the divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. She has been instrumental in developing programming that supports faculty integration of information literacy instruction in the Towson Seminar.


Congratulations to Librarians Claire Holmes and Lisa Woznicki on their promotion to Librarian III.

Claire Holmes (M.L.S., University At Albany-SUNY)
Research and Instruction Librarian

Ms. Holmes earned her master’s in library science from the University at Albany-SUNY. She joined Towson University in 2000 and received permanent status in 2011. Her scholarship includes several articles and many presentations at regional and national conferences. She was awarded the People’s Choice Honorable Mention in the workshop category at the 2013 Association of Colleges and Research Libraries National Conference. Recent scholarship has focused on assessment, specifically the Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills project, in which Ms. Holmes has taken the lead role for Towson University. She is also the subject specialist liaison for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education, supporting faculty and students in those disciplines. In addition to her instruction responsibilities, Claire leads assessment planning in her role as the information literacy instruction assessment liaison. Her focus on information literacy instruction and assessment led to her initiation of a curriculum mapping project that will encompass more disciplines as the mapping project grows.
Ms. Holmes is active in regional and national professional associations in addition to service on Cook Library and Towson University committees.

Lisa Woznicki (M.L.S., University of Maryland; M.Ed., Towson University)
Research and Instruction Librarian

Ms. Woznicki earned her master’s in library and information science from the University of Maryland, and her master’s in music education from Towson University. She joined the Towson University staff in 2001, became a librarian II in 2006 and gained permanent status in 2007. Her scholarship includes authorship of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, as well as several published articles and presentations on marketing library reference services, women in music history, performing arts research and performance anxiety. Ms. Woznicki is the subject specialist liaison for the Departments of Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts, supporting student and faculty instruction and research needs. Her outreach efforts there include an embedded model which allows her to work on-site at the Center for the Arts on a regular basis. Ms. Woznicki has collected for the library donated music scores, sound recordings and books supporting the university’s performing arts research needs.

Ms. Woznicki serves on a number of Cook Library and Towson University committees, as well as in national organizations including the Music Library Association, Theatre Library Association and others.

May 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

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