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Ferguson infoPlaylist

14974784752_c08a246283_mMichael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis) on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The firestorm of protests and arrests that followed has led to nation-wide discussions about race, media coverage, policing, and the First Amendment of the Constitution. This infoPlaylist prepared by Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Megan Browndorf contains background information, news and social media coverage, analysis and opinions as well as the official responses related to these events.


Background Information


News and Social Media Coverage


Analysis and Opinions


Official Responses


August 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Welcome (Back) Faculty!

Library in Spring 0027(2)We are pleased to welcome new and returning faculty to Cook Library. We hope you had a wonderful summer. There are a number of ways that the library can be of help as you prepare for your classes and work on your own research.

As the fall semester begins, we want you to know that the staff and librarians at Cook are available to help you get your course reserves set up and teach information literacy sessions to your students on topics like avoiding plagiarism and how to find, use, and evaluate information sources.

To learn more about these services visit our faculty website.

The library also offers a number academic events and workshops  throughout the year. If you have ideas for events you would like to see the library offer, please do not hesitate to contact Librarian Joyce Garczynski at and share your ideas.

We can also help you locate the resources you need for your own research.  Just contact the library liaison for your department with your questions. The librarians are always happy to help you find the information you need.

If you find a library resource and you can’t make it over to Cook to pick it up, we can deliver it to you through our Cook Delivers program.

In addition, the library is proud to showcase all the great research you do. The library has a faculty publications display that is changed out every few months, so if you have a publication you would like to be added to the display, please contact your library liaison. If you publish a book, we ask that you donate two copies to the library, one to be circulated and one to be preserved in the Archives.

Don’t forget: You can always keep up with new resources and events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

August 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Fill Your Calendar with the Library’s Fall 2014 Events!

What do disability advocacy, immigration, and Zotero all have in common?

They are all the subjects of Fall 2014 events and workshops at Cook Library!

You can download a pdf of the calendar here or below.

Please contact librarian Joyce Garczynski at or 410-704-5168 if you have any questions.


August 18, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

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

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