Nomination Deadline Extended for TSEM Information Literacy Award

tsemawardwinners22016Are you a faculty member who taught one or more sections of the Towson Seminar during Fall semester? Did your TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 students write a research paper as part of that class?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you should nominate one top paper from each of your sections for Cook Library’s Towson Seminar Information Literacy Award.

What is the award?

Albert S. Cook Library wishes to recognize emerging research and scholarship with an award for Towson Seminar students.

Instructors may nominate one outstanding paper from each section of their Towson Seminar per fall and spring semester. If an instructor has multiple TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 sections, only one top paper from each section may be nominated. Please note that research papers produced by groups will be evaluated as a composite work rather than individually authored sections.

One student winner will be chosen each fall and spring semester. Instructors and students will receive recognition at an annual award ceremony, an individual award plaque, a $50 prize, and a nameplate on the commemorative plaque kept at Albert S. Cook Library. The winning entries will be placed in an institutional repository to be shared with students, faculty, and staff at Towson University.

What are the award criteria?

Winning papers will be evaluated based on the use of information literacy skills, as well as the quality of research, clarity of writing, and adherence to citation standards.

80% of the evaluation will be based on Information Literacy skills and award-winning papers will demonstrate many of the following qualities:

  • Paper is accurate and sources are well-documented.
  • Shows analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of sources.
  • Incorporates a variety of research sources, including authoritative works from many different areas.
  • Places topic in wider disciplinary context.
  • Research is balanced, including varying opinions, source types, authors, and levels of scholarship.

20% of the evaluation will be based on the clarity and formatting of the student’s paper and award-winning papers will demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Paper is original, transitions are logical, narrative is clear, appropriate, organized, and well-presented.
  • Text is clear, grammatical, and spelling is correct; entry is neatly prepared.
  • Uses citations in the text and as a bibliography; follows correct citation style.

How does the nomination process work?

Faculty members can nominate a paper by doing the following:

  1. Completing this form
  2. E-mailing a pdf of the student’s paper to

We ask that faculty please submit their nominations no later than Thursday, January 12, 2017 (new extended deadline).

Upon receipt of a nomination, a librarian will then notify the student author and give him or her the chance to opt out of the contest.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please e-mail with any questions you may have.

January 5, 2017 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Cook Library Website Changes

At the end of last semester, we made some (mostly cosmetic) changes to our website. For this round of changes, we worked to make our site look more consistent with Towson University. Here is a detailed list of what we modified:

  1. Redesigned our layout to prepare for future updates that will make our site more usable on phones
  2. Redesigned “Hours” and “Ask a Librarian” links, placing them in the upper-right corner in place of other services on campus.
  3. Moved our Search for our site in line with our navigation, like, for consistency.
  4. Added “Citing Sources” to the line of teal buttons, replacing “Help Guides.”  Help Guides are still accessible, and we are working on moving them to work more closely with our Research Guides.
  5. Moved links to “Blackboard” “Webmail” “OTS” “SCS” “AAC” from links in top right into bookmarks on the default browser of every library computer.
  6. Google Scholar is now listed under “Databases”
  7. Upcoming events and “in your library” switched places
  8. Redesigned “Upcoming events” and “in your library”
  9. Redesigned “Make a gift” button
  10. Retired “Need Help?” drawer
  11. Retired “Guide to the web”

Here’s the new look:


What’s next: We will be updating our “Quick Tools” and top navigation between Minimester and Spring term.

January 2, 2017 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Library Hours for Minimester


Tuesday, Jan 3 – Monday, Jan 23

Regular Hours

Monday-Thursday…………7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday……………………….7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.



Special Hours

January 16 (Monday) Martin Luther King……………..CLOSED

January 24-27 (Tuesday – Friday) ………………….8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

January 28 (Saturday)………………………………….CLOSED

January 29 (Sunday) …………………………………..12 noon – 8 p.m.


Spring Semester Begins Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2, 2017 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

Study Ducks are Back!

SciFiBookThey’re cute, they’re classy, and just a little bit sassy…

They’re study ducks!

If you find one of these little duckies in the library – feel free to smile and give him or her a good home.

December 12, 2016 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

24/7 Hours for Finals Begin Sun. Dec. 11th!

LibraryNight(1)Cook Library will extend its hours of availability to accommodate students’ studying needs during the final exam period.  During extend 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.

Extended Hours Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 11th – Friday Dec. 16th
Begin 12:00 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 11th)
End 11:45 p.m. Friday Night (Dec. 16th)
Saturday, Dec. 17th
12 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18th-Tuesday, Dec. 20th
Begin 12:00 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18th)
End 10:00 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 20th)

December 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

World War I and America Exhibition


World War I and American Exhibition
Thursday, December 1st through December 22nd
3rd floor lobby,  Cook Library



This travelling exhibit will explore the transformative impact of the First World War I and is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.



November 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

International Games Day!

International Games Day
Saturday, November 19th
RM512, Cook Library




Need a study break? Stop by Cook Library and play some board games, video games, and card games.

Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University and hundreds of libraries across the country will join the American Library Association (ALA), Nordic Game Day, and Australian Library and In-formation Association (ALIA) in celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games for International Games Day @ your library on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

For more information on International Games Day please visit:

November 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

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