Attention TSEM Faculty: Nominate Your Best Student Paper for our Information Literacy Award!

tsemawardwinners22016Are you a faculty member who is teaching one or more sections of the Towson Seminar this semester? Are your TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 students writing 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 one week after the last day of exams (Tuesday, December 27, 2016).

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.

October 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Open Access Webinar


In the run up to Open Access Week, Cook Library is hosting a group viewing of a webinar presented by Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and author of the seminal book, Open Access. During the webcast, Peter will answer questions submitted in advance and live on the advancement of Open Access and the future of the movement.

The webcast will be held Tuesday, October 18 at 1pm EDT and the group viewing will be in Cook Library Room 507.

October 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

Presentation: Ensuring Digital Accessibility through Process and Policy


Ensuring Digital Accessibility Through Process and Policy: A Presentation by Jonathan Lazar
Thursday, October 20th
12:30pm- 1:30pm
Cook Library, RM507



Dr. Jonathan Lazar, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Information Systems at Towson University, will speak about his internationally recognized research on disability and digital accessibility. He will also discuss his latest book, Ensuring Digital Accessibility through Process and Policy.

October 14, 2016 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Towson Seminar Information Literacy Awards Ceremony

Towson Seminar Information Literacy Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, October 19th
6:00pm- 7:00pm
Cook Library, RM507

Meet the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 award recipients, read their papers, and learn more about this new award given each semester to an outstanding paper in a Towson Seminar class.

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

It’s Time for Noontime Jazz!

Noontime Jazz
Tuesday, October 18th
12:00pm- 1:00pm
Cook Library, 3rd floor Lobby

Bring your lunch and listen to Towson student musicians play selections by Jewish jazz composers or musicians in honor of the Jewish New Year.

October 11, 2016 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

“All American Boys” Book Discussion with the Authors

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“All American Boys” with Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Wednesday, October 12th
West Village Commons, Ballrooms


Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely will discuss their award-winning novel about how two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

October 5, 2016 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Check Out a Library of Human Beings!

Human Library Participate ImageThe Human Library
Tuesday, October 11th
University Union, Potomac Lounge


Check out a library of human beings! Our collection will be composed of individuals representing groups in our Towson University community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination. Meet our “books”, break down societal prejudices, and get a deeper understanding of the TU community. Remember: “Don’t Judge a Book by the Cover”. Send inquiries to Librarian Laksamee Putnam,

October 4, 2016 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

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