Finals Extended Hours Begin Sun. May 8th!

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

May 8-13 (Sunday-Friday) 24 HOURS
Begin: Noon on Sunday (May 8th)
End: Midnight Saturday Morning (May 14th)
May 14 (Saturday) noon – midnight
May 15-17 (Sunday-Tuesday) Resume 24 HOURS
Begin: Noon on  Sunday (May 15)
End: 10:00 p.m. Tuesday (May 17)

May 2, 2016 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Congratulations Librarians!

Congratulations to our four newly-promoted librarians!

Promotion to Librarian III

Mael_Elaine_0Elaine R. Mael (M.L.S., Columbia University, NY)

Elaine Mael earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from City College of New York and her Master of Library Science from Columbia University in 1976. She joined Towson University in 2008 as cataloging librarian for cataloging sound recordings, CDs, DVDs, and music scores. Due to her extensive experience with the former Baltimore Hebrew University’s Joseph Meyerhoff Library, Ms. Mael provided valuable insight and expertise during the move of the Meyerhoff collection to Towson and its integration with Cook Library’s collections. Her article, “When One Plus One Remains One: the Challenges and Triumphs of Merging Two University Libraries” detailed the complexities of the project. Ms. Mael is the subject specialist and liaison to Jewish Studies. She works closely with Cook Library’ Special Collections department, and her scholarship includes publications and presentations focused on special collections related to the Holocaust and the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction program.

Ms. Mael serves on committees of Cook Library and of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium. In addition to membership in American Library Association and the Association of Jewish Libraries, Ms. Mael serves on the board of Baltimore’s Women’s Institute of Torah.


TOMLINSON_Carissa0003Carissa Tomlinson (M.L.I.S., Dominican University, MN)

Ms. Tomlinson earned a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and the Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University, MN in 2007. Ms. Tomlinson joined Towson University in 2008 as emerging technologies librarian. Now coordinator of student engagement and outreach, Ms. Tomlinson provides leadership for Cook Library’s proactive engagement with students across the university and through organizations including the Honors College, SAGE Program, Academic Achievement Center, the Writing Center, and Student Government Association. She developed and leads the “A-List” program, the Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute for Students, through which students serve as peer research coaches and library ambassadors.  Ms. Tomlinson provides information literacy instruction tailored to courses in her liaison areas, health sciences and women’s studies, and Towson Seminars. She created the TSEM faculty development program to support faculty teaching in TSEM. Her scholarship includes presentations and publications on cognitive development theory and information literacy, student leadership programs, critical thinking for the research process, role of the library in the first year experience, and academic libraries and student retention.

Ms. Tomlinson serves on several library and university committees including University Senate.  She has held leadership positions in the Association of College and Research Libraries, including founder and convener of the First Year Experience Discussion Group and of the Health Sciences Interest Group.  She is a frequent contributor of book reviews for CHOICE and was a member of the New England Journal of Medicine Library Advisory Board. In addition to her librarian responsibilities, Ms. Tomlinson is a first year experience adviser.


Promotion to Librarian II

Miller-KimberlyKimberly Miller (M.S.I., University of Michigan, MI)

Ms. Miller received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The College of Idaho in 2008 before earning her Master of Science in information from the University of Michigan in 2012. She joined Towson University in 2012 as research and instruction librarian for emerging technologies. In 2015 her title was changed to Learning Technologies Librarian to more accurately reflect the scope and emphasis of her responsibilities. Ms. Miller provides leadership in Cook Library for developing and implementing technology applications for library instruction, research, and resources. In addition to her technology leadership, Ms. Miller teaches information literacy, provides research assistance, develops the library’s psychology collection, and serves as library liaison to the psychology department. Her scholarship is in the areas of instructional technology, information literacy instruction, and digital technologies. She has published articles, book reviews, and website reviews and has presented at numerous national and regional conferences. She is a peer reviewer for MERLOT, the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching.

Ms. Miller serves on numerous Cook Library, Towson University, and University System of Maryland and Affiliated institutions Library Consortium committees. She is secretary of the Association of College and Research Libraries Maryland Chapter and serves on two national committees of the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries. Ms. Miller is currently a student in Towson’s instructional technology doctoral program in the College of Education.


ZUKOWSKI_AdamAdam Zukowski (M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College, MA)

Mr. Zukowski earned a Bachelor of Arts in English for Stonehill College, MA and in 2012 was awarded the Master of Science in library and information science by Simmons College, MA. He joined Towson University in 2012 as Cook Library’s first metadata librarian. Mr. Zukowski provides the leadership for planning and implementing metadata for Cook Library’s expanding digital collections. He manages the metadata program, develops customized metadata schema, creates metadata for Towson’s unique collections, and trains library staff in metadata principles, process and application. His work enables students, faculty and researchers worldwide to discover and access Cook Library’s digital resources via the Internet. In addition to his highly specialized work, Mr. Zukowski teaches information literacy and serves the department of mathematics in liaison and collection development roles. Most recently, Mr. Zukowski has taken the leadership role in establishing and managing the library’s institutional repository, ScholarWorks@Towson. His scholarship focuses on topics related to metadata and digital resources.

Mr. Zukowski serves on several committees for Cook Library and the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium. He is active in the American Library Association on the ALA Resolutions Committee and in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Service



April 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Organizing to Provide Support for OER at TU

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Organizing to Provide Support
for OER at TU

Friday, April 29th
10:00am to 11:30am
Cook Library, RM507

The Office of Academic Innovation in collaboration with Cook Library and the Office of Technology Services Presents the 2016 Open Educational Resources (OER) Series. This is the third of three events in the series. To register, visit:


April 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

Money Smart Week at Cook Library!!

Be Money Smart! Check out Cook Library’s programs during Money Smart Week, part of a national initiative to promote financial literacy:

Money and Sense: Practical Steps towards Achieving Financial Wellness
Monday, April 25th, 5:00-6:oopm
Cook Library #507

This one-hour seminar will change the way you think about Money! Topics and open discussion will give you insight and reduce your stress about key topics such as debt repayment strategies, budgeting techniques, credit card management, planning for major purchases, managing student debt and long term savings strategies to achieve Financial Wellness.  No matter where you are on your current financial journey, this seminar will give tips to share with your friends and family to guide you toward a financially healthy lifestyle before, during and after college.   Session provided by: Robert Savage, Financial Coach, WayPoints Financial Services
Sponsored by the Maryland CASH Campaign.

TUIG Presents: Personal Finance for Millennials
Tuesday, April 26
Cook Library Room #507

Join Graham Ewing, CFP (TU ‘12, former TUIG president) of the Financial Consulate for a wide-ranging discussion of all things personal finance, from the basics on up. Sponsored by the Towson University Investment Group.

Credit Café
Wednesday, April 27, drop by anytime from 1-5pm
Cook Library, main (3rd) floor

Drop by Guidewell Financial Solutions’ Credit Café and learn how to pull your free credit report. You’ll have the opportunity to review your credit report with a certified credit counselor. Guidewell Financial’s counselors will assist you in understanding your credit history, discuss areas of concern, and answer any questions you may have about credit or debt. Participants needing additional assistance will be provided a variety of referral options for credit counseling, financial coaching, and housing counseling.

Credit 101
Wednesday, April 27
Cook Library Room #507

What is credit and why is it important? Dan Florea and Jeff Swecker of Guidewell Financial Solutions will address benefits and risk of using credit, different types of credit, how to establish credit, and what to know about credit reports and scores.

TUIG Presents: Discussion of Warren Buffett’s Letters to Shareholders
Thursday, April 28
Cook Library Room #507

Join the Towson University Investment Group as they analyze and discuss legendary investor Warren Buffett’s 2001, 2010, and 2015 letters to shareholders [visit:]. Sponsored by the Towson University Investment Group..

These programs are offered as part of Money Smart Week ®, an annual personal finance event sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. National partners are the American Library Association, the Financial Planning Association, the Certified Financial Board of Standards, Inc., the US Department of Agriculture, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.


April 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Contesting the Arctic: Rethinking Politics in the Circumpolar North


Contesting the Arctic: Rethinking Politics in the Circumpolar North
Thursday, April 21st
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Cook Library, RM507

Dr. Jeremy Tasch, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, will discuss his new book, Contesting the Arctic: Rethinking Politics in the Circumpolar North.

Light refreshments will be served.

April 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Noontime Jazz


Noontime Jazz
Tuesday, April 19th
Cook Library, 3rd Floor Lobby

In honor of National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, enjoy some songs from Towson student musicians that showcase the link between jazz and poetry.


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

I’m an African: Black Aesthetics and the Making of a Hip Hop Globe

I‘m an African: Black Aesthetics and the Making of a Hip Hop Globe
Tuesday, April 12th
University Union, Potomac Lounge




Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology at Queens College, CUNY, will discuss her latest book “Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation” that explores the role that hip hop plays in addressing dispossession, racism, poverty and the quest for change in Latino communities and around the world. At the conclusion of this event, attendees will have the opportunity to become involved locally to help address some of the issues impacting the Latino community in Baltimore.

Sponsored by: Interdisciplinary Studies, African and African American Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Department of Foreign Languages, The Center for Student Diversity, and Albert. S. Cook Library.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.


April 6, 2016 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

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