A-LIST Students Now Available to Help You Research!

IMGP0180The struggle is real. Let us help!

Students in the A-LIST (Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute for Students) program will be available to help you with your research needs around Cook Library and across campus! Look for their gold shirts in the Library, the Writing Center, and at events around campus.

Spring 2015 Hours:

Mondays 11-1pm and 11:30-1:30pm in the Writing Center
Tuesdays 11-1pm and 1-3pm in the Writing Center
Wednesdays 10-12
Thursdays 1-3pm

They can help you:

  • With an introduction to the library
  • Find articles and books
  • Navigate the Library’s resources
  • Cite resources
  • Print and use library technology

No question is a bad question!

They know the struggle is real, and they are ready to help!

Questions about the program?

Contact: First Year Experience Librarian Carissa Tomlinson (ctomlinson@towson.edu)

March 24, 2015 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Design a Cook Library Button and You Could Win a Prize!

Button Design Contest

Cook Library wants you to design a 1’’ button that represents our library and what makes it special. Get creative! The top five designs will be turned into buttons and distributed during the Cook Library Love Letter event (see below). The most popular design will be used for Cook Library marketing and events and its designer will receive a Towson giftpack!

Need some inspiration? Check out these winners from the University of Waterloo for their similar contest.

How to Enter:

Create one or more 1″ button designs using one of the following software templates:

Word | PowerPoint | Photoshop | Illustrator

Technical Hints: 

  • Zoom in on the shape (View–>Zoom in Word and PPT)
  • Make sure your message fits fully inside the inside circle (the outside circle will wrap around the button) in the templates
  • Powerpoint and Word are available on all library computers, Photoshop and Illustrator are available in the 2nd floor lab and in the SCS lab in room 35.
  • Additional tutorials are online here: http://buttonmakers.net/blog/category/templates/

Or go low-tech and hand draw or paint a 1″ round design. We will scan your design on to a button template.

Contest Rules:

  • This contest is open to Towson University students, staff and faculty.
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but there will be only one winner.
  • Designs must be original.
  • Entries must be emailed to ctomlinson@towson.edu (or submitted in person at the Research Help desk) before Friday, April 10th at 8pm.
  • In submitting an entry, you are agreeing that Cook Library may use your design for library related marketing and events.


The top 5 designs (as judged by a team of library staff and students) will be printed and given away during the Cook Library Love Letter Events (see below). These designers will also receive 10 copies of their own buttons. We will notify all entrants of the top 5 designs before April 13th.

The favorite (as judged by Cook Library Love Letter Event attendees) will be available throughout the semester and may be used in library marketing and events. The designer will also receive a Towson themed gift pack.

Cook Library Love Letter Event

Love Letter to Cook LibraryStop by the library’s main floor to create your love letter to Cook Library!

Wednesday, April 15th 11am-1pm
Thursday, April 16th 11am-1pm

March 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

The (In)visible Narrative: Diversity in Children’s Books


The (in)Visible Narrative: Diversity in Children’s Books
Tuesday, March 24th 12:00-1:30pm
Cook Library, Room 507


Shadra Strickland will discuss her journey as a female illustrator of color and the lack of diversity in Children’s Books characters. This event will be followed by a book signing. Light refreshments will be served.


March 17, 2015 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

“A Wizard of Earthsea” Cook Library Book Club


“A Wizard of Earthsea” Cook Library Book Club
Wednesday, March 11th
Cook Library, RM507


The discussion will begin with Shelly Huggins, Department of Educational Technology and Literacy, providing her perspective on LeGuin’s classic fantasy of a young sorcerer, his hunger for knowledge and power, and the battle to keep the earth in balance. Then Librarian Laksamee Putnam will facilitate a discussion about the book. Free copies of “A Wizard of Earthsea” will be available and light refreshments will be served.

March 5, 2015 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Noontime Jazz – Featuring Women Composers!!

jazzy2Noontime Jazz
Tuesday, March 10th 12:00-1:00pm
Cook Library, 3rd floor lobby

Towson student musicians will play selections from female composers in celebration of Women’s History Month. Bring your lunch and enjoy the library’s monthly noontime jazz combo.

March 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

New Document Scanner on the 3rd Floor

newscannerThanks to the generous support of our donors, Cook Library has a new scanner on the 3rd floor!

Now you can scan a book chapter or an article from a journal and save it as a pdf file.

There is an operating manual beside the scanner and feel free to ask at the Research Help Desk if you have any questions about how to use it.

March 2, 2015 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

World War I Poetry Open Mic Event!!


World War I Poetry Open Mic Event
Wednesday, March 4th
3rd Floor Lobby, Cook Library


Read your own poetry inspired by World War I themes (such as modernism, propaganda, destruction, illness & disease, political change, or remembrance) or read a famous poem from that era.

Contact Librarian Joyce Garczynski at jgarczynski@towson.edu or 410-704-5168 to reserve a 5-minute reading time. During your slot you will say a little bit about what inspired you to pick/write your poem and read the work. If you are reading your own poetry, please send your work to Joyce Garczynski no later than March 1st.

Need inspiration? Visit http://tinyurl.com/WWIthemes




February 26, 2015 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

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