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We Need Your Help to Solve Cook Library’s Murder Mystery!

IMG_0683Ms. Ima Dead-Body has been murdered in the library lobby and we need your help to find her killer!

Participating in the Library’s Mobile Murder Mystery is simple!
All you need to solve the murder are super-sleuth skills and a camera phone with a QR code reader.  The first clue in this murder mystery scavenger hunt can be found on a poster in the Cook Library lobby.  Snap a picture of the QR code on the poster to read the clue and get started.  The case closes October 1st. Messaging and data rates may apply.

How do I get a QR code reader?
You will need to download a QR code reader to your phone.  On your phone, simply go here in order to participate in the murder mystery.  Most QR code readers are free.

What’s a QR code?
QR codes are similar to barcodes and are starting to show up around the world on advertisements and packaging.  If you have a camera phone with a QR code reader, you can scan the code and the information embedded in the code will be loaded onto your phone. To learn more about QR codes, watch this video: http://cnettv.cnet.com/2001-1_53-50085349.html.

Scan the first code now and get started!

lobby QR code

Scan this code to get your first clue!

August 24, 2015 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

Grant Programming for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

LatinoAmericans2Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library was one of 55 U.S. libraries selected to receive a $10,000 “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, the library will host a series of 6 film screenings and other related programming. Information about these events can be found below.

Please do not hesitate to check back often to this post for updates or to contact grant coordinator Joyce Garczynski at jgarczynski@towson.edu with questions.

Tuesday, Sept. 29th
“LATINO AMERICANS: THE 500-YEAR LEGACY THAT SHAPED A NATION” COOK LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
12:30-1:30pm, Cook Library, Room 507

The Cook Library Book Club will discuss “Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation” by journalist Ray Suarez. This meeting will begin with Dr. Nicole Fabricant Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice providing background on this book about the rich and varied history of Latino American culture. Then Librarian Sara Arnold-Garza will lead attendees in a discussion about the book. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, Oct. 7th
“LATINO AMERICANS” DOCUMENTARY SEGMENT I [FOREIGNERS IN THEIR OWN LAND (1565-1880)] VIEWING AND DISCUSSION
6-8pm, Linthicum Hall, Room 224

Dr. Gilda Martinez-Alba, Associate Professor and Graduate Reading Program Director at Towson University, will begin the screening with a brief introduction to the segment, then the hour-long segment will be shown, and the event will conclude with a discussion about the themes brought forth in the segment.

Monday, Oct. 12th through Thursday, Nov. 12th
AFTER THE BORDER PHOTO EXHIBIT
Cook Library, 3rd Floor

This exhibit curated by Tanya Garcia and produced by Maria Aldana of the Creative Alliance honors the stories of recent unaccompanied immigrant youth and families living in Baltimore who fled their homes in Central America.

This exhibit was made possible through the support and collaboration with Esperanza Center, CASA de Maryland, Bethany Christian Services, LIRS, Towson University, Hispanic Commision and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant & Multicultural Affairs.

Tuesday, Oct. 13th
INTRODUCING THE AFTER THE BORDER PHOTO EXHIBIT
Opening Reception – 5-6pm, Cook Library, 3rd Floor
Panel Discussion – 6-7:30pm, Cook Library, Room 507

Please join us for a welcoming reception followed by a panel discussion with the creators of this exhibit honoring the stories of recent unaccompanied immigrant youth and families living in Baltimore who fled their homes in Central America.

This exhibit was made possible through the support and collaboration with Esperanza Center, CASA de Maryland, Bethany Christian Services, LIRS, Towson University, Hispanic Commision and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant & Multicultural Affairs.

Wednesday, Oct. 14th
“LATINO AMERICANS: THE 500-YEAR LEGACY THAT SHAPED A NATION” PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION
1-2pm, OSHER, 7400 York Road

Please join us for a presentation and discussion led by Dr. Lea Ramsdell, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Towson University about this groundbreaking book and film series.

Wednesday, Oct. 21st
“LATINO AMERICANS” DOCUMENTARY SEGMENT II [EMPIRE OF DREAMS (1880-1942)] VIEWING AND DISCUSSION
6-8pm, Linthicum Hall, Room 224

Dr. Elaine Pena, Associate Professor of American Studies at George Washington University, will begin the screening with a brief introduction to the segment, then the hour-long segment will be shown, and the event will conclude with a discussion about the themes brought forth in the segment.

Tuesday, Nov. 10th
NOONTIME JAZZ IN THE LIBRARY
Noon-1pm, Cook Library, 3rd Floor Lobby

Please join us at Cook Library for wonderful jazz music played by Towson’s Latin Ensemble

Wednesday, Nov. 11th
“LATINO AMERICANS” DOCUMENTARY SEGMENT III [WAR AND PEACE (1942-1954)] VIEWING AND DISCUSSION
6-8pm, Linthicum Hall, Room 224

Dr. Leticia Romo, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages at Towson University, will begin the screening with a brief introduction to the segment, then the hour-long segment will be shown, and the event will conclude with a discussion about the themes brought forth in the segment.

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.

August 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Welcome (Back) Faculty!

Library in Spring 0027(2)We are pleased to welcome returning and new 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.

Instruction
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.

Learn more about library instruction and course reserves services visit our faculty website.

Research
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.

We have a number of resources that can help both you and your students with their research including: Subject Gateways, Course Gateways, the Research Database list, the Journal List, and our own Digital Collections in Special Collections and Archives.

If we don’t have what you are looking for, chances are that Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can get it for you.

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.

Cultural Enrichment
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 jgarczynski@towson.edu and share your ideas.

Keep Up with Cook Library
We publish an e-newsletter, Cook Notes, describing what is new at the library. Look in your email inbox for this publication in October, February, and May.

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

August 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Fill Your Calendar with the Library’s Fall 2015 Events!

What do Latino American history, Helen Keller, and citation managers all have in common?

They are all the subjects of Fall 2015 events and workshops at Cook Library!

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

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

Fall2015Events

August 14, 2015 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Database Trials for “60 Minutes” and “Meet the Press”

From today through August 8, 2015, all students, faculty, and staff may access the following Alexander Street Press video collections:

60 Minutes: 1997-2014
Meet the Press

If you have any feedback on these products, please contact Communication & Development Librarian Joyce Garczynski at jgarczynski@towson.edu.

July 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Kanopy: A New Patron Driven Access Video Database

KanopyThe library has access to a new patron driven access (PDA) database for streaming video called Kanopy.

Description: Kanopy is a film streaming service, offering over 25,000 streaming films from over 800 producers, with new films added daily. This database includes films from the Criterion Collection, PBS, BBC, Psychotherapy.net, New Day Films, and many others.

How it works: With this film database, TU will have full access to the 25,000 + Kanopy films; after 4 accesses to a film, the library automatically purchases a streaming license for that film for a year, although this purchase will be imperceptible to the user.  The films are available site-wide, on and off-campus, with unlimited users, so they may be linked through Blackboard or E-Reserves and shown in class via the web.

Where to get it: Kanopy is listed on the Research Databases list and we are working on getting the films into Cook OneSearch by the fall semester.

July 10, 2015 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Maryland Library Consortium Provides TU with 2 New Databases

NewDatabasesThanks to the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium, Cook Library is now able to provide access to 2 new databases: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses and EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete.

Dissertations and Theses provides multidisciplinary coverage to over 3.8 million indexed and abstracted graduate works.  The full text content to approximately 1.7 million dissertations and theses is available to library users.  Additional information about this e-resource may be found at http://www.proquest.com/products-services/pqdtglobal.html.

Academic Search Complete from EBSCO provides multidisciplinary full text coverage to approximately 9,000 academic journals.  This e-resource is an upgrade to the Academic Search Premier database currently shared by all consortium and provides an additional 4,672 full text publications to USMAI libraries.  Additional information about this e-resource may be found at https://www.ebscohost.com/academic/academic-search-complete.

Both e-resources are available through the library’s database list. They are both centrally-funded by the consortium (every library contributes money to the consortium central fund) and are additions the USMAI Core Shared E-Resources Collection.

 

July 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

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