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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

Participate in the Cook Library Photo Hunt and You Could Win a Finals Study Room!

**Want to win a study party for your student group or friend group during finals complete with snacks and drinks?**

What: Celebrate National Library Week by learning about the library and having some fun by completing a quick team-based photo hunt at Cook Library!

Who: Representatives from TU student groups as well as unaffiliated students are encouraged to form a team and complete the Cook Library Photo Hunt!

Why: All team members that complete the photo hunt will receive Cook Library giveaways and the team will be entered in a drawing to win a Study Party (2 hour reserved room with snacks) during finals for your affiliated student group (or friends if unaffiliated).

When: Complete the photo hunt during National Library Week (April 11th-April 17th).

How: Stop by the Research Help desk with your team during normal hours (8a-10pm) for an entry form and further instructions.

April 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Black Student Activism of the 1960s and 1970s infoPlaylist

05267rIn late 2015, student demonstrations about racial inequality and campus climate took place at colleges and universities across the country. These recent protests hearken back to the black student activism of the 1960s and 1970s. In order to explore this connection, Towson University is hosting a screening and panel discussion about the documentary Agents of Change on March 30th. In preparation for this screening, Librarians Joyce Garczynski, Alyse Minter, Eden Parks, and Sarah Burns Gilchrist have prepared this resource list that includes histories and primary sources from the 1960s and 1970s protests, books about those protests, and sources linking historic protests to contemporary activism.

Histories and Primary Sources Related to the 1960s and 1970s Activism

Books for Further Reading about the 1960s and 1970s Activism

Connections between the 1960s and 1970s Activism and Current Protests

  • A history of the 2014 I, Too, Am movement, an overview of current campus protests from the Atlantic, a description from the Baltimore Sun of the 2015 sit-in at Towson University, and lists of student demands assembled by the Black Liberation Collective
  • A timeline of Black activism on campus from The New York Times
  • “A Visual History of Campus Protests” from Vanity Fair
  • An article from the Atlantic on the role that teens have played in civil rights protests
  • “Protest shows colleges are once again becoming civil rights battlegrounds” from the Washington Post
  • An article from the Los Angeles Times about how the latest wave of college activism differs from previous protests
  • A Higher Education Today blog post discussing the research on historic and contemporary student activism and its impact on campuses


March 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Two 2nd Floor Study Rooms Can Now Be Reserved!

Cook Library is piloting an online reservation system for two of our larger group study rooms on the 2nd floor. These rooms are CK-212 and CK-213A.

Who can reserve the rooms?

  • Only groups of 2 or more can reserve a room
  • You must use a valid Towson University email address to reserve a room

When can I reserve a room?

  • The rooms can be reserved between the following times:
    • Monday-Thursday: 8am-midnight
    • Friday: 8am-8pm
    • Saturday: noon-8pm
    • Sunday: noon-midnight
  • Rooms must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance
  • Rooms can be reserved for up to 4 hours per day

How can I reserve one of these rooms?

  • Visit, select the time slot in the room you want, and then complete the reservation form
  • You will receive an email confirmation when you book or cancel a group study room
  • You must have a print or electronic copy of your confirmed reservation when occupying the room

What happens if my group is late for our reservation?

  • If your group does not arrive within the first 15 minutes of your reservation, you will forfeit your right to the space and the room will be open on a first come, first served basis until the next reservation.

Anything else I need to know?

  • When not reserved or occupied, group study rooms are open on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Library staff reserve the right to cancel any room reservation. You will receive email notification of the cancellation


March 21, 2016 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

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

Student_Models-Alice_Studying_in_Library_0003Are you a faculty member who is teaching one or more sections of the Towson Seminar this semester? Are your TSEM students writing a research paper as part of that class?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you should nominate the 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.

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, May 24th).

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.

March 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Take These Two Databases for a Test Drive!

Cook Library is currently hosting trials of two databases. Please try them out and let us know what you think.

CREDOCredo Reference – through March 21st –

This product provides access to reference sources to help students get started with research. In addition to encyclopedia and dictionary sources, Credo includes mind maps that visually show the relationships between topics as well as topic pages that give students a single starting point for their research. This trial also includes the InfoLit Modules which includes content that librarians can use to assess information literacy instruction.

r2R2 Digital Library – through March –

R2 is an updated, Health Sciences focused, cross-referenced database of eContent. This product features thousands of resources from the leading health sciences publishers—and growing every day.

March 10, 2016 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Writing Center Hours Return to Cook Library

Notebook0046Students can once again get help from a Writing Center tutor at Cook Library! The hours are:

  • Mondays – Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm
  • Sundays from 2pm to 9pm

To make an appointment, stop by the Writing Center’s main location (LA 5330) or call them at 410-704-3426.

February 9, 2016 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

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