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Library Renovations Update

DeskConstructionIt has been a busy summer in Cook Library with three areas under renovation. We wanted to give you an update on where these projects stand and what you can expect during the fall semester.

  1. Circulation and Interlibrary Loan: The circulation and interlibrary loan services and staff areas have moved and are now located on the right side of the main floor.
  2. Starbucks: The expansion is ongoing, and they are expected to reopen in October.
  3. 24/7 Space: The construction of this area adjacent to the expanded Starbucks is expected to start in January.

 

Also please note that as part of these renovations, Cook Library instruction classroom 317 has moved to room 208, and the Leisure Reading Collection has moved to the 2nd floor.

If the construction noise is bothersome, please don’t hesitate to stop at the Research Help Desk for a complementary pair of earplugs.

August 24, 2016 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

Graduate Students, Check Us Out!

Untitled design-2From online databases accessible 24/7, to study spaces, to academic events, Cook Library has lots of resources that will be helpful to you during your time as a graduate student at Towson University.

Information Resources

  • If you have questions about resources in your particular subject area, don’t hesitate to contact the library liaison for your department.  These librarians are experts in their particular subject areas and are more than happy to help you find what you need.

Study Space

  • You can find out when we’re open by visiting our hours page.
  • Need Quiet? Cook Library has a quiet study room at the back of the 2nd floor, in room 200c. Also if you need to store some of your belongings, we have day lockers at the front of the 2nd floor.

Events

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

August 24, 2016 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Sign Up to Be a Book in Our Human Library!

HumanLibrary_logoDo you have a great story to share? Consider being a book in our Human Library events in October!

What is a Human Book?

A Human Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation with members of the public, who borrow them. They will have a title that relates to their experience of prejudice and/or discrimination.

What is a Human Library?

The Human Library is a concept created by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen and Asma Mouna of the Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents. It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination.

The Human Library™ aims to establish a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan.
It was developed to challenge societal prejudices wherever and for whatever reasons they occur, and to help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities.

The Human Library™ encourages patrons to become readers, by taking a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue, that they represent. i.e. the Police Officer would talk about stereotypes and prejudices that police officers meet in their job and answer any question the reader may have about this topic. Conversations are offered to a duration of thirty minutes and is not just a storytelling session, but rather an experience sharing with Q&A encouraged. The outcome of the session and direction of the talk is dependent on what the reader/s asks about. And it is the privilege of both parties to end the conversation at any point they may wish.

The Towson University – Albert S. Cook Library and Center for Student Diversity joins a long and growing list of organizations interested in promoting understanding and compassion between people where prejudice and stereotyping have created misunderstanding and division.

How can you be a Human Book?

The Human Library events will take place:

  • Sunday, October 9th from 12PM-6PM in Cook Library, Room 507
  • Tuesday, October 11th from 10AM-4PM in UU Potomac Lounge

To be a Human Book, to volunteer, or for more information, visit: http://bit.ly/tuhumanlibrary

August 24, 2016 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

Guest Computer Access Changes

IMG_1930In an effort to improve network security, how guests (non-Towson affiliates) access the computers in our building is changing.

The logins at the top or on the side of the computers no longer work. Instead, we urge guests to visit our Circulation or Research Help Desk and obtain a card with a username and password on it. This guest login is valid for the entire semester so please hold onto it if you are planning multiple library visits. Towson students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to use their NetIDs to log in, as this provides easiest access to campus electronic resources.

Please contact Cook Library at 410-704-2461 or visit the Circulation or Research Help Desk if you have any questions.

August 22, 2016 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Welcome (Back) Towson 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 A-Z 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. We have a research repository, ScholarWorks@Towson. If you publish a book, we would love to have you give a talk about it at the library and 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 22, 2016 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

Library Hours for Fall 2016

LibraryNight(1)Below are the library’s hours for the Fall 2016 semester.

Please note that there are special hours for the first week of the semester.

COOK LIBRARY HOURS
Fall 2016

August 28 – December 23

First Week of Fall Semester – Special Hours

Aug 28 (Sunday) ……………………………………………..12 noon – 8:00 p.m.

Aug 29 – Sept 1 (Monday –Thursday) ……………….7:30 a.m. – Midnight

Sept 2 (Friday) ……………………………………………….7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

September 3 – 4 (Saturday – Sunday)  ………………12 noon – 8:00 p.m.

September 5 (Monday) Labor Day ……………………CLOSED

 

Fall Session Regular Hours  

Monday-Thursday…………………………………………….7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Friday………………………………………………………………7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday…………………………………………………………..12 noon – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday……………………………………………………………..12 noon – 2:00 a.m.

 

Thanksgiving Recess

November 22 (Tuesday) …………………………………….7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

November 23 – 25 (Wednesday –Saturday)………….CLOSED

November 27 (Sunday)………………………………………Resume regular hours

 

End of Semester

Dec 11 – 20 (Extended Hours) …………………………….TBD

Dec 21- 23 (Wednesday – Friday) ………………………..8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Dec 24 – Jan 2  ……………………………………..CLOSED

August 19, 2016 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Fill Your Calendar with Our Fall 2016 Events!

What do Human Libraries, Baseball, and World War I all have in common?

They are all the subjects of Fall 2016 events and programs 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.

Fall2016Events

August 18, 2016 at 11:06 am 1 comment

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