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*Library Closing at 6pm on Monday 2/16*

Due to weather conditions, Cook Library will close at 6pm on Monday, February 16th.

Also, the opening reception and creator talk for the Collateral Damage photo exhibition has been moved to Monday, February 23rd (the reception is from 5-6pm on the 3rd floor of the library and the creator’s talk is from 6-7:30pm in Cook Library Room 507).

February 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

What Do Prisons, Wizards, and World War I All Have in Common?

They are all the subjects of Spring 2015 events and workshops sponsored by Cook Library!

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

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


January 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

NFL & Criminal Charges infoPlaylist 2014 the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell came under intense scrutiny from fans, the media, and the general public for their allegedly poor handling of numerous criminal offenses by players. However, deviant behavior of NFL players and their subsequent punishments has been an issue for much longer than the recent wave of incidents. From drug offenses to cases of violence and even murder, the NFL has long had a history of weak or unclear policy when dealing with crimes committed by players. We have compiled a playlist of articles spanning multiple issues on this topic, including history, policy, and different types of offenses. This playlist is meant to provide information on many different aspects of the ongoing public image crisis of the highest attended and most profitable professional sports league in the world. The sources include some of the nation’s largest news and sports networks as well as professional research and official NFL releases. This playlist was compiled by Towson University students Alexander Laue, Paul Malinauskas, Mario Romeo, Amanda Tobias, Brittany Conner, and Athena Mears in Deborah Shaller’s English 190 class. In addition, the infoPlaylist was edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski.



  • A list compiled by USA Today of arrests, charges and citations of NFL players for crimes more serious than common traffic violations since January of 2000 (Brent Schrotenboer)
  • A statistical background presented by the New York Times, concerning criminal charges and NFL players dating back to the year 2000 (David Leonhardt)
  • A recent Sports Illustrated article that looks at the past fifteen years of criminal charges and the NFL, emphasizing a lack of punishment (Tasha Meares)
  • A CNN news report that focuses on a continued lack of consistency and lenience regarding criminal charges in the NFL (Michael Martinez)



  • An NBC Sports article detailing the new domestic violence policy the NFL installed following the exposure of the Ray Rice case (Josh Alper)
  • A CBS Sports article in which Adam “Pacman” Jones criticizes commissioner Goodell’s decision-making on punishing deviant individuals (John Breech)
  • The NFL’s official Personal Conduct Policy, as of December 2014 (NFL Press Release)
  • An infographic laying out the new policy in a more-easily understandable way. (NFL Press Release)
  • A CNN article detailing the reasons behind the reversal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension for assaulting his wife. (Jill Martin and Steve Almasy)



  • The Chicago Tribune has an article on NFL players who were transporting drugs and trafficking them as well as some other charges  (Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune reporter)
  • Cleveland Browns Receiver Josh Gordon has recently returned to playing for the team, but was arrested for DWI after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in July as reported by ESPN  (ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Browns reporter Pat McManamon and The Associated Press)
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote an article about an all-star running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, who couldn’t get over his cocaine addiction and is now banned for life from the NFL  (Paul Daugherty, The Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • A New York Times article about how the NFL Player’s Association agreed to new drug policies in 2014 (Ken Belson)


Domestic Violence:

  • A compilation of NFL arrest statistics that shows domestic violence is the most common reason for arrest (Benjamin Morris)
  • An article from Forbes explaining the Adrian Peterson case of domestic violence against his son (Gregory S. McNeal)
  • A CNN report concerning the details of the Ray Rice domestic violence case (Ed Payne and Steve Almasy)
  • A CBS sports article that contains President Obama’s reaction to the Ray Rice case (Ryan Wilson)
  • A New York Times article that shows the perspective of women who have experienced domestic violence from their husbands in the NFL (Steve Eder)



  • A New York Times article describing cases and consequences of violence in the NFL in the late 1990s and early 2000s (Bill Pennington)
  • A CNN report of  compilation of cases of off- field cases of violence in the NFL (Steve Almasy, Elliot C. McLaughlin)
  • An in depth study by Duke University professors comparing criminal violence in the NFL to violence in society (Alfred Blumstein and Jeff Benedict)
  • An opinion piece from Time Magazine that links violence on the field to violent assaults (Jeffrey Kluger)


Sexual Assault:

  • A report about how the 49ers released Ray McDonald amid sexual assault allegations (ESPN)
  • A CNN report on rape and drugging charges against Darren Sharper, a former NFL player and analyst for the NFL Network (Michael Martinez)
  • A USA Today article on the first rape charges in Lake Tahoe against Ben Roethlisberger and the settlement results (Martha Bellisle)
  • Ben Roethlisberger’s apology speech and the full story of the first rape incident in Lake Tahoe (CNN wire staff)

December 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

Study Ducks are Back!

SciFiBookThey’re cute, they’re classy, and just a little bit sassy…

They’re study ducks!

If you find one of these little duckies in the library – feel free to smile and give him or her a good home.

December 8, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Teen Sex infoPlaylist

When you Google the term “teen sex” it becomes readily apparent how difficult finding statistics, news stories, and research analyses from credible sources related to adolescent sexual activity can be. To mark Sexual Health Awareness Week at Towson University, Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Sarah Gilchrist have compiled this resource guide listing credible resources related to teen sexual activity, sexting, contraception, pregnancy, as well as sexual health and identity.

Sexual Activity

  • A May 2014 fact sheet from the Guttmacher Institute that contains statistics related to teens’ sexual activities
  • The Department of Health and Human Services website on adolescent reproductive health that contains information on sexual activity by state as well as information about evidence-based education programs
  • The 2014 “Virgin Territory” public opinion survey report from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy


  • A 2012 research study on the link between sexting and sexual activity among teens
  •  Statistics related to sexting from “The Digital Abuse Study” by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV
  • A November 2014 article in the Atlantic about why teens sext


  • A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website discussing the different types of birth control and their failure rates
  • The New York Times report with infographics about the effectiveness of different birth control methods over long periods of time
  • The Guttmacher Institute’s “Contraceptive Use in the United States” fact sheet containing statistics related to teens’ use of contraception
  • An NPR story about the research on what influences teens’ birth control choices


  • A fact sheet on adolescent pregnancy from the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • A website from the Department of Health and Human Services detailing trends in teen pregnancy in the United States
  • The Centers for Disease Control teen pregnancy website focusing on prevention
  • “Why is the teen birth rate falling?” an April 2014 research report from the Pew Research Center
  • A 2012 Guttmacher Institute fact sheet on teens’ information sources about sex including the research related to the effectiveness of sex education

Sexual Health and Identity

  • The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) website containing teen sexual risk behavior statistics and adolescent sexual health education initiative program information
  • Fact sheets from the Department of Health and Human Services related to sexually transmitted diseases including information on the prevalence, treatment, and different types of infections
  • World Health Organization (WHO) fact sheet with global statistics related the prevalence and treatments for sexually transmitted infections
  • A July 2014 CNN news story about HIV/AIDS and Millennials
  • Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice! has answers to commonly-asked sexual health questions
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender health
  • American Psychological Association feature story on the changing landscape of transgender research
  • The American Medical Association’s resource list including facts and resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth suicide prevention

December 2, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Extended Hours for Finals Dec. 7th to Dec. 17th

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

Dec. 7th – Dec. 13th (Sunday-Saturday) 24 HOURS
Begin 10:00 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 7th)
End 2:00 a.m. Saturday Morning (Dec. 13th)
Dec. 13-14 (Saturday-Sunday Morning)
10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Dec. 14-17 (Sunday-Wednesday) 24 HOURS
Begin 10:00 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 14th)
End 10:00 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 17th)

December 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Residency Librarian Sarah Espinosa Named an Emerging Leader!

10_14_Article3PhotoCongratulations to our Residency Librarian, Sarah Espinosa!

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Sarah Espinosa to be part of their 2015 Emerging Leaders program.  She was one of 50 individuals chosen from across the country to participate in this program designed to foster leadership skills among new library staff and information workers.

More information about the program is available on the ALA website.

November 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm Leave a comment

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