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Library Receives World War I and America Grant to Create Programming for Veterans

royal_irish_rifles_ration_party_somme_july_1916Albert S. Cook Library is pleased to announce that we have received a grant to create World War I focused library programs for veterans. This grant is a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

The library is partnering with Towson’s Veterans Center and the Baltimore County Public Library to create a series of programs that will take place in 2017. So far the following events have been planned:

Additional programs for Fall 2017 are also being planned so stay tuned for more information. Please contact Librarian Joyce Garczynski at with any questions.

November 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Attention Students: Apply to be on our A-LIST!


The library is seeking three adventurous students interested in gaining hands-on experience in academia through a yearlong, paid leadership program. The Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute for Students, (A-LIST), offers students experiential learning opportunities in leadership, research, research assistance, writing, teaching, and outreach. If you are passionate about promoting academic success, want to help enhance library visibility via innovative outreach, and are interested in teaching and helping students with research, please consider applying. All A-LIST students will receive extensive mentorship, leadership development, and job experience.

Pay: $10/hr
Hours: 10 hours/week, flexible scheduling
Must commit for one full year (Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters)


A-LIST students will be expected to commit 10 hours a week for two semesters (Spring 2017 and Fall 2017). After receiving in-depth training, students will represent the library, through peer research help and library outreach events. A-LIST students will also have the opportunity to choose projects, working with various library departments to improve library services both internally and externally.

All students will be required to attend a minimum of six leadership workshops through the iLEAD program or other leadership opportunities on campus.




-Completed at least one semester at Towson University (at the time of application) and have at least two semesters of enrollment remaining
-Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
-Active member of the campus community with participation in one or more student groups, organizations, or clubs
-Creative and innovative thinker
-Outgoing personality with strong communication skills
-Excellent organizational and time management skills
-Strong collaborative skills and enjoys working on a team


-Interest in and/or experience with graphic design, movie, or web design software
-Previous leadership training or civic engagement activity
-An interest in library science, education, marketing or outreach
-Interest in and/or experience with interviewing, focus groups, or survey design


Applications are due by Sunday, November 13th at 11:59pm

Apply at:

Questions? Contact: Sara Arnold-Garza, Librarian:

October 31, 2016 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

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

tsemawardwinners22016Are you a faculty member who is teaching one or more sections of the Towson Seminar this semester? Are your TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 students writing a research paper as part of that class?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you should nominate one 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. If an instructor has multiple TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 sections, only one top paper from each section may be nominated. Please note that research papers produced by groups will be evaluated as a composite work rather than individually authored sections.

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, December 27, 2016).

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.

October 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Open Access Webinar


In the run up to Open Access Week, Cook Library is hosting a group viewing of a webinar presented by Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and author of the seminal book, Open Access. During the webcast, Peter will answer questions submitted in advance and live on the advancement of Open Access and the future of the movement.

The webcast will be held Tuesday, October 18 at 1pm EDT and the group viewing will be in Cook Library Room 507.

October 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

Check Out a Book From Our Human Library!


Are you interested in learning more about the diversity that is Towson University? We invite you to check out a Human Book at Cook Library’s 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 I participate?

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:

September 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm 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 to get help with crafting a paper or presentation, stop by the Writing Center’s main location (LA 5330) or call them at 410-704-3426.

September 13, 2016 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

More Group Study Space Now Reservable!

spotlightgroupstudypngSince the pilot of a room reservation system last spring was so successful, Cook Library has made even more group study spaces reservable.

The 10 group study spaces at the back of the library’s 2nd floor are now reservable.

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-10pm
    • Friday: 8am-8pm
    • Saturday: noon-8pm
    • Sunday: noon-10pm
  • Rooms must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance
  • Reservations can be made up to two weeks 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

September 9, 2016 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

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