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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

Library Website Changes on Aug. 9th

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On August 9th, some small changes will be made to the library’s website. While these changes are mostly cosmetic, they are the first in a series of changes that we will be making to prepare for a fully redesigned website in the coming months.

Here is a detailed list of the changes:

Header

  • Updated header/banner image
  • Updated styling of buttons linking to Blackboard, Webmail, OTS, SCS, and AAS
  • Updated font and/or styling of “Albert S. Cook Library” next to TU logo

Research Guides

  • Replaced “Subject Gateways” and “Course Gateways” links with a link to the new guides platform, branded as “Research Guides
  • Renamed “Research Databases” to “Databases”

Tabbed Search

  • Moved “All” “Books” “Article” options to inside “Cook OneSearch” tab
  • Changed tabbed search box from 5 tabs to 2: “Cook OneSearch” and “Library Website and Research Guides will be indexed in Library Website search
  • Helper text is above search box “Search articles, journals, books, media, and more”
  • Changed “powered by Cook OneSearch” to “Advanced Search”

Icons

  • Updated icons from row of links below tabbed search
  • Use teal color and rounded corners to integrate better into the design
  • Use A-Z rather than obscure Database icon

Miscellaneous

  • Moved link to Special Collections from Services menu to Research menu as “Archives” below “Collections”
  • Updated “ILLiad” in Quick Links to “Interlibrary Loan”
  • Removed Delicious link from social media links and updated social media icons

 

August 5, 2016 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman-Loera infoPlaylist

elchapo_582_1Known as the top ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin Guzman-Loera aka El Chapo has been the leader of the Mexican drug trade and run the cartel on a global scale for 17 years smuggling cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine into various countries. El Chapo was captured by the Mexican marines on January 8, 2016 and is pending extradition to the U.S. from Mexico to be put on trial for various crimes related to drug-trafficking in several U.S. states.  This playlist compiled by Towson University students Mikailla For and Luke West in Deborah Shaller’s English 102 class and edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski, discusses El Chapo’s personal and criminal history along with an overview of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Personal History

Sinaloa Cartel

  • Background information on the Sinaloa Cartel from Insight Crime
  • BBC gives insight on internal information of Sinaloa Cartel and the personal life of its members
  • International Business Times explains why the Sinaloa Cartel is so powerful
  • NPR explains how the Sinaloa Cartel is winning the drug war with Mexico
  • Business Insider examines how El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel influences the US drug market

Criminal History

 

 

 

May 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Summer Session 2016 Library Hours

SummerSummer 2016
Summer Session Hours
May 23 – July 29

Regular Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED
May 30 (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independence Day)
CLOSED

Intersession Hours
July 30 – August 28

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays CLOSED

May 20, 2016 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

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