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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

Renovations Coming to Cook Library This Spring

cookmay2015 2In order to better meet the research needs our students, faculty, and staff, Cook Library will undergo some renovations in the coming months.

Phase 1A of the renovations has begun and we expect the following changes to be completed before fall 2016:

  • The leisure reading collection has moved to the 2nd floor
  • The microfiche cabinets are moving to the middle of the 2nd floor
  • A new 40-seat library instruction classroom will be opened in the former microfiche area on the 2nd floor
  • Circulation and Interlibrary Loan services will be relocated to the right side of the 3rd floor
  • Starbucks will be expanded and a new 24/7 Study Zone will be constructed between Starbucks and the Learning Commons

We apologize for any disruptions that this construction might cause. If you need a quieter area to study, please try the Quiet Room (200C) at the back of the 2nd floor or the 4th or 5th floor. You also can obtain a pair of earplugs at the Research Help Desk on the 3rd floor.

For updates, visit Cook Library’s website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)

January 29, 2016 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

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