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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

#mycookstudyspot Instagram Contest

#mycookstudyspot Instagram Contest

Photo of Al holding sign with #mycookstudyspot text


Show us your favorite study spot in Cook Library using Instagram, and we’ll reward your awesomeness during finals week.


  1. Follow Albert S. Cook Library on Instagram
  2. Take a fantastic and creative photo or video showing your favorite study spot in Cook Library
  3. Upload it to Instagram
  4. Tag your creation with #mycookstudyspot
  5. Present your Instagram username at the door of CK512 to get exclusive access to this classroom with iMacs and coffee and snacks from 9am-11am on Thursday, December 11th.

When to Submit

Monday, November 17th – Thursday, December 11th


Who wouldn’t want free coffee and snacks during finals?

The Fine Print

By following Cook Library on Instagram and submitting a photo or video and tagging it #mycookstudyspot, you are agreeing to Instagrams’ Terms of Use and agreeing that you obtained permission from everyone pictured in your submission to be photographed and/or recorded. By submitting a photo or video and tagging it with #mycookstudyspot you also grant Towson University, Albert S. Cook Library, and their designates permission to copy, modify, and distribute your submission.

November 17, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Student-Created Investment Collection on Display at Cook Library

TUIGStudents in the TU Investment Group (TUIG) selected about 40 books owned by Cook to be part of a display on the main floor of the library. These books focus on finance and investing and TUIG plans to hold book discussions centered on some of these titles in the near future.

If your department or student group is interested in partnering with the library to showcase resources related to your field or an upcoming event, please contact Librarian Joyce Garczynski to discuss how we can collaborate.

November 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Gaming Open House @ Cook Library

HiResDo you love to play games? In celebration of International Games Day, Cook Library will make board games and other educational games available for anyone who wants to play.

Gaming Open House
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Cook Library, 512

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

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