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Webinar at Cook: Faculty Perspectives on Publishing Open Access


To celebrate Open Access Week, Cook Library staff will be holding a open viewing of the webinar, “Faculty Perspectives on Publishing Open Access.”

Tuesday, October 20th
Cook Library Room 505D


Reports find that perceptions of OA publishing are changing for the better and as a result, many faculty members seek out OA publications for maximum access and impact. However, other researchers continue to avoid it, and those who are early in their careers still aren’t sure how to fit it in their publishing priorities. In this one-hour webinar, three faculty members will discuss why researchers do – or do not – publish in open access outlets and how they look to librarians for support in this process.


  • Dr. Alan Daly, Chair and Professor of the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego, will discuss how open access publishing is the best option for the individual researcher and the research community as a whole.
  • Dr. Bruce Herbert, Professor of Geology and Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications at Texas A&M University, will discuss why researchers at his institution avoid open access outlets for publishing research and why subscription-based journals remain the best option for many.
  • Dr. Shannon Audley-Piotrowski, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Smith College, will discuss publishing priorities for early-career researchers.
  • David Ross, Executive Publisher of Open Access at SAGE, will moderate the panel and take Q&A from webinar attendees.

October 15, 2015 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

Noontime Jazz!

jazzy2Noontime Jazz at Cook Library

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Cook Library Lobby

Bring your lunch and listen to Towson student musicians play selections in honor of Towson’s 150th anniversary.

October 15, 2015 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Byline of Hope: Collected Newspaper and Magazine Writing of Helen Keller

HallerKeller-Frontcover-finalCORRByline of Hope: Collected Newspaper and Magazine Writing of Helen Keller

Monday, October 19, 2015

12:30pm to 2:00pm
Cook Library Room 507

Dr. Beth Haller in Towson University’s Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies will present and discuss her new book about the writing of Helen Keller. Light refreshments will be served.

October 15, 2015 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

Now Accepting Applications for the Cook Library Student Advisory Board

DSC_143321Consider joining the Cook Library Student Advisory Board (CL-SAB)!

Are you interested in helping the library meet the needs of the student population? Want to help our students better take advantage of library services, resources, and facilities?

Apply Here:

(Applications accepted through November 15th, 2015)


The Albert S. Cook Library recognizes the importance of student contribution to library policies, services, facilities, resources, and programming. The Cook Library Student Advisory Board (CL-SAB) is a student led group that works to advise as well as actively lead initiatives in these areas.

What does CL-SAB do?

  • advise library administration and committees on library policies, services, facilities, resources, and programming
  • actively promote library resources, services, and programs to greater campus community
  • plan and execute an annual fundraising activity to fund the CL-SAB
  • make decisions on how to spend the CL-SAB fund for library resources or programs
  • plan and execute student centered programming and/or services

What is the time commitment?

Two to three all-member group meetings (a meal or snacks with be provided) per semester, plus additional committee meetings as required. Events as required.

How is the group structured?

The board will have a maximum of 10 student representatives and 3 Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute (A-LIST) students. The current subcommittees include:

  • Library user experience – advises and seeks general student feedback on library related experiences as directed by the library committees and administration. Will work to improve the library for students
  • Outreach and marketing – will work to promote library resources, services, and programs to greater campus community
  • Fundraising and event planning – leads annual fundraising events and coordinates any board sponsored student programs

A Librarian will serve as board advisor and will work with the A-LIST students in developing meeting agendas.

How long is the term?

The term is 1 academic year (December 2015-December 2016), renewable with permission of the librarian advisor.

How can it help me?

  • this is an opportunity for students to grow their leadership skills and give back to the university community.
  • students will have the ability to influence and create meaningful changes within the library to benefit themselves and their classmates
  • students in this founding cohort will help to shape the trajectory of this group

Questions? Email:

October 14, 2015 at 12:32 am Leave a comment

Art Exhibit at Cook: Despues De La Frontera/After the Border

Despues_Towson_emailDespues De La Frontera/After the Border

This exhibit curated by Tanya Garcia and produced by Maria Aldana of the Creative Alliance honors the stories of recent unaccompanied immigrant youth and families living in Baltimore who fled their homes in Central America.

Exhibit Opening Reception

Tues., October 13th from 5-6pm on Cook Library, 3rd Floor

Exhibit Panel Discussion

Tues., October 13th from 6-7:30pm in Cook Library, Room 507

Despues De La Frontera/After the Border was made possible through the support and collaboration with Esperanza Center, CASA de Maryland, Bethany Christian Services, LIRS, Towson University, Hispanic Commission and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant & Multicultural Affairs. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

October 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Want to Learn More about Research? There’s a Library Workshop for that!

Register today for one or more of Cook Library’s upcoming research workshops at

  • Getting Your Research Started: Finding Context for Your Topic – Tuesday, Oct. 6th 3:00-4:00pm
  • Finding Tests & Measures in the Social Sciences – Thursday, Oct. 8th 4:00-5:00 pm
    Modern Language Association Style (MLA) Citations – Wednesday, Oct. 14th 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Getting Started with Zotero – Thursday, Oct. 15th 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) Citations – Thursday, Oct. 22nd 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Due Diligence: Company & Industry Research – Tuesday, Oct 20th 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Like a Boss: Business Article Research – Wednesday, Oct 21st 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Audio/Visual Resources in Research – Monday, Oct. 26th 3:30-4:30 pm
  • More about Mendeley- Tuesday, Oct. 27th 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Transforming Spaces into Places – Monday, Nov. 9th 3:30-4:30pm
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Citations – Wednesday, Nov. 11th 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Researching Countries and Cultures – Monday, November 16th 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Advanced Google Searching – Wednesday, Nov. 18th 3:30-4:30 pm

October 5, 2015 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Latino Americans Film Screenings Start 10/7!

LatinoAmericans2Wednesday, Oct. 7th
6-8pm, Linthicum Hall, Room 224

Dr. Gilda Martinez-Alba, Associate Professor and Graduate Reading Program Director at Towson University, will begin the screening with a brief introduction to the segment, then the hour-long segment will be shown, and the event will conclude with a discussion about the themes brought forth in the segment.

October 5, 2015 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

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