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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

Leisure Reading Collection Now on 2nd Floor

Untitled design(3)If you are looking for the latest novel, biography or cookbook that is in our Leisure Reading Collection, that set of books have moved from the 3rd floor (just outside classroom 317) to the 2nd floor.

This move is the first part of a larger renovation project that will take place in Cook Library during 2016 and beyond. Please stay tuned to the library website and library social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for more information about the renovation as it progresses.

January 21, 2016 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Mark Your Calendar with Our Spring 2016 Programs!

What do suburban schools, health care, and hip hop all have in common?

They are all the subjects of Spring 2016 discussions and events 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.

January 14, 2016 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

Latino Americans Spring Grant Programming

Julia Garcia with her daughter, El Salvador

Julia Garcia with her daughter, El Salvador

Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library was one of 55 U.S. libraries selected to receive a $10,000 “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, the library will host a series of 6 film screenings and other related programming. Information about the events that will be held during the spring semester can be found below.

Please do not hesitate to check back often to this post for updates or to contact grant coordinator Joyce Garczynski at jgarczynski@towson.edu with questions.

 

Latino Americans Documentary Segment IV [The New Latinos (1946-1965)] Viewing and Discussion
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Liberal Arts Room 1201

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.

 

Cook Library Book Club Discussion of American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: Cook Library Room 507

Dr. Colleen Ebacher, Associate Professor of Spanish at Towson University, will provide background on American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, a memoir that focus is the way cultures define, limit and enrich us. Librarian Joyce Garczynski will then lead attendees in a discussion of the book. Refreshments will be served.

 

Latino Americans Documentary Segment V [Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)] Viewing and Discussion
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Liberal Arts Room 1201

Dr. Randy Ontiveros, Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, College Park 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.

 

Covering Comparative Public Health Care in the Americas, South and North
Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: University Union 305

Dr. Ronn Pineo, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, will discuss health care systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.  He will focus on social medicine, preventive and community-based care, and compare them to U.S. curative medicine.

 

Latino Americans Documentary Segment VI [Peril and Promise (1980-2000)] Viewing and Discussion
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Liberal Arts Room 1201

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.

 

I’m an African: Black Aesthetics and the Making of a Hip Hop Globe
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: University Union Potomac Lounge

Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology at Queens College, CUNY, will discuss her latest book “Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation” that explores the role that hip hop plays in addressing dispossession, racism, poverty and the quest for change in Latino communities and around the world. At the conclusion of this event, attendees will have the opportunity to become involved locally to help address some of the issues impacting the Latino community in Baltimore.

Sponsored by: Interdisciplinary Studies, African and African American Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Department of Foreign Languages, The Center for Student Diversity, and Albert. S. Cook Library.

 

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.

January 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Resurrection Biology infoPlaylist

birdsWhile extinction of species has always been a natural element of global ecology, ecologists have argued that the planet is currently undergoing a period of mass extinction. Recent science has discovered a way to possibly resurrect extinct species as well as revive endangered ones through the process of resurrection. This infoPlaylist, constructed by Towson University English 102 student Ben Miller (instructor Deborah Shaller) and edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski, offers sources on the background of extinction, the science of resurrection biology, qualifying species, current projects, and the arguments for and against the process.

 

Background on Extinction

The Center for Biological Diversity describes the current extinction crisis and extinction statistics on different groups of species

The role of humans in species extinction is discussed in a PBS Newshour article

An article in The Scientist explores how climate change impacts extinction

 

The Science of Resurrection Biology

A PBS Newshour article explores some of the methods that could be used to resurrect species

KQED Science describes the science behind resurrecting extinct species using DNA

A story from Live Science describes how resurrection is conducted using an Antarctic moss as a subject

Stewart Brand, president of the Long Now Foundation, a group engaged in genetic resurrection efforts, discusses resurrection efforts in this 2013 Ted Talk

 

Species Qualifying for Resurrection

A list of candidate species presented by the Long Now Foundation’s genetic resurrection subgroup, Revive & Restore

The Mother Nature Network provides background information on candidate species

The reasoning and plan for these species is discussed by Daily Mail Science & Tech

 

Current Projects

The Long Now Foundation provides a portal to four current revival and resurrection projects

A South African group, The Quagga Project, is working to revive the extinct species of Plains Zebra

A successful experiment to breed an extinct Australian frog is described by UNSW Australia

The San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo works on genetics as it relates to revival and resurrection of species

 

Moral Arguments/Environmental Effects

The impact of resurrection on current conservation is discussed by Scientific American

Scientific American discusses and challenges the ethics of reviving extinct species

The pros, cons, and legality of species resurrection is discussed by Science Magazine

National Geographic questions the technicality of resurrection biology along with its moral implications, using the wooly mammoth as an example subject

December 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Quacks Have Come Back to the Stacks!

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 7, 2015 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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