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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 or 410-704-5168 if you have any questions.


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:


  • 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”


  • 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


  • 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
May 30 (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independence Day)

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

Flint Water Crisis InfoPlaylist

24161042699_f27316d37d_zIn April 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan switched their water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River and nine months later, city officials admitted that Flint’s new water source was contaminated with lead and other toxic chemicals. The impact of this decision on residents’ health resulted in a national examination of the political, social, and economic situations that contributed to Flint’s contaminated water. This infoPlaylist created by four students in Deborah Shaller’s English 102 class (Natalie Goffney, Jennaliese Lu, Emma Peak, and Meredith Wood) and edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski will provide background information on the city of Flint, analyses of what caused the crisis, the health and social effects of the water, how the government has responded, and what the future holds for Flint.

Demographics and History of Flint, Michigan:

  • A U.S. Census Bureau report providing some demographics of Flint residents such as age, sex, and ethnicity/race
  • A 2013 Policy.Mic story about violence in Flint, Michigan
  • An examination of Flint’s economic history from MSNBC‘s 2011 Geography of Poverty series

Analyses of What Caused the Flint Water Crisis:

  • A Verge article about how the Flint River became toxic
  • An article from The New Yorker about Flint and the long struggle against lead poisoning in the city and across the country
  • A look at the role that infrastructure played in Flint from The Atlantic
  • An opinion piece in The Atlantic by two political science professors about the role that distrust in government played in causing the situation in Flint

How the Crisis Unfolded:

  • A step-by-step look at how the Flint water crisis unfolded from National Public Radio
  • A portal with The New York Times‘ coverage of the Flint Water Crisis
  • The New York Times provides a press release from a Flint official describing the switch to the  new water source
  • A Mother Jones article about LeeAnne Walters and how she brought the Flint water crisis to light
  • The blog of the Virginia Tech research team who played a role in uncovering the Flint crisis
  • A look at how the crisis played out on social media from Identity, an award-winning public relations firm

The Health Effects of the Contaminated Water:

  • A series of fact sheets from the Department of Health & Human Services about the chemicals and the illnesses that have presented in Flint
  • An article from The Guardian presents the stories of residents who are feeling the health effects of Flint’s water
  • This CNN article contains a pediatrician’s expertise on the long-term effects of lead exposure

The Community and Lifestyle Effects of the Water:

  • This article in The Washington Post examines the social impact on the community
  • A Michigan Daily report describes the day-to-day life of people affected
  • CNN highlights how the use of water bottles is now standard in Flint

The Government Response to the Crisis:

What Happens Next:

  • The State of Michigan‘s Goals to Strengthen Flint plan
  • A Brandeis University finance professor comments in Fortune Magazine about how the Flint water crisis will impact other U.S. cities
  • A CNN article describing how some of the children in Flint see their futures
  • A news release from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describing how 10 foundations have pledged nearly $125 million dollars to help Flint

May 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Expanded JSTOR Trial

JSTORWe have a year-long trial for 9 new JSTOR packages – all the JSTOR packages we don’t currently subscribe to.  The trial is good through June 2017, and includes 1,750 new titles.  These titles are now available through Cook OneSearch, the Journal List, and the JSTOR link on our database list.  At the end of this trial, we’ll evaluate usage to see if we want to add any of these collections permanently.

May 16, 2016 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Study Ducks are Back!

IMG_1567They’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.

May 9, 2016 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

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