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FY15 and FY16 Database Cancellations

Given the current budget situation and the necessity to reduce expenditures, Albert S. Cook Library regrets to announce the following database cancellations for FY15 and FY16.  While the majority of these cancellations will take effect July 1, some, such as the Nature package, were effective in the spring, 2015.

Target:  approximately $100,000 reductions total across FY15 and FY16

Criteria and process for determining cancellations:

This past spring, a librarian task group reviewed the library’s database subscriptions, focusing especially on the cost per use (CPU) for each database.  Each year the library collects usage statistics for subscribed databases and calculates the CPU, determined by dividing the number of searches for the fiscal year into the cost of the database.  For example, a database that cost $15,000 and had only 500 searches would have a CPU of $30 per search, which is too high a cost for the collection budget to sustain.  In contrast, we have databases that are so heavily used that the CPU is only .02 or .03 cents per search. Additional criteria includes evaluating the database against other like databases to prevent paying for duplicate content.

The library spends over $800,000 a year on subscriptions to databases.  Like journals, however, database costs continue to increase each year.   Combined with a flat budget or, as in the current economic climate, a reduced collection budget, database cancellations are inevitable.  The library regrets the necessity to cancel these titles, and will certainly help with ILL to provide content for your research needs.

Please contact Mary Gilbert, Assistant University Librarian for Content Management, with any questions.

June 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm 1 comment

Cook Library Receives “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Grant

TU’s Albert S. Cook Library is 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).

The cash grant will enable Cook Library to offer public programming about Latino history and culture over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year.

The library also will receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film, “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by WETA-TV. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to the present.

In addition to film screenings, Cook Library plans to offer a photo exhibit on the recent wave of unaccompanied minors to the United States, a Latino student-organized rally, a New York Times talk, book discussion, and lectures on a variety of Latino-themed topics.

Librarian Joyce Garczynski says the multidisciplinary project is designed to promote awareness and encourage dialogue about the country’s largest minority group. “So many members of the campus community are excited and energized about bringing this material to campus,” she says. “It’s very timely, considering the dramatic growth of our region’s Latino population and the continuing debate about immigration.

“Our job here at Cook Library is to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome on campus,” Garczynski adds. “Programs like this can help us accomplish that.”

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

June 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Check out a Scientific Calculator!

CalculatorsTowson’s Student Government Association asked for the library to make scientific calculators available for students and we listened!

Cook Library is now lending five TI-85 calculators for TU student, faculty, and staff use.

The calculators are available for a 4-hour loan period and may only be used in the library.

Customers with a TU OneCard (students, faculty, and staff) can check out the equipment from the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library.

There will be a $0.50 per hour late fee if equipment is returned late.

The calculators will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and no reservations will be taken.

June 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Summer 2015 Library Hours

Summer 2015
Summer Session Hours
May 26 – August 3

Regular Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
July 3-4 (Friday-Saturday) CLOSED

Intersession Hours
August 4 – August 25

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays CLOSED

May 26, 2015 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Congratulations to our Newly Promoted and Tenured Librarians!

Photo of Sara Arnold-GarzaSara Arnold-Garza (M.S.I.S., University of Texas at Austin)
Research & Instruction Librarian
Promoted to Librarian II

Ms. Arnold-Garza earned her master’s degree in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She joined Towson University in July 2011 as our residency librarian for diversity and innovation. Highlights of her accomplishments include creating finding aid descriptions of the Gantt manuscripts of the Nuremberg trials in Special Collections; developing a tool for tracking and reporting subscriptions during her rotation in Technical Services; and providing information literacy instruction to undergraduate students in the Research and Instruction department. Of special note during her second year, Ms. Arnold-Garza’s residency capstone project, featuring a flipped classroom model, was used by a number of library faculty for instruction and earned her the 2014 OAI Innovation in Teaching Award. Ms. Arnold-Garza’s scholarship includes 14 presentations, workshops, or poster sessions on a variety of topics including the Cook Library residency librarian program; inclusion in the classroom; diversity issues; and the flipped classroom approach to teaching and learning.  Ms. Arnold-Garza received the American Library Association’s 2013 Emerging Leader Award. Also that year, she became the research and instruction librarian, serving as a liaison to the American Civilization, Cultural Studies, International Relations, Metropolitan Studies, and Political Science programs and departments, and working closely with faculty to provide information literacy instruction specifically for their courses.

In addition to several Cook Library committees, Ms. Arnold-Garza’s university service includes the Diversity Action Committee, where she chairs its Campus Climate Work Group, and the Latino/a Faculty Staff Association. She contributes to state and national professional organizations including the American Library Association and several Association of College and Research Libraries committees, including the ACRL Law and Political Science Section, where she is the social media coordinator.


Photo of Laksamee PutnamLaksamee Putnam (M.S. in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois-Urbana)
Research & Instruction Librarian/Science Librarian
Promoted to Librarian II

Ms. Putnam earned her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 2010. She joined Towson University in January 2011 as the science librarian. She is the liaison for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Environmental Science. Ms. Putnam provides user instruction and creates instructional material specific to these disciplines as well as for several Towson Seminar courses. Ms. Putnam co-authored two book chapters pending publication in 2015. She has presented numerous workshops, poster sessions or programs with colleagues at both local and national conferences since 2011 on such diverse topics as inclusion in the classroom, blogs in science information dissemination, and apps in the classroom. She received the 2012 Emerging Leader Award from the American Library Association. Active in the Cook Library marketing initiatives, Ms. Putnam created the puppet “Al Burt” (for Albert S. Cook Library) who is featured in library posters, videos, and guides. She regularly contributes to LibraryTechTalk, Cook Library’s technology blog.

Ms. Putnam served as a First Year Experience adviser for incoming freshmen and was an invited speaker for CIAT. She reported from the 2013 January Conference via Twitter and was a proposal reviewer for the 2014 TU Spark event. Ms. Putnam contributes to state and national professional organizations including the American Library Association, and several American College & Research Libraries committees including the ACRL Science and Technology Section and the New Members Round Table.


Photo of Mary GilbertMary Gilbert (M.L.S., University of Rhode Island)
Associate University Librarian for Content Management
Promoted to Librarian IV

Ms. Gilbert earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Rhode Island in 1976.  She joined Towson University in 1996 as head of serials; in1999 she became head of technical services, and in 2008 she was named assistant university librarian for content management.  Ms. Gilbert manages the library’s $2+ million collection budget and oversees all acquisitions, cataloging, processing, and access of print and electronic resources. In addition, Ms. Gilbert serves as liaison to the faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages and provides customized information literacy instruction for students in that department and in Towson Seminars. She led migration of print journal subscriptions to electronic storage, giving students, faculty and staff 24/7 remote access to journals; implemented a collections enhancement initiative to improve the library’s print collections; established the Legacy Collection of notable books from the original State Teachers College library; and incorporated the 70,000-volume Baltimore Hebrew University library collection into Towson’s Cook Library. Her scholarship includes publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.  She has presented at regional and national professional conferences.

Ms. Gilbert is active in the American Library Association and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. She serves on Towson University’s Library Advisory Council, Council of Chairs, and Honors College Advisory Council, and contributes her expertise in content management and collection development to the work of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium, most recently through the E-Resources Licensing Group, Information Resources Advisory Group (co-chair), and the Next Generation Integrated Library Systems Group. She also serves on the advisory boards of two major publishers – ProQuest North American and Gale.


Joyce Garczynski (M.S. in Library Science, University of Maryland, College Park)
Communications & Development Librarian
Awarded Permanent Status

Ms. Garczynski earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland in 2009. She also holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Garczynski joined Towson University in August 2009 as the communications and development librarian. She is liaison to faculty in Mass Communication and Communications Studies and provides customized course-based information literacy instruction and individualized research assistance to students in the discipline. She also supports Towson Seminars. Ms. Garczynski launched a marketing communications plan and leads efforts to promote Cook Library. Reaching the campus and external community, she develops and coordinates library events including Cook Library Book Club discussions, National Library Week celebrations, and Holocaust Remembrance Day. Receiving a national grant for library initiatives related to Islamic culture titled “Muslim Journeys,” she partnered with the Walters Art Museum to host an “Evening of Islamic Art and Culture” for Towson students. Ms. Garczynski has given regional and national presentations on topics ranging from library social media presence to work-life balance in academia to an analysis of academic integrity policies featured on university websites. She co-authored a book chapter on library marketing and authored or co-authored more than 20 publications ranging from book reviews and newsletter columns to an article in Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division focusing on faculty involvement in database subscription cancellations and named the publication’s best article. She also won the American Library Association’s “Best of Show” for fundraising material she created; the Towson Academy of Scholars Award for her research on academic integrity; a NASA Mars Science Laboratory training stipend; an Institute for Museum and Library Services sub-award related to accessibility of library databases; and the Association of College and Research Libraries President’s Program Innovation Contest for her Albert S. Cook Library Civility Video.

In addition to assisting with development and fundraising efforts of the library, Ms. Garczynski is a member of the University Assessment Council, Faculty Salary Review Committee, and Social Media Working Group. Ms. Garczynski is active in the American Library Association (chair of the Communication Studies Committee since 2013); the Special Libraries Association; the EBSCO Communications Studies Advisory Board; and The Library Quarterly Reviews Selection Committee.

May 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

Quacks in the Stacks: 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.

May 11, 2015 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Finals Extended Hours: Sun. May 10th – Tues. May 19th

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

May 10-16 (Sunday-Saturday) 24 HOURS
Begin 10:00 a.m. Sunday (May 10th)
End 2:00 a.m. Saturday Morning (May 16th)
May 16-17 (Saturday-Sunday Morning)
10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
May 17-19 (Sunday-Tuesday) 24 HOURS
Begin 10:00 a.m. Sunday (May 17)
End 10:00 p.m. Tuesday (May 19)

May 4, 2015 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

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