What Does Home Taste Like?


What Does Home Taste Like?
Thursday, November 16th
Cook Library, RM507



Celebrate International Education Week and Purple Hibiscus, the 2017 One Maryland, One Book, by enjoying cuisine that represents home to cultural student organizations.


November 13, 2017 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

A TU Celebration of GIS Day!

Mapping the Way for Activism:
A TU Celebration of GIS Day
Wednesday, November 15th
10:00am – 4:00pm
Cook Library, RM507




Celebrate GIS Day with Cook Library! GIS Day occurs internationally to provide information on the uses of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Play GIS themed games for prizes and hear information on the uses of GIS from Towson University students and faculty.

November 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Noontime Jazz Latin Ensemble!


Noontime Jazz
Tuesday, November 14th
Cook Library, 3rd Floor Lobby

Please join us at Cook Library for wonderful jazz music played by Towson’s Latin Ensemble.


November 7, 2017 at 10:08 am Leave a comment


Tuesday, November 9th
Cook Library, RM526




Get hands-on experience working with OpenStreetMap, under the aegis of the Missing Maps organization, helping to map vulnerable areas of the world to reduce the effects of disasters. Drop-in as your schedule allows, learn about mapping software and practical uses of GIS, and contribute to a good cause. Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be provided.

November 3, 2017 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Why Urban Policing Cannot be Reformed: A Talk with Author Stephen Janis


Why Urban Policing Cannot be Reformed: A Talk with Author Stephen Janis
Tuesday, November 7th
Cook Library, RM507



Investigative journalist Stephen Janis will be joined by his reporting partner Taya Graham from The Real News Network to discuss the problematic history of policing in Baltimore as the city struggles with another record year of violence.

Janis has written extensively about unsolved murders, violent crime, and the intricacies of policing with several retired homicide detectives. He is the author of Why Do We Kill: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore, You Can’t Stop Murder: Truths About Policing in Baltimore and Beyond, and, most recently, The Book of Cop: A Testament to Policing That Works. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017Time:12:30pm – 1:30pmLocation:The Towson RoomCampus:Towson University

November 2, 2017 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Attention TSEM Faculty: Nominate Your Best Paper for Cook Library’s Award!

Are you a faculty member who is teaching one or more sections of the Towson Seminar this semester? Are your TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 students writing a research paper as part of that class?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you should nominate one top paper from each of your sections for Cook Library’s Towson Seminar Information Literacy Award.

What is the award?

Albert S. Cook Library wishes to recognize emerging research and scholarship with an award for Towson Seminar students.

Instructors may nominate one outstanding paper from each section of their Towson Seminar per fall and spring semester. If an instructor has multiple TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 sections, only one top paper from each section may be nominated. Please note that research papers produced by groups will be evaluated as a composite work rather than individually authored sections.

One student winner will be chosen each fall and spring semester. Instructors and students will receive recognition at an annual award ceremony, an individual award plaque, a $50 prize, and a nameplate on the commemorative plaque kept at Albert S. Cook Library. The winning entries will be placed in an institutional repository to be shared with students, faculty, and staff at Towson University.

What are the award criteria?

Winning papers will be evaluated based on the use of information literacy skills, as well as the quality of research, clarity of writing, and adherence to citation standards.

80% of the evaluation will be based on Information Literacy skills and award-winning papers will demonstrate many of the following qualities:

  • Paper is accurate and sources are well-documented.
  • Shows analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of sources.
  • Incorporates a variety of research sources, including authoritative works from many different areas.
  • Places topic in wider disciplinary context.
  • Research is balanced, including varying opinions, source types, authors, and levels of scholarship.

20% of the evaluation will be based on the clarity and formatting of the student’s paper and award-winning papers will demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Paper is original, transitions are logical, narrative is clear, appropriate, organized, and well-presented.
  • Text is clear, grammatical, and spelling is correct; entry is neatly prepared.
  • Uses citations in the text and as a bibliography; follows correct citation style.

To see past award winners, visit the Towson Seminar Information Literacy Award Collection in our Institutional Repository, ScholarWorks@Towson.

How does the nomination process work?

Faculty members can nominate a paper by doing the following:

  1. Completing this form
  2. E-mailing a pdf of the student’s paper to tsemilaward@towson.edu.

We ask that faculty please submit their nominations no later than January 8, 2018.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please e-mail tsemilaward@towson.edu with any questions you may have.

October 31, 2017 at 6:03 am Leave a comment

International Games Week at TUNE!


International Games Week at TUNE
Thursday, November 2nd
Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, Learning Commons

Join us for a day of games at TU in Northeastern Maryland! Enjoy a selection of puzzles, board games, video games, and card games.


Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University, the Learning Commons at TU in Northeastern Maryland, and hundreds of libraries across the country will join the American Library Association (ALA) and its international partners in celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games for International Games Week @ your library between October 29 and November 4, 2017. For more information on International Games Week, visit the site for the Games and Gaming Round Table of ALA.

October 27, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

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