Letter from the Dean of University Libraries

The spring issue of Cook Notes provides me with an opportunity to sing the praises of our Cook Library team!

Our student employees contribute to the success of Cook Library’s day-to-day operations in countless ways, both on the front lines and behind the scenes. Their work includes marketing the library’s resources and services; welcoming new and prospective students during tours and orientations; preparing new books for circulation; shelving books and journals; checking materials out to patrons; and assisting students in accessing electronic databases. They do all this while striving to attain their academic goals, and commencement spotlights their ultimate achievements. During spring commencement ceremonies this month, three of our student workers will graduate: Tanya (Becky) Berger, Jordan Waite, and Zied Bouchlaghem. Congratulations Becky, Jordan, and Zied! Well done, and thank you for all your good work at Cook Library.

Kudos go to Kylie Lewis, Library Associate for Special Collections and University Archives. Kylie earned her Master of Arts in History from Emporia State University this spring.

Eight Cook Library employees are receiving awards for their years of service to Towson University. The 5-year service award is going to Sarah Gilchrist, Kimberly Miller, and Adam Zukowski. Whitney Blake will receive her 10-year award. For 20 years of service, Diane Cascella, Kathy Cohen, and Mark Owens will be honored. Nancy Minor will receive her award for 35 years of service. Congratulations to our eight employees who have provided a total of over 150 years of service to Towson University!

Six library faculty are celebrating professional achievements this month. Research and Instruction Librarian Lisa Woznicki was promoted to the rank of Librarian IV, the highest faculty rank available to Towson librarians. William Helman, Information Technology Librarian, was promoted to the rank of Librarian II. Four library faculty were awarded permanent status: Sarah Gilchrist (Research and Instruction Librarian II); Elaine Mael (Cataloging Librarian III); Kimberly Miller (Learning Technologies Librarian II); and Adam Zukowski (Metadata Librarian II).

As we near the end of this academic year, I also want express my thanks to all those who contributed to Cook Library’s foundation funds over the past year. Albert S. Cook Library’s mission is to “support and enhance the learning, teaching, and scholarship of the Towson University community, facilitating intellectual inquiry, inspiring innovation, fostering effective collaboration, and creating pathways to lifelong discovery.” As we strive to fulfill our mission, donor contributions allow us to add print and digital resources for student and faculty research; curate and share unique materials like the Jonathan Leshnoff Collection; organize, index, and make accessible university archives such as historic and contemporary campus photographs, yearbooks, and Lida Lee Tall School archives; hire and develop students as library ambassadors and peer research coaches; and provide opportunities for students to be creative through innovative learning technologies and spaces. Our donors make a difference to our students, faculty, and staff and to the global community of researchers.

As always, thank you for your support of Albert S. Cook Library.

Dr. Deborah A. Nolan, Dean

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Special Collections and University Archives recently opened the Jonathan Leshnoff Archives. The collection contains over 60 linear feet of sketches, drafts, scores, programs, and recordings authored by this internationally renowned composer and Towson University professor. The collection includes materials for significant compositions such as Starburst (a 2010 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra commission), Guitar Concerto (recently recorded in Nashville), Zohar (an oratorio inspired by the Jewish mystical text with the same name), as well as many others. The Jonathan Leshnoff Archives will not only provide researchers insight into the work of an artist who the Washington Post praised as one of the "gifted young composers" of this generation, but also offer students the rare opportunity to explore how the creative process can bring compositions to life

 

Upcoming Events

Library Welcome Carnival

August 23, 2018

12:00pm-4:00pm

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Library Welcome Carnival

August 26, 2018

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Academic Resources Fair

September 4, 2018

1:00pm-3:00pm

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Academic Resources Fair

September 5, 2018

11:00am-1:00pm

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Welcome Back Snack Break

September 10, 2018

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Welcome Back Snack Break

September 11, 2018

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Teatime Game Time

September 14, 2018

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Noontime Jazz

September 18, 2018

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Noontime Jazz

October 16, 2018

12:00pm-1:00pm

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Bringing Your Book to Life

October 18, 2018

6:00pm-8:00pm

South Campus Pavilion

International Games Week at TUNE

November 8, 2018

10:00am-4:00pm

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Noontime Jazz

November 13, 2018

12:00pm-1:00pm

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Mapathon

November 14, 2018

10:00am-2:00pm

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Therapy Dogs

December 13, 2018

12:00pm-2:00pm

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Tips & Tricks

You can donate a much-needed book to Cook Library through our Amazon Wish List.

 

Did You Know?

Since the library’s 24/7 study room opened a year ago, 120,000 people have come into the space.

 

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