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