Letter from the Dean of University Libraries

Towson University values partnerships and collaborations, and so does Albert S. Cook Library. Partnerships draw upon the strengths, creativity, and missions of separate organizations to create shared opportunities for enriched experiences, resources, and learning. Aligned with Towson University’s strategic goals, Cook Library has strong partnerships across the campus, throughout the University System of Maryland, and with the external community. This issue of Cook Notes spotlights just a few of Cook Library’s partnerships and collaborations.

Naturally our key campus partners are faculty of the colleges. In support of undergraduate and graduate courses across the university, library faculty strengthen the learning, teaching, and scholarship of the Towson University community. In particular, librarians collaborate with faculty to customize and integrate information literacy with course content, and to teach students research strategies, critical analysis of resources, and ethical use of information. The Albert S. Cook Library information literacy program incorporates the 2016 Framework for Information Literacy which states,

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

During the 2017 – 2018 academic year, library faculty taught 771 information literacy sessions, reaching over 14,500 students. This significant library/college collaboration supports students during their academic careers and prepares them to be lifelong information literate citizens.

Thank you for your support of Albert S. Cook Library.

Dr. Deborah A. Nolan, Dean

Author Tim Junkin is signing a student’s copy of his book while other students line up to have their books signed

Collaborations for the Future: Cook Library’s Partnerships with K-12 Schools

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People interacting with the Special Collections & University Archives materials at the 50 Anniversary Celebration for Towson Football

Special Collections and University Archives are Popping up

The staff in the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) department have developed innovative ways of not only reaching more students on campus, but also showcasing… Read More >

The USMAI logo over photos of McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, Albert S. Cook Library at Towson, The University of Baltimore’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center, and Coppin State University’s Parlett L. Moore Library

Friends with Benefits: USMAI Consortium Benefits Researchers across the State

If you are ever astounded by the rich variety of streamed recordings and films, electronic journals, e-books, and other resources which inform Towson’s scholarship and teaching… Read More >

TCAL 2018 attendees sitting at a table waiting for a presentation to start. A presenter is standing at the front of the room with Endangered Data Week on the screen.

TCAL: Cook Leads the Way in Low-Cost Library Professional Development

Summer has traditionally been a quieter time at Albert S. Cook Library. Since 2016, however, the library has been all abuzz.… Read More >

Two Lida Lee Tall School students holding pictures they drew


The beloved Lida Lee Tall School taught student-centered and project-based learning from 1866 to 1991 and encouraged the development of model educational resources used by schools throughout the state of Maryland.

The Special Collections and University Archives department at Albert S. Cook Library invite all students and teachers of the Lida Lee Tall School to participate in the third annual all-years reunion on Sunday, November 11 from 1-3pm in Cook Library Room 507. Please RSVP by November 3.

If you are a Lida Lee Tall affiliate and can’t make it to the reunion, you can still contribute to preserving the legacy of the school. Special Collections and University Archives is unveiling a Lida Lee Tall Memory Book Project at the reunion. We are asking former students, faculty, and staff of the school to share their stories of the school with us beforehand and we will preserve them and share them the reunion.


Upcoming Events

November 8, 2018

10:00am - 4:00pm

TU in Northeaster MD Learning Commons

Lida Lee Tall 2018 Reunion

November 11, 2018


CK 507

Noontime Jazz

November 13, 2018

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Cook Lobby

Towson Seminar Information Literacy Award Ceremony

November 13, 2018

5:00pm - 6:00pm

CK 507


November 14, 2018

10:00am - 2:00pm

CK 526

Therapy Dogs

December 13, 2018

12:00pm - 2:00pm

CK 507


Tips & Tricks

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Did You Know?

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