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