Letter from the Dean of University Libraries

This time in the academic year is hectic for everyone on campus, so it is particularly important to take time to thank those who contribute to our success and to the success of Towson students, faculty and staff.

We are extremely thankful for all our Cook Library student employees. These responsible, service-oriented, and positive young people support every core function of the Library including circulation, interlibrary loan, reserves and shelving; collections maintenance; special collections and archives; information technology; and research. Our A-LIST students (Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute) specialize in providing peer research assistance; conducting outreach and marketing; leading workshops and tours; assisting in the classroom; leading projects; and participating in leadership and library related development.  Our student employees keep the Library staffed from 7:30 AM until 2 AM during the week; 24/7 during finals; and on weekends. They skillfully balance their academic work with their Library responsibilities and are ready to assist in any way needed. Our student workers are indispensible!

Our staff and librarians are top notch! With dedication, passion, talent, creativity, enthusiasm, and a wide range of expertise, Cook Library staff and librarians contribute significantly to the academic endeavors of Towson students and support the teaching and scholarship of faculty. Collaborations and outreach across campus and in the community are dynamic, stimulating, and rewarding. The utmost thanks and appreciation go to the wonderful staff and librarians who make Cook Library the core academic support unit it is.

Several librarians deserve special congratulations for their outstanding work and contributions to Towson University, earning them promotion in rank. Miriam DesHarnais, Research and Instruction Librarian and liaison to Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Middle School Education and the Graduate Reading Program was promoted to the rank of Librarian II. Sara Arnold-Garza, Assistant University Librarian for Access Services, Diversity Residency Program Coordinator, and liaison to Political Science and Interdisciplinary Programs was promoted to the rank of Librarian III. Rick Davis, Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian was promoted to the rank of Librarian III. Joyce Garczynski, Assistant University Librarian for Development and Communications and liaison to Mass Communications and Communications Studies was promoted to Librarian III. Ashley Todd-Diaz, Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections and University Archives, was awarded Permanent Status and promoted to the rank of Librarian III.

Through their scholarship and professional leadership, our librarians continually distinguish themselves and contribute to the national reputation of Towson University. During this academic year, Sara Arnold-Garza received a 2019 Mid-Career Conference Scholarship from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Joyce Garczynski was named the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Distinguished Librarian for 2019. Kimberly Miller was elected to a two-year term as Member-at-Large for ACRL’s Educational and Behavioral Science Section, and also voted Vice President/President-Elect for the ACRL-Maryland chapter, a division of the Maryland Library Association.

Please join me in thanking the talented and devoted Cook Library employees who make such a positive difference in the academic lives of Towson students, faculty, and staff!

I wish you a relaxing and refreshing summer, and thank you too for your support of Cook Library.

Dr. Deborah A. Nolan, Dean

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The End of the “Cook Notes” Era

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Teaching, Collections, and Outreach: The Stuff of a Cook Library Summer

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National Library Week at Cook Library

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Happy 50th Birthday to the Current Cook Library

This year, Albert S. Cook Library will celebrate fifty years in its current building… Read More >

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Keeping Up with Cook Library on Social Media

Since this is the last issue of the “Cook Notes” newsletter, the best way to find out what is happening at the Library is to follow us on social media.

Cook Library posts regularly about news and events on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Also, Special Collections and University Archives shares stories about TU history on their Facebook Page, Twitter Feed, Instagram, and Educated Guesses Blog.

 

Upcoming Events

Library Welcome Carnival

August 22, 2019

12:00pm-4:00pm

Cook Lobby

Library Welcome Carnival

August 25, 2019

12:00pm-4:00pm

Cook Lobby

Academic Resources Fair

September 3, 2019

1:00pm-3:00pm

Cook Lobby

Academic Resources Fair

September 4, 2019

11:00am-1:00pm

Cook Lobby

Welcome Back Snack Break

September 9, 2019

11:00am-1:00pm

Cook Lobby

TUNE Academic Resources Fair

September 10, 2019

11:00am-1:00pm

TUNE Learning Commons

Welcome Back Snack Break

September 10, 2019

1:00pm-3:00pm

Cook Lobby

Noontime Jazz

September 17, 2019

12:00pm-1:00pm

Cook Lobby

50th Anniversary “Cook Out”

September 18, 2019

12:00pm-1:00pm

Cook Library Patio

1969: A Cook Library Escape Room

September 18, 2019

11:30am-12:30pm

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1969: A Cook Library Escape Room

September 18, 2019

1:00pm-2:00pm

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1969: A Cook Library Escape Room

September 18, 2019

2:30pm-3:30pm

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Banned Books Week Photo Booth

September 24, 2019

2:00pm-4:00pm

Cook Lobby

Banned Books Week Photo Booth

September 25, 2019

4:00pm-6:00pm

Cook Lobby

Noontime Jazz

October 15, 2019

12:00pm-1:00pm

Cook Lobby

NaNoWriMo Come Write In!

November 1, 2019

12:00pm-2:00pm

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International Games Week at TUNE

November 7, 2019

10:00am-5:00pm

TUNE Learning Commons

International Games Week Celebration

November 8, 2019

1:00pm-4:00pm

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Noontime Jazz

November 12, 2019

12:00pm-1:00pm

Cook Lobby

NaNoWriMo Come Write In!

November 15, 2019

12:00pm-2:00pm

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NaNoWriMo Come Write In!

November 29, 2019

12:00pm-2:00pm

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Tips & Tricks

You can text a librarian at 410-774-1398 to get research help.

 

Did You Know?

In the two years since the Library’s 24/7 space opened, approximately 270,000 people have visited.

 

Albert S. Cook Library

8000 York Road

Towson, MD 21252

410-704-2461

libraries.towson.edu