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cook notes
October 2010


Outcasts United
Book Club

October 13, 2010
CK 507 (Towson Room)

Noontime Jazz
October 19, 2010
Cook Lobby

©U@TU Keynote
October 19, 2010
Chesapeake Rooms I & II

Talk by Outcasts United Coach
Luma Mufleh

October 19, 2010
Potomac Lounge

Noontime Jazz
November 16, 2010
Cook Lobby

Half of a Yellow Sun Book Club
November 18, 2010
CK 507 (Towson Room)

Pride and Passion
African American
Baseball Exhibit
February 24-April 8, 2011
CK 3rd Floor


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Juvenile books that have won national awards are on permanent reserve behind the library's circulation desk.


Debbie Nolan

Fall semester is well underway, and the library is packed with students studying, participating in information literacy classes, doing research, consulting librarians, reading books, writing papers, creating presentations, working independently, and collaborating with classmates. The importance of the library as place endures, contrary to the beliefs of some who contend that digital resources will soon render the library obsolete!

Over the past 12 months, the library has worked to refine its mission, vision, and strategic plan, efforts that dovetail with the academic and university strategic planning processes. The Albert S. Cook Library reaffirms its commitment 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.

You'll find evidence of our mission focus in this edition of Cook Notes which highlights how library faculty and staff are facilitating research and scholarship at Towson. The feature article describes our updated website and new Subject Gateways which make it easier for library users to locate our resources. Other articles discuss the results of our spring 2010 user satisfaction survey, the newly created Legacy Collection, and the numerous ways that our librarians are involved in outreach throughout the TU campus.

Just a few weeks ago, Cook Library held its first ever Read-Out events during national Banned Books Week. For two hours during that week, Towson faculty, staff, and students from across our campus read aloud from books that had been banned or challenged in the U.S. and around the world. It was a great event that showcased the importance of freedom to read and the vital role that Cook Library plays in the academic life of Towson University.

Please be sure to note the Spotlight at the bottom of Cook Notes. The Division of Academic Affairs and Cook Library are sponsoring a symposium on copyright on Tuesday, October 19th in the Union Chesapeake Rooms I & II from 1:00-3:00pm. Noted experts will talk about the implications of copyright law and fair use for higher education, and a panel of Towson faculty will respond. We hope you can join us.

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

Deborah A. Nolan
University Librarian

current news

newspic1Library Website Gets a New Look and New Features
You may have noticed that the Cook Library website has undergone some changes recently. Since the major redesign of the site in summer 2009, the library has been working with feedback to improve the user's experience. Read more
newspic2And The Survey Says...
Last spring, the Cook Library Assessment Committee conducted a campus-wide online survey to find out what faculty, staff, and students think about the quality of library services. A total of 2512 people completed the survey, with over 10% of TU students, faculty, and staff responding. Read more
newspic3Delve into TU's History with the Legacy Collection
Though not typically thought of as rare materials, the books in Cook Library's Legacy Collection are certainly notable. This set of books represents Towson's educational growth from a small teacher-training school into a thriving four-year university. Read more
newspic4Evolving Librarianship
Providing research assistance and course-integrated information literacy instruction are at the core of Cook Library's mission and the daily work schedules of the librarians. The roles of academic librarians are evolving, however, and many of Towson's librarians are involved in the TU community in new and exciting ways. Read more

spotlight image SPOTLIGHT

©U@TU: Copyright Understanding at Towson University
Join Provost Marcia Welsh on Tuesday, October 19th in the Union Chesapeake Rooms I & II from 1:00-3:00pm for the ©U@TU keynote event. If you've ever had questions about what materials you can legally use in class or in your research, this symposium is for you.

To RSVP, please contact Librarian Rick Davis at rkdavis@towson.edu.

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