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subpagepic Cook Library is pleased to introduce a few new colleagues. Library Associate Elna Reggie (left) is now a part of the Interlibrary Loan department. Cynthia Baker (middle) is the new administrative assistant in the Library Administration office. Eric Gadsby (right) joined the library on March 20th as an IT Operations Specialist and Library Technician Michele Eidensohn (not pictured) now works in the Technical Services department.

Elna Reggie joined Cook Library's Interlibrary Loan department on April 17, where she manages interlibrary loan borrowing requests. A native of New Jersey, Elna first became interested in library work as an undergraduate psychology student at UC-San Diego. She moved to Baltimore shortly after graduation and her first job was as a library assistant in ILL and Circulation at Johns Hopkins University's Eisenhower Library. She pursued her MAT degree at JHU and taught for a year before taking some time off to be home with her 8 year old daughter and 5 year old twins. She returned to library work in the Howard County Public Library system (Miller Branch in Ellicott City) as a research specialist and instructor, where she spent considerable time at the reference desk. She is excited to be back in the realm of academic librarianship and has enjoyed her first few weeks of work in Cook's ILL department.

Towson is familiar territory for Cynthia Baker: She graduated from TU with a BA in Mass Communication and Public Relations. She then worked for an online health newsletter published by Agora, Inc., where she gained experience with administrative duties as well as editing, creating copy for, and working with a team to develop public relations strategies. As an administrative assistant at Cook Library, Cynthia's responsibilities will include office assistance as well as providing communications support for the library website, social media, and various library publications. She is thrilled to be working at her alma mater and happy to be able to use all of her communications and organizational talents in a position where she will wear many hats.

As Cook Library's new information technologies specialist, Eric Gadsby brings extensive experience in higher education IT work, which began when he was an undergraduate at Goucher College. He got his start with a student job supporting IT in Goucher's science labs, where he learned to manage the functioning of the nuclear magnetic resonator. Eric was a theater major, but he says he always had an interest in computing. Upon graduation in 2002, a full time position opened up and the rest is history. Notably, Eric provided IT support to the planning, building and implementation of Goucher College's Athenaeum, Library Journal's award winning "Landmark Library of 2012." Eric values his liberal arts education in the context of his professional focus on computing and IT In higher education. He approaches technology challenges from the human side, first by analyzing what the user is trying to accomplish and then trying to find and fit the technology tool to the task. In his role in Cook Library, Eric will be offering technology support, troubleshooting skills and his innovative ideas to meet library staff computing needs and he will help ensure the ongoing function of the library's instructional spaces. His focus on human-centered computing will be a valuable asset to Cook Library's instruction and public service roles.

Michele Eidensohn (not pictured) started work on January 30th as the Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI) Library Technician. Michele received her Master of Library Science degree in August from College Park and has a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies from Stern College in New York.  She also has a strong background in music; she teaches piano, cello and the guitar and performs on the cello in chamber ensembles and local orchestras.  Michele will be working on fully incorporating the BHI material into the library catalog, including working with Special Collections and Archives on digital projects connected to this material.

Please join us in welcoming these new staff members to Cook Library.

Written by Claire Holmes

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