cook notes
February 2012


Noontime Jazz
February 21, 2012
Cook Lobby

The Civil War in Your Attic Scanning Event
March 10, 2012
CK 3rd Floor

Noontime Jazz
March 13, 2012
Cook Lobby

School Reform
Book Panel

March 15, 2012
CK 507 (Towson Room)

An Evening of Poetry with Kathi Wolfe
March 27, 2012
CK 507 (Towson Room)

Guests of the Ayatollah Book Club
March 28, 2012
CK 507 (Towson Room)

Annual Book Sale
April 1, 2012
April 2-April 6, 2012
CK 3rd Floor

Noontime Jazz
April 10, 2012
Cook Lobby

Mark Bowden
April 11, 2012
West Village Commons
Ballrooms 404-405

The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks
Book Club

April 19, 2012
CK 507 (Towson Room)


New Resources

Cook Library is now providing access to a few new resources including:
Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities: Business and Education
Career Insider (

did you know?

Cook Library is hosting free tax preparation sessions in February and March.


Debbie Nolan

In our first edition of Cook Notes for 2012, we highlight new resources, staff and exhibits, upcoming events, and more. With spring semester well underway, librarians are immersed in teaching information literacy customized for specific courses, including the new Towson Seminars. Cook Library is filled with students, and the positive energy levels are inspiring! Our spring calendar of events is posted on the Cook Library website. Behind the scenes, staff space at the east end of the third floor is under renovation, transforming a 1960s work area to a long overdue 21st century ergonomic, efficient, effective working environment for 22 people in our technical services, acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, and research and instruction departments. Very shortly we'll begin to review journal and database subscriptions as we make decisions for Fiscal Year 2013 - you'll hear more about this process from your liaison librarians. In addition, we continue our collaborative efforts within the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium, as we investigate innovative technologies to provide you with easier access to electronic resources.

Please join me in congratulating several of our librarians who were recognized recently for their fine work: Laksamee Putnam, Science Librarian, was named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association and Claire Holmes, Education Librarian was selected to participate in the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Immersion Project. Finally, I'm delighted to announce that Cook Library is one of only five academic libraries in the nation to be awarded a grant to develop rubrics for assessing information literacy outcomes this spring, and we are partnering with Towson Seminar faculty on this project.

I wish you an inspiring and successful spring semester. Cook Library is ready to support you!

Debbie Nolan

current news

News picture 1Bringing the Red, White, and Blue to You: Cook is Now a Federal Depository Library
Cook Library was recently honored to be designated as a Federal Depository Library and has joined the ranks of 1,250 other Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) sites across the country. As a result of this distinguished designation, Cook Library now provides the Towson community with free access to over 53,000 government documents. Read more
News picture 2New Faces, New Roles at Cook Library
The new semester has brought some exciting staff changes to the library with the Interlibrary Loan department welcoming Aimee Covel and Librarian David Dahl assuming a new role. Read more
News picture 3Special Collections Reaches Out through Digitization
Did you know that Cook Library's Special Collections and Archives has expanded their electronic offerings for ease of use in the library and at home? Libraries with unique collections across the globe are rapidly digitizing them in order to reach more communities and Cook Library has been an active participant in this endeavor since 2008. Led by Nadia Nasr, University Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian, the Special Collections and Archives (SCA) department has been steadily increasing online access to its collections and extending its reach beyond the campus community. Read more
News picture 4Award-Winning Author Mark Bowden to Visit Towson University for National Library Week
Mark Bowden is best known for telling complex truths with the tools of fiction. Be it developing character or parsing narrative lines, he takes often confusing public events and gives them clarity by telling a compelling story. Read more

Display case SPOTLIGHT

"In Good Company..." Display Highlights Three Alumnae Leaders

Until the end of February, Cook Library is showcasing the accomplishments of three alumnae who have gone on to serve in the Towson presidency. The two displays in Cook Library's main lobby include photographs and biographies of Sarah Richmond, M. Theresa Weidefeld, and Maravene Loeschke..

To learn more about the display, visit Special Collections' blog at

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