cook notes
May 2012


Herblock Political
Cartoon Exhibit

September 4, 2012-
November 9, 2012
CK 3rd Floor

Welcome Back
Noontime Jazz

September 18, 2012
Cook Lobby

Bringing Political
Cartoons to Life:
An Evening with
Cartoonist Kevin
"KAL" Kallaugher

September 20, 2012
West Village Ballrooms

The Cellist of
Sarajevo Book Club

October 10, 2012
CK 507 (Towson Room)

Noontime Jazz
October 16, 2012
Cook Lobby

The Cellist of
Sarajevo: A Tribute to the Uplifting Power of Music during War

October 30, 2012
Center for the Arts
Recital Hall

My Younger Older
Sister Book Club

November 6, 2012
CK 507 (Towson Room)

Latin Ensemble
Noontime Jazz

November 27, 2012
Cook Lobby


Prepare to be Impressed!

You can now view TU's Historic Clothing Collection online here.

did you know?

Cook Library was the proud recipient of a 2012 Towson University President's Diversity Award.


Debbie Nolan

The rhythm of the academic year means continuous cycles of beginnings, endings, and new beginnings. Winding down the spring semester, May is marked by completing projects, courses, research, and exams. Countless campus celebrations signal transitions of retirement, freshmen to sophomore, sophomore to junior, junior to senior, and that long anticipated graduation; graduation with a degree and commencement to a new path - perhaps graduate school, first career steps, or inspiring travel. Congratulations to all of you!

Cook Library has much to celebrate too! Cook Library was awarded the TU President's Diversity Award and selected for the Association of College and Research Libraries Rubrics for Assessing Information Literacy Skills program. We celebrated the addition of a new librarian, Sarah Gilchrist, who is now the Research and Instruction Librarian for Education and new roles for staff including Shannon Blackburn becoming the Library Associate for E-Resources. Service awards went to Fred Kraus for 20 years, Mary Gilbert for 15 years, Chris Casamassima and Lisa Woznicki for 10 years, and Shannon Blackburn, Kay Kazinski, Matt Mickel and Debbie Nolan for five years - that's 8 people serving Towson for a total of 75 years!

Read more about our celebrations, initiatives, and staff in this issue of Cook Notes. We look forward to providing you with library services and resources throughout the summer. In the meantime, and as always, thank you for your support!

Deborah A. Nolan
Dean of University Libraries

current news

News picture 1During the Summer, Cook Library Continues to Work for You
As the spring semester turns to summer and thoughts of vacation abound, Cook Library's staff will be hard at work preparing for the Fall 2012 semester. Read more
News picture 2Introducing Education Librarian Sarah Gilchrist and Library Associate for E-Resources Shannon Blackburn
New faces at Cook Library, like that of Sarah Gilchrist (left), are always cause for celebration, but so are new roles for those who are familiar, like Shannon Blackburn (right). Read more
News picture 3Riding the RAILS Project at Cook Library
During spring break week, while most of the Towson University campus was at rest, a few Research and Instruction Librarians and faculty members were hard at work as participants of the RAILS project. RAILS (Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) is a national study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The three-year project, which seeks to measure college students' ability to locate, evaluate, and use information sources is based at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and led by Assistant Professor Megan Oakleaf. Towson University was in the second RAILS cohort, one of five institutions nationwide selected to participate in the RAILS project in 2011-2012. Read more
News picture 4Cook Library by the Numbers
It has been a busy year for Cook Library! This article includes a snapshot of the resources and services that Cook Library has provided during the last fiscal year and how these resources have benefitted the Towson community. Read more

Display case SPOTLIGHT

Bringing Political Cartoons to Life: An Evening with Cartoonist Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher

Cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist, Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher will speak about how he creates his political cartoons on Thursday, September 20th in the West Village Commons Ballrooms. The talk will be followed by Q&A, book signings, and an opportunity to meet KAL.

This event is sponsored by Albert S. Cook Library, the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies, and the Department of Political Science.

Please contact Librarian Joyce Garczynski at for more information.

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