LETTER FROM THE DEAN OF UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
This month we crown students' academic achievements at commencement, and we celebrate
the service of staff, faculty, and alumni at university awards ceremonies.
Accomplishments abound across campus!
I am pleased to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all the people of
Albert S. Cook Library for making a difference in the lives of Towson University's
students, faculty, and staff. We say that "Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University
Inspires a Journey of Learning." To be precise, it is the people of Cook Library who
inspire, support, teach, learn, create, assist, guide, and lead - all in service to
our Towson learning community. On the front lines and behind the scenes, the people
of Cook Library truly make a difference at Towson University!
Our deep commitment to students is ever-present. While the FY 2013 facts and figures tell only part of the story, consider these points ...
... Over 20,000 people came into Cook Library each week.
... Cook Library was open 110 hours per week during the semester and 24/7 during final exams.
... Cook librarians taught information literacy skills to more than 13,000 students through nearly 600 courses this year.
... Cook librarians provided reference and research assistance and consultations to more than 15,000 students this year.
... Cook Library was in the
Top 100 Most Social Media Friendly College & University Libraries for 2013.
... Cook Library hosted exhibits, events, and book talks on a wide array of topics including Islamic culture, welfare reform, financial literacy, the history of TU, and political cartoons.
... Cook Library was selected from a national pool to participate in an Institute for Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to develop "Rubrics for Assessing Information Literacy Skills" in support of student learning.
... Eight people celebrated a total of 135 years of service to Cook Library: Whitney Blake (5), Nadia Nasr (5), Diane Cascella (15), Kathy Cohen (15), Mark Owens (15), Sylvia Kodis (25), Ilene Lebson (25), and Nancy Erck (30).
... Nadia Nasr, University Archivist & Digital Collections Librarian was awarded permanent status as a faculty librarian; Joyce Garczynski, Communications & Development Librarian was promoted to the rank of Librarian II; and Lisa Woznicki will receive a Master of Science degree in Music Education at the spring 2013 commencement.
Please join me in recognizing the staff, faculty, and student assistants of Albert S. Cook Library for their contributions to the Towson University community!
Best wishes for an enjoyable summer,
Deborah A. Nolan
Dean of University Libraries