Services to Faculty Teaching Distance Learners Online or Off-Campus
Cook Library is as committed to providing the full range of services to faculty teaching online or off-campus courses as to providing them to those teaching classes on campus.
On this page:
- Getting Started
- Getting Articles
- Getting Books
- Getting E-Reserves
- Getting Library Instruction
Obtain a Towson OneCard
All faculty teaching for Towson University receive a Towson OneCard with a 14 digit number that you need to access library services from off-campus. If you do not have that card, please contact your department's distance education coordinator to request one.
Register to borrow books or request articles
To borrow books or to request articles, you need to register with ILLiad, the library's interlibrary loan service. Be sure to identify yourself as a faculty member online or off-campus courses when creating an ILLiad account.
By entering your personal information into the ILLiad system, the library will be able to deliver online articles to you directly and to send you books. Also, once you are registered, you do not have to supply the information again when making future requests. By specifying a Username and Password, you will have secure access to up-to-date information about your requests.
To find articles on a subject, go to Find Articles… By Subject. When you select a database, you will be prompted for your last name and the 14-digit number on your Towson OneCard which will be sent to you from Auxiliary Services.
If you are denied access to the databases because of a Towson OneCard problem, contact the Circulation Department at (410) 704-2456.
You may want to look at the library tutorial, InfoTUtor, for more detailed information on how to find articles.
If you need further assistance in using the databases, call the Reference Department at 410-704-2462.
Select full text articles in the database. If the article is not available, click on the FIND IT button to either link to a full text article in another database or to request the article through interlibrary loan. The interlibrary loan article articles will be delivered to you electronically through the ILLiad service. The speed of delivery of interlibrary loan articles ranges from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks depending on the time of the request and the availability of the article.
To identify and locate books within all of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institution libraries, click on Combined USMAI Catalog
You may want to look at the library tutorial, InfoTUtor, for more detailed information on how to find books in the library catalog.
You have access to about 4,500 online books through NetLibrary. When you select the database from off campus, you will be prompted for your last name and the 14-digit number on your Towson OneCard.
You can also identify books and other materials through the WorldCat database. When you select the database from off campus, you will be prompted for your last name and the 14-digit number on your Towson OneCard.
Request books through ILLiad whether or not they are available on Towson's campus. Materials are supplied for course use only and all copyright laws and guidelines apply. Requests should be made as early as possible as the delivery time will vary according to type of request, lender, and delivery method used.
SETTING UP E-RESERVES
Faculty may place articles and book chapters on electronic reserve. For detailed guidelines and to access the e-reserve online request form, go to Electronic Reserves at Cook Library. Cook Library will be responsible for researching copyright-related issues. Electronic reserves will be offered through Blackboard, with access limited to those associated with the course. E-reserves are not intended to substitute for coursepacks or commercially available textbooks, anthologies or other compilations. For additional information on electronic reserves, contact the Circulation Department at (410) 704-2456.
GETTING LIBRARY INSTRUCTION
The Cook Library Liaison Program promotes a partnership between the academic departments and the Cook Library to improve learning and teaching in the University. In this partnership the librarian's expertise in information resources complements the subject knowledge of the faculty. The librarians are assigned to specific academic departments and programs to work with the faculty to identify your information needs and priorities. Your liaison can recommend databases, instruct students on how to find library materials appropriate for their research topic, and keep you up-to-date on new resources and services in the library. For additional information and a list of departmental library liaisons, consult the Cook Library Liaison Program information.
Please feel free to contact us whenever you need assistance. We are here to serve you and are committed to providing you with the highest level of service possible.
Help with research
Need help with your research? Consult with an experienced librarian or librarian assistant in Reference by telephone, e-mail or instant messaging. For more information, click Get Help From a Librarian.
Help with your library account
Circulation staff can verify your library status and help you with issues relating to your library account. Call 419-704-2456 for Circulation assistance during library hours.
Help with getting books and articles
The Interlibrary Loan staff can assist you in obtaining books and articles. To contact the ILL office, call (410) 704-3292 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m - 5 p.m. or e-mail email@example.com