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Sep. 28, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is a founding member of the advisory board for Our Voices, a new American Library Association (ALA) initiative that seeks to increase diversity in the production and distribution of children’s books. Sponsored by ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, Our Voices offers interested libraries a template to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library collections. The initiative is being launched during Banned Books Week, September 25-October 1.

"Working with the Our Voices is an absolute pleasure and is among the most important work I’ve done with the American Library Association," said Cooke. "It's such a great group—librarians, booksellers, and publishers—all of whom are passionate about seeing more diverse faces and stories in library collections."

Some of the steps Our Voices plans to use in...

Aug. 4, 2016

Two iSchool master's students have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Committee on Diversity and Leadership to participate in the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL diversity scholars.

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

The 2016-2018 ARL diversity scholars are:

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Jul. 15, 2016

Kristyn Caragher (MS '14) successfully completed her Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) on July 12 with the presentation of her project, "Anti-Oppression Workshop Series at the University Library."

Her committee includes Professor Linda Smith (chair), Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre, and Zoe Revell (Business Information Services library operations associate, University Library).

May. 19, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke will speak at the 2016 LACUNY Institute—hosted by the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY)—on May 20 at Brooklyn College. She will copresent a talk titled, “Interrogating Racism and Exploring Identity in LIS Classrooms: Collaborative Autoethnography in Social Justice Education,” with Robin Kurz, assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University.

Through personal journal entries and recorded segments of a joint reflection, two LIS faculty members will guide attendees through their autoethnographical journey of teaching social justice courses and their dialogic and critical reflections on this process as examined through the lenses of their roles as educators, scholars, and activists.

Cooke and Kurz both teach graduate-level courses that center race, racism, and identity in both face-...

May. 9, 2016

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner has been selected to join the first cohort of senior fellows of the Dori J. Maynard Senior Research Fellows program, a collaboration of The Center for Investigative Reporting and The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Continuing and deepening the work of both organizations, the program is designed to bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to examine the intersection of race, power and media. Their research will be a resource for media organizations, academic institutions, foundations, and others.

The program is named for Dori J. Maynard, the late president and CEO of the Maynard Institute who worked tirelessly to push the news media to accurately reflect...

Apr. 12, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is sharing her research on topics related to digital literacy, including pedagogical approaches to using social media in the classroom and identifying and confronting misleading information, with two conference presentations this month.

At the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference—held March 30 through April 3 in Atlanta—Cooke delivered a talk titled, “Feminist Pedagogy in the Online Classroom,” during the workshop “Pedagogy beyond the Podium: Teaching Using Twenty-first-century Technologies.”

Abstract: This talk will address Cooke’s use of feminist pedagogy to create a collaborative learning environment for her online students. As part of this pedagogical stance, Web 2.0 is used as a main technology. Students are expected to contribute to the conversations by bringing their own examples and explaining their relevance to their lives. This can...

Mar. 30, 2016

Two chapters written by members of the GSLIS community are featured in the latest volume of the Advances in Librarianship book series titled, Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice (Volume 41).

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke authored the chapter, “Counter-Storytelling in the LIS Curriculum,” in which she explores the need for alternative narratives in LIS curricula.

Abstract: This chapter examines LIS and its curricula through the Storytelling Project (STP) framework. STP theorizes that there are four types of stories: stock, concealed, resistance, and emerging/transforming stories. Each of these story types exists in LIS, but in unequal proportion. LIS curriculum should include more stories of resistance and more emerging/...