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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/...

Mar. 23, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award. The annual award—$1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group—is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession. Cooke’s award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on June 26, 2016.

The jury noted that throughout her career, Cooke has been a passionate advocate for equity and has spearheaded diversity initiatives within the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and at her home institution. In particular, the members were impressed with Cooke’s extensive record of publications and dedicated social-justice oriented approach to her teaching, both of which...

Mar. 18, 2016

Library Journal’s annual “Movers & Shakers” list recognizes professionals who are shaping the future of libraries in a variety of ways. GSLIS alumna Amita Lonial (MS ’09) is among the 2016 class of Movers & Shakers in the “Advocates” category. Lonial is the learning experiences manager at Skokie (IL) Public Library.

From Library Journal:

New to her position as a comanager of Learning Experiences at Skokie Public Library (SPL), Amita Lonial dove right in and “ramped up our programming by 50 percent,” she says. According to nominator Mikael Jacobsen,...

Mar. 3, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is one of three winners of the 2016 Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz Fellowship for Picturebook Research, which encourages scholars from the United States and abroad to make use of resources available at the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art in their research. Cooke will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 to spend approximately one week at Kent State University’s Reinberger Children’s Library Center, where the Marantz Collection is housed.

Cooke’s project is titled “Something Beautiful: Social Justice, Empathy, and Cultural Competence in Children’s Books.” She will conduct a content analysis of works in the collection, looking specifically for implicit and explicit depictions of social justice, as well as...