Cooke receives ALA Equality Award

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 indicate the far-reaching impact that her personal commitment to equality has on the rest of the profession, as well as future colleagues.  

As nominator Trevar Riley-Reid stated, "Dr. Cooke has been a staunch champion for inclusion and has led the charge in changing the education of librarians to make them better able to serve those, who to date, have been unserved or underserved—the rapidly emerging majority of Americans who are people of color."

In addition to her role as assistant professor at GSLIS, Cooke is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Digital Inclusion. Her research interests include human information behavior, particularly in an online context, eLearning, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. She has published articles in journals including The Library Quarterly, Library & Information Science Research, InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information, Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal, Information Research, The Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, The New Review of Academic Librarianship, and The Library and Book Trade Almanac 2013. Cooke also coauthored Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals (Chandos Press, 2012).

Named a Mover & Shaker in 2007 by Library Journal, Cooke is professionally active in ACRL, ALISE, and several other professional library organizations. She holds an MLS degree from Rutgers University, an M.Ed. in Adult Education from Penn State, and a PhD in communication, information, and library studies from Rutgers University, where she was an ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellow.

Updated on
Backto the news archive

Related News

Mattson authors new book on teaching digital ethics

Adjunct Lecturer Kristen Mattson has authored a new book on teaching digital ethics. Ethics in a Digital World: Guiding Students Through Society's Biggest Questions was recently published by the International Society for Technology in Education. Mattson designed the book to help students look at the technology around them through a critical lens.

Kristen Mattson

Twidale to share research on computer-supported cooperative work

Professor Michael Twidale will discuss his research on computer-supported cooperative work at the Columbia Science Review's event, "E-Living: Social Interactions in a Virtual World." E-Living, which will be held virtually on April 15, will include a panel discussion on how people form relationships online and how software can be better designed to support this networking. As described on the event's website, discussions will also focus on how videoconferencing companies like Zoom are evolving to make online interactions easier, "especially considering the fact that numerous companies and schools are moving online even after the coronavirus pandemic ends."

Professor Michael Twidale

Diesner and students organize tutorials for The Web Conference

Associate Professor Jana Diesner and her students have organized two tutorials for The Web Conference 2021. The conference, which will be held virtually from April 12-23, will address the evolution and current state of the Web through the lens of computer science, computational social science, economics, public policy, and Web-based applications.

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner

iSchool researchers to present at The Web Conference 2021

iSchool researchers will present their work at The Web Conference 2021. The conference, which will be held virtually from April 12-23, will address the evolution and current state of the Web through the lens of computer science, computational social science, economics, public policy, and Web-based applications.

Wang to join iSchool faculty

The iSchool is pleased to announce that Dong Wang will join the faculty as an associate professor in August 2021. He is currently an associate professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame.

Dong Wang