Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director
PhD, Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers
Office HoursBy appointment
Human information behavior, particularly in an online context; diversity and social justice in librarianship; LIS education and pedagogy, particularly in the online environment; information literacy and instruction.
Other Professional AppointmentsFaculty Affiliate, The Center for Digital Inclusion
Nicole A. Cooke is an assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having graduated from Rutgers University with a PhD in communication, information, and library studies in 2012 (where she was an ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellow). Previously, she was an instruction librarian and tenured assistant professor at Montclair State University’s (NJ) Sprague Library.
Her research interests include human information behavior, particularly in an online context, eLearning, and diversity and social justice in librarianship.
Cooke is the author of the book, Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals (Libraries Unlimited, 2016), co-editor of the book, Teaching for Justice: Implementing Social Justice in the LIS Classroom (Litwin Books/Library Juice Press, 2017), and co-author of the book, Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals (Chandos Press, 2012). She has published articles in journals including JASIST, The Library Quarterly, InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information, Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal, Library and Information Science Research, Information Research, and New Review of Academic Librarianship.
She is the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award and the 2016 recipient of the ALA Equality Award and the Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity. In 2007 she was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal. Cooke is professionally active in ALA, ALISE, ASIS&T, and several other professional library organizations. She holds an MLS degree from Rutgers University, and an M.Ed. in adult education from Penn State.
Picture books, such as those in the Marantz Collection (Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science), play an important role in developing literacy in our library users—from traditional literacy (as it relates to reading), to visual literacy, to cultural literacy. Exposing patrons of all ages to the messages contained in children’s literature can have lasting and beneficial effects, and can shape how readers view the world.
From 1970-1972 the Graduate School of Library Science at the University of Illinois (now the School of Information Sciences) welcomed and educated twenty-eight students of color known as The Carnegie Scholars. Spearheaded by faculty member Dr. Terry Crowley, he described the Carnegie Scholars program as “an unusual, flawed, but ultimately successful program to increase the number of disadvantaged students, primarily black and Hispanic” in the profession.
Selected Publications, Papers, and Presentations
Cooke, N. A. (2016). Counter-Storytelling in the LIS Curriculum. In P. T. Jaeger, U. Gorham, and N. Greene Taylor (Eds.), Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice (Advances in Librarianship series). Emerald Group Publishing.
Cooke, N. A. and Minarik, J. P. (2016). Linking LIS graduate study and social justice education: Preparing students for critically conscious practice. In B. Mehra and K. Rioux (Eds.), Progressive Community Action: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
Cooke, N. A., Sweeney, M. E., Noble, S. U. (2016). Social justice as topic and tool: An attempt to transform a LIS curriculum and culture. The Library Quarterly, 86(1).
Jaeger, P. T., Cooke, N. A., Feltis, C., Hamiel, M., Jardine, F., & Shilton, K. (2015). The Virtuous Circle Revisited: Injecting Diversity, Inclusion, Rights, Justice, and Equity into LIS from Education to Advocacy. The Library Quarterly, 85(2): 150-171.
Cooke, N. A. (2014). Connecting: Adding an affective domain to a cognitive information behavior theory. Library and Information Science Research, 36(3), 185-191.
Cooke, N. A. (2014). The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Enhancing the LIS Professoriate. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information, 10(1). Retrieved from http://escholarship.org/uc/gseis_interactions.
Cooke, N. A. (2014, May). Pushing back from the table. Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal. Retrieved from https://ojcs.siue.edu/ojs/index.php/polymath/index.
Cooke, N. A. (2013, September 25). Diversifying the LIS faculty (Backtalk column). Library Journal. Retrieved from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/09/opinion/backtalk/diversifying-the-lis-faculty-backtalk/.
Cooke, N. A. (2013). Library Education in the World of Online Learning. In D. Bogart and B. Turock (Eds.), The Library and Book Trade Almanac 2013. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.
Cooke, N. A. and Teichmann, J. (2012). Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals. Oxford: Chandos Publishing.
Cooke, N. A. (2010). Becoming an andragogical librarian: Using library instruction as a tool to combat library anxiety and empower adult learners. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 16(2), 208-227.
Cooke, N. A. “The Golden Girls and the Others.” National Communication Association. Las Vegas, NV, November 22, 2015.
Cooke, N. A. “Considering Cultural Competence.” Fall 2015 Doctoral Research Symposium. Emporia State University. Overland Park, Kansas, November 14, 2015.
Cooke, N. A. “Knitting Together an Online Community of Practice.” 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. St. Louis, MO, November 7, 2015.
Cooke, N. A. “Considering Cultural Competence.” The 2015 Illinois Academic, Public, School, and Special Libraries Conference. Peoria, IL, October 23, 2015.
Cooke, N. A. “Diversity and Social Justice in the LIS Curricula.” The Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS). College Park, MD, October 16, 2015.
Hill, R. F. and Cooke, N. A. “Beyond Awareness: Cultural Competence in LIS.” The Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS). College Park , MD, October 15, 2015.
Cooke, N. A. and Beckett, E. “New Jersey Train-the-Trainer: An Examination.” The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Annual Congress. Cape Town, South Africa, August 13, 2015.
Cooke, N. A. "Combatting cultural misinformation/disinformation on the Internet.” Digital Sociology Conference (Eastern Sociological Society). New York, NY, February 28, 2015.
Cooke, N. A., Sweeney, M. E., and Rioux, K. "Social Justice in the LIS Classroom: Making it Happen” (Pre-Conferene Session). Association of Library Science Educators (ALISE). Chicago, IL, January 27, 2015.
Cooke, N. A., Colon-Aguirre, M., Ceja, J., and Stewart, J. B. "Diversifying the reflection of LIS Education: Spectrum Doctoral Fellows in front of the classroom.” Association of Library Science Educators (ALISE). Chicago, IL, January 29, 2015.
Cooke, N. A. “Hip Hop Smoothed Out on a Library Tip: Exploring Literacies through a New Pedagogical Lens.” African American Print Culture Conference. The University of Wisconsin, Madison, September 21, 2013.
Cooke, N. A. "Power, Privilege, and Positionality: Applying a Critical Lens to LIS Education.” American Library Association. Las Vegas, NV, June 29, 2014.
Cooke, N. A. “Information Sharing, Community Development, and Self-Disclosure in the eLearning Domain.” International Communication Association (Information Sharing Pre-Conference). Seattle, WA, May 22, 2014.
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