Nicole A. Cooke

Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director

PhD, Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers

Other professional appointments

Faculty Affiliate, The Center for Digital Inclusion

Research focus

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.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award, American Library Association
  • 2016 Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity, University of Illinois
  • 2016 Equality Award Winner, American Library Association    
  • 2015 Recipient of the YWCA of the University of Illinois’ Leadership Award for Social Justice Education
  • Library Journal's 2007 Movers & Shakers List

Biography

Nicole A. Cooke is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is also the Program Director for the MS in Library and Information Science program. Dr. Cooke is a 2012 graduate from Rutgers University with a PhD in communication, information, and library studies. She holds the MLS degree from Rutgers University, and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University. 

Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior (particularly in the online context), critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship (with an emphasis on infusing them into LIS education and pedagogy). 

Cooke was awarded the 2017 ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award, presented by the Office for Diversity and Literacy Outreach Services, and the 2016 ALA Equality Award.  She has also been honored as the University of Illinois YWCA's 2015 Leadership Award in Education winner in recognition of her work in social justice and higher education, and she was selected as the University's 2016 Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity. She was also named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2007. 

Cooke has published numerous articles and book chapters, and she is the author of the book, Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals (Libraries Unlimited, 2016), and co-editor of the book, Teaching for Justice: Implementing Social Justice in the LIS Classroom (Library Juice Press, 2017). Her latest book is Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era (ALA Editions, 2018).

Office hours

By appointment

Publications & Papers

Cooke, N. A. (2018). Creating mirrors and doors in the curriculum: Diversifying and Re-Envisioning the MLIS. In L. C. Sarin, J. Percell, P. T. Jaeger, and J. C. Bertot (Eds.), Re-Envisioning the MLIS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education (Advances in Librarianship Series). Emerald Group Publishing.

Cooke, N. A. (2018). Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

Cooke, N. A. (2017). Librarians as active bystanders: Centering social justice in LIS practice. In K. Haycock and M. J. Romaniuk. The Portable MLIS Insights from the Experts, 2nd Edition. ABC-CLIO / Libraries Unlimited.

Cooke, N. A. (2017). Post-truth, truthiness, and alternative facts: Information behavior and critical information consumption for a new age. The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 87(3), 211-221.

Cooke, N. A. (2017). The GSLS Carnegie Scholars: Guests in someone else's house. Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, 1(1), 46-71.

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, Volume 41) (pp. 331-348). Emerald Group Publishing.

Cooke, N. A. (2016). Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals. ABC-CLIO / Libraries Unlimited. 

Cooke, N. A. (2016). Information sharing, community development, and deindividuation in the eLearning Domain. Online Learning (the official journal of the Online Learning Consortium), 20(2).

Cooke, N. A. (2014). Connecting: Adding an affective domain to the information intents theory. Library & 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). 
 

Presentations

Cooke, N. A. "Bullying, Trolling, and Doxxing, Oh My!" ALA Annual Conference, American Library Association, New Orleans, LA. (June 2018). 

Cooke, N. A. "Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed?" ALA Annual Conference, American Library Association, New Orleans, LA. (June 2018). 

Cooke, N. A. "Speak Freely: Reflective, Equitable, and Inclusive Conversations for All." NJLA Annual Conference, New Jersey Library Association, Atlantic City, NJ. (May 2018). [invited keynote].

Cooke, N. A. "Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Centering Social Justice in LIS Practice." Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA), University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia. (May 2018). [invited keynote].

Cooke, N. A. "Speak Freely: Reflective, Equitable, and Inclusive Conversations for All.” NJLA Annual Conference, New Jersey Library Association, Atlantic City, NJ. (May 2018). [invited keynote].

Cooke, N. A. "Acknowledging history in order to disrupt it: Unearthing the Segregated History of Library and Information Science." Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (Digital Dialogues Series), University of Maryland, College Park, MD. (October 2017). [invited keynote].

Cooke, N. A. "Considering cultural competence: Reframing our LIS practice and research." Diversity by Design: Reframing Diversity Discourse in Canada, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (September 2017).  [invited workshop].

Cooke, N. A. "Strengthening the virtuous circle: Why diversity and cultural competence are important in LIS." Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Leadership Meeting, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. (June 2017).  [invited keynote].

Cooke, N. A. "How do you want to be remembered?" Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, Baltimore, MD. (March 2017). [invited keynote].

Cooke, N. A. "Reference and beyond: Aspiring librarians and intersectional feminist strategies in the LIS classroom." The Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. (February 2016).