Let's Talk about Power. Why Diversity and cultural competence are important to lis

Roundtable for Ethnic Minority Concerns

Culture Conversations with REMCo

As microcosms of larger society, libraries are faced with issues of inequity, discrimination, social privilege, and social marginalization. This webinar will briefly discuss the history of unequal access in LIS, and discuss the ways in which librarians can combat this history by becoming culturally competent professionals. Join us April 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm CST, 1:00 pm EST to hear Dr. Cooke's thoughts on this important matter.

Nicole A. Cooke is an Assistant Professor and Director of the MS/LIS Program at the School of Information Sciences, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke holds an M.Ed in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University, and an MLS and a Ph.D. in Communication, Information and Library Studies from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior (particularly in an online context), critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship (with an emphasis on infusing them into LIS education and pedagogy). She was named a "Mover & Shaker" by Library Journal in 2007, she was the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Equality Award, and she is the 2017 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award presented by ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach. Her latest books are Information Services to Diverse Populations (Libraries Unlimited, 2016) and Teaching for Justice: Implementing Social Justice in the LIS Classroom (Library Juice Press, 2017)

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