Vision 20/20:

Preserving the Past, Renewing the Present, Imagining the Future

Free Online Conference

June 11, 2020

Session Recordings Now Available!  

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nicole A Cooke

Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor

University of South Carolina

About our Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Cooke is a 2012 graduate from Rutgers University with a PhD in communication, information, and library studies, where she was one of the first 12 American Library Association Spectrum Doctoral Fellows. She holds the MLS degree from Rutgers University, and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University. Previously, Dr. Cooke was a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Cooke’s 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 coauthored Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals, co-edited Teaching for JusticeImplementing Social Justice in the LIS Classroom, and her latest books are Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals, and Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era.
Dr. 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 the 2013 Recipient of the Norman Horrocks Leadership Award given by ALISE, and Library Journal named her a Mover & Shaker in 2007.


She has also been honored as the Illinois Library Association’s 2019 Intellectual Freedom Award winner in recognition of her work in combating online hate and bullying in LIS, and she was selected as the Association for Library and Information Science Education's 2019 Excellence in Teaching award winner.

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