Registration Open for “Lets Talk About Power” Webinar on April 19 (Presented by UIUC’s Dr. Nicole A. Cooke)

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

April 9, 2017

(via Jewel Davis, Appalachian State University)

Join us for our latest Culture Conversations with NCLA’s REMCo, “Let’s Talk About Power: Why Diversity and Cultural Competence are Important to LIS” with Dr. Nicole A. Cooke of the iSchool at Illinois. 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. ​

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)

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 12, starting at 12:00 PM CST. For more information, and to register, click here. Contact Shamella Cromartie ( or Jewel Davis ( with any questions.

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