Let’s Talk About Power: Why Diversity and Cultural Competence are Important to LIS

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.

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Nicole A. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Chair at the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of South Carolina. She holds an M.Ed in adult education from Pennsylvania State University and an MLS and 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). Cooke was named a “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal in 2007 and was the 2016 recipient of ALA’s Equality Award and the Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award presented by ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach. Her latest work is “Information Services to Diverse Populations” (Libraries Unlimited, 2016). Learn more at www.nicolecooke.info or follow her on Twitter @librarynicole.

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