SC&I Distinguished Alumni
Each year, the SC&I Alumni Association hosts the Distinguished Alumni Annual Dinner to honor a notable alumnus with its Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes renowned contributors to the fields of communication, journalism, information technology and informatics, or library studies. This annual event is an opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, professors, and friends while exploring the changes to SC&I and learning about the school’s plans for the future.
2023 Awardee: TBD
Guests: All Alumni & Friends Invited
2023 Event Registration Pending
Learn More About Our 2022 SC&I Distinguished Alumni Awardee:
Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, MLS ’99 and LIS Ph.D ’12 – Augusta Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina
Dr. Nicole Cook ‘12 Received SC&I AA 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award
Congratulations to Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, who has been named the recipient of the SC&I AA’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award presentation and program took place virtually on April 13, 2022.
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. She holds the MLS degree from Rutgers University, and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Cooke’s research and teaching interests include human information behavior, fake news consumption and resistance, critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship (with an emphasis on infusing them into LIS education and pedagogy).
Dr. Cooke was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2007, she was awarded the 2016 ALA Equality Award, and she was presented with the 2017 ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award, presented by the Office for Diversity and Literacy Outreach Services. 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. In 2021 she was presented with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Social Justice Award by the University of South Carolina.
Cooke has published numerous articles and book chapters. Her latest books are “Information Services to Diverse Populations” (Libraries Unlimited, 2016) and “Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-truth Era” (ALA Editions. 2018).
Interested in submitting a nominee for consideration to the board? Submit a nominee here.