About the Equality Award
An annual award consisting of $1000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement given to an individual or group for outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. The contribution may be either a sustained one or a single outstanding accomplishment. The award may be given for an activist or scholarly contribution in such areas as pay equity, affirmative action, legislative work and non-sexist education.
Nicole A. Cooke
assistant professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Digital Inclusion
Throughout her career, Cooke has been a passionate advocate for equity and has spearheaded diversity initiatives within ALISE and at her home institution. In particular, the members were impressed with Cooke’s extensive record of publications and dedicated social-justice oriented approach to her teaching, both of which indicate the far-reaching impact that her personal commitment to equality has on the rest of the profession, as well as future colleagues.