It Starts at Home

Infusing Radical Empathy into Graduate Education


  • Nicole A. Cooke University of South Carolina
  • Kellee E. Warren University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Molly Brown Northeastern University
  • Athena N. Jackson University of California, Los Angeles



This interview features a conversation between a library and information science educator (Cooke) and three archival and special collections professionals with varying levels of experience in the field (Warren, Brown, and Jackson). Among the goals of this frank conversation is to highlight the lived experiences of practicing archivists and educators and discuss why it’s becoming increasingly important to talk about empathy, diversity, equity, and inclusion in greater context. As part of that context, we must discuss the need to continuously infuse these values into graduate education, professional development, research, writing, and peer mentoring. Espousing and implementing an ethics of care is an ongoing and necessary process and commitment - to ourselves, to the professions, and to our communities.

 Pre-print first published online 10/04/2020

Author Biography

Nicole A. Cooke, University of South Carolina

Nicole Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior, critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. She was the 2019 ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, and she has edited and authored several books, including Information Services to Diverse Populations and Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-truth Era.