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Rachel Cooke

Name: Rachel Cooke Rachel Cooke, Librarian
Education: MLS, Kent State University, 2001
MA, Art History, Case Western Reserve University,1999
BA, History and History of Art, University of Michigan, 1996
Responsibilities: Associate University Librarian, Library Services
Contact Information: Address: 10501 FGCU Blvd South
Ft. Myers, FL 33965

Phone: 239-590-7606


Liaison Librarian for the departments of:

Education, History, Languages & Literature, and Visual & Performing Arts


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Professional Experience:

History & Humanities Librarian, Florida Gulf Coast University
August 2004 – Present

Reference Librarian, Rutenberg Library, Lee County Library System
November 2001 – July 2004

Slide Curator, Baldwin Wallace College
September 1997 – July 2001

Art History Instructor, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
August 1999 – May 2000

Professional Interests

Reference services
Library instruction
Faculty and Librarian Collaboration


Articles (5), peer-reviewed

McClure, Randal, Rachel Cooke, and Anna Carlin. “The Search for the Skunk Ape: Studying the Impact of an Online Information Literacy Tutorial on Student Writing.” Journal of Information Literacy 5.2 (2011): 26-45.

Cooke, Rachel and Danielle Rosenthal. “Students Use More Books After Library Instruction: An Analysis of Undergraduate Paper Citations.” College & Research Libraries 72.4 (2011): 332-343.

Cooke, Rachel and Carol Bledsoe. “Writing Centers & Libraries: One-Stop Shopping for Better Term Papers.” The Reference Librarian 49.2 (2008): 119-127.

Cooke, Rachel and Rebecca Donlan. “ Thinking Inside the Box: Comparing Federated Search Results from Google Scholar, Live Search Academic, and Central Search.” Journal of Library Administration 46.3/4 (2007): 31-42.  This is a peer-reviewed journal (simultaneously published as a chapter in: Miller, William and Rita M. Pellen, Google Scholar and More: New Google Applications and Tools for Libraries and Library Users. Binghamton: Haworth Press, 2008).

Donlan, Rebecca and Rachel Cooke. “Running With the Devil:  Accessing Library-licensed Full-text Holdings through Google Scholar.” Internet Reference Services Quarterly 10.3/4 (2006): 149-157.  This is a peer-reviewed journal (simultaneously published as a chapter in: Miller, William and Rita M. Pellen, Libraries and Google. Binghamton: Haworth Press, 2006).

Awards & Grants

"Creative Course Design in General Education Faculty Grant Competition” $1500 awarded in Spring 2009 to Dr. Randall McClure and Rachel Cooke to integrate information literacy into the Composition II classes.

Presentations (7)

Cooke, Rachel. “If I Can Publish, So Can You!” Poster Session at the Florida Library Association, Orlando, FL, May 2011.

Cooke, Rachel and Danielle Rosenthal. “Print is Still Popular: An Analysis of Undergraduate Paper Citations after Library Instruction.”  Poster session at Research Day, Florida Gulf Coast University, April 2010.

Cooke, Rachel and Danielle Rosenthal. “Print is Still Popular: An Analysis of Undergraduate Paper Citations after Library Instruction.”  Poster session at  Florida Library Association, April 2010.

McClure, Randall, Carol Bledsoe, and Rachel Cooke. “Writing Centers, Libraries, and Writing Programs: Ideas for Collaborating and Strategies for Gaining Greater Visibility.” Round Table Discussion, Florida Regional Writing Center Conference, Re-Visioning the Writing Center”, Tampa, FL, April 2009.

Cooke, Rachel and Danielle Rosenthal. “Undergraduate History Student Papers: The Effect of Library Instruction on Citation Quality.” Paper presentation for the Florida Conference of Historians, Fort Myers, FL, February 2009.

Cooke, Rachel. “Worldcat Analysis.” Presentation for the State University Libraries Collection Planning Committee, Fort Myers, FL, February 2007.

Cooke, Rachel. “Applicant Shortage?  Recruit a Public Librarian for Your Academic Library.” Poster session at Association of College and Research Libraries, Minneapolis, MN, April 2005.

Book Reviews for Choice Magazine (13), peer-reviewed

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Family fictions in Roman art, Natalie Boymel Kampen. Choice Jan. 2010.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Hidden in the shadow of the master: the model-wives of Cezanne, Monet, and Rodin, Ruth Butler. Choice Dec. 2008.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of The Artistic culture between the wars, 1920-1945, ed. Valerio Terraroli. Choice Feb. 2008.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of. The Egyptian renaissance: The afterlife of ancient Egypt in early modern Italy, Brian Curran. Choice Jan. 2008.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of The Treasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic museum and churches of old Cairo, Gawdat Gabra. Choice Oct. 2007

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Nineteeth-century art paintings in the Norton Simon Museum,Richard R. Brettell. Choice June 2007.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of The Avant-garde movements, 1900-1919: art of the twentieth century, Gabriella Belli.  Choice Mar. 2007.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Egyptian Palaces and Villas: Pashas, Khedives, and Kings, Shirley Johnson. Choice Nov. 2006.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Memoirs of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Joseph Farington. Choice June 2006. 

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Cleopatra and Rome, Diana E.E. Kleiner. Choice Feb. 2006.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of  Pre-modernism: art-world change and American culture from the Civil War to the Armory Show, J.M. Mancini. Choice Oct. 2005. 

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: a biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin, Susan Nagel. Choice July 2005.

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Carlisle and Cumbria: Roman and Medieval Architecture, Art and Archaeology, British Archaeological Association. Choice Mar. 2005.

Internet Reviews for Choice Magazine (1), Peer-reviewed

Cooke, Rachel. Rev. of Forum Antiquum (internet resource), Choice Jan. 2008.