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Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke, MLS
University Librarian

phone: 239-590-7606

email: rcooke@fgcu.edu

office: 225Q Library West

ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-9379-9955

For Faculty

Contact me to schedule a session your class. These sessions can be to help students learn how to use library resources, such as identifying and accessing scholary articles and materials. Usually these sessions are tailored around a specific assignment or research project.

For Faculty & Students

Contact me to schedule a one-on-one consultation. Similar to what we do at the reference desk but these sessions are generally reserved for more in-depth help specific to my areas of expertise.

My Subject Guides / Libguides


Rachel's Education

MLS, Kent State University, 2001

MA, Art History, Case Western Reserve University,1999

BA, History and History of Art, University of Michigan, 1996

Current Employment

Liaison Librarian, Florida Gulf Coast University 
August 2004 – Present

Instructor, Florida Gulf Coast University, Art History and Humanities Courses
January 2005 – Present

Article Publications

Van Kampen-Breit, Doris and Rachel Cooke. “Do They Think We’re the Frenemy? Examining Student Anxiety and Service Perception in Today’s Academic Libraries" Library Leadership & Management 30.1 (2015): 12-27.

Cooke, Rachel. “Can Meetings Be Fun?  A Seasoned Librarian Puts a Sunshine State Library Leadership Theory to the Test.” Florida Libraries Fall (2014): 17-20. 

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, no. 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, no. 4 (2011): 332-343.

Cooke, Rachel, and Carol Bledsoe. “Writing Centers & Libraries: One-Stop Shopping for Better Term Papers.” The Reference Librarian 49, no. 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, no. 3/4 (2007): 31-42.  (Also 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, no.3/4 (2006): 149-157.  (Also published as a chapter in: Miller, William and Rita M. Pellen. Libraries and Google. Binghamton: Haworth Press, 2006.)

Awards & Grants

Florida Library Association, Library Research Award, 2016

Faculty Team Service Excellence Award, April 2014

Professional Development Grant, December 2012

Creative Course Design in General Education Faculty Grant Competition Award, Spring 2009

Presentations (2015 - present)

Cooke Rachel and the Academic Instruction and Information Literacy Member Group, “Delving into the Disciplines: Applying the IL Framework in Library Instruction,” Florida Library Association Conference, May 2017.

Cooke, Rachel and the FLA Career Development Committee, “Career 411: Never Too Late to Jumpstart Your Career!” Florida Library Association Conference, May 2017. Cooke, Rachel, “Art Appreciation at FGCU: A Textbook-free Course Taught Through Canvas,” OpenCon Southwest Florida Open Textbook Panel, February 3, 2017, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Cooke, Rachel and Carol Bledsoe, “Research and Writing Success! Standards-based Exercises to Help Your Students with Paraphrasing, Tagging and Citing,” Lucas Center Symposium, September 22, 2016, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Cooke, Rachel and the FLA Career Development Committee, “Career 911-We Can Help!” Florida Library Association Conference, March 2016.

Cooke, Rachel and Doris VanKampen-Breit. “Challenges in the Digital Environment: Assessing Students’ Attitudes about Information Searching,” Presentation at Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA, September 25, 2015.

Cooke, Rachel, Kim Reycraft, Rachel Tait Ripperdan and Steve Rokusek. “The Core 4 Assessment Test Bank: One-stop Shopping for Information Literacy Assessment,” Presentation at Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA, September 25, 2015.

Cooke, Rachel, and Carol Bledsoe. “Using Standards-Based Exercises to Teach Research & Writing Workshops:  A Writing Center – Library Collaboration.”  Presentation at the Florida Library Association Conference, Orlando, FL, May, 2015.

Cooke, Rachel and Jenna Enomoto. “Don’t Fall Prey to a Predator! What You Need to Know About Publishing in the Electronic Age.” Presentation at the Lucas Center for Faculty Development, Fort Myers, FL, March, 2015.

Book Reviews for Choice (American Library Association) (2015 – Present)

Cooke, Rachel. Review of Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth, by Cornelia Homburg, et.al. Choice June 2017.

Cooke, Rachel. Review of Pharoah: King of Ancient Egypt, Marie Vandenbeusch, Aude Semat, and Margaret Maitland. Choice January 2017.

Cooke, Rachel. Review of Degas: A Strange New Beauty, by Jodi Hauptman. Choice November 2016.

Cooke, Rachel. Review of The Greeks in Asia, John Boardman. Choice December 2015.

Cooke, Rachel. Review of The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt, by Steven Snape. Choice February 2015.

Cooke, Rachel. Review of The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt, by Steven Snape. Choice (February 2015).