Augusta Baker EDI Programming at USC

Augusta Braxton Baker


Part of a Children, Libraries and Literacy Initiative of USC’s School of Library and Information Science, the chair honors Augusta Braxton Baker, a beloved children’s librarian and storyteller who made South Carolina her home after a 37-year career at the New York Public Library. The first African American Coordinator of Children’s Services within the NY Public Library system, she worked tirelessly throughout her career to diversify the genre of children’s literature and to make books for children and young adults more reflective of the young people who read them. Dr. Baker served as USC’s storyteller-in-residence for 14 years from 1980 to 1994.

As part of expanding her legacy, the current Augusta Baker Endowed Chair Dr. Nicole Cooke is teaching SLIS 752 - Diversity in Libraries - and is hosting a stellar lineup of librarians, archivists, and information professionals who work with diverse and otherwise marginalized populations.

Lectures will take place live online and can be accessed from the Guest Lectures page of this website. As there are somewhat limited “seats” available during the live sessions, recordings of all lectures will be available as soon as possible following each live session.

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