Professor Cope is a Reference/Instruction Librarian at the College of Staten Island (CSI), CUNY. Since coming to the College of Staten Island in 2007 Jonathan Cope has contributed to the library instruction program, provided reference services, and engaged in various other professional activities. He has been the coordinator of virtual reference services since 2008. His research is focused on the ways in which library and information literacy work is situated within specific social, cultural, economic, and disciplinary contexts. He is particularly interested in the politics of libraries and library work.
Professor Cope holds Master's Degrees in both library science and liberal studies. Recently, he has contributed a chapter to the edited collection Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), which discusses the applicability of social power research to information literacy. Professor Cope’s current research is focused on the ways in which library and information literacy work is situated within specific social, cultural, economic, and disciplinary contexts.
M.A., Graduate Center/CUNY
MLIS, Queens College/CUNY
B.A., Antioch College
Scholarship / Publications
Cope, J. (2017) The Reconquista Student: Critical Information Literacy, Civics, and Confronting Student Intolerance. Communications in Information Literacy, 11 (2), 264-282. https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/comminfolit/vol11/iss2/2/
Cope, J. (2017). Libraries, knowledge, and the common good: The cultural politics of labor republicanism in progressive era Wheeling, West Virginia. In Kimball, M. A., & Wisser, K. M. (Eds.), Libraries – traditions and innovations: Papers from the Library History Seminar XIII (pp.56-69). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter. https://academicworks.cuny.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://scholar.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1102&context=si_pubs
Cope, J. (2017). Four Theses for Critical Library and Information Studies: A Manifesto. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies. 1(1). http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis/article/view/30
Cope, J. (2016). The labor of informational democracy: A library and information science framework for evaluating the democratic potential in socially generated information. In Bharat Mehra and Kevin Rioux (Eds.), Progressive Community Action: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science. Library Juice Press. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press. http://academicworks.cuny.edu/si_pubs/60/
Cope, J. (Winter 2014/2015). Neoliberalism and library and information science: Using Karl Polaynyi’s fictitious commodity as an alternative to neoliberal conceptions of information. Progressive Librarian. 43. 67-80. http://academicworks.cuny.edu/si_pubs/4/
Cope, J., & Sanabria, J. (2014). Do we speak the same language? A study of faculty perceptions of information literacy. portal: Libraries and the Academy. 14(4), 475-501. http://academicworks.cuny.edu/si_pubs/5/
Cope, J. (2012). Librarianship as intellectual craft: The ethics of classification in the realms of leisure and waged labor. Knowledge Organization. 39(5), 356-362. http://www.isko.org/ko395toc.pdf
Cope, J. (2010) Information literacy and social power. In Accardi M. T., Drabinski, E., & Kumbier, A. (Eds.), Critical library instruction:Theories & methods. (pp.13-27). Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press. http://academicworks.cuny.edu/si_pubs/3/