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About Kathleen de la Peña McCook


Kathleen de la Peña McCook holds the MA from the University of Chicago, Graduate Library School and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the 2010 ALA Annual Conference she gave the Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture on “Librarians and Human Rights.” She presented a historical and cultural analysis of the librarian’s role in human rights, as defined by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.. Kathleen wrote an annual review of library union activities for the journal, Progressive Librarian, from 2006-2011: "There is Power in a Union." She is a member of AFT Local 7463. She is author of Introduction to Public Librarianship (ALA Editions, 2004, 2011, 2017 in progress). In 2016 she was awarded the REFORMA  Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award .


Present Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida

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Honors and Awards

  • Hispanic Heritage Award. University of South Florida
  • Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecturer.
  • Chicago Public Library. Scholar in Residence
  • Beta Phi Mu Award. Distinguished Service to Education for Librarianship
  • Florida Library Association. Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • REFORMA-Trejo Librarian of the year
  • REFORMA-Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award

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