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About Kathleen de la Peña McCook, KN4IJM

Kathleen de la Peña McCook, KN4IJM, holds the MA from the University of Chicago, Graduate Library School and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is author of Introduction to Public Librarianship (ALA Editions, 2004, 2011, 2018). She received the Lippincott Award from the American Library Association in 2019. In 2018 she presented to the American Library Association Presidential Program on "Libraries and Neutrality.” In 2016 she was awarded the REFORMA Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award. In 2010 she gave the Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture on “Librarians and Human Rights.” Kathleen writes bibliographic review essays about library union activities for the journal, Progressive Librarian. She has been honored with the Beta Phi Mu Award for service to education for librarianship, the Florida Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the Brubaker Award to recognize an outstanding work of literary merit published in Catholic Library World for the article, "Social Justice, Personalism, and the Practice of Librarianship.” Catholic Library World 72 (2): 80–84. and as Chicago Public Library, Scholar in Residence. Kathleen volunteers with AARL/ARES and her call sign is KN4IJM.


Present Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae

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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

Books (8)

Articles (28)