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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 American Library Association Conference 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 is author of Introduction to Public Librarianship (ALA Editions, 2004, 2011, 2018). In 2016 she was awarded the REFORMA Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award. In 2018 she presented to the American Library Association Presidential Program on "Libraries and Neutrality.” She has been honored with the Beta Phi Mu Award for service to education for librarianship, the Florida Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award and as Chicago Public Library, Scholar in Residence


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

Books (1)

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Articles (21)

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