Kathleen de la Peña McCook is Distinguished University Professor at the University of South Florida, School of Library and Information Science. She has also served as a faculty member and administrator at Louisiana State University, the University of Illinois, and Dominican University. Earlier in her career, she worked as a reference librarian and a teacher.
Kathleen teaches courses in Adult Lifelong Learning, Readers' Advisory, and Public Librarianship. Recently, she has started teaching a new course on the role of libraries as cultural heritage institutions. She has also taught courses in the areas of reference and user services.
According to a study published by Library Quarterly, Kathleen de la Peña McCook is ranked among the nation's top researchers in the field of Library Science. She has written hundreds of articles, reviews, technical reports and papers. Recent publications include:
- "Public Policy as a Factor Influencing Adult Lifelong Learning, Adult Literacy, and Public Libraries." Reference and User Services Quarterly 42 (Fall 2002).
- "Rocks in the Whirlpool: Equity and the American Library Association." (May 2002).
- "Poverty, Democracy, and Public Libraries." In Libraries & Democracy: The Cornerstones of Liberty. Edited by Nancy Kranich, (ALA Edit ions, 2001).
- "Ethnic Diversity in Library and Information Science." Library Trends 49 (Summer 2000).
She has also written and edited fourteen books, including A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building (ALA Editions, 2000) and Women of Color in Librarianship (ALA Editions, 1998), Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage (McFarland Publishers, 2000). She is now working on a book tentaively titled Community-Based Public Librarianship for Neal-Schuman Publishers.
Kathleen currently edits the column "Community Building" in the Reference and User Services Quarterly. She served as editor of the journal from 1982-1988 and of Public Libraries, the Journal of the Public Library Association from 1989-1990.
To provide ongoing support for the public library role in community building, she has developed the Web site and mail-list, "A Librarian At Every Table," to demostrate the value of librarianship in the community building movement. Based on the success of this site, she has developed an active blog in 2005 titled, "A Librarian at the Kitchen Table." To access the blog, please click here. To access the A Librarian At Every Table 2001-2004 archives, please click here.
Kathleen combines a rigorous approach to scholarship and writing with a passionate commitment to social justice and community activism. In her community, Kathleen co-chairs the South County Coalition for Community Concerns, is a member of the Ruskin Community Resource Center Advisory Committee and is active at the local and state level in the Democratic Party. She also serves as the Coordinator of Community Outreach for the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences. In this capacity, she works on service-learning, community collaboratives, migrant and outreach service with groups such as: the Rural Social Services Partnership, Redlands Christian Migrant Association and South County Coalition for Community Concerns.
Kathleen has a long history of professional service through association activities and advisory and consultant roles. She is active in the American Library Association, currently serving on President-Elect Carla Hayden's advisory committee for "equity of access" and the Reference and User Services Association Notable Books Council. She serves as a member of the Florida Library Association's Public Library Standards Committee. She has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Humanities and served as a consultant to the federal Department of Education and National Commission on Library and Information Science.
Kathleen has been honored with several awards from the American Library Association, including: the Equality Award, Monroe Adult Services Award, Catalyst for Change Award, and Beta Phi Mu Award for contributions to library education. She was named REFORMA's Trejo Librarian of the Year in 2002.
Kathleen received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies, and her MA from the University of Chicago, Graduate Library School. She also holds an MA in English from Marquette University. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Illinois- Chicago.
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