Kathleen McCook

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Kathleen 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.She highlighted the convergence of the goals of library workers and the human rights movement and how librarians can work to achieve a more equitable society in the United States as a compassionate nation among others. 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. In 2016 she was honored by REFORMA with the Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award.


MA, Graduate Library School, 1974
University of Chicago

PhD, Library Science, 1980
University of Wisconsin-Madison

BA, Literature, 1969
University of Illinois

MA, Literature, 1970
Marquette University