Kathleen de la Peña McCook

Human Rights: a New Model for Librarianship

In a recent article, Kathleen de la Peña McCook , the next speaker in the University Libraries/LIS speaker series, asked “What is the responsibility of the librarian to serve the cause of human rights?” Human rights, Dr. McCook argues, have long been the province of librarians, evidenced every time a librarian extends services to the underserved, collects and preserves human rights literature, or affirms the right to free speech. We are excited to welcome her to campus on Wednesday, February 11, where she will share strategies for human rights advocacy within librarianship.She will address LIS students and University Libraries staff at 2pm in the Maple Room of the Elliott University Center.

An activist and prolific scholar, Dr. McCook is the author of books and articles on the role of women in librarianship, adult life-long learning, community building, and service to Hispanic youth. Dr. McCook is Distinguished University Professor in the School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida. She received the Florida Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, was named the Latina Librarian of the Year in 2002 by REFORMA, and is also the recipient of ALA’s Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award. A well-respected blogger, Dr. McCook maintains the blogs, “Librarian,” A Librarian at the Kitchen Table,” and “Union Librarian.”

Weren't able to make it? Listen to the lecture and her interview: Human Rights: a New Model for Librarianship