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Karen Jean McDaniel

Karen Jean McDaniel, American university library administrator, educator. Named Outstanding Alumnus, University Kentucky School Library and Information Science, 1999.


  • McDaniel, Karen Jean was born on November 16, 1950 in Newark. Daughter of Alphonso Cornell Cotton Junior and Maude Jean (Smoot) Cotton Bledsoe.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Business Administration, Berea College, 1973. Master of Science in Library. Science, University Kentucky, 1975.

      Postgraduate, University Kentucky, 1977-1978, 96—. Postgraduate, Kentucky State University, 1983. Postgraduate, Eastern Kentucky University, 1983.


    • Assistant library, instructor reference studies Paul G. Blazer Library.-Kentucky State University, Frankfort, 1975-1979, assistant library, instructor cataloging, 1980-1983, head cataloging and classification, 1983. Program coordinator library services Kentucky Department Public Advocacy, 1983-1985, library senior, 1985-1987, program coordinator state publications, 1987-1989. Director library services Paul G. Blazer Library.-Kentucky State University, since 1989.

      Member advisory board African American Educational Archives Initiative, Wayne State University. Member subcommittee on target groups Kentucky/White House Conference on Library and Information Services II, chair, 1990-1991.


    • Contributing author: Powerful Black Women, 1996, Notable Black American Women, Book II, 1996, Notable Black American Men, 1999, Kentucky Women, 1997, Encyclopedia of Louisville, 2000.


    Party affiliation: Democrat



    Member State of Kentucky Textbook Commission, since 1993. Member National Council Negro Women. Adult membership Girl Scouts American, 1987-1994, assistant troop leader, 1991-1993.

    Active Frankfort High School Parent-Teachers Association, 1994-1996, Hearn Elementary School Parent-Teachers Association, 1983-1994, Elkhorn Middle School Parent-Teachers Association, 1991-1997, Friends of Paul Sawyer Library. Active St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church. Member board Frankfort Young Men’s Christian Association, 1995-1997.

    Member American Library Association, American Association of University Professors, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Association College and Research Libraries, Black Caucus of American Library Association, Southeastern Library. Association, Land Grant and Tuskegee Library. Director's Association (vice-chair, chair 1994-1998), State Assisted Academy Library.

    Council Kentucky (secretary 1991-1992, chair 1992-1993), Kentucky Library. Association (secretary academy section 1990-1991), Kentucky Council Archives, Kentucky Association Blacks in Higher Education, Alpha Delta Kappa, Delta Sigma Theta.



    Genealogical research, reading, needlecrafts.


    • Married Rodney McDaniel Senior, August 25, 1971. Children: Rodney Junior, Kimberly Renee, Jason Bradley.
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    Born November 16, 1950
    (age 67)
    • 1973
      Berea College
    • 1975
      University Kentucky
    • 1983
      Kentucky State University
    • 1983
      Eastern Kentucky University
    • 1975 - 1979
      Assistant, reference studies Paul G. Blazer Library-Kentucky State University
      Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
    • 1975 - 1979
      instructor, reference studies Paul G. Blazer Library-Kentucky State University
      Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
    • 1989
      director, library services Paul G. Blazer Library-Kentucky State University
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