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educator , university library administrator

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.


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, Paul G. Blazer Library.-Kentucky State University, Frankfort, 1980-1983;head cataloging and classification, Paul G. Blazer Library.-Kentucky State University, Frankfort, 1983;program coordinator library services, Kentucky Department Public Advocacy, Frankfort, 1983-1985;library senior, Kentucky Department Public Advocacy, Frankfort, 1985-1987;program coordinator state publications, Kentucky Department Public Advocacy, Frankfort, 1987-1989;director library services, Paul G. Blazer Library.-Kentucky State University, Frankfort, since 1989. Board directors Solinet. Member of advisory board African American Ednl.

Archives Initiative, Wayne State University. Member of faculty advisory board Center of Excellence for Studyof Kentucky African Americans. Member subcommittee on target groups Kentucky/White House Conference on Library. and Information Superior vena cava syndrome II, chair, 1990-1991.


  • Other Work

    • 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.


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 H.S. 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 AME 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 (affirmative action committee), Southeastern Library. Association (planning anddevel. committee since 1991, preservation round table since 1993), Land Grant and Tuskegee Library. Director's Association (editor Libline since 1993, vice-chair, chair 1994-1998), State Assisted Academy Library.

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


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: genealogical research, reading, needlework.


Daughter of Alphonso Cornell Cotton Junior and Maude Jean (Smoot) Cotton Bledsoe;m. Rodney McDaniel Senior, August 25, 1971. Children: Rodney Junior, Kimberly Renee, Jason Bradley.

Alphonso Cornell Cotton Bledsoe Junior

Maude Jean (Smoot) Cotton Bledsoe

Rodney McDaniel Senior

Rodney Junior McDaniel

Kimberly Renee McDaniel

Jason Bradley McDaniel