Cheryl Knott

About Cheryl Knott


Cheryl Knott publishes in the area of information access broadly construed. Her book, Find the Information You Need!!-Resources-and-Techniques-for-Making-Decisions-Solving-Problems-and-Answering-Questions (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), provides an introduction to online searching. She is also the author of Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award and the Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award. She is a recipient of the Justin Winsor Prize sponsored by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association and winner of the Methodology Paper Competition of the Association for Library and Information Science Education. External funding for her research has come from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Philosophical Society.  With ten years of experience as an academic librarian at the Universities of Michigan and Texas, she teaches undergraduate and graduate sections of online searching and government information, and she developed and teaches the undergraduate eSociety course, "Hacking and Open Source Culture."


Notable Service and Outreach Tweeting about government information and related topics at Co-Editor (and later, Editor), Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 2005-2008. Member (appointed), Depository Library Council, (advisory to the U.S. Public Printer), 2003-2006. Member (appointed), Diversity Research Grants Jury, American Library Association Diversity Office, 2009-2013.      

Research Interests

History of Public Libraries
Information Access

Associate Professor Cheryl Knott has increased the profession’s understanding of information access and its barriers through her publications on the history of racially segregated public libraries and (in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Illinois) the contingent aspects of classification systems. Her newest research explores the history of the environmental movement's print culture. 

Selected Publications

Find the Information You Need!, Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2016;

“Publication and Reception of The Southern Negro and the Public Library,” 51-78 in Race, Ethnicity and Publishing in America. Editor Cécile Cottenet. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014;

"What a Book Can (and Can't) Do: Stewart Udall's The Quiet Crisis," 201-222 in Science in Print. Editors Rima D. Apple, Greg Downey, and Stephen Vaughn. University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.

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Contact Information

Cheryl Knott
Associate Professor, School of Information
Telephone: 520-621-3565

Courses Taught

Government Information
Online Searching
Hacking and Open Source Culture

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences