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KC Williams-Cockfield


Kaurri Williams-Cockfield has 30+ years of progressively responsible work experience in both U.S. and international library settings including public, academic, school and corporate institutions. Between 2003 and 2021, Ms. Williams-Cockfield served as a public library director in Tennessee and in the Cayman Islands. She retired as a public library director in May 2021. She currently teaches, writes and presents on public libraries, community social justice issues, and how public libraries impact the development of sustainable communities. Ms. Williams-Cockfield has been teaching at SIS since the spring of 2010.


  • MLIS, University of Southern Mississippi, 1998
  • BS, Library Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 1984

Areas of Expertise:

  • Library Management – Public Libraries
  • Program Development – Public Libraries
  • Social Justice Initiatives – Public Libraries
  • Instructional Design – Assessment Librarianship

Courses taught:

  • INSC 554 Public Libraries
  • INSC 574 Adult Services and Resources
  • INSC 559 Grant Development
  • INSC 590 Special Problems Rural Librarianship

My favorite thing about working at SIS is:

“Having the wonderful opportunity to share my experiences with emerging information professionals and to learn about new perspectives by working together in the unique knowledge communities that exist in an online environment.”

Professional memberships:

  • American Library Association
  • Public Library Association
  • CORE: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures
  • Maryville Rotary Club

Select publications:

  • Williams-Cockfield, K. (2021). Blount County Recovery Court Life Skills Program: A Public Library’s Response to Addiction Recovery in B. Mehra (Ed). Social Justice Design and Implementation in Library and Information Science. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge. (forthcoming)
  • Williams-Cockfield, K. (2021). Finding Home: One Book One Community in E. Lopez, B. Mehra, and M. Caspe (Eds). A Librarian’s Guide to Engaging Families in Learning. Libraries Unlimited. (in press)
  • Williams-Cockfield, K. (2016). Using Unstructured Research as a Data Gathering Methodology for Community- Based Actions in Support of Social Justice in Public Libraries In B. Mehra & K. Rioux (Eds). Progressive Community Action: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science. (pp. 283-304). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
  • Williams-Cockfield, K. Building Civic Capacity Using a Holistic Approach to Public Library Service: Implications for Social Justice in the Cayman Islands Public Library Service (Session Title: Methods and Approaches to Integrate Social Justice in Library and Information Science; Session Organizer: B. Mehra). 5th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML 2013), 4-7 June 2013, Rome, Italy.