Dean of University Libraries & School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University
Sandy Yee has served as Dean of the Wayne State University Library System since 2001. As dean, she is responsible for the School of Library and Information Science and five campus libraries. Wayne State University Libraries are the fiscal agent for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), a Southeastern Michigan consortium that manages a shared automation system for 20 member libraries. Sandy serves as President of DALNET.
Before coming to Wayne State University, Sandy spent 19 years at Eastern Michigan University, serving in various library administrative roles including Professor and Associate Dean of Learning Resources and Technologies. She also has experience in community college, high school and junior high school libraries.
Sandy has been a member of the OCLC University Library Advisory Council, served as a member of OCLC’s Members Council and in 2008 was elected to a six-year term on the OCLC Board of Trustees. She has chaired the Board’s Personnel and Compensation committee and, in November, 2012, was appointed Chair of the Board.
Sandy is a leader and member of a number of professional committees and organizations, including the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries where she served on the Budget and Finance committee and was Chair of the University Libraries Section. She served on the Association of Research Libraries Board from 2008-2011 and is a member of the North American Library Advisory Board for the Elsevier Publishing Company.
She has been president and treasurer of the Michigan Library Association, and has served as Chair and board member of the Michigan Library Consortium. Sandy is past president and member of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library and a member of the Wayne State University Press Editorial Board. Her commitment to 21st century librarianship has been recognized with awards and honors including inclusion in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. She received the inaugural 2010-2011 Administrator of the Year recognition from Wayne State University Student Senate for her outstanding support of students. Sandy was honored as Librarian of the Year by the Michigan Library Association in 1999.
She presents and publishes on a variety of topics relating to academic libraries including instruction, outreach and digital projects, and is actively engaged in Library and Information Science education.
Sandy holds a doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Michigan, and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Library Science degrees from Western Michigan University.