Wayne State University

Faculty and Staff Biography

Sandra G. Yee
Sandra G. Yee
3100 UGL

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Sandra G. Yee has been dean of the Wayne State University Library System since May 2001. As dean, she is responsible for the School of Library and Information Science and six campus libraries: The David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Arthur Neef Law Library, Purdy/Kresge Library, Science and Engineering Library, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library and the Walter P. Reuther Library. The 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. Yee is an elected member of the DALNET executive committee. 

Yee joined Wayne State University from Eastern Michigan University, where she was associate dean of learning resources and technologies. She was appointed coordinator of access services at Eastern Michigan in 1982 and held positions of increasing responsibility until she became department head and associate dean in 1990. She was a leader in development of the $41.7 million Bruce T. Halle Library, which opened in 1998. Previously, she was coordinator of library services at Muskegon Community College.

Yee leads the University Library System Board of Visitors, a diverse advisory and fundraising volunteer group. She is leader or a 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 Library 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. Yee has been a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) University Library Advisory Council, served as a member and Chair of OCLC's Member's Council, and in 2008 was elected to a six-year term on the OCLC Board of Trustees. She is chair of the board's Personnel and Compensation Committee, and will become chair of the board in November 2012.  

Sandra Yee has been president and treasurer of the Michigan Library Association, and president and a board member for the Michigan Library Consortium. She is president 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's Student Senate for her outstanding support of students. Yee was honored as Librarian of the Year by the Michigan Library Association in 1999.


Degrees and certifications

  • University of Michigan, Ed.D.
  • Western Michigan University, MLS
  • Western Michigan University, BA

Recent publications

Sandra Yee and Rita Bullard, Training Student Library Assistants: Twenty Years Later, presentation at the Michigan Library Association Annual Meeting, Kalamazoo, Mich., Oct. 28, 2011.

John Heinrichs, Kee-Sook Lim, Jeen-Su Lim and Sandra G. Yee, Using Data Analysis Techniques to Focus Academic Librarian Training at Wayne State University, in An Introduction to Staff Development in Academic Libraries, Elizabeth Connor, ed. New York, Routledge, 2009.

Sandra Yee and Lothar Spang, University Library Outreach in an Urban Setting: Forming Partnerships with Cultural Institutions as a Community Service, in Academic Library Outreach: Beyond the Campus Walls, Nancy Courtney, ed. Libraries Unlimited, 2008.