Yvonne J. Chandler is an associate professor in the Department of Information Sciences (DIS) in the College of Information at the University of North Texas. Her research areas include legal information services, internet resources and services, and education for library and information services. She is director and advisor for the legal informatics master’s program and the legal information management and legal information access management program offered jointly by LIS and the School of Community Services. Dr. Chandler developed the law librarianship program that has graduated more than 100 law librarians working in the state of Texas and across the nation including the directors of Baylor University and Texas Southern University Schools of Law libraries. Three graduates are library directors of major law firms that are ranked among the top 100 largest firms in the country, according to the National Law Journal. In the 2006 publication Celebrating Diversity - A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries, Dr. Chandler was profiled as one of 13 “Leaders of Today” and was profiled again in the second edition as one of 8 “Leaders and Mentors." Dr. Chandler serves as director of master’s degree cohort programs in nine states and the Pacific Islands. The LIS cohort programs include Nevada/Utah, SWIM (South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana) states; Greater Los Angeles; the LEAP Pacific Islands Region; ELMS encompassing the states of Arkansas and Tennessee cohort programs; northern California; and western Texas cohorts in Lubbock and El Paso. In May 2008 Dr. Chandler received the prestigious University of North Texas President's Council Outstanding Teaching Award from the university. In June 2016 she was the recipient of the DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence in Librarianship from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for 2016 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando. In May 2018 Dr. Chandler was appointed to a three year term as a member of the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan School of Information.
Dr. Chandler has experienced significant success with educational training grants awarded by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) providing student scholarships and experiences. She has been the principal investigator (3) or University of North Texas Representative (5) of seven IMLS grants. Through her efforts more than 300 University of North Texas master’s degree students have received scholarships and other support from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program funded by IMLS with more than $5.5 million dollars that Dr. Chandler received through partnerships with state, public and academic libraries across the country. In all of her grants she includes funding for a minimum of 30% of recipients to be from diverse backgrounds and/or students of color. She is currently the principal investigator on the $500,000 Library Education for the U. S. Affiliated Pacific grant to fund a second cohort to educate indigenous librarians in the American Pacific in digital information management, curation and preservation. Students from American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are matriculating through the master’s degree program because of these funds.
Dr. Chandler is from Birmingham, Alabama, where she grew up in the United Methodist church as the child of a minister and educator. She attended undergraduate school at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in African American studies and library science. Dr. Chandler earned her MS in library service from the Atlanta University School of Library and Information Sciences. She is currently working on a book documenting the historic importance and contribution of the Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies to the library and information science profession. The two schools merged to form Clark Atlanta University. On September 3, 2014, Dr. Chandler was selected as the Clark Atlanta University’s Office of Alumni Relations "Alum for the Day."
Dr. Chandler earned her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan School of Information. Her dissertation, Professional Preparation Competences for Law Librarianship - A Survey of Experts in Law Librarianship and Private Law Librarians, (PhD Diss. University of Michigan, 1994) identified competencies for a curriculum to educate master’s degree students for work in law libraries. Dr. Chandler’s publications and presentations include: “Accessing Legal and Regulatory Information Internet Resources and Documents” in Evolving Internet Reference Resources (2006); “The End of An Era,” in Reflections on Brown vs. Board of Education in AALL Spectrum, "The Internet at The Millennium,” and "Legal Resources on the Internet in The Internet at the Millennium" (2001). She is the author of the Neal-Schuman Guide to Finding Legal and Regulatory Information on the Internet and a co-author of the second edition of Celebrating Diversity - A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries (2018). Dr. Chandler has conducted workshops and made presentations on library and information science education, law library education, legal research, diversity in the information profession, and legal and government information resources on the internet for many professional association including the Texas Library Association, American Association of Law Libraries, Dallas Association of Law Librarians, Houston Association of Law Libraries, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, Louisiana Library Association, Texas Association for Educational Technology, Missouri State Library, the Association of Texas Professional Educators and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She has taught legal research for the National Institute for Legal Education at Stanford University School of Law and American University School of Law, a program which prepares newly admitted law school students for their first year of the legal education program. She also has served as visiting professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies - Summer Institute on Leadership and Change in an Information Society. She has presented hands-on multimedia-based programs on teaching legal research with technology and utilizing internet resources for major corporations such as LEXIS-NEXIS and the Southern Company. She presented papers at both the 2009 and 2013 United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries held in Beijing and Shanghai respectively and in 2016 at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP) in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.
Dr. Chandler is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Beta Phi Mu Honorary Society in Library and Information Science, the Special Libraries Association, the Dallas Association of Law Librarians, the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) and the Texas Library Association (TLA). She holds many leadership roles in these organizations, including serving as president of SWALL from 2005-2007 and a member of the executive board of TLA serving as representative at large from 2004 to 2007. In April 2015 Dr. Chandler completed her term as president for 2013-2014 of the more than 7,000 member Texas Library Association, the largest state library professional association in the United States. She served as the representative for AALL to the American Library Association Task Force on Library and Information Science Education and the member liaison to the Association for Library and Information Science Education from 2010 to 2013. She is a member of the American Advisory Board (AAB) of the China-American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL) representing library and information science educators.
Dr. Chandler enjoys watching movies, shopping and sports, particularly NBA basketball. Her favorite team the Los Angeles Lakers.