Yvonne Chandler, 63, the associate professor of information science who headed UNT’s law library program and was a 2020 inductee into the American Association of Law Libraries Hall of Fame, died Aug. 8 in Denton. Throughout her career, she showed a strong passion for library education and diversity in the workforce.
She served as a librarian for several law firms and companies before working at Clark Atlanta University. She came to UNT in 1993 as assistant professor and director of the Law Librarianship and Legal Informatics Program in what is now the Department of Information Science. She served as president of the Texas Library Association and the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries. She also was active in the AALL, serving as chair of its Conference of Law Library Educators since 2017, serving as its representative on the American Library Association Task Force on Library Science Education, and editing its newsletter on diversity. In addition to her Hall of Fame honor, she received the association’s Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award this year.
At UNT, she received the President’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award in 2008 and was a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association. She earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Clark Atlanta University and her doctorate from the University of Michigan. She was known as an enthusiastic and dedicated educator and scholar who guided many students to the profession of law librarianship.