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Yolanda Cooper

Yolanda Cooper

Dean and University Librarian


  • MLS, Library and Information Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Professional Profile

Yolanda Cooper became the University Librarian at Emory University, Atlanta, on January 15, 2014. In 2019 she was promoted to Dean and University Librarian. She provides strategic leadership and oversees all operations and services for Emory Libraries’ spaces on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses except for Theology and Law.

The Emory Libraries include the Robert W. Woodruff Library, which is also home to the Goizueta Business Library, the Heilbrun Music and Media Library, and the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. Other library spaces include the Science Commons, Cox Hall Computing Center, the Library Service Center operated in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, and the Oxford College Library located on the Oxford Campus approximately 30 miles from Atlanta. The collections at the nine Emory Libraries include more than 5.6 million volumes, 400,970 electronic journals, over 1.6 million electronic books, and internationally renowned special collections consisting of more than 19,000 linear feet of manuscript material. Rose Library’s collections span more than 800 years of history, with particular depth in modern literature and poetry, African American history and culture, political, social and cultural movements, and the University’s archives. 

Previously, she held two positions at the University of Miami Libraries, from 2003 to 2013, first as the deputy university librarian, and in the fall of 2013 acting dean and university librarian. Prior to joining the University of Miami Libraries, she served as the associate university librarian for organizational development at the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2003 to 2006, and she was the assistant dean for human resources at Indiana University Bloomington Libraries from 1998 to 2003.

She currently serves on Harvard Libraries’ Visiting Committee, is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research and Analytics Committee, and participates as a member of the HathiTrust Executive Committee as the incoming Board Chair and Treasurer. Beginning January 2021 she will serve as the Board Chair of the HathiTrust Board of Governors.