May 29, 2022

CIC Center for Library Initiatives Director Mark Sandler to Retire

From the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC):

Mark Sandler, Director of the CIC Center for Library Initiatives, has announced his retirement, effective February 29, 2016. Now entering his tenth year of service to the CIC and its 15 member universities, Dr. Sandler also served for 20 years on the staff of the University of Michigan Library.

Mark has led the CIC university libraries through a period of unprecedented strategic collaboration and growth, overseeing the implementation of a contract with Google to digitize 10 million book volumes in the university libraries, the acceleration of a portfolio of coordinated licenses and contracts exceeding $39 million, the development of an annual shared pool of $3.5 million for coordinated library acquisitions, and the establishment of a shared print repository resulting in significant shelf storage relief for participating CIC universities.


A late transplant to the Midwest from New York City (with a brief side trip to Arkansas) Mark brings a mix of idiosyncratic brilliance and affability to his work. A frequent guest lecturer, speaker, and author, he is known for his unorthodox and iconoclastic contributions to the literature, with such titles as “Hopelessly Lost, But Making Good Time: Libraries Rushing Hither and Yon,” “Kentucky Fired Libraries: Battered and Chewed up in the Digital Marketplace,” and “The Buzzards are Circling, and other Library Metrics.”

Read the Complete Announcement (Including Comments from John Wilkin, Wendy Lougee, and Barbara McFadden Allen).

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