Sandy Littletree (she/her) is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School. She is a scholar and Indigenous librarian focused on the intersections of Indigenous systems of knowledge and the LIS (library and information science) field. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation (Diné) from her father’s side, and is Eastern Shoshone from her mother’s side.
Previously, Sandy worked as an Assistant Teaching Professor at the UW iSchool, teaching primarily in the MLIS program. She worked as the Knowledge River Program Manager at the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science from 2009-2012 where she focused on the recruitment and retention of Native American and Latino students in the MLIS degree program. She has developed advocacy resources for tribal libraries, produced a series of oral histories that document the stories of Arizona’s tribal libraries, and oversaw the revision of the 3rd edition of TRAILS (Tribal Library Procedures Manual). She is a past president of the American Indian Library Association (AILA).
She has served on numerous advisory boards, including the First Nations Curriculum Concentration at the University of British Columbia School of Libraries, Archives, and Information Studies; the Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program; the Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI); and the Circle of Learning program at San Jose State University.
Sandy earned her Ph.D. from the Information School at the University of Washington in 2018. Sandy earned her ALA-accredited MSIS degree from The University of Texas at Austin iSchool. She was one of the six Honoring Generations Scholars at UT-Austin, and was an ALA Spectrum Scholar. She also has an MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. She was an academic librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries through their acclaimed Fellows program.
She is originally from the Four Corners region of New Mexico, USA.