Farewell to Lili Yang

June 7, 2017
Vitus Tang

After 19 years of service at SUL, Lili Yang of the Data Control Unit will be retiring at the end of this week. Her last day at work will be June 9.

Lili started her career at the Libraries as an hourly worker in Government Documents, then moved to a library specialist position in Access Services in 1999, where she worked mainly at SAL (the Stanford Auxiliary Library). After a little over a year in Access Services, Lili found her “home” in the Catalog Department (the previous incarnation of what is now known as the Metadata Department). From 2001 to 2008, Lili worked in the Materials Control Unit, handling a variety of tasks, including the processing of gifts, bulk collections, microforms, Stanford dissertations, and patron’s requests for in-process materials. Lili became a member of the Data Control Unit in 2009, when Materials Control was merged into Data Control as part of a reorganization of the Metadata Department. For the past eight years, Lili has been a data control specialist, devoting her time to keeping our online catalog accurate and up-to-date.

In addition to being a data control specialist, Lili is also a dancer. She has been an active member of a campus Chinse folk dancing group for a number of years. If you have been to the Multicultural Springfest, you might have enjoyed a performance of her group. When asked what she most looked forward to in retirement, her response was, with a gleam in her eyes and a smile on her face, no longer having to deal with the two-hour one way commute from the East Bay. I think many of us can empathize with that.  Lili also looks forward to the freedom to do lots of travelling with her husband, who loves to travel, in her retirement years.

Lili has been a dedicated member of SUL, and a wonderful colleague who always has a smile for everyone that she works with. Please join me in wishing her a very happy retirement. Better yet, drop by the third floor of Lathrop to say good bye and give her your well wishes directly.


Vitus Tang

Head, Data & E-resources Control