May 2011 Continuing Education Program Team Member Bios

Name(in alphabetical order)  
Qi Chen ,Presenter
Lina Ding, Presenter
Clement Chu-Sing Lau , Presenter
Scott Walter , Presenter
Karen Wei, Presenter
Angela Yang, Presenter

Qi Chen has many years of experience in the library field, including 27 years of teaching and 13 years in library management. She also has fourteen years of professional librarianship at academic libraries. She holds a BA in English, as well as advanced degrees in Curriculum & Instruction, Library Science, and Educational Leadership in Higher Education. She is currently the Area Library Director for Argosy University, overseeing Argosy University Campus Libraries in the east region, including IL, CO, FL, MN, DC, GA and TN. Qi is actively involved in CALA, serving as President of the Midwest Chapter in 2008. She has also served on the International Relations Committee (09-11), Constitutions and Bylaws committee, member (10-11), and chaired the Review of Emerging Leader Program Task Force (09-10). She is currently a member of “Why I Need My Library”, an ALA President Initiative. She is a volunteer in the CALA Mentor program and a CALA Opt paper reviewer. Her international services include CALA 21st Century Seminars, China Northeast Normal University (2007), Taiwan National Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan (2008), and Shanghai Donghua University, Organizer and team leader (2009). Qi is a lifetime member of CALA, and is also a member of the following organizations: ALA, ACRL, LITA, ACA, and Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society (PTP), where she is currently serving as Secretary (2010-2011).

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Qi Chen

Lina Ding was born in Nanjing and raised in Suzhou, Wuxi, and Chuzhou, China. Education: Suzhou Vocational University (equivalent of B.A. degree, 1983), Pratt Institute (master's degree in information and library science, 2003). Because opportunities for formal education in China were disrupted during the years of the Cultural Revolution, she enlisted in the People's Liberation Army, serving for more than five years in East China. After demobilization, she returned to school and took a degree in Chinese language and literature. Interested in education, she taught and served as the assistant principal of a secondary school in Suzhou for seven years. she immigrated to the United States in 1990, where she began her career as a librarian. She joined the Brooklyn Public Library system, the fifth largest in the United States, in 1998, working first as a children's librarian and eventually shifting to a supervisory position. She have been a member of the American Library Association since 2001 and am a life member of the Chinese-American Librarians Association, serving on the board of its Northeast Chapter for three terms. She is president of the Chapter this year. She continues to be involved in teaching and have taught writing to Chinese-American students in recent years.

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Lina Ding

Clement Chu-Sing Lau joined the University of Baltimore Law Library in 1993. His current position is the Associate Director for Technical Services and Administration supervising activities related to materials acquisitions, cataloging, serials control, database management, materials processing, bindery, preservation and repair. He is also responsible for the library budget planning, procurement, and payment processing. Prior to working for University of Baltimore, he was the Head of Technical Services at Trinity University in Washington D.C. Mr. Lau was born in Hong Kong and finished his high school work there before going to Taiwan for his college degree. He received his B.A. in library science from the National Taiwan University. He holds an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland at College Park and two Master of Science degrees (M.I.S. and nonprofit and association management) from the University of Maryland University College. From 1995-2000, he was enrolled in the Ph.D. program of the Department of Education Policy and Administration at the University of Maryland at College Park. Mr. Lau is pursuing an M.B.A. at the University of Maryland University College. He is a long time member of American Library Association (ALA), American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Maryland Library Association (MLA), and Chinese-American Librarians Association (CALA) and has served on various committees. In February 2009, he was featured by his city’s newspaper -- the Greenbelt News Review for his volunteer efforts (

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Scott Walter is Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds faculty appointments at Illinois as Professor of Library Administration and Professor of Library & Information Science, and is an Affiliate member of the faculty of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. Scott received his M.A. in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University, his M.A. in Education from American University, his M.L.S. and M.S. in History & Philosophy of Education from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Washington State University. Scott has held visiting faculty positions in teacher and administrator education programs at Indiana State University, Washington State University, and the University of Kansas, and has held an adjunct position in the San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science since 2003.

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Karen Wei, Project Co-PI, is the Head of the Asian Library and Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, responsible for library collections and services for East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. Between 1999 and 2008, she also served as the Area Studies Division Coordinator, responsible for coordinating work in Africana, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and Slavic and East European studies libraries. She is a member of the American Library Association, Association for Asian Studies, Council on East Asian Libraries (chaired the CEAL Committee on Chinese Materials, 2002-2005), OCLC CJK Users Group (chaired the Group, 2007-2009), and a life member of the Chinese American Librarians Association. Her research interest includes Chinese libraries, Chinese American librarianship, library and information services, and Chinese women studies. She has published Women in China: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography, Library and Information Science in China: An Annotated, and co-edited Bridging Cultures—Chinese American Librarians and Their Organization: A Glance Back at the Thirty Years of CALA, 1973-2003. Other publications include book chapters, journal articles and proceedings, and numerous book reviews in American Reference Books Annual and Choice, two important book selection tools in the US.

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Karen Wei

Angela Yang , Former President of Chinese American Librarians Association, 1992-1993. She received her M.L.S. from University of Oregon, and B.A. (Foreign Language and Literature) from National Taiwan University Angela was the Manager of Fremont Libraries, and Manager of Alameda County Library Extension Services from 2002 to 2009. Fremont is the 4th largest city in the San Francisco Bay area, and is part of the Alameda County Library System. During her tenure at Fremont, she worked with City and County officials, departments, and community organizations; enlisted the support of strategic partners to obtain key resources and assistance to support the achievement of mutual goals. She led and implemented many multicultural library programs with the collaboration of local school district and community organizations; and actively engaged the Chamber of Commerce, arts and cultural organizations, local print and non-print media to promote the library as a community information and cultural center. Prior to her arrival at Fremont, Angela spent eleven years as the first Outreach Services and Multicultural Services Librarian in the Research and Instructional Services Department at the University of California in Irvine. Where, in addition to providing research consultation, bibliographic instruction, and reference services, she planned and implemented UCI Library Outreach Services to Orange County community for resource sharing. Angela started her library career as a Children’s Librarian, was later promoted to be branch manager and library administrator at San Diego Public Library. She participated in the planning and implementation of new library programs and services to children, senior adults, ethnic minority community, and adult literacy program. She was presented with the ‘Finest Citizen of the Finest City” Award in 1989 by the City Club of San Diego for her contribution to the city. Active in many professional and volunteer associations, she presented papers on various topics at conferences. She was a member of ALA Committee on Education and Committee on Orientation, Training, and Leadership Development; Assembly member of California Library Association and members of many CLA committees; various professional development and regional resource sharing planning committees at both California State Library and University of California Librarians Association. She was a California delegate to the Second White House Conference on Library and Information Services, and a delegate and translator to both U.S.- China Library Conferences. Angela has been a member of International Rotary, Literacy Volunteers of America, Local Historical and Cultural Foundations, Gifted and Talented Education Association, etc. Her most favorite gig was the volunteer kayak tour guide in Upper Newport Bay.

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