September 2009 Continuing Education Program Team Member Bios

Name(in alphabetical order)
Hung-yun Chang, Presenter
Barbara Ford, Presenter
Shuyong Jiang, Team leader and PI
Yuan Yao, Presenter
Haiwang Yuan, Presenter

Hung-yun Chang has been working at The New York Public Library for 25 years.   Currently he is a Principal Librarian in charge of the Mid-Manhattan World Languages Collection which carries 56 languages and serves readers from the greater New York City area. He teaches basic computer classes to the public, and organizes Chinese cultural  programs for the library. He has also worked as an adult and reference librarian and as acting unit head of the Inter-Library Loan Office. He served as the coordinator and contributor, Non-English book reviews for Booklist from 1992 to 2003. 

Before his librarian career, he was a Chinese language instructor at Middlebury College summer language program, and a professional news announcer.

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Barbara J. Ford is the director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2008 she received the John Ames Humphrey OCLC Forest Press Award in recognition of significant contributions to international librarianship from the American Library Association.  She was the 1997-1998 president of the American Library Association (ALA) and her theme was “ Libraries: Global Reach, Local Touch.”

Barbara previously worked as assistant commissioner for central library services at the Chicago Public Library, executive director of the Virginia Commonwealth University libraries, and associate library director at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She served in several capacities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, including documents librarian and audiovisual librarian. In addition, Barbara was director of the Soybean Insect Research Information Center at the Illinois Natural History Survey and a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama and Nicaragua.

She was president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of ALA, from 1990 until 1991. She currently is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Governing Board. She previously served as the secretary for the IFLA Section on Government Information and Official Publications and on the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section.

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Shuyong Jiang, project PI, is Chinese Studies Librarian and Cataloging Coordinator at the Asian Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. in Chinese and M.A. in Information and Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Jiang is the President of Chinese American Librarians Association Midwest Chapter. As one of the five original members for the CALA 21st Century Librarians Seminar, she has been actively involved in CALA seminar project and many other professional activities.

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Yuan Yao has been Head of Access Management Section, Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress since 2005.  His section is responsible for maintaining the currency, comprehensiveness, and integrity of CRS information resources by identifying, assessing, acquiring, organizing, preserving, and tracking materials to be used by CRS analysts and the U.S. Congress.  Mr. Yao received his Master of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Yao was Catalog Librarian at Bowdoin College Library from 1987 to 1991, Principal Cataloger at the Georgetown University Library from 1991 to 1998, and Head of Cataloging Department of Georgetown University Law Library from 1999 to 2005.  During this over 20 years of progressively advanced library career, Mr. Yao has worked as a librarian as well as a manger in various types of libraries, including a small and a medium academic library, a law library, and a special/government library most recently. In those capacities, in addition to performing his professional and managerial duties, he has led or served on numerous library committees and task forces, working on such crucial issues and policies as strategic planning, professional development, and digital content management, and thus, accumulated profound knowledge of and extensive experience in library administration and operations in general and library technical services in particular.  

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Haiwang Yuan

has been a member of the Department of Library Public Services faculty, Western Kentucky University (WKU) since 1997. A Fulbright student, he received his M.A. (American History) and M.L.S. from Indiana University at Bloomington. He is Professor and Special Assistant to the Dean for Web & Emerging Technologies of the University Libraries and a member of the Council of Library Department Heads. He is currently leading the Libraries' efforts in implementing emerging technologies like social media. He has been one of the organizers of the award-winning annual event Southern Kentucky Book Fest, the largest such event in the region, for eleven years in partnership with Barnes & Noble Booksellers and the Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Haiwang Yuan is author and co-author of several books including Celebrate Chinese New Year, Holiday around the World Series (National Geographic, 2009), Princess Peacock: Tales from the Other Peoples of China (Libraries Unlimited, 2008), The Magic Lotus Lantern and Other Tales from the Han Chinese (Libraries Unlimited, 2006), and Virtual Libraries' Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Huayi, Beijing, 2002). He is an associate editor of the newly published five-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (Berkshire, 2009) and a major contributor to the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (Routledge, 2004) and Theories and Practices of American Libraries in the Twenty-First Century (Beijing Library Press, 2007). He also authored and co-authored over two dozen articles published in professional journals including College & Research Libraries, Library Administration and Management, Journal of Research in International Education, Internet Librarian, Against the Grain, Technical Services Quarterly, Journal of National Library of China, and Kentucky Libraries. A life member of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and former President of its Mid-West Chapter, Haiwang Yuan is now serving on the Board of CALA.

Haiwang Yuan has received numerous honors, awards, grants, and scholarships, including the 1999 "Kentucky Libraries Award” and a 2005 AC&RL News article featuring him and his work.  He has been listed on the 2009 edition of Marquis Who's Who in America.

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