Think Globally, Act Globally China-US Librarian Collaboration

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Members from the University of Illinois

(in alphabetical order)

Barbara Ford is Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.  She is a past president of the American Library Association and a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.  Ms. Ford has been involved in another IMLS grant, “Thinking Outside the Borders: Library Leadership in a World Community,” and a number of other grants from government agencies and private foundations.

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.

Paula Kaufman is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a position she has held since 1999, with a break in 2006/07 when she served as the University’s Interim Chief Information Officer. Before joining the faculty at Illinois, she spent eleven years as Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to taking that position she served at the Columbia University Libraries as Acting Vice President, Director of Academic Information Services, Director of Library Services, Acting Head of the East Asian Libraries, and Head of the Business Library. She also has considerable experience in the private sector, at McKinsy and Company and as co-founder and partner of Information for Business.

Beth Sandore was appointed Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Planning at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. As Associate Dean of Libraries, her responsibilities focus on the Library’s vision for technology programs and services, as well as creating and evaluating innovative digital library technology. She received her A.M. from the University of Chicago in 1984, and held prior appointments at Northwestern University and Illinois Institute of Technology. She has provided leadership in the areas of technical services and library systems development and evaluation. Sandore played a key role in building the Library’s digitization and digital library programs, including an international online training program for cultural heritage professionals and a digital preservation program. She has been awarded research funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, and private foundations. She was appointed an NCSA Faculty Fellow in 2002 to support work on data mining of museum and archives digital content. She is currently a co-Principal Investigator with John Unsworth for Illinois’ $2.7 million National Digital Preservation Partnership supported by the Library of Congress.

Susan Schnuer is the Associate Director at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She has worked with the Center since 1992 and has implemented professional development programs with colleagues in Haiti, Russia, Central America, and South Africa. Most recently Susan has been involved in a project with librarians from East and West Africa and an IMLS grant: "Thinking Outside the Borders: Library Leadership in a World Community." Susan is active in the American Library Association and the International Federation of Library Associations.

Sarah Shreeves has been the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), the institutional repository at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), since mid-2005. Her primary responsibilities are working with faculty and departments to raise awareness of and get content into IDEALS, to consult with faculty and departments around scholarly communication issues raised by IDEALS such as author rights, and to manage the development of services that support IDEALS. She has spoken and published extensively on metadata interoperability particularly within the context of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. Her research interests lie in scholarly communication issues related to institutional repositories and metadata interoperability. She has a BA in Medieval Studies from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from UIUC.

Robert Slater has an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).  He is currently the Web Technologies and Content Coordinator for the UIUC Library and is Chair of the UIUC Library's Web Content Working Group. He specializes in web technologies as they relate to library services.

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 Educational 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.

Karen Wei, project Co-PI, is Head of the Asian Library, Coordinator of the Area Studies Division, and Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is responsible for the administration of the unit and coordination of the public and technical service activities in the Asian Library.  She is a China specialist and has more than 20 years experience in collection development and management of Chinese information resources and services.  She is a CALA life member and a recipient of the 2004 CALA President Recognition Award.

Helen Zhou has twelve years of professional librarian experience and worked in technical services division, public services division and the IT unit in both American and Chinese libraries. She is familiar with various aspects of the library services and the use of information technologies in both American and Chinese environments. Ms. Zhou’s position as the East Asian Information Services Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries provided her plenty of opportunities to work with East Asian information service providers and users through which Ms. Zhou has built up a strong working knowledge of the Chinese resources. In addition, Ms. Zhou has managed a number of web projects and has a very good understanding of web design and development.     

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