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Welcome, Dr. Chu!

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The Department of Library and Information Studies and its sister departments in the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro are pleased to welcome Dr. Clara M. Chu as Department Chair and Professor beginning in fall 2009. She has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1990 and an affiliated faculty member at the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies. She holds the MLS and Ph. D. from the University of Western Ontario. Having published, presented and consulted internationally in English and Spanish, she is a leading voice on multicultural library and information issues, and serves on the editorial boards of various information and Asian Pacific American journals, including The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Counterpoise, and Amerasia Journal. Professor Chu brings a strong commitment to social activism and to multicultural issues in information services, and an international perspective in library and information studies to the UNCG program.

Professor Chu’s research examines the social construction of information systems, institutions, and access in order to understand the usage of and barriers to information in multicultural communities. Dr. Chu’s research and her engagement in diversity in LIS education strengthen a major commitment of the UNCG program. As a Peruvian-born, Chinese Canadian American, she is personally familiar with the issues and sensitivities of international residents and cultural minorities.

Her exceptional record of national service to ALISE, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, the Chinese American Librarians Association, REFORMA, and internationally to IFLA brings a new dimension to the program. She has, additionally, been a major contributor to the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Round Table and to ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services as a member and chair of its Advisory Committee.

The LIS faculty and the faculty of the other departments that constitute the School of Education at UNCG enthusiastically welcome Clara M. Chu to the UNCG community. We look forward to the dynamic new leadership she will provide.


Written by kathrynshields

April 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm

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