2008 CALA Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Mr. Hai peng Li
Reference Librarian/Outreach Coordinator
Oberlin College Library
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio


Mr. Li is the Reference Librarian/Outreach Coordinator at the Oberlin College Library, a position he has held from 1993 to the present. In addition to outstanding leadership and achievements in his current job, as stated by Dr. Ray English, Mr. Li is a long-time, active member of CALA, serving in a variety of capacities from chapter presidency, CALA committee membership, to CALA committee chair. He has demonstrated distinguished contributions and services both at the national and international levels to the advancement of librarianship, particularly to Chinese-American librarianship. In addition to his service on numerous CALA committees over the years, Mr. Li was the CALA Newsletter Editor, 2000-2003, CALA Vice President/President Elect, 2005-2006, CALA President 2006-2007, just to name a few.


As pointed out by Ms. Barbara Ford, Mr. Li's appointment to the ALA International Relations Committee itself is quite an accomplishment. Also, his leadership role in the National Joint Conference for Librarians of Color program has undeniably been impressive.


The committee is especially impressed with Mr. Li's accomplishment in establishing the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series along with a team of CALA members, which is an innovative program that has been a great success in providing professional development opportunities for librarians in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Li has been instrumental in moving forward the proposal to the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services that will allow this program to expand and grow in new ways.


During his presidency, Mr. Li worked with other devoted CALA members to raise the largest funds (over $50,000) in CALA history. As Ms. Ford stated, CALA has a long history of substantial programs and activities, and Mr. Li led the organization to additional innovative contributions and programs.


Mr. Li's outstanding leadership, strong managerial and organizational skills, and innovation in library and information services are clearly reflected in his supporting materials. The committee shares the sentiment expressed by his references that Mr. Li's effort has truly helped CALA and its members gain greater national and global visibilities. Moreover, Mr. Li has consistently been a strong advocate in providing mentorship to the new, emerging Chinese-American librarians.


Mr. Li is a prolific author. He has published numerous articles in the scholarly and professional literature, ranging from a vast variety of topics including diversity, leadership, information literacy, international librarianship, 21st Century reference services, just to name a few. Mr. Li has also been invited to serve as reviewer for peer reviewed journals and granting agencies. Mr. Li has been a much sought-after speaker at state, national, and international conferences.


Furthermore, Mr. Li has received numerous recognitions, awards, honors, and grants from prestigious professional organizations, such as ALA, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Oberlin Shansi Association, Library Society of China (LSC), Beijing Normal University, etc.


A devoted library professional for over 16 years, Mr. Li has ably demonstrated his leadership in this field. The Awards Committee recognizes his outstanding contributions and services to CALA and Chinese-American Librarianship.


The 2008 Awards Committee:
Jiun Kuo, chair, Elaine Dong, Jie Huang, Miao Jin, Li Sun