2011 CALA Distinguished Services Award Recipient

Dr. Rush G. Miller

Dr. Rush G. Miller was co-nominated by Mr. Qiang Zhu, University Librarian, Peking University, China and Dr. Ching-chih Chen, Professor Emeritus, Simmons College, Dr. Miller's nomination also received outstanding letters of recommendation from Dr. Huanwen Cheng (University Librarian, Sun Yat-sen University Library), Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee (Former Chief, Asian Division, the Library of Congress), Mr. Jinwei Yan (Director, Wuhan University Libraries), Dr. Xiaolin Zhang (Director, National Science Library, Chinese Academic of Sciences), and Dr. Peter Zhou (Assistant University Librarian & Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley). Dr. Rush G. Miller is the Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System (ULS), University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his outstanding leadership and achievements in librarianship, Dr. Miller is also a long-time, active life member of CALA. In the nomination letter, Mr. Zhu and Dr. Chen, pointed out that Dr. Miller is a "visionary thinker of library future and a solid scholar of library and information science." Dr. Miller has published and presented nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics from diversity, multiculturalism, global partnership and resource sharing, to many issues affecting academic librarianship today. For example, in an early book chapter "Leading the Way to Diversity: The Academic Library's Role in Promoting Multiculturalism" that Dr. Miller authored in 1994, he shared his vision that academic libraries could play a leadership role in promoting diversity. To help librarians and information professionals prepare for the ever-changing environment, Dr. Miller and co-authors offer theories and real-world examples that can be applied to all aspects of academic library operation in the 2007 book titled "Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition".

Dr. Miller delivered keynote address at Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Annual Conference in 2000 and 2010. Internationally, he has been playing a key role in initiating and supporting many outreach and training programs. Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, Former Chief of Asian Division of Library of Congress commended Dr. Miller as one of the first library deans in the state of Ohio who supported programs that reached out to Chinese libraries and librarians in the early 1990's. Over the years Dr. Miller has presented in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. His knowledge as well as his vision of the future of academic libraries has impacted many librarians and information professionals around the world. Dr. Xiaolin Zhang, Director of National Science Library in China, summed up Dr. Miller's achievement in scholarship with this statement: "Rush's [Dr. Miller] greatest contribution to Chinese library communities is his preach of the changes and encouragement of positive and proactive approach towards the changes."

Dr. Miller initiated the PITT-China librarians training and exchange program (PITT - University of Pittsburgh). As "a dedicated friend and valuable and resourceful mentor to Chinese librarians", as stated in the nomination letter, Dr. Miller created a channel for Chinese librarians to visit and learn from libraries in the United States and vice versa. To this date, 41 Chinese librarians and library science faculty as well as 14 U.S. librarians have benefited from the program. When asked about "What kind of impact might your visit have on your career", one participant noted "learning to be more broad-minded; thinking beyond one's own library or country; seizing all kinds of opportunities to learn and contribute." This statement is just one of the examples that demonstrates the impact of the PITT-China librarians training and exchange program as well as other outreach initiatives that Dr. Miller has implemented.

As the nomination letter and supporting documents fully indicate, Dr. Miller has also played numerous leadership roles in national and international resources sharing. In the United States, he was one of the key leaders in forming OhioLink and PALCI. Internationally, Dr. Miller has guided and facilitated the implementation of the East Asian Gateway Service (EAGS) for document delivery between major key academic libraries in East Asia and scholars of the Western world since 1996. This groundbreaking transcontinental resource sharing service has made far-reaching impact on the Sino-American library collaboration. It is also the pioneer in resource sharing and interlibrary loan in China. With Dr. Miller's tireless and consistent efforts in ULS-China partnership building, EAGS has now expanded to 17 leading academic libraries in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and one research library in Korea. As pointed out in the nomination letter, each year, more than half of the over 2,000 requests are from the Chinese partner libraries. The geographical map of the EAGS's U.S.-based users covers 40 states in America with more than 130 colleges and universities, and many other organizations.

Dr. Miller has also shown his vision in developing and strengthening East Asian collections and supporting East Asian librarianship in North America. With his strong leadership, the University Library System (ULS) of the University of Pittsburgh has over 40 gift and exchange libraries in East Asia. ULS and Nanjing University Library have held book exhibitions with books from both university presses. The ULS East Asian Library received hundreds of volumes of valuable Chinese studies related books donated by Nanjing University Library. With Dr. Miller's strong support and advocacy, ULS and the East Asian Library received a Henry Luce Foundation grant to organize a 3-week Summer Institute for East Asian Librarianship: China Focus in 2004. Twenty-eight Chinese Studies librarians in North America benefited significantly from the program which included vigorous training and comprehensive subject coverage.

The nomination letter also pointed out that Dr. Miller was dedicated to helping Chinese libraries in the regions that were stricken by the massive earthquake on May 12, 2008. Dr Miller led ULS to launch book drive for English materials for grades 7-12 students in the area. In September, 2008, Dr. Miller led the delegation of four to present over 1,700 volumes of much needed materials to libraries in Juyuan Middle School, Beichuan High School, Mianyang Normal University, and Sichuan University. As stated by Dr. Huanwen Cheng, Professor and University Librarian at Sun Yat-sen University Library, Dr. Miller's team was believed to be the only foreign university library delegation to the area in 2008.

Dr. Miller's accomplishments and innovation in library and information services are clearly reflected in his nomination and supporting materials. His effort has truly helped CALA and its members gain greater national and global visibilities. Moreover, Dr. Miller has consistently been a strong advocate in providing mentorship to the new, emerging Chinese-American librarians. A devoted library professional for over 37 years, Dr. Miller has ably demonstrated his leadership in this field. The 2010-2011CALA Awards Committee recognizes his outstanding contributions and services to CALA & Chinese-American Librarianship. We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Rush G. Miller is the recipient of the 2011 CALA Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations!

2010-2011 CALA Awards Committee:
Wei Cai
Michael Bailou Huang
Jiun Kuo
Ya Wang
Hong Xu
Jen-chien Yu (Chair)
Tim Jiping Zou