2009 CALA Scholarship Recipients

Dear CALA Members,

CALA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the four 2009 CALA scholarships: Silvia Lu from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Danitta Wong from Simmons College, Kam Yan Lee from Queens College, the City University of New York, and May P.Y. Yan from the University of Toronto.

Silvia Lu is the recipient of the 2009 CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science. Ms. Lu is enrolled as an M.S. candidate in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC.) Lu's academic performance is outstanding. One of her references comments that "Her knowledge, her responses, her interest, her enthusiasm and her creativeness were well above the other men and women in a class of really outstanding graduate students. She brought an excitement and level of achievement that were exceptional." Another reference commented that "Sylvia has extended herself academically by taking courses in addition to the library school curriculum, including an English culture class and introduction to French". As a student, Ms. Lu is active in the Library field and serves as the Publicity Officer of American Library Association Student Chapter at UIUC. She is also a volunteer at the Center for Children's Books of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of UIUC. This year, she made a presentation entitled An Unselective Memory: Library and Archives Canada and the Struggle towards an Honest Cultural Heritage at a student conference at the University of Toronto. Prior to entering the Library School, Ms. Lu had worked her way through her college education at different jobs, including a position as a library assistant in public and college libraries. One of her references commented that "From the very beginning, Silvia exhibited a strong sense of self, of determination in her academic achievements, and of her desire to excel professionally. She was unwavering in her commitment to her studies and to her job." Another reference further elaborates: Ms. Lu "is going to go far in the profession. She will be a dynamic leader and bring new excitement to anything she undertakes."

Danitta Wong is the recipient of the Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship. Ms. Wang is an MLS student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of Simmons College. While maintaining an excellent academic performance, she has worked as a volunteer at the Teen Room of the Brookline Public Library's Main Branch. One of her references commented that "I can speak for Ms. Wong's professional potential, and I believe Danita will be a strong addition to the profession. Volunteering here can be as little or as much as the volunteers wish to make, and Danitta has been generous with her time in volunteering to help out not only by monitoring the Teen Room but also taking on other tasks... Part of being successful in librarianship counts on innovation and industriousness as well s an outgoing, friendly nature, all traits which Danitta has in spades. I encourage you to consider her as a strong candidate for these scholarships."

Kam Yan Lee is the recipient of the 2009 C. C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship. Ms. Lee is an MLS student in the Library Science program at Queens College, the City University of New York. Her academic performance is outstanding. Professor Kwong-bo Ng of Queens College commented that Ms. Lee "has a strong academic background with solid research skills. She is intelligent and self-motivated. Her excellent academic records reflect her strong academic abilities. She shows a firm mastery of the fundamental knowledge in library science, especially in the field of digital librarianship." "Ms. Lee has strong motivation to develop a professional career in library science. Her determination not only drives her to maintain academic records in school, but also motivates her to participate in different institutions like American Museum of Natural History and the Graduate Center in the City University of New York." Ms. Lee also holds an MS degree in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2003).

May P.Y. Yan is the recipient of the Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu Scholarship. Ms.Yan is currently enrolled as a candidate of the Master of Information Studies Program at the Information School of the University of Toronto. Helen Katz, her instructor, commented that "May approached the class quite professionally and worked diligently...Ms. Yan was the best student in the class and one of the best students that I have had in the last five years." Ms. Katz continued "I expect Ms. Yan to do extremely well in the profession and I look forward to being a professional colleague of Ms. Yan's." Ms. Yan also has years of experience working with the Goldman Sachs Group in New York and holds a BAS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Congratulate the above recipients! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the applicants. We strongly encourage those who are not awarded at this time to apply again next year.

CALA Scholarship Committee:
Dajin Sun
Irene Ke
Vincci Kwong
Anna Xiong
Joy Wang
Lingling Kuo
Ying Xu (Chair)