Barbara Ford and Haipeng Li win the 2009 CALA President’s Recognition Award

Chinese American Librarians
Association (CALA) announces that Ms. Barbara J. Ford and Mr. Haipeng Li as the
recipients of the Association's 2009 President's Recognition Award. These two
individuals have made significant contributions in supporting and advancing
CALA's mission and goals in 2008-2009. Their hard work and dedications have
helped increased CALA's visibility in the library community on national and
international scenes.

Ms. Barbara Ford

Ms. Ford is a well-known
individual to many CALA members. She has held the post of Director and
Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library
Programs of the University of Illinois since 2003. Prior to this position, Ms.
Ford held leadership positions as Assistant Commissioner for Central Library
Services at the Chicago Public Library; as Professor and Executive Director of
University Library Services at Virginia Commonwealth University; as Associate
Professor and Associate Director at Trinity University, and as Assistant
Professor and Department Head at University of Illinois at Chicago.

During her professional
career, Ms. Ford has made significant contributions to the library profession
not only through her library work, but also through her outstanding and
prolific professional services and scholarly contributions. Among many of her
appointments on committees, taskforces, award jury positions, and executive
boards with ALA and its divisions and roundtables, Ms. Ford was Executive Board
member for Illinois Library Association in 1978-1979; ALA President in
1997-1998; ALA Councilor-at-Large from 1985-1989; Chapter Councilor for
Illinois Library Association in 1980 - 1984; ACRL President in 1990-1991; IFLA Governing
Board member in 2005-2009, etc.  Ms. Ford
contributed more than 200 entries of journal articles, papers, presentations,
book chapters, and reviews that influenced policy-making and advance the

Ms. Ford has passionately
engaged in and supported library and librarian's activities and exchanges on
the international scale.  During her ALA
presidential year in 1997 - 1998, Ms. Ford promoted the theme on Global Reach,
Local Touch.  Her advocacy and effective
leadership role helped enhance our understanding on the library issues outside
the U.S. boarders. As Director of the Mortenson Center, she helped train many
librarians from U.S. and abroad on library management, technology, public
services, and library program designs. In her leadership posts on ALA, ACRL,
PLA, IRRT, ALISE, IFLA, and many other library and learning associations, Ms.
Ford helped many programs, panel discussions, workshops, and training sessions
in promoting international library and librarian exchanges and sharing best practices.
She traveled to many countries in the five continents, giving presentations and
papers to promote information access and public services to library users
around the globe. Ms. Ford received Humphrey/OCLC/Forest Press Award in 2008
for her significant contribution to international librarianship.

CALA is very proud of having
Ms. Ford as its life member.  In July
2007, Ms. Ford enthusiastically participated in the CALA 21st
Century Librarian Seminar Series held in Kunming City in China. She gave a presentation
on "21st Century Library Management" at the Sino-U.S. Librarians
Pragmatic Forum. In preparing an IMLS funded project, Think Globally, Act
Globally in 2008, Ms. Ford was very resourceful and enthusiastic. She believes
that this type of collaborative program will help educate the librarians in U.S.
and in China which will in turn improve library services to more than 3.6
million Chinese American citizens. Ms. Ford offered the Mortenson Center as the
forum place to conduct exchanges between U.S. librarians and the librarians
from China as a part of this project. She used her professional networks to
connect CALA with the University of Illinois as the grant project partners. She
is a member of the Steering Committee on this grant project since November 2008
to carry out the project. She will be a presenter on one of the project
workshops in China in September 2009. CALA is fortunate to have Ms. Ford for
her expertise, professional networks, and guidance on many international

Mr. Haipeng Li

Mr. Haipeng Li is Associate
Director at John Cotton Danna Library, Rutgers University-Newark.  On this post, Mr. Li oversees research
support services for undergraduate and graduate students;  coordinates personnel administration; leads
in library planning, assessment, and innovation, and directs initiatives to
expand outreach, engagement, collaborations, and fundraising. Prior to this
position, Mr. Li held professional positions at Oberlin College Library; University
of Arizona Library, and Northeast Normal University in Changchun City, Jilin
Province in  China.  Mr. Li is a
prominent figure for his expertise on trends and issues in U.S.  academic libraries, information literacy
initiatives, managing and fostering diversity, and global collaborations.

Mr. Li has been
very active in professional services to ALA,
ACRL, and JCLC committees, including the posts on the ACRL Spectrum Scholar
Mentor Committee, ALA International Relations Committee, incoming chair of the
ALA's IRC East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, and the Co-chair of Joint
Conference for Librarians of Color (JCLC II) to plan for the second national
conference in 2012.  In these capacities,
Mr. Li has consistently demonstrated his dedication and passion to work with
others toward the goals of these committees.

Mr. Li's scholarly and research
activities are outstanding.  Through many
of his publications on peer-reviewed journals and through many presentations,
Mr. Li has established himself as an expert and authority on issues that are
facing our profession on leadership diversity, information literacy,
collaborations with faculty and students, and international librarianship. Mr. Li
has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, books and chapters, and presented
at more than 30 conference sessions at the local, state, national, and
international levels. His publications on leadership diversity are widely cited
which has influenced practices on diversity initiatives in academic libraries.

Mr. Li's professional
contributions to CALA are significant.  He served more than 20 positions on CALA and
the CALA Midwest Chapter.  These
positions include the CALA representative to the Fourth China-U.S. Library
Conference, chairs of the CALA Program Planning Committee, Publications Committee,
Membership Committee, Nominations Committee, CALA Newsletter Editor, and the
CALA Midwest Chapter President.  In
2006-2007, Mr. Li was the CALA President. During his presidential year, he helped
CALA to implement the CALA 2010 Strategic Plan; led the CALA delegation to participate
in the successful JCLC in 2006; expanded the CALA 21st Century
Librarian Seminar Series, to name just few. He
received the CALA Distinguished Services Award in 2008.  Mr. Li was instrumental in helping
shape the IMLS funded grant proposal, Think Globally, Act Globally, with
partnership of University of Illinois, Library Society of China, and CALA. The
project successfully received the grant of close to $500,000 in November 2008. Since
then, Mr. Li is a key player in representing CALA as a Steering Committee
member on this grant project that facilitates
collaboration, exchange of best practices, and professional development of
librarians from the U.S. and China.

In May 2008, Mr. Li was asked
to serve the CALA Interim Executive Director through July 2009. Facing many
challenges, Mr. Li took this position with dedication, enthusiasm, and most importantly,
the vision.  He led CALA to move to the
position that is being recognized by library colleagues in U.S. and abroad.  His efforts in carrying out the goals of CALA
2010 Strategic Plan are outstanding and genuinely appreciated.

The CALA President's
Recognition Award is intended to recognize and to honor an individual, group or
organization who possesses a philosophy of dedication, quality of service, and
professional integrity for his/her/their significant contributions to the
library community that have shown leadership in one of the many areas of great
importance to the mission and goals of CALA. 
Ms. Barbara Ford and Mr. Haipeng Li are such individuals who should be
recognized through this Award.