Past Winners of CALA Annual Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media

2013 - Clement Chu-Sing Lau

Associate Director for Technical Services and Administration, University of Baltimore, School of Law Library, Baltimore, Maryland

Liu, Zhusheng 刘朱胜. "Meiguo gonggong tushuguan fa yanjiu 美国公共图书馆法研究 (American Public Library Law)." Tushuguan 图书馆 (Library) 2012.3 (2012): 1-7. Print.

Liu, Zhusheng 刘朱胜. "Meiguo gonggong tushuguan fa yanjiu: xu 美国公共图书馆法研究:续 (American Public Library Law)." Tushuguan 图书馆 (Library) 2012.4 (2012): 1-7. Print.

Mr. Lau’s article was published in two parts. Each part appeared as the “featured article” under the subject of  "中美图书馆员交流" (China-U.S. Librarians Exchange) by the journal Library (图书馆). This bimonthly publication has been published by the Hunan Library (湖南图书馆) and the Hunan Society for library science (湖南省图书馆学会) since 1973. It is one of the core library journals in China. It has been indexed by all core Chinese academic journal databases. This article was selected for its high quality and thoroughness in research, and easy to read presentation. His ability to process and organize a large amount of information is commendable. The article is clearly a well-organized and well-researched presentation that is timely and useful to Chinese librarians and the library community. Mr. Lau has made a significant contribution by introducing American public library law, its history, and development to the Mainland Chinese library community. He also provides a great learning opportunity for Chinese-American librarians to understand the U.S. legal system and the libraries in which they are employed. This is indeed an excellent scholarly work that will inspire our colleagues in China and benefit CALA members as well.


2012 - Sharon Q. Yang

Systems Librarian, Rider University Libraries, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Yang, S. Q., & Hofann, M. (2011). Next Generation or Current Generation? A Study of the OPACs of 260 Academic Libraries in the United States and Canada. Library Hi Tech, 29(2), 266-300.

Ms. Yang's article was selected for its originality and high quality. It is clearly a well-researched paper with an interesting and relevant topic, and solid data collection from 260 college and university libraries in the US and Canada. This is the first and only study on a large scale that evaluates the progress towards the Next Generation Catalog in academic libraries in North America. It contributes significantly to identifying areas for improvement and providing input on how to develop the next generation catalogs in order to maximize the use of library information and services.