Ms. Liana Zhou

Ms. Liana Zhou
Head Librarian
Kinsey Institute Library
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

The Awards Committee unanimously selected Liana Zhou as the recipient for the 2006 Distinguished Service Award.

Liana has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership ability within and outside of CALA. She has made significant contributions to librarianship, library and information science at the local, national and international levels.

Liana first served as the vice chair and chair in CALA's Indiana Chapter in 1994 and 1995. Immediately after that she became the president-elect and president in CALA's Midwest Chapter in 1995 and 1996. She then served as the president-elect and president of CALA in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. In addition to these leadership positions, Liana also served in many of CALA's committees, including being the co-editor of CALA's 30th anniversary publication: Bridging the Cultures: Chinese American Librarians and Their Organization: A Glance at the Thirty Years of CALA, 1973-2003, published by Guangxi Normal University Press in 2004. She worked like an umbrella protecting benefits, creating opportunities, and building networks for all CALA members. Liana has also been very active at ALA, SLA, and the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC?06).

Liana is a competent and vibrant library administrator, researcher, writer, and speaker. She serves as Head Librarian of the Kinsey Institute Library, overseeing all aspects of the Library including special collections, archives and films. She has more than 14 years of experience working with special collections, focusing on sexuality, gender and reproduction. By means of her own extensive research work, writings, and speeches she is able to enhance the reputation of the Institute and its treasured collections.

Liana's superior achievements and her outstanding contributions to her Library, her community, ALA, CALA, ACRL, the Chinese Sexology Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, JCLC'06 and others make her a credit to our profession. The Awards Committee strongly believes that Liana deserves the recognition for which the CALA Distinguished Service Award is especially established and designed.

The 2006 Awards Committee:
Ying Shen (Co-Chair)
Priscilla Yu (Co-Chair)
Helen Wang