Mr. Eugene Wu

Mr. Eugene Wu
Librarian Emeritus
Harvard-Yenching Library
Harvard University

Mr. Wu has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership in East Asian librarianship and excellent scholarship in contemporary China studies at the national and international level throughout his professional career extending over the last five decades. Mr. Wu is well recognized not only as a leader and scholar in the library community, but also as a prolific author and a man of great vision. He is truly a remarkable role model, scholar, mentor, and influential leader in librarianship among Chinese American librarians

Born in Szechwan Province, China, Mr. Wu served as a translator with the Chinese army during World War II. He was sent to the US to help Chinese pilots learn to operate American airplanes and weapons. When the war ended, he stayed in the US and earned his BA in history and MLS in library science from the University of Washington. He also completed his Ph.D. coursework at Stanford University. He soon began his life-long library career at Stanford University's Hoover Institution (1951-1965) and Harvard University's Harvard-Yenching Library (1965-1997). Under his able leadership, both collections experienced unprecedented growth and progress. They have since become the most distinguished East Asian research collections in North America and indeed the world.

Mr. Wu's devotion to promoting East Asian librarianship and scholarship has earned him national and international recognition. He was one of the founding members of the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL), a professional organization for the East Asian library community in the US. At his retirement, CEAL presented him with an award honoring his extraordinary achievements and leadership in the field of East Asian librarianship and scholarship and his many contributions to CEAL. Mr. Wu also initiated the OCLC CJK Users Group as a direct means of communication between OCLC CJK users and OCLC. In 1998 he was recognized “for his dedication to advancing East Asian librarianship and scholarship, for his leadership as founder of the OCLC CJK Users Group, for his tireless promotion of OCLC's Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cataloging program, for his vision and insightful advice, and for his contribution to the expansion of WorldCat for the benefit of librarians and library users around the world.”

Mr. Wu has published extensively. His publications include four major reference and research tools and more than 25 articles in library literature and journals of East Asian studies. He has also presented papers and lectured throughout China and the US. He has served as a consultant to the East Asian libraries at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Toronto, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr. Wu has received numerous awards and honors. He received the US Medal of Freedom in 1946; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington in 1974; the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Asian Studies in 1988; the Sojourner's Award from the Chinese Historical Society of New England in 1996; the OCLC Distinguished Service Award in 1998; and the Distinguished Service Award from the Council on East Asian Libraries, Association of Asian Studies in 1998.

It is with the greatest honor that the Awards Committee requests the Board's approval of Mr. Eugene Wu as the recipient of the 2001 CALA Distinguished Service Award. The Award will be presented to Mr. Wu at the CALA Annual Awards Banquet on June 17, 2001.

Karen T. Wei, Chair
CALA Awards Committee

Members of the CALA Awards Committee:
Amy Tsiang
Lena Yang
Ingrid Hsieh-Yee
Karen T. Wei, Chair