2000

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2000

Chinese American Librarians Association
Announces Recipients for Sheila S. Lai Scholarship
and C.C. Seetoo/CALA Conference Travel Scholarship

The Chinese American Librarians Association is pleased to announce that Ms. Bin Li is the Year 2000 recipient of the Sheila S. Lai Scholarship, and Ms. Yue Ji the winner of the Year 2000 C.C. Seetoo/CALA Conference Travel Scholarship. The Award Ceremony will be held on July 9, 2000, at the CALA Annual Awards Banquet, in conjunction with the 2000 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Ms. Bin Li, the Sheila S. Lai Scholarship recipient, is a doctoral student of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was recognized by the Scholarship Committee for her excellent credentials, and her strong potential to make significant contributions to librarianship. Ms. Li holds a B.A. in English, with a minor in Library and Information Science from Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. Prior to her doctoral studies, Ms. Li was a lecturer at the English Program for Information Management Studies at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. She was the recipient of the Margaret Ellen Kalp Fellowship in 1999, and the winner of the scholarship from the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia from 1993 to 1995. Ms. Li has a passion for teaching, and is also interested in researching into the widening gap between the info-rich and info-poor. She aspires to help less advantaged groups to better adapt to the changes in information societies.

Ms. Yue Ji, the recipient of the C.C. Seetoo/CALA Conference Travel Scholarship, is a graduate student of the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. She attended the 1999 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, and really appreciated the experience, especially the opportunity to meet many Chinese American librarians. The C.C. Seetoo/CALA Conference Travel Scholarship is awarded to Ms. Ji to partially subsidize her attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. As the recipient of the scholarship, Ms. Ji will assist in CALA activities during the annual conference besides attending ALA and CALA programs that interest her. Ms. Ji expressed her desire to be involved with CALA, and was recognized by the Scholarship Committee for her dedication, diligence, resourcefulness, thoughtfulness, and above all, very strong leadership.

Each scholarship carries a cash award of $500. CALA is an affiliate of the American Library Association.