2007 CALA Scholarship Winners

The CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science $1000
Lian Lauren Sin
Ms. Lian Lauren Sin is the winner of the 2007 CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science. Ms. Sin is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). She has gained many experiences by working at different libraries while taking courses on Library and Information Science. Her supervisors from the libraries at which she has worked have all praised her accomplishments. In the reference letter, Marya Zoller, Head of Library Operation at Hawaii State Library, writes that "from janitors to library assistants and technicians to librarians, our staff noted Lian’s pleasant ways and steady work ethic. We were amazed at how much she was able to accomplish in a work day .... She is one who 'leads by example' with her wonderful work habits and productivity." The current supervisor from UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive describes her as an "invaluable addition to the Archive staff. The users have all had nothing but favorable comments about her. She is efficient, knowledgeable, and has a delightful personality." Duane Wenzel, the branch manager of Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library, commends that "Lian can only be characterized as a model employee and worker .... She exceeded expectations in both quality and quantity of work, with her output always accurate, neat and submitted in a timely manner." Lian is considered by all her supervisors as a candidate who "embodies all the good qualities" CALA seeks. This scholarship will help her with her studies and achieving her "goal towards breaking down information barriers."

The C.C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship $500
Katherine Yanqing Sun
Katherine Yanqing Sun is awarded the C.C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship for 2007. Ms. Sun is pursing her master's degree in the School of Library & Information Studies at University of North Caroline at Greensboro (UNCG). With her background in engineering and computer science, Ms. Sun is currently focusing on information technology as her area of interest. She has a very impressive academic record and excellent professional experience in web design and management. Professor Lee Shiflett, chair of the Department of Library & Information Studies at UNCG, has a high opinion of her, praising her for being "committed, energetic, and highly intelligent" and having "exceptional professional potential." Professor Anthony Chow of LIS School of UNCG commends her for having "an excellent blend of intelligence and outstanding work ethic" and being a responsible and productive "top notch student." Sha Li Zhang, assistant director for Collection and Technical Services at UNCG, describes her as "a very responsible and true professional" whom the library profession needs in order to "move forward." Ms. Sun will use the C.C. Seeto Conference Travel Scholarship to attend the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

The Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship $500
Yi Ren
Yi Ren is the recipient of the 2007 Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship. She is also a graduate student for the MLIS degree in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Ren is an outstanding student with excellent coursework and has a strong background in computer knowledge. She used to be the graduate assistant charged with maintaining the job listing. Currently, she is an intern in the East Asian Collection of the Duke University Library. Just like her professor described, Ms. Ren is an articulate, charming, personable, and extremely competent person. As Ms. Ren mentioned in her personal statement, she hopes that in the near future, she will use her skills and abilities to promote and accelerate the construction of Chinese libraries. This scholarship will help her in achieving her goal.

The Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu Scholarship (USA) $200
Xiaoai Ren
Xiaoai Ren, a Ph.D. student in Information Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York, is the recipient of the 2007 Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu Scholarship. Xiaoai received an M.S. in Information Science at Peking University, China, and a B.A. in Library Science from the Dept. of Library and Information Science, Northwest University, Xi'an, China. Professor Deborah Lines Anderson of the University at Albany strongly recommended Xiaoai for the scholarship and praised Xiaoai for her research skills and ability to collaborate well on research projects. In addition, Xiaoai has been the graduate assistant for Professor Anderson's master's level statistics class where Xiaoai "... tutors students, grades problem sets, holds Q and A sections, and generally oversees the working of a class with 30 students." Xiaoai has chosen to " ... do her thesis work in the area of comparative international information policy."