Min Tong

Reference &
Instruction Librarian

of Central Florida                                                                                                    


Received MLIS (2007) from the University of British
Columbia, Canada; MA in Linguistics (1999) from the Beijing Language and
Culture University and BA in English (1992) from the East China Normal
University, China. Currently working as Reference & Instruction Librarian
at the University of Central Florida.


Life member and active participant in CALA activities:
as President of the CALA Southeast(SE) Chapter (2010-2011), member of CALA
Handbook Ad Hoc Committee (2010-2012), member of Nominating Committee
(2008-2009), member of Membership Committee (2008-2009), webmaster of CALA SE
Chapter (2007-2010), and panel presenter of CALA Midwest Chapter 2010 Annual

Professional Activities:

Chair of Continuing Education Committee, Florida
Library Association(FLA) (2010-2011); participant
in the ALA Emerging Leader Program (2011); nominee of East Central Director of
FLA Executive Board (2010-2012); recipient of 2010 Excellence in Librarianship
Award at UCF; recipient of ACRL 14th National Conference Librarian
Scholarship Award (2009);  member of ALA,
ACRL, and FLA.

Election Statement:

During the second year of my MLIS study, I was
fortunate to have an opportunity to work as a research assistant for a project
titled "Servanthood in Leadership". One of the most important lessons I learned
from that research process was that, great leadership began with a serving
heart. We serve first, and then we lead, and we lead by example. I have been applying what I learned from this project into my
committee services ever since I started my first job as a librarian more than 3
years ago. My committee service
experience has proved that leadership does start with a willingness to serve. It doesn't
matter whether you are a novice professional or you are a non-native speaker,
as long as you are willing to serve wholeheartedly first, you will surely have
the potential to become a good leader someday.

As an active
member of several professional associations, I strongly believe that the
success of a professional association largely relies on the voluntary work from
its members, and the success of any association will ultimately benefit its
members on a personal level. Being a Chinese American
librarian, I greatly appreciate the opportunities and services that CALA has
offered for its members throughout the past four decades. It has created a
sense of belonging for the Chinese American librarians and has helped tremendously
make our voices heard in the library community nationally and internationally.
If elected, I will definitely use my leadership and project management skills
to do my job successfully so that I will be able repay the members' trust.