Lisa Zhao

Clinical Associate Professor

Assistant Catalog Librarian,

of Illinois at Chicago Library


MLIS: University
of Ill. at Urbana Champaign

MA   : University of Ill. at Chicago

CALA activities:

life member. Current CALA Board member, co-chair of the CALA 2011 Award Banquet
Arrangement Committee, and The CALA Mentorship
Committee. In the past years served CALA International Relations Committee,
Public Relation/Fund Raising Committee, Membership Committee, Awards Committee,
Midwest Chapter President (2001/02), etc., and various Task-forces.

Other Professional Activities:

on both the US
and Chinese library professional journals; won twice the first award in the
Library Society of China Annual Conference Best Article competition; one of the
best speakers in the first team of the IMLS grant project "Think Globally, Act
Globally." ALA Emerging Leader, CALA Project mentor (2009-2010). Serving as
the local library representative in the Diversity Committee of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the library Diversity Committee;
the member of the library Electronic Thesis/Dissertation Committee, etc.

Election Statement:

I have accepted the nomination for
the CALA Vice President/President-Elect. Thank you for nominating me.

Why I would like to serve CALA? The reason is straight and
simple: I am a Chinese-American librarian. Meanwhile, I would use my passion
and service to attract more people to join CALA.

CALA is the place where I started, where I make friends,
where I find opportunities and support, where I learned a lot and continue to
learn from, and where many seasoned members who set a great role model for me
to serve CALA and dedicate to our profession.

CALA is an organization worth our life-long enthusiasm to
work for and support. If you give me this opportunity to serve, I will do my
best to make CALA more active and worth for every existing and potential member
to join. My focus will be:

  • enhancing the cohesion of
    CALA by opening to new ideas, strengthening the direct communication
    with and among members and chapters, and creating more opportunities for
    members to involve and develop;
  • increasing the conversation and
    cooperation between CALA and ALA, other caucuses,
    and international institutions, to expand the horizon of CALA; and
    contribute our ethnic value and expertise together to the profession.

CALA will soon celebrate its 40th birthday. The
40 years are achieved by members' tireless efforts and united contributions.
Only working together can we continue and advance CALA's achievement. To
accomplish these, I need your vote.

Thank you,                

Truly, Lisa Zhao