2011 Scholarship Committee

MEMBER ROSTER:

Hong Miao (co-chair) hongm@maryu.marywood.edu

Shu-Hua Liu (co-chair) shuhualiu2000@yahoo.com

Xiaocan
Wang xiaocan.wang@indstate.edu

Hui-fen
Chang huifen.chang@okstate.edu

Andrew
Yanqing Lee yli7@gmu.edu

Daniel
Xiao danxiao@tamu.edu

Yue
Julie Xu julie.xu@ymail.com

IS
THIS AN Interim or annual REPORT?
__ Interim _x_Annual

LIST
SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES THE COMMITTEE HAS DONE SINCE LAST REPORT:

1.       The scholarship committee
submitted an action plan to Zhijia (CALA president) on September 29, 2010.   We followed the timeline stated in the
action plan closely.   In the interim
report, we recorded our major activities in converting the scholarship
application from postal mail to online format; the platform of online application
was set up in early December of 2010.  

2.       The committee started receiving
questions from various applicants after the change.  Discussions were taking place as a group
though the chairs of the committee (Hong & Shu-Hua) took the responsibility
of replying the inquiry emails. 

3.       In February. Hong and Shu-Hua sent
the CALA scholarship application information to various listservs again. The
flow of the application was monitored carefully to ensure the applicants can
upload their documents without problems.  

4.       The application was closed on
March 30, 2011.  We received 14 applications
in total and one applicant withdrew the application because she had awarded
other scholarship. 

The geographic
background of the application is well-balanced including students from China, Hong Kong and the United States.  The profile of the students includes
immigrants, native Chinese from Mainland China and the second generation of
Chinese.

5.       The committee members examined the
application carefully and evaluated every aspect of the required
documents.  Hong lead the discussion and
organized the list of finalists.  The
four finalists are chosen after deliberate communication and review.   Shu-Hua will draft the award announcement
and post on CALA listserv and inform the award recipients.

The list of winners are below.

o       Jennifer Shuang for the CALA Scholarship
of Library and Information Science;

o        Pei Y. Lin for the C.C. Seetoo Conference Travel
Scholarship;

o       Yanjuang Zou for the Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship;
and

o       Sara Wang for Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu
Scholarship.

 

Conclusion:

This
year, we focus on changing the application from postal mail to online format.

We
suggest evaluation weighting should be discussed and stated clearly by the
scholarship committee of next year.  Revision of guideline is also strongly
suggested to solve the problems that occurred this year.

The 2011 scholarship committee is progressing
well with supportive members, constructive discussions and productive
results. 

 

LIST COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS, IF ANY, TO
THE BOARD:

1.     
There
were some issues occurred regarding the online application and evaluation. The
following statement describes the major problems. We hope the board can pass the
information to the next committee to discuss before they move on the evaluation
process.

1-1.           
To
handle the attachment, current CALA online application has limitation of the
file size. And the students cannot upload zip file.

1-2.           
There
isn't a clear instruction to specify the length and content of the required
essay. Therefore, we see the quality and length of the essays has great
difference.   There are few applicants use their essays for
applying for admission of library school. 

Most
of all, we see the writing skill of the immigrant students and students from China are obviously
weaker than those born in US.  Even they
have stronger work experience and community involvement, they cannot express
themselves and their strength well in the essay.

1-3.           
Even
the quality of references has huge discrepancy.  Some references prefer writing a letter
instead of using the form that CALA provides. 
While others use the form, but they mark the check box without much
writing.

 

Respectfully drafted and submitted,

Shu-Hua Liu
On behalf of the 2011 Scholarship Committee