Award Committee

Dear President Chow and Executive Director Li,

The 2011-2012 CALA Awards Committee received 4 initial nominations for the 2012 CALA Distinguished Service Award during the Call for Nominations period (January18, 2012 to March 12, 2012), and we received complete nomination packages by April 15, 2012. 

Before the review of the nomination packages began, the Committee established and agreed on rules and an evaluation grid that consisted of seven categories.  On April 17, 2012 each committee member was sent all 4 nomination packages, and the individual evaluations began.  Committee members rated each nominee according to the established categories, and they sent their evaluation grids to the 2 co-chairs.  Liana Zhou and Maria Fung put the totals together for the final scores of the nominees.  The Committee selected the nominee who received the highest combined scores as the candidate for the 2012 CALA Distinguished Service Award.  Several members also emailed their discussions in support of their choices to the whole committee. 

The nominee with the highest total score is Ms. Barbara Ford.  Ms. Ford was nominated by Dr. Sha Li Zhang, Assistant Dean for Collections & Technical Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries.  Ms. Ford's nomination also received 3 outstanding letters of recommendation from Mr. Michael Dowling (Director, ALA International Relations Office), Dr. Paula T. Kaufman (Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Ms. Sally C. Tseng (CALA Former President and Former Executive Director, Retired Librarian, University of California, Irvine).

A well-known library professional internationally, Ms. Barbara Ford is currently Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs of the University of Illinois, and she has been holding this post since 2003.  Prior to this position she was the Assistant Commissioner for Central Library Services at the Chicago Public Library, Associate Director at Trinity University, and as Assistant Professor and Department Head at University of Illinois at Chicago.  In addition to her distinguished professional career, Ms. Ford served on many taskforces, committees, award jury positions, and executive boards with ALA and its divisions and roundtables.  Ms. Ford was appointed to the ALA Representative to the U.S. Commission of UNESCO in 2011.  Ms. Ford is a CALA life member.  She was instrumental to the success of the IMLS funded project, Think Globally, Act Globally.  Her publications and presentations continue to promote information access and public services to library users around the globe.

The Awards Committee recommends Ms. Barbara Ford unanimously as the definite recipient of the 2012 CALA Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Yongyi Song acquired the 2nd place in scores among the 4 candidates, and the Awards Committee would like to endorse the inclusion of him as the 2nd recipient of the CALA Distinguished Service Award.  Mr. Song was nominated by Ms. Maggie Wang (Reference Librarian, Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library).  He received 3 supporting letters from Mr. Cesar Caballero (Dean of John M. Pfau Library, California State University, San Bernardino), Dr. Yuan Zhou (Curator for East Asian Library, The University of Chicago), and Ms. Ying Xu (humanities Librarian, California State University, Los Angeles).   Majority of our Awards Committee members were impressed by Mr. Song’s monumental work in setting up the databases on China’s Cultural Revolution and The Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign, and that he is a renowned scholar and librarian for his achievements and contributions on studies of contemporary China and on library services.  Mr. Song is a CALA life-member, and has served in many CALA committee and chapter activities.

From 1996 to 2011 CALA gave out Distinguished Service Award annually to 1 recipient only.  2 recipients were awarded in 1995, 1993, 1990, 1986, and 1985.  CALA Board will be the ultimate decision maker on the number of recipient(s) for 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

To conclude, Ms. Barbara Ford’s renowned accomplishments in the world of libraries definitely make her our top choice for the Distinguished Service Award.  In addition to Ms. Ford the Awards Committee would also like to endorse Mr. Yongyi Song as the 2nd recipient of the award.


2011-2012 CALA Awards Committee:

Liana Zhou (Co-Chair)

Maria Fung (Co-Chair)

Jian Anna Xiong

Sharon Hu

Jiaxun Wu

Bonnie Fong

Densie Kwan