Committee for the Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media

Your Name: Karen T. Wei

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Member Roster:

Karen Wei, Chair

Vickie Fu Doll (from December 16, 2011)

Yuan Li (through December 15, 2011)

Wen-ling Liu

Liang Lei Qi

Xiaocan Wang

Is this an interim or annual report? Annual report

List significant activities the committee has done since last report:

  *After developing the Guidelines for Application and the Selection Criteria, the Committee sent out a call for submission/application for the Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media on February 1, 2012, with a deadline set for March 1, 2012. The announcement was posted on the CALA and Eastlib (Council on East Asian Libraries) lists. A subsequent reminder was sent out on February 16. Another reminder was posted on March 2, with the submission deadline extended to March 15, 2012.


*The Committee received a total of four applications. The Committee members had until April 20 to review the entries according to the Selection Criteria of Originality, Contributions, and Quality of the research. Each member was asked to rank in all three criteria using a score of 1 to 4, with 4 being the best. Members were also asked to comment on each criterion for each application.


*Through rigorous reviews and discussions, the Committee unanimously selected the following entry as the winner of the inaugural 2012 Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media for works published in 2011 and awarded in



Yang, Sharon and Melissa A. Hofmann, "Next Generation or Current Generation? 

A Study of OPACs of 260 Academic Libraries in the United states and Canada," 

Library Hi Tech 29 (2): 266-300 (2011)


*Yang and Hofmann's article was the result of their study to evaluate the progress towards the Next Generation Catalog from current online public access catalogs (OPACs) in academic libraries in North America. The article was selected for its originality, effectiveness to its subject field, extensive research scope, and timely for the changing status of OPACs. It is a well-researched paper with quantitative data findings from 260 college and university libraries in the United State and Canada. The winning article has made significant contributions to identify areas of improvement and provide input on how to develop the Next Generation Catalog in order to maximize the use of library information and services.


[Summary of this paper was published separately under the title "How Next-Gen RU? A Review of Academic OPACs in the United States and Canada" in Computers in Libraries  31 (6): 26-29 (July-August 2011). The authors also published an update article titled "Discovering What's Changed: A Revisit of the OPACs of

260 Academic Libraries" in Library Hi Tech 30 (2): 1-30 (June 2012)]