1998 CALA Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Karl Lo
Director of International Programs
University of California, San Diego

Mr. Karl Lo is the Director of International Programs, Libraries, University of California, San Diego. He received his BS degree in Chemistry from Chung Chi College in Hong Kong in 1958 and MSLS from the Library School at Atlanta University in 1960. He was awarded Library Administrators Development Program VIII from the University of Maryland in 1974.

Mr. Lo is an exceptional professional librarian. He excelled as Head of East Asia Library at the University of Kansas Libraries, 1965-1968 where he built a new East Asian collection and as Head of the East Asia Library at the University of Washington (UW) Libraries, 1968-1990 where he built an impressive collection and helped UW to become a leader among East Asian Libraries. He was the Coordinator of UWs International Programs, 1987-1990 where he galvanized a sizable contingent of staff in Slavic, Near Eastern, South Asian and Southeast Asian studies. He is currently the Director of International Programs at the University of California at San Diego Libraries where he has built an internationally known East Asian Collection and campus-wide international resources sharing. He also hosts visiting librarians from China and other countries at the above institutions.

Through all the years of his professional career Mr. Lo has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership in his achievements, strong organizational skills and innovation in library and information services at the national and international levels. These characteristics, together with his involvement in research focused on Chinese software and the digital library, and his contributions to professional literature related to the application of new technologies, position him strongly for this award. The Wade-Giles Pinyin conversion software he developed and shared freely with OCLC has greatly benefited the OCLC Chinese system and libraries around the world.

Mr. Lo is a sought after speaker at the national and international levels. He has been very active at the American Library Association, Association for Asian Studies, and Council (formerly called Committee) of East Asian Librarians, serving as the chairperson on various important committees. He was appointed as a consultant and/or as teaching faculty at many prestigious research institutions, e.g., the Academia Sinica, American Council of Learned Societies, Center of Research Libraries, Chengdu University of Science and Technology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, National Library of Australia, National Library of China, OCLC CJK Project, University of Kansas, University of Washington, and Zhongshan University, etc.

Mr. Lo is a scholar as well as a prolific author. His Guides to the Ssu pu tsung kan and Chinese Newspapers Published in North America have remained major reference tools for more than twenty years. Mr. Lo has published more than thirty (30) articles in scholarly and professional literature. Readers have benefited from Mr. Lo's vast interest in topics ranging from academic librarianship, Chinese and East Asian studies and management, library automation and the processing of Chinese characters and bibliographic records, serials, and voice technologies, etc.

In summary, Mr. Lo is one of the most outstanding and influential librarians. He is an excellent library director who has extended himself to make important professional contributions for a long time. Mr. Lo is a top leader among Chinese American librarians who has made unusual contributions and service to the advancement of Chinese-American librarianship. Mr. Lo is recognized for his many achievements in librarianship, especially in East Asian librarianship.