Dana Library asst director receives national libraries award
Congratulations to Haipeng Li, assistant director of the John Cotton Dana Library, who recently
received the President's Recognition Award from the Chinese Americans Library Association (CALA), an
affiliate of the American Library Association.
As described by the CALA press release announcing the award: "Mr. Li's professional contributions to
CALA are significant. He served more than 20 positions on CALA and the CALA Midwest Chapter. These
positions include the CALA representative to the Fourth China-U.S. Library Conference, chairs of the
CALA Program Planning Committee, Publications Committee, Membership Committee, Nominations Committee,
CALA Newsletter Editor, and the CALA Midwest Chapter President. In 2006-2007, Mr. Li was the CALA
President. During his presidential year, he helped CALA to implement the CALA 2010 Strategic Plan; led
the CALA delegation to participate in the successful JCLC in 2006; expanded the CALA 21st Century
Librarian Seminar Series, to name just few. He received the CALA Distinguished Services Award in
"Mr. Li was instrumental in helping shape the IMLS funded grant proposal, Think Globally, Act
Globally, with partnership of University of Illinois, Library Society of China, and CALA. The project
successfully received the grant of close to $500,000 in November 2008. Since then, Mr. Li is a key
player in representing CALA as a Steering Committee member on this grant project that facilitates
collaboration, exchange of best practices, and professional development of librarians from the U.S.
"In May 2008, Mr. Li was asked to serve the CALA Interim Executive Director through July 2009. Facing
many challenges, Mr. Li took this position with dedication, enthusiasm, and most importantly, the
vision. He led CALA to move to the position that is being recognized by library colleagues in U.S. and
abroad. His efforts in carrying out the goals of CALA 2010 Strategic Plan are outstanding and
The CALA President's Recognition Award recognizes an individual, group or organization who possesses a
philosophy of dedication, quality of service, and professional integrity for his/her/their significant
contributions to the library community that have shown leadership in one of the many areas of great
importance to the mission and goals of CALA.
The Libraries commend Haipeng Li on receiving this
|Haipeng Li, center, receives the CALA President's Recognition Award as Mark Winston, right, Assistant Chancellor of the Rutgers-Newark campus and director of the John Cotton Dana Library, looks on.