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Dana Library asst director receives national libraries award

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.

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 2008."

"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. and China."

"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 genuinely appreciated."

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 distinctive honor.

Posted September 4, 2009