Presenter Bio – Lian Ruan – 2019 CALA MW Annual Conference

Lian Ruan

Dr. Lian Ruan, Head Librarian at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and Director of the IFSI International Programs has research interest on information behavior and international librarianship. She has served on multiple capacities, including President of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA, 2015/2016) and CALA Executive Director (2016-2019). She serves on IFLA Information Literacy Standing Committee. She received awards, including the University of Illinois Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence award, the SLA Diversity Leadership Development Program award, CALA President Recognition Award, Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award, JCLC Advocacy Award. And 150 for 150 (celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that is part of the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial celebration). The website highlights women who have made significant achievements as students, faculty members, staff or alumni (https://gec150.web.illinois.edu/1990s/). Under her leadership, her library was named the Finalist for the 2015-2017 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service (The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community). She has organized the Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program from 2005-2018 and 382 librarians from 130 organizations all over China participated in the program.