2014 Li and Li Scholarship Winner Named

Dominican University and Chinese American Librarians Association Award
 Inaugural Li and Li Scholarship

Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s inaugural Li and Li Scholarship has been awarded to He Tian. The scholarship is funded by a bequest to Dominican University from Dr. Tze-chung and Mrs. Dorothy Li.

A current student at GSLIS, Tian earned her bachelor’s degree from Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, China, where she volunteered in the university library. She is planning to complement her classroom education with a practicum at the Moraine Valley Community College library during the spring semester, and plans to graduate in 2014. Tian says “My Chinese identity adds diversity to my community. I am more than happy to devote my Chinese heritage, knowledge in modern librarianship, and career experiences to increase international public awareness of libraries.”

The Li and Li Scholarship is intended to support a library school student of Chinese ethnicity who is interested in involvement in CALA and incorporating his or her Chinese heritage into professional service in the community. The selection committee included GSLIS Dean Kate Marek, CALA member Ning Zhou, and GSLIS Assistant Professor Yijun Gao. Marek says, “We very much appreciate this opportunity from Dr. and Mrs. Li to support Chinese students’ study in the United States. We expect to build on such collaboration to increase opportunities for international studies, both for Chinese students and faculty here at Dominican and for our students and faculty to travel to China.”

The Chinese American Librarians Association enhances communications and discussions of the shared professional concerns among its members, and with members of other library professional organizations; promotes Sino-American librarianship and library services; provides its members collaborative opportunities with other library organizations of similar or allied interest. 

Dominican University’s GSLIS is distinguished by innovative practice and research and has been educating future library leaders and information professionals since the 1930s. The school offers an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, a master of professional studies degree, and a doctoral degree in library and information science.