ALA Beta Phi Mu Award: 2008

2008 Recipient

CHICAGO – Dr. Ching-chih Chen, professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, has been selected as the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2008 Beta Phi Mu Award. This annual award, donated by Beta Phi Mu International Library & Information Studies Society, is presented to a library school faculty member or to an individual for distinguished service to education in librarianship.

“In selecting Dr. Chen for this award, the Jury commended her for her excellence as a devoted teacher and mentor; her outstanding and far-reaching service to education for librarianship worldwide; her amazing publishing, presenting and grants record; her vision and innovation in developing Global Memory Net as part of her ongoing commitment to global partnerships to advance knowledge and share information; and her using her professional skills to cross from the library world into scientific, governmental and cultural arenas all over the planet,” said Eric W. Johnson, Library Director at Southeastern Louisiana University, Sims Memorial Library. “The Jury was unanimous in its praise of the breadth and scope of her activities, her support for and guidance of her students in helping them to achieve their professional and intellectual goals and her profound impact on the field of global librarianship.”