Scholarship Committee

DATE:  June 5, 2009


Ying Xu (Chair)

Dajin Sun

Irene Ke

Vincci Kwong

Anna Xiong

Lingling Kuo

Joy Wang

IS THIS AN Interim or annual REPORT? __ Interim _x _Annual


year, CALA Scholarship Committee awards up to four scholarships of $2,200 to
full-time students enrolled in ALA-accredited LIS programs in the U.S. and Canada. The scholarships are: CALA
Scholarship of Library and Information Science, Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship,
C.C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship, and Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu

received many excellent applications from library school students this year. The
committee members carefully reviewed the application materials including a personal
narrative, resume, reference letters, transcript(s) and proof of enrollment
from each applicant. The committee Chair contacted the references by phone for
verifications wherever necessary. We evaluated the eligibility, merit, and
strength of the applicants and ranked each applicant by a point system for the
categories of 1) academic performance, 2) initiative, 3) communication skills, 4)
leadership, and 5) dependability. After careful reviews and evaluations, we reached
consensus and made recommendations as below.

would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the applicants. We strongly
encourage those who are not awarded at this time to apply again next year.


  1. The Committee ranks
    Silvia Lu as the top candidate and recommends that
    she be the recipient for the CALA Scholarship of Library and
    Information Science ($1,000). Ms. Lu is currently enrolled as an M.S.
    candidate in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    (UIUC.)  She entered the program in Fall of 2008. Lu's academic
    performance is outstanding, with a GPA of 4.0.  One of her references
    comments that "Her knowledge, her responses, her interest, her enthusiasm
    and her creativeness were well above the other men and women in a class of
    really outstanding graduate students. She brought an excitement and level
    of achievement that were exceptional." Another reference commented that
    "Sylvia has extended herself academically by taking courses in addition to
    the library school curriculum, including an English culture class and
    introduction to French". As a student, Ms.
    Lu is active in the Library field and serves as the Publicity
    Officer of American Library Association Student Chapter at UIUC.  She
    is also a volunteer at the Center
    for Children's Books of the Graduate School of Library and Information
    Science of UIUC. This year, she made a presentation entitled An
    Unselective Memory: Library and Archives Canada and
    the Struggle towards an Honest Cultural Heritage
    at a student conference at the University
    of Toronto. Prior to
    entering the Library
    School, Ms. Lu had worked her way through her
    college education at different jobs, including a position as a library assistant in public and college
    libraries. One of her references commented that "From the very beginning,
    Silvia exhibited a strong sense of self, of determination in her academic
    achievements, and of her desire to excel professionally. She was
    unwavering in her commitment to her studies and to her job." Another reference further elaborates: Ms. Lu "is going to go far in
    the profession. She will be a dynamic leader and bring new excitement to
    anything she undertakes."
  1. The Committee recommends
    Kam Yan Lee for the C. C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship ($500). Ms. Lee is currently an MLS student
    in the Library Science program at Queens College, the City University of New York. Her
    academic performance is excellent, with a GPA of 4.0. Professor Kwong-bo
    Ng of Queens College commented that Ms.
    Lee "has a strong academic background with solid research skills.
    She is intelligent and self-motivated. Her excellent academic records
    reflect her strong academic abilities. She shows a firm mastery of the
    fundamental knowledge in library science, especially in the field of
    digital librarianship." "Ms. Lee has strong motivation to develop a professional
    career in library science. Her determination not only drives her to
    maintain academic records in school, but also motivates her to participate
    in different institutions like American
    Museum of Natural History and the
    Graduate Center in the City University of
    New York." Ms. Lee also holds an MS degree in Sociology from The Chinese
    University of Hong Kong (2003).
  1. The Committee recommends
    Danitta Wong for the Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship ($500). Ms. Wang is a
    student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of
    Simmons College. She entered the program in Fall of 2008. Ms. Wang has good academic performance
    and maintained a GPA of 3.89 at Simmons. She
    has worked as a volunteer at the Teen Room
    of the Brookline Public Library's Main Branch. One of her references writes "I can speak for Ms.
    Wong's professional potential, and I believe Danita will be a strong
    addition to the profession. Volunteering here can be as little or as much
    as the volunteers wish to make, and Danitta has been generous with her
    time in volunteering to help out not
    only by monitoring the Teen Room but also taking on other tasks... Part of
    being successful in librarianship counts on innovation and industriousness
    as well s an outgoing, friendly nature, all traits which Danitta has in
    spades. I encourage you to consider her as a strong candidate for these
  1. The
    Committee recommends May P.Y. Yan for the Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu
    Scholarship ($200).  Ms. Yan is currently enrolled as a candidate of
    the Master of Information Studies Program
    at the Information School of the University of Toronto. She was enrolled into the program in Fall of
    2008.  Helen Katz, her instructor for the Business Information Resources, commented that "May
    approached the class quite professionally and worked diligently...Ms. Yan
    was the best student in the class and one of the best students that I have
    had in the last five years." Ms. Katz continued "I expect Ms. Yan to do extremely well in the
    profession and I look forward to being a professional colleague of Ms.
    Yan's." Ms. Yan also has years
    of experience working with the Goldman Sachs Group in New York and holds a
    BAS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto.