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Liana Zhou Helps Guide National Initiative

Liana Zhou, head of library at The Kinsey Institute, has worked for the past five years as a member of the steering committee for the first Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, an event planned for October 12-14 in Dallas, Texas. Zhou is chair of the JCLC awards and scholarship committee.

Liana Zhou next to a portrait of Herman B Wells

“Kinsey fought for his rights as a scientist to study sex, and for the Institute to have the legal rights to archive a unique and special collection for researchers,” she explained. “Similarly, librarians have fought for the rights to preserve and archive materials that may be culturally neglected or ignored. Kinsey's perseverance inspires me to help others working with non-traditional library collections.”

Zhou plans to present a paper at the conference about the Institute Library and Dr. Kinsey's research. The conference will bring together thousands of librarians from all over the country to explore common professional issues and concerns.

“It has been very gratifying to work with such a wide range of individuals and organizations wishing to support the stronger presence of librarians of color,” remarked Zhou. “We are especially pleased that the National Library of Medicine has generously contributed $25,000 as a scholarship fund for students, minority librarians, and librarians who serve minority communities who would otherwise unable to attend this conference because of a lack of funds.”

“In presenting awards and scholarships, we plan to acknowledge the integration of professional efforts, intellectual creativity and community advocacy that contributes to the essential elements of librarianship in our multicultural society,” Zhou said. “It is a great feeling to be part of an effort that has the potential to benefit so many people.”

The conference is sponsored by the five associations of librarians of color, all affiliates of the American Library Association: the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. The groups are dedicated to bringing into view the unique and shared successes, opportunities, and challenges of librarians of color in the United States.

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