UM Library Dean Given Prestigious Award for Contribution to International Librarianship

March 10, 2014

MISSOULA –Shali Zhang, dean of the University of Montana Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.

Zhang was recognized for her exceptional contribution to international librarianship during her professional career at local, national and international levels.

In her prior role at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently at UM, Zhang has been instrumental in internationalizing the mission of both the libraries and the universities.

“In the mere16 months that she has been at UM, Dr. Zhang has had a significant effect in transforming the Mansfield library’s operations, and – consequently – that of our University,   including its international engagement,” said Perry Brown, UM provost and vice president for academic affairs.

In the international library community, she is a well-respected for her work both at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and with the international mission of the Chinese American Librarians Association. She has been invited to lecture or consult in numerous countries to share best library practices and to network with librarians from other countries. 

“It has been wonderful experience for me in working on ALA’s international policies, and I’m most honored to receive this prestigious award,” Zhang said. “I have gained better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing libraries around the globe, and I also feel fortunate for being able to apply my passion through practical work at the UM Mansfield Library. The library has been serving very diverse groups of students with diverse cultural backgrounds. I am very encouraged by this award and will continue working with a group of talented library faculty and staff to support their educational goals at UM.”

Zhang will receive the $1,000 award during ALA’s international reception on Monday, June 30, at their annual conference in Las Vegas.

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Contact: Shali Zhang, dean, Mansfield Library, 406-243-6866, shali.zhang@umontana.edu.