On May 21, 2005 the GMA chapter held a professional development event at the Community College of Baltimore County. We invited Dr. Binh P. Le to present his research on the theme of leadership of Asian American librarians. Dr. Le is the Associate Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University. He has published widely in academic librarianship, including books, book chapters, and journal articles. In this roundtable meeting Dr. Le presented various issues and challenges that Asian American librarians face when they seek and acquire leadership positions in libraries. He used a plenty of statistical data collected from official agencies and organizations as well as scholarly research to support his arguments and viewpoints. His presentation was insightful and eye-opening.
Dr. Le’s presenation can be found at Success Characteristics of Asian American Library Leaders.
Dr. Le is also the author of Attainment of Academic Library Leadership by Asian Americans: Challenges and Development.
The participants of the meeting also presented their own insights in these issues in the discussion. In addition to Dr. Le, the participants of the meeting include:
Yan He, Information Literacy Librarian of Indiana University Kokomo
Andrew Lee, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian, George Mason University
Weiling Liu, Director of the Office of Libraries Technology, University of Louisville
Raymond Wang, Associate Professor, Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville Library,
Hong Wu, Director of Library and Information Services of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia
Zehao Zhou, Information Services Librarian and Supervisor of Archives of and Special Collections at the Schmidt Library of York College of Pennsylvania