Monthly Archives: June 2013

Massengale resigns, accepts IIT position

Lisa Massengale, Interim Information Services Librarian, has accepted a new position as head of the reference department at the Illinois Institute of Technology, beginning in July 2013.

Please colleagues on Thursday, June 27, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the LHS Administrative Office to give Lisa a fond farewell.

Zhao elected CALA president

Lisa Zhao, Assistant Catalog Librarian, has been elected President of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) for the 2013/14 year. Zhao previously served as Vice President in 2012/13 and 2nd Vice President in 2011/12. The main objective of CALA is to provide Chinese American librarians with opportunities for professional development.

As President, Zhao’s responsibilities will include presiding at meetings, working with the board to appoint chairpersons and to suggest changes to the organization, submitting semi-annual and annual reports to the board, and much more.

Zhao joined CALA in 1996 while pursuing her degree in library science. She said CALA was “the first place for me to practice leadership [and] the first place to give me a chance to present and speak.” She has worked for almost every committee of CALA and has participated in as many of CALA’s events as possible. Zhao campaigned for President in 2011, with the goal of “re-thinking, re-examining, and re-engineering the organization to make CALA home to its members; making CALA a member-driven organization; and being responsive and transparent.” Her long-term goals are to enhance the identity of Chinese American librarians and to increase involvement in the organization.

Her involvement in CALA has opened many doors for Zhao on both a personal and professional level. She said, “I have met and become friends with many seasoned and outstanding Chinese American librarians. From them, I have learned their work and life stories that have really encouraged me to work for CALA.” Another recent accomplishment has been sending an article about banned books in the United States to a major Chinese publisher.

Though she admits that being President will be challenging, Zhao looks forward to the opportunity. She commented, “I am sure I will learn and gain a lot from this experience.”

Quist wins student worker award

Leona Quist has been awarded the Library Student Employee of the Year award for her hard work as Office Aide in the Library Administration department. She joined the library in November 2011, and has since proved herself an excellent employee. Leona, an accomplished multitasker, divides her time between the Business Office, the front desk, and the mailroom. Her duties range from reconciling documents to shipping books and greeting guests in the office.

No matter the task, Leona does it well, those in the office agree. Three of her supervisors strongly recommended Leona for the award, which she received May 16. Along with a certificate of achievement, Leona was given a $250 bonus.

Leona keeps busy outside of work, too. She is pursuing a dual degree in Anthropology and Classical Studies and plans to graduate in May 2014. The next step will be graduate school for Anthropology. Leona dreams of someday doing cultural research on the Pacific west coast of the United States, or working in education for a museum. She is certainly on the right track: Leona also spends two days per week volunteering at the Field Museum, where she gives tours to guests and helps out in the education collection department. She also volunteers for the School of Public Health at UIC, where she does qualitative data analysis.

Leona expressed surprise when she discovered she had won the award. She said, “It’s nice to know that people felt I did my job well.” She notes that working in all three areas has helped her to understand holistically how the administration office works. She explains, “Knowing how to interact in one department can help me meet the needs of another one.” The experience will certainly help her with her post-graduation plans.

Leona says of her job, “I’m proud to be in a work environment that encourages me to do my job well.” She certainly has done her job well, and people are noticing.