Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
Clara M. Chu is Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field as chair and professor of the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and prior to that as a aculty member at the Department of Information Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Chu specializes in the social construction of library and information use, practices, and systems that impact access and collective memory in multicultural communities. Her transnational, ethnic minority and multilingual background provides her a distinctive and critical lens in the social study of information issues to transform professional practice and education internationally. She has published in leading international journals and presented at conferences around the world in English and Spanish. Dr. Chu has held successive leadership positions in ethnic, regional, national, and international library and information associations, and is 2018-19 President-Elect of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). She earned her bachelor’s degree (a major in Spanish language and literature and a minor in psychology and French) from the University of British Columbia and her master’s and doctoral degrees in library science from the University of Western Ontario. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including the 2018 Beta Phi Mu Award for distinguished service to education for librarianship and the American Library Association’s 2002 Equality Award.