I have been a member of the Department of Library Public Services faculty since 1997. A Fulbright student, I received my M.A. (American
History) and M.L.S. from Indiana University at Bloomington. I am Professor and Coordinator of Web & Emerging Technologies of the University Libraries, chairing the Libraries' Web & Emerging Technologies Advisory Committee. I serve on the Library Leadership Council and the university's Research & Creative Activities Program (RCAP) Committee. A life member of the ALA-affiliated Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), I am serving on the Board of Directors of CALA. I am also an AP reader and serves as an editor for the peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Chinese Language Teaching. Since October 2015, I have been a guest professor of my alma mater Nankai University, China.
My book publications include Tibetan Folktales (ABC-CLIO, 2015), This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (Berkshire, 2010), Celebrate Chinese New Year, Holiday Around the World Series (National Geographic, 2009), Princess Peacock: Tales from the Other Peoples of China (Libraries Unlimited, 2008), The Magic Lotus Lantern and Other Tales from the Han Chinese (Libraries Unlimited, 2006), and Virtual Libraries' Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Huayi, Beijing, 2002). I am an associate editor and contributor to the five-volumed Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (Berkshire, 2009) and a contributor to Theories and Practices of American Libraries in the Twenty-First
Century (Beijing Library Press, 2007) and Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (Routledge, 2004). I have also authored and co-authored over two dozen articles published in professional journals including College & Research Libraries, Library Administration and Management, Journal of Research in International Education, Internet Librarian, Against the Grain, Technical Services Quarterly, Journal of National Library of China, LIRT News, and Kentucky Libraries. Meanwhile, I have translated a number of Chinese books into English, including the 8-book series on China's top cities in Xinjiang and the 12-book set titled Differernt Carmela. My newest publication Chiness Proverbs for Mandarin Book I is now in press. I am currently working on two other book projects: Learning Modern Chinese Through Classics scheduled to be published in 2018 by Routledge and the Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups of China the same year by the Encyclopedia of China Publish House.
Among the awards I have won are the WKU 2012 RCAP Grant as well as the WKU College Awards for Creative Activities or Public Service (2012, 2011, 2008, 2002, 2001), "Think Globally, Act Globally U.S.-China Librarian Collaboration" Grant from IMLS Grant, the 2009 Aesop Accolade Award from the American Folklore Society-Children Folklore Section, the 2010 Storytelling World Resource Honor, the 1999 "Kentucky Libraries" Award, and the 1988-90 Fulbright Scholarship.