Yuan has been a member of the Department of Library Public Services
faculty with WKU since 1997. A Fulbright student, he received his M.A. (American
History) and M.L.S. from Indiana University at Bloomington. He is
Professor and Special Assistant to the Dean for Web & Emerging Technologies
of the University Libraries. He is leader of the Libraries' Web & Emerging Technologies Work Group. He is a member of WKU Libraries' Library Leadership Council (LLC). He leads the Libraries’ Web & Emerging Technologies Work Group and serves on the Library Leaders Council. He's a member of WKU's Academic Technologies Advisory Group and WKU Web Council. He serves on the American Library Association's Diversity Council representing Chinese American Libarians Association, of which he was the board member from 2009 to 2011.
Winner of the 1999 Kentucky Library Award, Prof. Yuan is editor of This Is China: The First 5,00 Years (Berkshire, 2010), author of 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). He is co-author of Celebrate Chinese New Year, Holiday Around the World Series (National Geographic, 2008) and Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (Berkshire, 2008). He also contributed to Theories and Practices of American Libraries in the Twenty-First Century (2007) and Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (Routlege
2004). He has authored and co-authored over two dozen articles published in College & Research Library, 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.
Before coming to the U.S., Haiwang Yuan was a lecturer of English at Nankai University in Tianjin,
China, where he also taught foreign students Chinese at summer schools.
He worked as a media specialist and taught Chinese at All Saint's
Academy in Winter Haven, Florida between 1995 and 97 before joining Western. He has been teaching Chinese at the Summer
Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS) and VAMPY at Western since 2004. He is a certified reader for the College Board's AP Chinese Scoring program. For more of his
credentials, please visit his bio page or his SelectedWorks page.