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 Academic Technology Advisory Committee. A life member of the ALA-affiliated Chinese American Librarians Association, I am serving on the Editorial Board of the association-sponsored Journal of Library Information Science.
I am editor of This Is China: The First 5,000 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). I am co-author of Celebrate Chinese New Year, Holiday Around the World Series (National Geographic, 2009). I have contributed to Theories and Practices of American Libraries in the Twenty-First
Century (Beijing Library Press, 2007) and the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (Routledge, 2004). I am an associate editor and contributor to the five-volumed Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (Berkshire, 2009). 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.
I am currently working on two book projects: One is Tibetan Folktales, which is scheduled to be published in October 2014, and the other is Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups of China, which is in progress.
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.