Clara Chu

Dr. Clara M. Chu is Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a leading voice in international and multicultural library and information science (LIS) education, research and practice. Dr. Chu publishes, presents and consults worldwide in English and Spanish on equity, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, and emerging technologies and trends. She is Coeditor-in-Chief of Library Trends.   An active association leader, Dr. Chu is Past-President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and Co-Chair of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education Working Group. She was an American Library Association (ALA) representative on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and Past-Chair of the ALA Serving Refugees, Immigrants and Displaced Persons Sub-Committee.  She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2018 ALA Beta Phi Mu Award for distinguished service to education for librarianship.