Hwa-Wei Lee named OCLC visiting distinguished scholar

DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 17, 1999--Hwa-Wei Lee, dean emeritus, Ohio University Libraries, has been named OCLC Visiting Distinguished Scholar for a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2000.

The Visiting Distinguished Scholar program is sponsored by the OCLC Office of Research to bring experienced educators and administrators to OCLC.

Dr. Lee will be working with the OCLC Institute to help extend its program internationally, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. The institute promotes the evolution of libraries through advanced education and knowledge exchange.

"I consider it a great privilege to continue my association with OCLC in a much closer relationship this coming year," said Dr. Lee. "I am especially pleased that I will be working in my new role to strengthen OCLC's professional education and training programs in Asia through the OCLC Institute and OCLC Asia Pacific. The new initiative of the OCLC Institute in Asia is well timed and will expand the tie between OCLC and the fast-developing Asian library community."

"Dr. Lee brings a deep personal and professional commitment to the role of libraries in the countries and in the lives of the people of the Asia Pacific region," said Martin Dillon, executive director, OCLC Institute. "We expect his knowledge and insight to be instrumental as the OCLC Institute expands globally."

Since 1970, Dr. Lee has served as a library consultant and lecturer under the sponsorship of various organizations and agencies, including the Asia Foundation, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the International Development Research Centre of Canada, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Dr. Lee was dean of University Libraries, Ohio University, from 1978 to 1999. He served as the OHIONET delegate on the OCLC Users Council from 1985-1991, and as delegate-at-large to the Second White House Conference on Library and Information Services in July 1991.

Dr. Lee has received distinguished service awards from the American Library Association as Councillor for 1988-1992 and 1993-1997, the Ohio Library and Information Network, the Chinese Academic and Professional Association in Mid-America, and the Library Association of China (Taiwan). He was recognized in 1991 with the John Ames Humphrey Award for International Librarianship.

During the past decade, Dr. Lee has been appointed advisor to the National Library of China and consultant to the National Central Library in Taiwan and to the Peking University Library Foundation. He has served as visiting professor to nine Chinese universities. He is 1999 Ohio Hall of Fame Librarian.

Author of three books and some 60 articles, conference papers and consultant reports, Dr. Lee has organized eight international conferences. Currently, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Association of Universities/Association of Research Libraries Global Resources Program. More information is available on Dr. Lee's personal home page.

Dr. Lee earned a bachelor's degree in education from National Taiwan Normal University, a master's degree in education as well as a master's in library science, both from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctoral degree in foundations of education and library science, also from the University of Pittsburgh.

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