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2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Clara M. Chu

Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

Mortenson Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Dr. Chu earned her bachelor’s degree (a major in Spanish language and literature and a minor in psychology and French) from the University of British Columbia and her master’s and doctoral degree in library science from the University of Western Ontario. She was a professor and past chair of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Department of Library and Information Studies. She joined UNCG in 2009 after approximately 20 years as a faculty member at the Department of Information Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Chu specializes in the social construction of library and information use, practices, and systems that impact access and collective memory in multicultural communities. Her research focuses on multicultural library and information services, information seeking behavior, critical information studies, international and comparative librarianship, LIS education.