Dr Clara M. Chu is the Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in the social construction of library and information use, practices, and systems that impact access and collective memory in multicultural communities. Her transnational, ethnic minority, and multilingual background provides her a distinctive and critical lens in the social study of library and information issues to transform professional practice and education. She has published in leading journals and presented at conferences around the world in English and Spanish.
Dr. Chu has held administrative and faculty positions at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of California at Los Angeles. She has held successive leadership positions in professional library and information associations, and is currently Co-Chair of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education Working Group https://lisedu.wordpress.com/, and the ALA representative on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. She is serving on the editorial boards of Libri and Library Trends, and co-edits the International Insights Column of College & Research Libraries News. She has been honored for her research, teaching and professional contributions locally and nationally.