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American Library Association awards $2,500 to Chu – breaking news


Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012 by UNCG Research.

Breaking News

Clara M. Chu, Department Chair and Professor, Library and Information Studies

UNCG Research congratulates Dr. Clara M. Chu on receiving a $2,500 grant from the American Library Association for her project, “Information Needs and Barriers of Southeast Asian Refugee Undergraduates.”

Dr. Chu will collect information on college students who are children of Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese refugees. These students, often representing an amalgamation of Southeast Asian and American cultures, face a number of challenges as they pursue an undergraduate education.

Libraries can serve as an important source of aid in such cases.  However, for libraries to help diverse populations successfully, they require data on the populations’ primary needs.  Dr. Chu will  collect that data using surveys and focus groups.  As she identifies the information needs and barriers facing her target population, Chu will also examine the role their communities and libraries currently play in addressing those needs.

The results of the study will benefit public, school, community college, and university libraries by helping librarians assess and improve their services and resources.  Without research like that conducted by Dr. Chu, libraries could not provide truly equitable access to information.