For immediate release | July 26, 2016

Dr. Clara Chu appointed ALA Representative to U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

CHICAGO — Dr. Clara Chu, director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected to serve as the ALA representative to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO through June 2018.

The National Commission serves as a Federal advisory committee to the U.S. Government through the Department of the State. It works with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization, founded in 1945 to eradicate poverty, sustain development and promote an intercultural dialogue of peace. The National Commission members, including ALA, assist with global initiatives focused on communication, education, social science, natural science and culture.

“I am truly honored to represent the American Library Association in articulating the transformational role of libraries and ensuring information access for all, in strategic alignment with UNESCO priorities,” Dr. Chu said.

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