Associate professor, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


Clara M. Chu, an associate professor at the Department of Information Studies, UCLA, has published, presented, and consulted internationally in English and Spanish on multicultural library and information issues. She is a leading voice on the subject matter and actively recruits people of culturally diverse backgrounds into the information profession.

Chu received the honor and made opening remarks during the “Charting Courses: Diversity Research Grants” panel program at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

Dr. Chu specializes in the social construction of information systems, institutions and access in order to understand the usage of and barriers to information in multicultural communities. Her multicultural scholarship and expertise are demonstratd by her service on the editorial boards of various information and Asian Pacific American journals, including Library Quarterly, Counterpoise, AAPI Nexus Journal and Amerasia Journal.

Chu has served as co-chair on the Diversity Recruitment and Mentoring Committee at UCLA, where she has led initiatives to diversify LIS education, research and practice. Her leadership includes the role of principle investigator for Program PRAXIS: A Pre-Doctoral and Recruitment Program for Tomorrows Culturally Diverse Information Studies Faculty, which is supported by a major federal grant (IMLS, 2002-03). She was recipient of the 2002 ALA Equality Award and was selected a 2005 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, which recognizes people who are shaping the future of libraries.

Awards Won

Title Year
ODLOS logo Achievement in Library Diversity Research

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee seeks to recognize an individual for advancing research that informs diversity, equity and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research designation. Achievement is defined as a body of published work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity, equity and outreach. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication. We welcome open access and other forms of published dissemination. Nominations are accepted year-round and an honoree will be selected from the pool of nominees received by April 30.

2008 - Winner(s)