Clara M. Chu is the scheduled keynote speaker at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s annual Ted Samore Lecture, Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway.
Chu, who is a professor and department chair of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, will discuss information literacy in a multicultural context. The focus of her research and teaching is the role of libraries in meeting the needs of multicultural communities, especially immigrants and those learning English as a second language.
Chu described herself as a Peruvian-born Chinese Canadian living in the U.S. Her interest in libraries and their role grew out of her own experiences learning to read English through visits to a bookmobile in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Chu has published numerous articles on issues related to diversity, equity and multilingual information resources. She received the American Library Association Equality Award in 2002 for her work. In 2005, she was cited by the Library Journal as “a person who is shaping the future of libraries through her innovativeness and eagerness to make a difference.”
The School of Information Studies sponsors the annual lecture, which honors
Ted Samore, who taught at UWM for more than 20 years and was a noted researcher in the field of library science.