Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- September 23, 2005

Cal State L.A. Librarian Receives 2005 Paul Howard Award for Courage

Yongyi Song, technical service and collection development librarian at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at California State University, Los Angeles, was awarded the American Library Association's 2005 Paul Howard Award for Courage.

Award committee chair Gale Burrow said that Song was selected for the award "because of his efforts to document and present the true history of China's Cultural Revolution in the face of tremendous opposition from Chinese authorities. Song's persistence exemplifies the courage which Paul Howard defined as 'the quality of mind which enables one to face adversity, difficulty, or danger with resolution and fortitude.'"

A native of Shanghai, Song has long devoted himself to preserving the true history of China's Cultural Revolution and combating government censorship through myriad publications, including bibliographies, source books and the "Chinese Cultural Revolution" CD-ROM database. Song was twice jailed by the Chinese authorities; once during the Cultural Revolution for organizing an underground reading club, and again in 1999, for collecting primary sources on the Revolution.

Among his many books and articles, Song is a coauthor with other librarians of several books and monographs, The Cultural Revolution: A Bibliography, 1966-1996 (Harvard-Yenching Library, 1998), Chinese Cultural Revolution Database, Index and CD-ROM (Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002), and Heterodox Thought during the Cultural Revolution I and II (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). Last year, he was one of only two librarians in the nation to be presented with the National 21st Century Librarian Award by Syracuse University's School of Information Studies.

Song received a master's degree in library and information science from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1995, a master's degree in Oriental literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992, and a bachelor's degree from Shanghai Normal University in 1981.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Contact: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Specialist, (323) 343-3047

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