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About Haiwang Yuan

Mr. Yuan has been a member of the Department of Library Public Services faculty since 1997. A Fulbright student, he received his M.A. (American History) and M.L.S. from Indiana University at Bloomington. He is Professor and Coordinator of Web & Emerging Technologies of the University Libraries, leading the Libraries' Web Advisory Committee. He serves on the Library Leadership Council and the university's Academic Technology Advisory Committee and RCAP Review Committee.
A life member of Chinese Americans Librarians Association, he is its current member of Board of Directors.
Mr. Yuan has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited several monographs, which include Tibetan Folktales, (Libraries Unlimited, 2014), This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (Berkshire, 2010), Berkshire Encyclopedia of China" (Berkshire, 2009), Princess Peacock: Tales from the Other Peoples of China (Libraries Unlimited, 2008), Celebrate Chinese New Year, Holiday Around the World Series (National Geographic, 2009), The Magic Lotus Lantern and Other Tales from the Han Chinese (Libraries Unlimited, 2006), and Virtual Libraries' Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (Huayi, Beijing, 2002). He has contributed to the "Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture" (Routledge, 2004) and "Theories and Practices of American Libraries in the Twenty-First Century" (Beijing Library Press, 2007). He also authored and co-authored over two dozen articles published in professional journals including College & Research Libraries, Library Administration and Management, Journal of Research in International Education, Internet Librarian, Against the Grain, Technical Services Quarterly, Journal of National Library of China, LIRT News, and Kentucky Libraries.
He is currently working on An Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups of China, which is in progress and a 12-book set of children's picture books.
Among the awards Yuan has won are the WKU 2012-13 RCAP Grant as well as the WKU College Awards for Creative Activities or Public Service (2012, 2011, 2008, 2002, 2001), “Think Globally, Act Globally U.S.-China Librarian Collaboration” Grant from IMLS Grant, the 2009 Aesop Accolade Award from the American Folklore Society-Children Folklore Section, the 2010 Storytelling World Resource Honor, the 1999 "Kentucky Libraries" Award for an article about safe Internet surfing for children, and the 1988-90 Fulbright Scholarship.
In October, 2015, Mr. Yuan was invited to be a guest professor to the College of Foreign Languages, Nankai University, which is his alma mater and one of the most prestigious colleges of China.


Present Professor, Western Kentucky University
Present Web & Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Western Kentucky University
Present Western Kentucky University Libraries, Western Kentucky University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Research & Creative Activities Program (RCAP) Award (2012)
  • University College Award for Public Services (2012)
  • University Libraries Margie Helm Award (2010)
  • Profiled in 2009-12 Marquis Who's Who in America
  • University College Award for Research/Creativity (2008)
  • Faculty Research Scholarship (2008)
  • Summer Faculty Scholarship (2007)
  • Profiled in AC&RL News (2005)
  • Summer Faculty Scholarship (2005)
  • Faculty Research Scholarship (2003)
  • University College Award for Research/Creativity (2002)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (1988)

Contact Information

Libraries at Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11067
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1067
(270) 745-5084 (Phone)
(270) 745-6422 (Fax)

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