Shao appointed to Library of Congress post; Haven joins SULAIR staff

Dongfang Shao (Photo by Corrie Goldman)

DONGFANG SHAO, director of Stanford’s East Asia Library since 2003, has been appointed chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. Shao will assume his new role in Washington in late April.

“With his broad knowledge of scholarly research on East Asia and his familiarity with both analog and digital academic resources housed in East Asian libraries throughout North America, Dr. Shao will continue to build and refine the collections and services of the Asian Division to serve the information needs of Congress, scholars and researchers,” Roberta Shaffer, associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress, said in a press release earlier this week.

“Dongfang’s nine years of leadership here have been characterized by tremendous growth in numerous dimensions – of collections, of staff, of services, of engagement with the scholars and students in East Asian studies at Stanford,” said Stanford University Librarian Michael Keller. “Of particular note are the growth of the East Asia Library’s special collections and the birth from nothing of a respectable Korean collection at Stanford.”

Born in China, Shao received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Beijing Normal University and a doctorate in history from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He taught in the Chinese Studies Department of the National University of Singapore for five years before joining the faculty of Stanford as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Asian Languages in 1999.

Four years later, Shao was appointed head of Stanford’s East Asia Library, the university’s primary East Asian language collection in the social sciences and humanities for all historical periods. During his tenure, he has increased the library’s international stature and reorganized and doubled its staff.

Shao, who holds a master’s degree in library science from San Jose State University, currently serves as executive director of the Society for Chinese Studies Librarians and is an academic consultant to universities in China. Shao has agreed to join the SULAIR Advisory Council beginning in September 2012.

Cynthia Haven

And in other Stanford University Libraries news, CYNTHIA HAVEN, former arts and humanities writer at the Stanford News Service, and creator of the internationally prominent blog The Book Haven, joined SULAIR March 12 as associate director of communications, a newly created position to increase the visibility of the libraries. Her time is shared with the Department of English and Creative Writing Program.
Haven currently is a visiting writer in the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, where she is working on a book about the life and work of RENÉ GIRARD, the Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization, Emeritus, and professor emeritus of comparative literature, and member of the Académie Française. Her most recent book, An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czesław Miłosz, was published last year by Ohio University Press/Swallow Press.