Jeng becomes president of the Texas Library Association

Smiling woman with shoulder-length dark hair
Ling Hwey Jeng

Ling Hwey Jeng, Ph.D., director of the Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies, this month (April 2017) begins serving as president of the Texas Library Association (TLA), the largest state library association in the country. Her term ends in April 2018.

The Dallas Morning News recently published an editorial by Jeng advocating for continued public support and investment in libraries.  A copy of the editorial can be found at www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/03/31/thriving-communities-depend-smart-public-investment-libraries

Jeng’s career in library science education spans three decades. She has served on numerous committees within the TLA, the American Library Association and the Association of Library and Information Science Education. She also is active in the local community. She previously served on the board of directors of the United Way of Denton County and led its Project Blueprint: Non-Profit Leadership Development program for two years. She currently co-chairs the agency’s Community Needs Assessment. Jeng also serves on the board of Interfaith Ministries of Denton, where she directs the board’s leadership training.

Jeng has authored more than 40 scholarly publications, made more than 100 presentations on a wide range of topics and has received three federal grants totaling more than $2 million for research and training. She is a past recipient of the ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education and Distinguished Service awards from the Joint Conference on Librarians of Color and the Chinese American Librarians Association.

The TLA is comprised of more than 7,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries. For more information, visit www.txla.org.