Liangyu Fu to Serve as Director, Asia Library

Starting this month, Liangyu Fu will serve as Director of the Asia Library, leading the development of programming and services in order to partner with and support East Asian Studies scholars and students at U-M. Following more than 10 years of engaged service as Chinese Studies Librarian, Liangyu brings a record of partnership and ingenuity into her new role.

Liangyu’s vast experience building distinctive collections, stewarding relationships with members of the university community, and developing compelling programming will benefit the growing community of students and faculty engaged in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies. As teaching, research, and scholarship in East Asian Studies demonstrate increasing levels of innovation and interdisciplinarity, Asia Library looks forward to new opportunities to facilitate campus engagement with the unique materials and expertise that the library contributes.

As Chinese Studies Librarian, Liangyu Fu has worked especially closely with the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) as she has developed a record of events, exhibits, and other vibrant programming. For example, Liangyu co-directs the Deep Dive into Digital and Data Methods in Chinese Studies series, which was established in 2016 and was the first event series devoted to digital scholarship in Chinese Studies among North American universities. Liangyu also collaborates with the LRCCS to develop and coordinate the China Ongoing Perspectives Film Series and she was instrumental in building the Chinese Dance Collection at U-M, the largest of its kind outside China.

In addition to the extensive research support that Liangyu has provided for the Chinese studies community, she has maintained an active and collaborative research agenda, including a recent project to enhance understanding of Chinese scholars’ perspectives on open access publishing. Her monograph on book and translation history is forthcoming with Brill.

Liangyu has recently completed the Leadership and Career Development Program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), which is a yearlong, competitive fellowship program. 

The U-M Library will launch a search for a new Chinese Studies Librarian in coming weeks. Please stay tuned for details and opportunities to engage with the search as it moves forward.

Congratulations to Liangyu!