Lian Ruan

Lian Ruan

Research Affiliate

PhD, Library and Information Science, Illinois

Other professional appointments

Head Librarian, Illinois Fire Service Institute

Research focus

Information behavior, special library administration, and international librarianship.


Lian Ruan serves as executive director of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), 2016-2022, and member of the IFLA Information Literacy Standing Committee, 2017-2021. Her past service includes president of  Beta Phi Mu, Alpha Chapter, 2018-2019, and CALA president, 2015-2016. As director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute, she has trained over 421 librarians from 145 organizations all over China for the Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program (CLSEP), 2005-2019, and hosted 140 Chinese visiting scholars from 76 institutions since 2008.