Nominated by the American Library Association (ALA), Michael Bailou Huang was elected as a Standing Committee member on the IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section for the term 2015-2019. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
Michael is currently Coordinator of the Office of Global Library Initiatives at Stony Brook University Libraries, responsible for international exchanges and collaborations of the Library. He has been a health sciences librarian at Stony Brook University since 1999 providing research support, consultations, and instructions in support of evidence based practice. Michael is bilingual in both English and Chinese. He possesses extensive experience and expertise in health sciences and international librarianship. He serves on the East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee of the ALA’s International Relations Committee (2014-2016) and ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program (2014-2015). He is President of CALA Northeast Chapter and Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). Michael served as Secretariat General at four international library conferences, responsible for advertising, coordinating peer-review process, editing papers, answering registration questions, hosting participants from overseas, and serving as conference interpreter. He was named Team Leader leading a team of seven librarians to give a three day workshop titled “China-US Forum on Library Practice,” part of the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series, at Shanxi University in Taiyuan, China in May 2010. He was selected as a presenter of the American Library Educational Team in “Think Globally Act Globally” US-China Librarian Collaboration Project sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of China, Institute of Museum and Library Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chinese American Librarians Association, and Library Society of China, which took place in Nanning, China from November 2-9, 2009. He was Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of New York-New Jersey Chapter of the Medical Library Association from October 2001 to October 2004 and organized five CE workshops.
Michael has presented over 60 papers, workshops, lectures, and poster sessions at national and international conferences held in 11 countries including Austria, China, England, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Norway, Portugal, and the United States, and at a variety of forums in universities in China such as Fudan University Medical Library, Capital Medical University, and Guangxi Medical University. He has published in Medical Reference Services Quarterly and other peer-reviewed journals. Michael will fully participate in the IFLA committee’s annual meetings and conferences and work closely with library colleagues from around the world to advocate health sciences library services to multicultural populations and make contributions in promoting international cooperation in health and biosciences libraries.