This prestigious award honors an individual CEAL member who has made significant contributions to library and information services, to East Asian libraries, and to the East Asian studies community.
From the announcement, "Dr. Troost's creativity, leadership and scholarship in service to East Asian Libraries and East Asian Studies are abundantly exemplified by the exhaustive list of her activities and accomplishments throughout her career."
Established in 1958, CEAL paved the way for East Asian librarianship, creating innovative ways to support the rapidly growing and evolving academic fields in East Asian Studies. Many CEAL members have made distinguished contributions to East Asian librarianship and to developing resources and services for East Asian Studies. These contributions have had a significant positive impact on the profession.
In order to praise and promote CEAL members’ outstanding contributions to East Asian librarianship, the CEAL president (2018-2020) proposed and the CEAL Executive Board (EB) approved the establishment of the CEAL Distinguished Service Award as the organization’s highest recognition for an individual CEAL member who exemplifies distinguished service to East Asian Librarianship and East Asian Studies.