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Department of Art and Design

Courses For Non-Majors

Interested in taking art and design courses but aren’t a major? there are many options available to GVSU students. (Read more)

Yin-Fen Pao, Visual Resources Curator


Curator, Visual Resources Library, Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, MI (2009-present)

Associate Director, Library and Information Services, Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC), Covington, KY (2007-2009)

Systems Manager and Librarian, University Library, Madonna University, Livonia, MI (1999-2007)

Information Specialist, Advanced Vehicle Technology Library and Technology Planning Dept., Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI (1997-1998)


  • Doctoral Program, Art History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MLIS, Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • MA, History of Art, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Thesis: The sixteen Lohans of the Rakan-zusan-shu)
  • BA, English Literature, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Faculty Travel Grant, Grand Valley State University (2012)
  • New Horizons Award, Visual Resources Association (2010)
  • VRA Workshop Grant, Visual Resources Association Great Lakes Chapter (2010)
  • Innovation of the Year Award for the Librarys Pioneering Hybrid Library, awarded by the League for Innovation in the Community College (2009)
  • Honorary member of Beta Phi Mu (a society in recognition of academic achievement in Library and Information Science) (1998-present)
  • OCLC Scholarship, American Library Association/Library and Information Technology Association
  • Ford Motor Total Quality Management Symposium Scholarship, Ford Motor Company/Wayne State University
  • Wilson Scholarship & Multimedia Project Award, Wayne State University


  • Inclusion Advocate, Grand Valley State University (2012-present)
  • Chair of Visual Resources Library Advisory Committee, Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University (2009-present)
  • Member of NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) Committee, Publications Committee, and Technology Committee, Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University (2009-present)
  • Member of Moblie Art Application Committee, Grand Valley State University (2011-present)
  • Mentor of Mentoring Program, Visual Resources Association and Chinese-American Librarians Association (2009-2010)
  • Chair of Learning and Information Resources Audit Team, Gateway Community and Technical College (2008-2009)
  • Library representative in SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Committee, Gateway Community and Technical College (2007-2009)
  • GCTC representative in Information Literacy Committee, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (2007-2009)
  • Library representative in Information Technology Committee, Madonna University (2004-2007)
  • Board member of Member Service Committee and Self-Assessment Task Force, Chinese-American Librarians Association (2008-2009)
  • Member of Visual Resources Association, Michigan Library Association, American Society for Information Science, Chinese-American Librarians Association (2000-present)

Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan