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Dr. Lian Ruan - ACRL member of the Week

Dr. Lian Ruan, a CALA life member, and CALA’s Incoming Vice-President/President-Elect, now Director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois is the ACRL Member of the Week for March 31, 2014.

Lian has been an ACRL member since 2000. She is featured this week on the ACRL Insider blog at and on the main ACRL web site at (just click on the slide show tabs numbered 2-6 until her picture shows up).

She is also on ACRL Facebook page at and will be on the 2014 Member of the Week board in Pinterest at .

Mary Jane Petrowski, Associate Director of ACRL congratulates Lian and thanks her for a wonderful profile.

Congratulations Dr. Ruan!

Slate of Candidates for the 2014 CALA Election with Bios

The Nominating Committee is pleased to let you know that at the recent CALA Board Meeting in Philadelphia, the Board approved the following slate of candidates for the 2014 CALA Election: 


For Incoming Vice President 2014/2015, Vice President/President Elect 2015/2016, President 2016/2017 (Choose one out of the two candidates)


Qi Chen

Michael Bailou Huang

For Treasurer, 2014/2016 (Choose one of out the two candidates)


Maria Fung

Hong Miao

For Board of Directors, 2014/2017 (Choose five out of the ten candidates)

Jin Xiu Guo

Leping He

Guoying Liu

Weiling Liu

Zhijia Shen

Min Tong

Chengzhi Wang

Zhixian (George) Yi

Wen Wen Zhang

Liana Zhou


Below are the Candidates with their Bios and Professional Statements for the 2014 CALA Election:

For Incoming Vice President 2014/2015, Vice President/President Elect 2015/4/2016, President 2016/2017 (Choose one out of the two Candidates)

Qi Chen

CALA Membership: Life Member

I am Library Director for Argosy University, responsible for curriculum & instruction, supervision, research, and resources and more. I hold a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Master’s in Education, Master’s in Library and Information Science and BA in English.

I feel humbled for accepting the nomination for CALA Vice President/President-Elect position.  CALA is a home for Chinese American Librarians, where we share knowledge and experiences, exchange opinions and ideas, support each other and advance ourselves professionally to compete in and embrace mainstream and 21st century librarianship. Many members including myself have benefited from serving CALA positions and programs and become managers and leaders in the professional field.

I am committed to CALA. I am a life member and was President of CALA Midwest Chapter. I also chaired International Relations Committee and Public Relations Committee. I participated in CALA 21st Century seminars. I am an active mentor helping young members.

If elected, I will work closely with CALA Board and members to continue and further CALA’s vision by truly thinking for our members and acting in their best interest. I will use my knowledge, experiences and resources to develop stronger mentoring programs, create more opportunities and provide better services for members, encourage healthy dialogues and expand conversations with ALA and other caucuses to promote CALA and the members.

Please help and support me in achieving these goals. Together, we are able to demonstrate our value and bring CALA to a higher professional level. 

Michael Bailou Huang

CALA Membership: Life Member

Michael Bailou Huang: Full Librarian, Health Sciences Library, Stony Brook University. Education: MLS, Clarion University, MSEd, Elmira College, MS/BPS, Health Sciences/Acupuncture, New York College, BA, English Literature, Shanghai Normal University.

CALA and Other Organizations: Life member; VP/President Elect, Northeast Chapter, 2013-14; Liaison to LSC, 2011-14; International Relations Committee, Chair, 2011-13;  Membership Chair, Northeast Chapter, 2012-13; Editorial Board, Chinese Librarianship, since 2011; Team Leader, CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series, Shanxi University, 2010; Presenter, Think Globally Act Globally, Nanning, 2009; CALA Delegation Leader, 3rd Shanghai International Library Forum, 2006. Honors and Awards: CALA President’s Recognition Award, 2013; Conference Travel Grant, 2012; President’s Award for Excellence in Team Achievement, SBU, 2005, 2008; Outstanding Contribution by a New Member Award, MLA NY-NJ Chapter, 2000; Best Papers Awards, LSC, 1999, 2000.

Statement: CALA is a tremendous professional organization. To continue its success, it is vital to vote for a presidential candidate who can provide strong leadership and vision.  I am honored to run for CALA Vice President/President Elect. If elected, I will devote my enthusiasm, energy, and time to the organization in achieving its goals. I will work tirelessly with all of you in creating more opportunities for our members, increasing fundraising activities to support CALA programs, and continuing the growth of membership. I will work closely with ALA and other professional organizations to promote CALA and its visibility at national and international levels. I ask for your vote, and together we will make CALA a collaborative and strong Association. 

For CALA Treasurer, 2014/2016 (Choose one out of the two candidates)

Maria Fung

CALA Membership: Life Member

Maria Fung is the Coordinator of the World Language Collections, New York Public Library.  Education: MLS, Indiana University-Bloomington; B.A., Hong Kong Baptist University. CALA: Life Member; CALA Treasurer (2012/2014); Executive Committee member, (2012-present); Finance Committee (2012/2014); Formerly: Northeast Chapter President; Board of Directors; Public Relations/Fund Raising Committee, Co-Chair; Former Members:  Awards Committee; Nominating Committee; Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries; Conference Program Planning Committee; Sally Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee. 

Honors/ Awards: CALA President’s Recognition Award, 2013; Certificates of Appreciation from Library Society of China, Societies for Library Science in Jilin, Heilongjiang and Anhui, 2010;  Awards from Brooklyn Public Library; New York City Council; New York State Assembly.



·      Extensive knowledge in library budgeting (over $1,000,000.00 this fiscal year), acquisitions, diversity and outreach.

·      Strong leadership in carrying out CALA’s goals in various capacities.

·      Sought-after speaker at programs.

Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve on the 2nd term as CALA Treasurer.  I enjoy working with brilliant talents exhibited by many of our members.  I am committed to do my best as CALA Treasurer, while bringing in my vast library experience at the Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library for over 30 years.  I’ll continue to fulfill the duties of CALA Treasurer by being responsible, keeping accurate financial records, reports, acknowledgements, receipts, and tax filing.  I’ll work closely with CALA officers and members to provide recommendations on our finance so as to make sound financial decisions. Your vote is greatly appreciated!


Hong Miao

CALA Membership: 2004-2014

Hong Miao is Associate Professor, Research & Instruction Librarian, Marywood University Library, Scranton, PA. Education: BA in English, Tianjin Normal University; MA in Sociology, University of Arkansas; MLIS, SUNY at Albany. CALA Activities: Co-chair of Publications Committee (2013-2014), President of the Greater Mid-Atlantic Chapter (2012-2013), Representatives to the ALA Diversity Council (2011-2013), Board of Directors (2009-2012), Co-chair of Scholarship Committee (2010-2011), Co-chair of Mentorship Program Committee (2011-2013), Chair of Publications Committee (2009-2010),Co-chair of Publications Committee (2008-2009),  Scholarship Committee and CALA Mentor (2007-2008), International Relations Committee (2004-2005),  Presenter of the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series 2008 and the Shanghai International Library Forum 2006. Other Professional Activities: Presenter of the 2008 Joint REFORMA Northeast Mini-Conference, the LSC Annual Conferences 2005, 2007; Poster sessions at the PALA 2008 and ALA 2013; Plus corporate work experience in international trade. Accomplishments: Emerald LiteratiNetwork Highly Recommended Award 2008; Best Paper Award of the LSC 2007; New Librarian Honors Award of the Pennsylvania Library Association 2001.

Statement: I am honored to be nominated to run for the position of Treasurer. As CALA member, I have thoroughly enjoyed working in various professional efforts and activities.  I look forward to the opportunity to be further involved in planning the future direction of the organization, helping to shape a solid vision for CALA, while tackling pressing problems through organizational leadership. If elected, I will work hard with colleagues to implement financial policies that are characterized by professionalism and transparency, and that will address the needs of our members to the greatest extent.



For CALA 2014/2017 Board of Directors (Choose five out of the ten candidates)

Jin Xiu Guo

CALA Membership: 2009-2014

Jin Xiu Guo is the Assistant Director for Technical Services and Associate Professor of Library Science at Kennesaw State University Library. She has a MLIS degree from McGill University, a Bachelor degree of Polymer Engineering from Tianjin University. She is the President of CALA Great Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She has served on SLA Technical Standards Committee, CALA Scholarship Committee, and KSU Librarian Faculty Council. She is also the chair of KSU Faculty Organization and Governance Committee.

Professional Statement:  I strive to carefully, responsibly and respectfully review CALA’s activities and transactions and speak in your voice for the best interest of the association.  I believe working together makes us bigger and stronger. I deeply appreciate your vote and I thank you for giving me such a great opportunity to serve CALA again!

Leping He

CALA Membership: 2010, 2012-2014

My name is Leping He.  I want to continue to take an active role in the ongoing improvement of CALA and to assist CALA Leadership Team and the Board in achieving CALA’s missions and goals.

I am an Associate Librarian at Arizona State University, in charge of a Technical Service Unit for metadata creation of materials in Social Science, Politics, Law, and all subjects for Special Collections, Archives and Museum; overseeing CJK technical service operations and cataloging outsourcing projects in foreign languages.  I received a BA in English at East China Normal University, MS in Educational Administration in 1995 and MA in Library Science in 1997 from Emporia State University.

I have served on many committees since 2003, as mentors for ALA New Member Round Table and Continuing Education Committee; member and member-at-large for ALCTS Planning and Fundraising Committee; Chairs for AzLA International Interest Group, ASU Library Review Committee and Compensation Committee.  I was elected SW Chapter Vice President/President Elect in 2012 and became Chapter President June 2013.  I actively participated in CALA Board activities; delivered presentations in speech and poster, promoting CALA in Arizona where CALA is less known; exerted recruitment efforts which resulted in four students and one librarian joined CALA. I am concerned about the Chapter’s financial situation, and managed to get and conducted a fundraising project to support the Chapter’s activities next year.  I believe my professional work experience, especially those as chapter President, would help me better serve the Board of Director position if elected.

Guoying Liu

CALA Membership: 2008-2014

Guoying Liu, Employment Position/Title: Head, Systems Department, University of Windsor Leddy Library

Education: MCS, MLIS, Offices held in CALA, ALA, and other organizations:

        Co-chair or member of the CALA Awards Committee, Best Book Committee, Publications Committee, Scholarship Committee and Membership Committee

        Mentor of the CALA Mentorship Program

        Reviewer for the CALA Occasional Paper Series

        Reviewers for the ALA Annual Conference Poster Session Review Panel and the International Journal of Library and Information Studies

        Chair or member of various committees at Canadian Library Association (CLA), Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Ontario Council of University Libraries.

Selected Accomplishments

        Received various research grants as the principal investigator or co-investigator. Currently leading a group of researchers to develop a library literacy program for international students (total fund: $34,732)

        Published a number of refereed journal articles and conference papers to Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library Management and Library Hi Tech, etc.

        Won the 2010 CLA Robert H. Blackburn Distinguished Paper Award.

        A frequent speaker and presenter to a variety of library and other professional conferences, including IFLA, ALA, OLA and NISO conferences.

 Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve on the CALA Board. The CALA is a platform for all Chinese librarians in North America and around the world to make contributions as well as to gain their own career growth. If elected, I’ll bring my passion, energy and effort to help CALA achieve its mandate and become the home for all Chinese librarians.

Liu, Weiling

CALA Membership:  Life Member

I have been  the Director of Office of Libraries Technology at the University Libraries of University of Louisville (UofL) since 1998.  I hold an M.L.I.S. from Brigham Young University . I held leadership positions for several professional or non-profit organizations since 2006.  I served as the Chair (2007) and Web Services Officer (2007-2009) of Kentuck Library Association Information Technology Round Table. I served as a Steering Committee member (2006-2008) and webmaster (2007-2008) of ExLibris Users of North America (ELUNA).  I am a Board member and webmaster of Kentuckiana Chapter of Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA-KY) since 2006. I was the President of OCA-KY for 2010 and 2011.  I joined CALA in 2007 and became a Life Member in 2009.  I started to serve on CALA committees since 2007. I served as Co-Chair of CALA Membership and Web committees (CALA) for 2011- 2013. Under my joined leadership, the number of CALA members reached a record high. I was the recipient of the Mid-West Chapter 2013 President Award and a co-recipient of 2013 ALA Diversity Research Grant.  I currently serve as CALA’s Webmaster and Co-Chair of Web Committee.

I view CALA a platform for its members to learn from each other, help each other, and share their knowledge and experiences, which in term contribute to the advance of library and information science professions. I’m willing to get further involved with CALA’s leadership body to better serve CALA and its members in carrying out CALA’s missions and visions.

 Zhijia Shen

CALA Membership: Life Member

Zhijia Shen: Employment: Director, East Asia Library, University of Washington (2006 - ).  Head of East Asian Library, University of Colorado at Boulder (1992-2006), with 2 years leave of absence to serve as Head, East Asian Library at University of Pittsburgh (2001-2003). Education: MS in Information Science, University of Illinois (1991).  Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago (1997).  Services: CALA: President (2010-11), CALA Editor of JLIS (2003-09), Board member (2001-08), Chair of CALA Publications Committee (2001-04), etc.  ALA : LEAD Team of Molly Raphael Presidential Advocacy Initiative (2010-12).  Council on East Asian Libraries: member of Executive Committee (2002-08), and Chair of Committee on Chinese Materials (2005-08). 

As a long-time and dedicated life member of CALA, I share the concerns of other CALA members and strive to fulfill CALA’s mission to provide leadership and networking opportunities to Chinese American librarians and to enhance open communication among CALA members. Chinese American librarians bring diversity to our profession. I am committed to advocating diversity for libraries.  If elected, I will work closely with CALA leadership and fellow members to further enhance CALA as a forum for professional concerns and issues of Chinese American librarians, and to promote professional exchange and cultural understanding between American and Chinese libraries through creative leadership and innovative programs.

Min Tong,

CALA Membership: Life Member

Min Tong is Reference & Instruction Librarian, University of Central Florida.  Education:  MLIS, University of British Columbia , Canada , MA, Beijing Language and Culture University , China, BA, East China Normal University , China.  CALA activities:  active participant in CALA activities: as Co-Chair of Membership Committee (2013-2014), Co-Chair of Best Book Award Committee (2011-2012), Board of Directors (2011-2012), President of the CALA Southeast(SE) Chapter (2010-2011), member of CALA Handbook Ad Hoc Committee (2010-2012), member of Nominating Committee (2008-2009), member of Membership Committee (2008-2009), and Webmaster of CALA SE Chapter (2007-2010).

Other Professional Activities:  Chair of Continuing Education Committee, Florida Library Association (FLA) (2010-2011); participant in the ALA Emerging Leader Program (2011); recipient of 2010 Excellence in Librarianship Award at UCF; recipient of ACRL 14th National Conference Librarian Scholarship Award (2009).

Statement: As an active member of several professional associations, I strongly believe that the success of a professional association largely relies on the voluntary work from its members, and the success of any association will ultimately benefit its members on a personal level. Being a Chinese American librarian, I greatly appreciate the opportunities and services that CALA has offered for its members throughout the past four decades. It has created a sense of belonging for the Chinese American librarians and has helped tremendously make our voices heard in the library community nationally and internationally. If elected, I will definitely use my leadership and project management skills to do my job successfully so that I will be able repay the members’ trust.

Chengzhi Wang

CALA Membership:  Life Member

As CALA life member, I have been Chinese Studies Librarian in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University for over ten years, in charge of over-110-year-old Chinese collections and services. Previously, I worked as Population Research Librarian in Princeton University for two years.  I obtained my M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My major CALA activities and other committee services include:


Program Planning Committee (2004-2005)

Co-chair, Best Book Award Committee (2011-2013)

 English Editor/Committee Chair, Journal of Library and Information Science (2012-2015


Secretary, Asian African and Middle Eastern Section (2005-2007).


Committee on Chinese Materials (2005-2008, 2008-2011)

Task Force on Journal of East Asian Libraries (2012-2014)

Co-chair, Task Force on Metadata Standards and Best Practices for East Asian Electronic Resources (2013-2016).

I have published dozens of refereed articles and book chapters on bibliometrics/webmetrics, library history, collection development and public services. A book entitled “Archival Resources of Republic of China: 1911-1949” that I initiated and co-authored is being published by Columbia University Press.

I am honored to be nominated for Board of Directors. If elected, I will contribute my time, energy and expertise. I look forward to working closely with CALA colleagues in pursing organizational excellence, better serving CALA members, particularly new members, and advocating diversity, equality and professional and scholarly growth. Together, we will make CALA more united, more inclusive, more effective, and more hopeful for future.

Zhixian (George) Yi

CALA Membership: Life Member

Zhixian (George) Yi is lecturer, School of Information Studies (SIS), Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia.  Education:  Ph.D., Information and Library Sciences and a PhD minor in Educational leadership, Texas Woman’s University (TWU). M.A., English Language and Literature, Central South University, China. M.L.S., Southern Connecticut State University. Offices Held in CALA and Other Organizations:  CALA: Southwest Chapter President, 2009-2010; Vice President, 2008-2009. Associate Director of the Teaching and Research Section for English Majors, Guangdong University of Technology, China. Associate Principal, Hepo Senior High School, Guangdong, China. Honors and Awards: CSU Faculty of Education New Staff Establishment Grant, Faculty Small Grant, the SIS Research Fellowship, Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Beta Phi Mu, International Library and Information Studies Honor Society; TWU Mildred Dulaney Scholarship; and CALA Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship.

Statement: As a life member of CALA, I was honored to serve as CALA-SW President and to have received a scholarship from this wonderful organization. I served as member of Membership Committee, Awards Committee, Web Committee, and member of Taskforce on Helping Taiwan Libraries Destroyed/Damaged by the 88 Typhoon Marakot, 2009 – 2010. CALA has empowered me with continuous learning opportunities that have helped my career. I am grateful to CALA for supporting and cultivating me. I am honored to be nominated to run for the Board as a candidate in this election. I am determined to do what I can to make CALA shine. It would be a privilege to serve CALA through which I have gained so much.

Wen Wen Zhang

CALA Membership: Life Member

Wen Wen Zhang has been working for the County of Los Angeles Public Library since she received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2002. Over the years, she has enjoyed doing a variety of kinds of jobs on different positions, such as Reference Librarian, Asian Pacific Resource Center Librarian and Community Library Manager. Currently she serves as West Covina Regional Library Manager. As a life CALA member, she has been actively involved in CALA activities, serving as President of CALA-SCA 2007 and CALA-CA Board Officer 2003-2006; serving on many CALA committees 2003-present and chairing the Mentorship Committee for two terms. She presented and published papers at California Library Association's Annual Conferences and other international library forum. She has a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature and had two years of working experience as a college English teacher in Shanghai as her first career.

 Professional Statement:  I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the CALA Board of Directors 2014/2015 – 2016/2017. CALA plays a vital role in the development of Chinese American Librarianship as well as in promoting ethnic diversity in libraries all across America . I am very enthusiastic and passionate about supporting this organization and greatly enjoy working with the many dedicated and talented people to make CALA grow. If elected, I will continue to assist CALA officers and the Executive Board to achieve the CALA’s goals.

Liana Zhou,

CALA Membership: Life Member


Liana Zhou is Director of Library and Archives, the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. Education: M.L.S. from Indiana University, 1990.  Elected and appointed positions at ALA, JCLC and CALA (selected). CALA President, 2001-2002, Board of Directors, 1999-2003, 2007-2010, 2010-2013, CALA Midwest Chapter President, 1996-1997,  Chair, CALA 2015 Strategic Plan Task Force, 2010-2012, Co-Chair, Awards Committee, 2011-2012, Chair, Sally Tseng Professional Development Grant, 2009, ALA’s Councilor-at large from 2007 to 2010, and Chair of JCLC Awards Committee by raising funds for JCLC Awards and Scholarships for CALA and other Caucuses. Selected Awards and Grants: JCLC Advocacy Award, 2012, Critical Difference Grant, Indiana University Office of Women’s Affairs, 2012, CALA’s Sally Tseng Professional Development Grant, 2009, CALA’s Grant for The 21st Century Librarian Seminar of the SINO-US Forum for Library Practices, 2008, ALA Equality Award, 2008, CALA Distinguished Service Award, 2007, CALA President’s Award, 2004


Professional Statement: CALA is a vital and thriving organization. CALA has played an important part in my library career for more than two decades. I served CALA, ALA and JCLC in various leadership capacities.  I have a great experience in successful fundraising for the Kinsey Institute, CALA and JCLC2006 and JCLC2012; I made more 80 presentations/keynote speeches in U.S. and in China.  I welcome the opportunity to help CALA reach its goals as outlined in the 2015 CALA Strategic Plan such as: to maximize its organizational efficiency, to sustain its leadership role in global reach initiatives, to enhance membership services. Working together, we will realize CALA’s vision for equality, creativity, openness, knowledge and diversity.  Thank you.




CALA 2013/2014 Nominating Committee:

Esther Lee, Chair

Hui-Fen Chang

Lina Ding

Shu-Hua Liu

Lian Ruan

Win Yuan Shih

Luo Zhou





Flamingo Hotel in the upcoming ALA Annual in Las Vegas

Dear CALA Members,


CALA again has rooms blocked for its members in Flamingo Hotel in the upcoming ALA Annual in Las Vegas. Most CALA events will be held in this hotel. 


To get your best rate for your stay, please call onPeak and mention you're a CALA member 800-584-9047.


For your convenience, see the chart and links below-



2014 Annual Conference Hotels

Hotel Rates

Hotel Rates

Hotel Rates (Quad)   

5 - Flamingo Las Vegas 
3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South





Download a PDF of the Hotel Housing Map

Download a PDF of the Amenity Chart for Conference Hotels

I hope you find it helpful. Let me know if you have questions. 


CALA Print Membership Directory Survey Report

Dear colleagues,

Happy New Year! The Membership Committee would like to thank all those
members who took the survey about the print membership directory back
in November 2013. Attached or below please find the report of the survey results.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the survey.


CALA Membership Committee (2013-14) (




CALA Print Membership Directory Survey Report

December 5, 2013

From October 18, 2013 to November 18, 2013, an online survey about the usage of the print membership directories was conducted among all active CALA members. Survey was sent to 533 members’ emails on file and 189 responses were received, with a response rate of 35%. The purpose of the survey was to assess the need of the print directories for our members. Here are some highlights of the survey result:

43.39% responded to OCCASIONALLY use the print membership directory, 39.68% NEVER use, while 11.11% FREQUENTLY use them.1

● For those members who occasionally or frequently use the print directory, 20.11% use it to network with other Chinese American Librarians; 14.81% use it to keep in touch with old friends; while 10.05% use it to conduct CALA committee work.2

● As for the preferred option to access the directory, 62.96% chose "Online database (can be searchable, up-to-date at real time as database is updated and with member login required); 17.99% preferred "Print"; while 13.23% chose "Downloadable pdf file". 3

54 members left comments and suggestions for the improvement of the directory. Most comments strongly supported stopping the print directory and believed it was an overdue for CALA to offer an online directory. However, we have one member commented that "This is the one benefit CALA offers to its members. Please do not take it away."

● Be it online or print, many comments expressed concerns about the CALA membership directories, which included dated member information, potential member privacy breach, inclusion of expired member information, and ease of access if going online, etc.

Respectfully submitted,

CALA Membership Committee (2013-2014)



1 0.53% Abstain; 5.29% "Not completed or Not Displayed".

2 8.99% Write-in; 0.53% Abstain, 45.50% "Not completed or Not Displayed".

3 0.53% Abstain; 5.29% "Not completed or Not Displayed".


Lian Ruan - SLA feature on the GSLIS, UIUC site

Dear CALA,

Happy New Year!

Please see a short article about Lian Ruan’s SLA feature on the GSLIS, UIUC site:

For the full SLA IL Chapter interview,  please go to:                        



Li Fu

CALA Executive Director 2013-2016
Chinese American Librarians Association


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