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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!

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


Family Literacy Focus Project Grant Awarded

The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) founded in 1973, an affiliate of the American Library Association, has awarded Two libraries as the grant recipients of the Family Literacy Focus Project that promotes multi-generational family literacy and Chinese culture and heritage.

The libraries are the 4S Ranch Branch of the San Diego County Library system and the Porter Ranch Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Each grant recipient will receive $500 to promote family literacy at their library beginning in January 2014. The 4S Ranch Branch will focus on awareness about Chinese-American history via Angel Island and more community building around Chinese-American culture, and the Porter Ranch Branch will focus on the culture and custom of Chinese New Year.

For more information about the Family Literacy Focus project please visit the CALA website: or contact Dora Ho, Chair of Family Literacy Focus project, at

Contacts of the grant recipients:

Elizabeth Tracton
Children's Librarian
Los Angeles Public Library
Porter Ranch Branch
11371 Tampa Ave.,
Northridge, CA 91326
(818) 360-5706

June Zhou
Branch Manager
4 S Ranch Library
10433 Reserve Drive
San Diego, CA 92127
(858) 673-4697

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