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2014 Conference Travel Grant is now available for application (deadline: 3/20/2014)

Dear CALA Members:

Happy New Year!

The CALA Conference Travel Grant Committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 Conference Travel Grant is now available for application. The purpose of this travel grant is to support CALA members in their efforts to play an active role at professional conferences for their professional or career development. Below, please find a summary of the application guidelines:

Applicant Eligibility

The applicant must be a CALA member in good standing for three consecutive years, including the year of application.

  • The applicant must have an assigned duty at the conference to be attended, e.g., to present a paper, to chair a committee, or to serve as an officer to convene a meeting.
  • All grant activities must be within the funding period of the year.
  • The applicant must have not received the CALA travel grant in the past three years.

Supported Conferences:

All professional conferences associated with library and information science are supported by the CALA grant. However, priority will be given to those conferences which CALA sponsors or cosponsors or plays an active role of endorsing. Examples of the conference include, but are not limited to:

CALA sponsored/cosponsored international, national, or regional conferences, meetings, and forums.

  • ALA conferences and meetings (including all those of its divisions, roundtables, and standing committees)
  • IFLA conferences and meetings
  • Other conferences that advance and promote the profession of library and information science.

Application Deadline: March 20th, 2014.

A complete Travel Grant Application Form and required documents should be sent via email to both co-chairs of the Conference Travel Grant Committee at and

Attached, you will find a copy of the Conference Travel Grant Guidelines and Travel Grant Application form. You may also find the documents on the CALA website at:




CALA Conference Travel Grant Committee:

Jianye He (co-chair)

Wen Wen Zhang (co-chair)

Emily Chan

Michael Huang

Zao Liu

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

CALA Sponsors Two Emerging Leaders

Dear CALA Members,
Please join us in congratulating Raymond Pun and Samuel Suber on being accepted as ALA EMERGING LEADERS 2014.
CALA is sponsoring with $1,000 to each awardee. Ray and Sam will be attending both the 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.  They have already started thinking and proposing their projects. For their statement, please see below.

Once again, congratulations on Ray and Sam. We are looking forward to their contributions and success.


CALA 2013 Leadership Team


CALA Sponsors Two Emerging Leaders


Raymond Pun

I am very honored to have been selected for the EL program and to be sponsored by CALA for 2014. applied for the EL program because I wanted to learn more about networking with other ALA members interested in building and maintaining leadership skills.
In my EL project, I hope to work and build on social media outreach for an association. This skill and interest may benefit my current position working in New York University Shanghai Library because it is part of my responsibility to connect and engage with our patrons through social media networks: introducing students and faculty to new services, programs or collections through social media.
I hope my EL experience will strengthen my own professional goals; I also hope to use my EL experience to help build and maintain CALA's own social media platforms to engage with our members.

Suber, Samuel D. 

I applied for the Emerging Leaders program because I wanted to get involved with ALA and its affiliates. I am passionate about libraries and librarians and this seemed like a great opportunity.

When I applied for the program, I highlighted my work at the Montana State Library and with the Montana Library Association Academic and Special Library Division as evidence of my leadership skills. I was also highly involved in the Special Library Association of my graduate program at the University of Illinois.  I am honored by CALA’s sponsorship to the Emerging Leaders program because I firmly believe in the merits and goals of CALA and ALA.
As an Emerging Leader participant, I hope to gain better communication skills to lead, to understand the organizational behavior of CALA and ALA, and to tackle project management. I will bring my initiative, my leadership skills, and my enthusiasm to CALA and ALA by working on committees and interest groups. I hope to promote the CALA’s goals of advancing excellence, diversity and equality of library services.  In addition, I want to acquire skills to promote collaborative programs with libraries in China and worldwide. In this process, I hope to advance communication and cooperation among diverse communities. 


Donation for Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund

Dear CALA Community,

On November 12, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. Families throughout the world have been impacted. Now, hundreds of thousands do not have water, food, or shelter.

If you are a CALA member who has family in the Philippines that have been directly impacted by this tragedy or in need of assistance, please contact us at


To donate, use this Donation Form for Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund, or ALA’s at We appreciate your concerns and support and hope CALA can stand together, show our care and reach out to help.


Li Fu

CALA Executive Director

Call for Nominations for the 2014 CALA Outstanding Library Leadership Award [due by 2/1/2014]

Call for Nominations for the 2014 CALA Outstanding Library Leadership Award


The CALA Task Force for the “Outstanding Library Leadership Award in Memory of Dr. Margaret Chang Fung” would like to invite nominations for the 2014 annual award to be presented at CALA’s Annual Awards Banquet on June 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. Below are the general guidelines and procedures for the Award as approved by the CALA Board.
General Guidelines and Procedures
Dr. Margaret Chang Fung

Dr. Margaret Chang Fung (1934-2010) was a Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) life member and a CALA Distinguished Services Award recipient. She was born in China, attended universities in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and did graduate studies in the U.S. getting her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Indiana University. Throughout her illustrious professional career in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Dr. Fung served as a Chinese studies promoter, a visionary university library director, a highly respected library science professor, a widely published scholar, a pioneer in Chinese library automation, a skillful government official in civil service examination and personnel administration, a leader in the woman’s rights movement, and an active advocator in international library cooperation. In her role as the president of the Library Association of R.O.C. (Taiwan), Dr. Fung was instrumental in the draft and passage of the Library Law in Taiwan. Dr. Fung has published numerous works, including more than 90 articles, and such books of solid scholarship as Library and Information (1979), A Primer of Library Automation (1981), On Library and Information Science (1982), Guide to Information Science (1984), Reflections on Civil Service System Library/Information Science (1996), and Collected Works of Margaret Chang Fung (2004). Dr. Fung’s substantial scholarship, achievements, contributions, leadership and dedication to the library profession are highly admirable and of lasting value.  She is an exemplary role model for librarians, in general, and Chinese American librarians, in particular.

 (There are many published biographies of Dr. Fung written in Chinese that were published in Taiwan. The two representative ones are:汪雁秋.“祝贺七十 -- 贺张鼎锺教授七秩荣庆.” 《跨越数位时代的资讯服务 -- 张鼎锺教授七秩荣庆论文集》(台北:文华图书馆管理,2004).  pp. 7-13.
陈友民. “图资考铨一女傑 -- 张鼎锺教授传略.” 《跨越数位时代的资讯服务 -- 张鼎锺教授七秩荣庆论文集》(台北:文华图书馆管理,2004).  pp. 419-428.)
The Award
In order to honor Dr. Fung’s distinguished library career as a dedicated library director, educator, innovator, advocator, scholar, and, above all, an exemplary leader, The Fung family and the Chinese American Librarians Association have agreed to create the Dr. Margaret Chang Fung Memorial Fund and establish the Outstanding Library Leadership Award in Memory of Dr. Margaret Chang Fung in CALA consistent with the mission and goals of the Association.
A formal agreement drafted jointly by CALA officers and members of the Fung family was completed in December 2011, approved by CALA Board in February 2012, and signed by both parties in March 2012. This agreement shall serve as the basic document for this General Guidelines and Procedures.
The Fund
In order to support the annual Award over time, the Fung family has made an initial donation of $10,000 to create the Dr. Margaret Chang Fung Memorial Fund at CALA. Some of Dr. Margaret Chang Fung’s friends and students have also made donations. Further fundraising will be planned to raise the Fund to a sufficient level, ensuring the continuity of the annual Award.
Guidelines for Nomination
The Outstanding Library Leadership Award in Memory of Dr. Margaret Chang Fung is given annually to a Chinese American library and information professional who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement in library and information services at the national and/or international level. Distinguished contributions and services to the advancement of Chinese-American librarianship will receive special consideration from the Awards Committee. This Award is permanent and one of the highest recognitions given by the Association. No individual can receive the award more than once. Candidates will all be evaluated equally, regardless of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or length of service to the profession. Candidates must be CALA members.

The award consists of a $1,000 check. The 2014 Award recipient will be honored at the 2014 CALA Awards Banquet on June 29, 2013 during the ALA Annual Conference.
The recipient of the “Outstanding Library Leadership Award in Memory of Dr. Margaret Chang Fung” is encouraged to submit an original paper in English or Chinese for publication in the joint NTNU/CALA Journal of Library and Information Science. The paper shall be submitted to the Editor of the journal and may address any important aspect of library leadership issues. 
Nomination packages must be submitted in English and must include:
1.    A formal nomination letter from the nominator

2.    3 - 5 supporting letters
3.    Candidate's curriculum vitae
4.    Samples of publications (no more than 5)
5.    List of relevant awards and honors received
6.    Other supporting documentations
The deadline for the submission of complete nomination packages for the 2014 Award will be February 1, 2014. The complete package shall be sent by email (including all attachments) to Hwa-Wei Lee at the email address:
Selection Criteria
The recipient should have consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement in library and information services at the national and/or international level. Distinguished contributions and services to the advancement of Chinese-American librarianship in particular will receive special consideration from the Awards Task Force.

1.    The invitation for nomination and the general guidelines for the Award will be announced by the Task Force on December 1, 2013.
2.    The deadline for the submission of complete nomination packages willbe February 1, 2014.
3.    The Task Force will review the nomination packages and select two to three finalists,in ranked order. (To be done before March 31, 2014.)
4.    The Task Force should submit these names and supporting documents to the President and the Executive Director for approval by the Board and by the Fung family representative.(To be done before April 30, 2014.)
5.    Announcement of the final recipient of the Award will be made on or before May 1, 2014.
6.    The Award will be presented during the CALA Annual Awards Banquet on June 29, 2014.
7.    The Award Recipient is encouraged to submit an original paper (in English or in Chinese) for publication in the NTNU/CALA’s Journal of Library and Information Science by June 2015.
Task Force Members – 2012/2014
Hwa-Wei Lee, Chair, Nancy Ou-Lan Chou,
Wei Peng,
Sally C. Tseng,
Teresa Yen-Chiu Chang-Wang,
Mei-Mei Wu,
Freda Fung, Ex Officio,, 
Lisa Zhao, CALA President,
Li Fu, CALA Executive Director,

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