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


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

Open training session for all CALA members on "Operation and Governance by the Board of Directors" [Fri. 1/24/2014]

Dear CALA Members,

Please join us in this leadership training workshop to be held during the 2014 ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia. The session is directly beneficial to board members, committee chairs and chapter presidents who are expected to participate. All CALA members are invited to attend. Please see below for details. We look forward to seeing you there!

DATE/TIME/LOCATION: Friday Jan 24, 2014, 7pm - 8:30pm Training Session (LOEWS-Commonwealth A1)

TITLE: Operation and Governance by the Board of Directors: Understanding Your Role as a Good Board Member

DESCRIPTION:  This workshop covers the basics of how a Board of Directors operates in its governance of a membership association, and the role of each serving member of the Board. It will discuss topics including the legal identity and responsibilities of a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity, the scope and work of the Board, common Board activities, and the leadership opportunities and obligations of Board members individually and collectively.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng

Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng is a Professor and the Director of Texas Woman’s University, School of Library and Information Studies in Denton, Texas.  Her teaching areas include the role of information in society, organization of knowledge, electronic searching strategies, and library technical services.  Dr. Jeng has numerous scholarly publications and presentations and is a recipient of three major federally funded grant projects to the total amount of more than two million dollars. Dr. Jeng was the President of Chinese American Librarians Association in 1999-2000; served as the first Executive Director of Asian Pacific American Librarians Association in 2000-2005; was elected to the Texas Library Association Executive Board for a three year term in 2008-2011, and served three terms as an elected member of the governing Council of the American Library Association in 2002-2011.  Dr. Jeng is a frequent speaker on topics of library advocacy, diversity, leadership development and mentoring. Most recently, she presented a workshop on non-profit Board governance at the Project Blueprint, a non-profit Board leadership development program sponsored by the United Way of Denton County.


Lisa Zhao
CALA President

Li Fu
CALA Executive Director

The CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science and The Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship [apply by 4/30/2014]

Founded in 1973, the Chinese American Librarians Association, an affiliate of American Library Association, is pleased to announce the availability of its 2013-2014 scholarships:

The CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science

This scholarship awards $1000 to a full-time student at an ALA-accredited library school.

The Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship

This scholarship awards $500 to a full-time student at an ALA-accredited library school.

These scholarships are designed to encourage professional and leadership development in Chinese American librarianship. They are open to full-time students of Chinese heritage who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's or doctoral program of library and information science at an institution of higher education in North America. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at the time the scholarship is awarded. Applicants may apply for any or all of the scholarships listed above.

To apply, please go to to access the application guidelines, application forms and reference forms. The application deadline is 12AM Central Time April 30, 2014. The recipients will be announced by May 30, 2014 and the awards will be presented at the CALA Awards Banquet during the 2014 CALA Annual Conference. If you have any questions, please contact the 2013-2014 CALA Scholarship Committee:

Raymond Wang (Chair),

Irene Ke,

Ya Wang,

Zhonghua Du,

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