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 http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/8519 and on the main ACRL web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/index.cfm (just click on the slide show tabs numbered 2-6 until her picture shows up).
She is also on ACRL Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and will be on the 2014 Member of the Week board in Pinterest athttp://pinterest.com/acrlala/ .
Mary Jane Petrowski, Associate Director of ACRL congratulates Lian and thanks her for a wonderful profile.
Congratulations Dr. Ruan!
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 (Quad)
5 - Flamingo Las Vegas
I hope you find it helpful. Let me know if you have questions.
Please excuse cross-posting.
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Call for Nomination for 2013 CALA Best Book Award
The CALA (Chinese American Librarians Association) Best Book Award Committee (BBAC) would like to invite you to recommend books for the CALA 2013 Best Book Award. The goal of the Award is to promote awareness of the best books on Chinese topics or literature written in English or Chinese by authors of Chinese descent, and published originally in the North America. Winners of the Award will be announced during the CALA annual conference.
The committee members will select the books in the categories of “Academic Books”, “Fiction”, “Nonfiction”, “Juvenile and Children's Books”. Each category of the Award consists of an award certificate and will be presented at the CALA’s Annual Award Banquet on June 29, 2014. The list of winners will be posted on CALA website, and a press release will be sent to various print or online media.
Topics: relate to Chinese culture, civilization, life, Chinese Americans and more. "
2013 Annual Best Book Award Guidelines
The goal of the CALA Annual Best Book Award is to promote awareness of the best books of Chinese topics or literature written by authors of Chinese descent, in English or Chinese language, that are originally published in North America. Winners of the Award will be announced by CALA during the ALA annual conference.
Each category of the Award consists of an award certificate and will be presented at the CALA Annual Award Banquet. A press release will be sent to various print and online media. Honorable mentions may also be named in addition to the winning ones. If no eligible books are found to meet the selection criteria, no awards will be given.
o Works eligible must have premier publication during the calendar year of 2013 from January 1 to December 31, and must be published for general commercial release by a publishing house, trade or small press/publisher located in North America.
o Works must be related to Chinese culture heritage or deal with subjects about China, written by authors of Chinese descent.
o Works must be in Chinese or English. This requirement does not limit the use of words or phrases in another language where appropriate in context. Translations of original works may be considered.
o Works that have previously won other prizes or recognition are also eligible.
o Anthologies containing the work of more than one author.
o Reprints of books originally published prior to the current award year.
o Self-published works.
Entry and Submission of Works
o Entries may be submitted by an author, publisher, agent, publicist or any individual.
o An email address should be provided with each entry.
o Upon receipt of the entry, the Award Committee will notify the submitter to acknowledge the receipt of the submission via email. The Award Committee is not responsible for lost submissions.
o An author, publisher, publicist, agent or individual may submit more than one entry per author, but not more than one entry per book.
o It is encouraged to mail books of entry to the Best Book Award Committee, with maximum of five copies, one copy each to committee members. All books must be received by Apr. 18, 2014.
o Please label on the envelope "CALA Best Book Award" when mailing book(s).
If you cannot mail the book, please note it in the nomination form.
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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) (email@example.com)
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.
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".
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: