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 Applications – CALA 2014 Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media [due by 3/31/2014]

Dear CALA members,

The CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media Committee is now accepting applications through March 31, 2014 for research published in 2013.

The pursuit of excellence in research and service defined the career of Jing Liao (1954-2011), the late CALA member and a devoted and accomplished librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research was initially established in 2011 to honor the memory of Jing Liao by awarding CALA members who achieve excellence in research in any media.

CALA members in good standing for at least three consecutive years are eligible for the competition that awards $500 annually. The deadline for 2014 submission is March 31, 2014. The applications may be submitted to the co-chairs or any of the Committee members listed below. The winner will be announced prior to the ALA annual conference in Las Vegas. The award will be presented and a citation read at the CALA Awards Banquet in June 2014.

Award Guidelines for 2014

1.     An award in the amount of $500 will be granted to the author(s) of the winning publication in 2014;

2.     Applicants must be CALA members in good standing for at least three consecutive years, including the award year (i.e. 2014);

3.     Applicants must demonstrate excellence in scholarly research by publishing works in any media (e.g. print, multi-media, or e-Journals including Open Access journals);

4.     Applicants may submit one single work (in either English or Chinese) published in 2013 for consideration;

5.     Applicants must not be past recipients of the award.   

Selection Criteria

1.     Originality of the research;

2.     Quality and thoroughness of the research and its presentation;

3.     Contribution to the subject field;

4.     Significance to the library profession and to the library community.


For details, please check CALA website at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Heather Cai ( or Vickie Fu Doll (, co-chairs, or any of the Committee members.

Committee for the Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media, 2013-2014:

Heather Cai (, Co-Chair, McGill University

Vickie Fu Doll (, Co-Chair, University of Kansas

Yijun Gao (, Dominican University

Karen Wei (, University of Illinois

Sharon Yang (, Rider University


Free One Year CALA Membership for New Student Members

Dear colleagues and friends,

We're pleased to announce that the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) is offering a free one year membership to new student members, thanks to a generous donation of $1,000.00 from Dr.Tze-chung Li, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences and one of the founding members of CALA. The fund left in the current year will be carried over to the next year till all fund is utilized.


1.     Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution in North America; AND

2.     Applicants must be of Chinese nationality or of Chinese descent; AND3.     Applicants must be new to CALA and not previously a member of CALA.

Application Requirements:

1.     Each applicant must complete a CALA membership application( in full or be disqualified.

Please help spread the word!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the CALA Membership Committee members listed below.


Min Tong (co-chair), min.tong@ucf.eduFu
Zhuo (co-chair),
Lian Ruan,
Linda Wen,>
Jennifer Zhao,

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