CALA (Chinese American Librarians Association), in collaboration with other library organizations, is a leading librarians' organization which advances diversity and equality of library services to the library communities worldwide through the excellence of this organization and its members.
Dear CALA Members and Friends,
I am pleased to share with you the following:
THE 2nd NATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE OF LIBRARIANS OF COLOR
September 19-23, 2012, Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Theme: Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories, Embracing Communities
The Chinese American Librarians Association is one of the proud co-sponsors of the 2012 national Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC). The other co-sponsors included the other four ethnic caucuses: The American Indian Library Association, The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Haipeng Li, Executive Director of CALA, and Janice Rice, the Past President of AILA, deserved high praise for their excellent leadership as Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee of the 2012 JCLC during the past six years.
Thanks to other corporate, organizational, government, institutional and individual sponsorship and participation, the Conference was a huge success. It was attended by over 814 people in programs held at the Westin and adjacent Sheraton Hotels in Kansas City. The attendees enjoyed the diverse presentations; the exhibits of the latest in books, audio and audio visual materials, equipment, technology, and services; the Opening Reception at the beautiful Kansas Public Library; the Opening General Session presented by Sonia Marzano, known as one of the most influential Hispanics by People en Espanol; the dancing at the All-Conference Celebration, and other fun activities. Many people gave rave reviews in their evaluations, and want to have another Joint Conference soon, as the wait between the first and second JCLC was too long – six years.
Among the programs that involved CALA’s participation are:
1. THE CAUCUS PRESIDENTS PLENARY ALL CONFERENCE SESSION
Each of the Presidents from the five caucuses gave a lively talk on Diversity, Leadership, and Community Engagement, followed by a question and answer period. Speakers were introduced and moderated by our ALA President Maureen Sullivan. Janice Kowemy (AILA), Jade Alburo (APALA), Jerome Offord (BCALA), Esther Lee (CALA) and Denice Adkins (REFORMA) all spoke well. A group picture and a write-up appeared in American Libraries Direct, 9/26/12 (http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/ethnic-caucus-presidents-discuss-advocacy-jclc).
After the presentation, the group, together with Haipeng Li and Janice Rice, met with the present (Maureen Sullivan), past (Molly Raphael), and future (Barbara Stripling) ALA Presidents and the ALA Executive Director (Keith Michael Fiels), to discuss on retention, expansion, and development of members, and see how caucuses could work more closely with ALA. The exchanges of ideas were meaningful and will be continued at the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle in January, 2013.
2. TAKING DIVERSITY ONE STEP FURTHER: SUCCESS STORIES
Introduced and moderated by Esther Lee, CALA President, five outstanding leaders from CALA each gave an excellent presentation.
Min Chou presented “Embracing Diversity, Celebrating Success: CALA Recent Achievements”. Min is the immediate CALA Past President and a Librarian at the New Jersey City University. Recently she came back from a CALA co-organized International Conferences held in Shanghai and the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) in Helsinki. She shared CALA’s international initiatives, including CALA joining the IFLA, in the effort to expand its vision, increase its visibility in the library communities across the world, and to give its members broader networking and professional development opportunities. She also elaborated on CALA’s success stories, showing how CALA has grown stronger in working together with the ALA and other ethnic caucus organizations in promoting diversity in the library profession.
Liana Zhou talked on Building Diverse Collections and Relationships with Donors. Liana is a former President of CALA and the Director of the Library and Archives of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. She has received the CALA Distinguished Service Award, the CALA President’s Recognition Award, the ALA Equality Award, and the JCLC Advocacy Award.
Maria Fung spoke on the Selection of World Language Materials. Maria is a former President of the Northeast Chapter of CALA and the World language Materials Specialist, Office of Materials Selection, Brooklyn Public Library, New York. Over 40 % of the people living in Brooklyn are immigrants.
Shali Zhang spoke on Diversity Recruitment. Shali is a former President of CALA and she became the Dean of Libraries, University of Montana, Missoula in October 2012. She thanked efforts and supports from ALA’s five ethnic caucuses in assisting her recruiting of diversity students into the Academic and Cultural Enrichment Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, funded by two IMLS grants. She was the Principal Investigator/Project Director for the federal funded Program. Shali was the recipient of the CALA Distinguished Service Award and the CALA President’s Recognition Award. At this Conference, she received the JCLC Distinguished Service Award.
Haipeng Li talked on Library Collaboration and Global Outreach. Haipeng is a former President of CALA, the Executive Director of CALA, and the University Librarian of the Hong Kong Baptist University. He has received the CALA Distinguished Service Award, the CALA President’s Recognition Award, and the ALA President’s International Innovative Project Award.
3.COVERAGE FOR THE CALA BOOTH
The CALA Booth, located near the exhibition and registration area, was manned by at least two CALA librarians continuously for nearly three days. The long table, in front of the large CALA sign with its logo, was displayed with CALA brochures, colorful flyers, Newsletters, the CALA publication “Bridging Cultures”, a laptop computer showing continuously the 40/40 poster result: A Prelude to CALA’s 40th Anniversary in 2013, and candies for giving away. The helpful CALA volunteers who provided coverage included: Emily Chan, Min Chou, Sai Deng, Zhou Fu, Maria Fung, Su Hui Ho, Shuqin Jiao, Esther Lee, Kristen Mulvihill, Shali Zhang, and Jian-Zhong Zhou. Some attendees stopped by to exchange pleasantries or look at the displayed materials. Others stayed briefly to have pictures taken or questions answered. A few wanted to join our Association. What a fun way that was for CALA to win friends and visibility.
4. AUTHOR LUNCHEON
At the author luncheon, a photo of some CALA members was taken with the bestselling Chinese author Da Chen, a graduate from the prestigious Columbia University Law School. Chen gave a moving account of his growing up in China. He also played a bamboo flute solo, in memory of his late father who first presented him with the instrument. His books were later distributed free from the Random House exhibit floor. Long lines of people waited for his signing of the good books.
At the presentation of the JCLC Awards, three CALA members were among the winners. Liana Zhou won the Advocacy Award, Icy Smith the Author Award, and Shali Zhang the Distinguished Service Award. Bravo to all recipients of the Awards, three from each caucus.
Please click on the links below for pictures taken at the Conference:
Esther Lee, CALA President
Dear CALA Members and Friends,
CALA’s Annual Conference Program for 2012 was an impressionable event. We are pleased to share with you some of the photos (please click on):
The program theme is DIVERSE VOICES, ENRICHING COMMUNITIES, in tune with ALA President Molly Raphael’s theme of Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities. The program was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201C, on Sunday, June 24, 2012, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The four distinguished and award-winning speakers who have published widely were:
1. Dr. Camila Alire, the Past President of ALA/ACRL/REFORMA and Dean Emerita of the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University.
2. Dr. Sha Li Zhang, the Past President of CALA and the Assistant Dean for Collections and Technical Services, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
3. Director James Rettig, the ALA Past President and the Library Director and Associated Dean for Information Services at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
4. Dr. Ingrid Parent, the President of IFLA and the University Librarian at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Alire gave her personal reflections on what makes a leader ticks, including her leadership preparations (including role models, MLS & PH.D), 10 key leadership characteristics (including integrity, risk-taker/decision-maker, and change agent/team-builder), and 10 lessons learned (including one do not have to have a certain personality to lead, the importance of shared vision, and how to face adversity).
Dr. Zhang showed us her progress report on a collaborative recruitment project, whereby she worked with ten university libraries in North Carolina and five affiliates of ALA (AILA, APALA, Black Caucus, CALA, & REFORMA) in recruiting future librarians with culturally diversified backgrounds. Her project was made possible by a major funding of nearly two million dollars from the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and has produced quite a number of scholars. Nearly all of her graduates were hired and many became mentors of the new cohort.
Director Rettig spoke on miscellany: including serendipitous happenstance, ships, bridges, connections, and “yes I said yes I will Yes” (Ulysses by James Joyce). He has made changes, embraced risk, favored diversity, and travelled far and wide. Every place he has visited changed his life in some way, either spiritually, emotionally, or intellectually.
Dr. Parent showed us the future libraries in the digital age, whereby inclusion, transformation, innovation, and convergence are vital to driving access to content, with digital lending, open access and beyond access all contributing to the special power of libraries. As libraries contain the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of all generations, they offer citizens the opportunity to learn and participate in the social, cultural and political life of their communities.
The audience finds the speakers’ diverse PowerPoint presentations very interesting, informative, inspiring, and moving. In spite of the fire alarm (a false one, as it turned out) which briefly interrupted the Program, when all people were required to go outside of the Anaheim Convention Center building, most attendees returned and stayed to the end of the Program. Photos were taken with the speakers exhibiting their Certificates of Appreciation. The moderator of the program was Esther Lee, the Vice President/President Elect and Program Chair of the Program Committee, whose members included Maria Fung, Vincci Kwong, Lili Li, Xiaoli Li, Wenwen Zhang, and Cathy Yang.
The program was co-sponsored by Sage Publications, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, EBSCO Publishing, and the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. David Horwitz of Sage, Ruth Glasspool of Emerald, and Janice Rice of JCLC distributed their brochures and each made a brief presentation. Alejandro Rojano of EBSCO Publishing wanted to come, but he was held up by another important meeting.
Before the program ended was the drawing of three flash drives, a kindle, and a kindle fire. CALA President Min Chou and Executive Director Haipeng Li were the presenters. Among the lucky winners were Carol Gee, Joyce Chen, Janice Rice, Ruth Glasspool, and Ruth Au Yeung.
Everyone left with a light spirit, and many voiced their effusive praises to the speakers, program monitor and friends.
On the Sunday evening of June 24, 2012, the CALA Awards Banquet was held at the King Harbor Seafood Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Approximately 140 people came. CALA chartered a bus to bring the people to the Restaurant and later, back to the Convention Center.
Planned by our CALA President Min Chou, this event was considered by many as one of the best ever. Among the distinguished guests were Dr. Ingrid Parent, IFLA President; Molly Raphael, ALA President; Maureen Sullivan, ALA President-Elect; and ALA Past Presidents: Robert Stevens, Dr. Camila Alire, Jim Rettig, and Barbara Ford. High officials and librarians from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Ghana, Brazil, APALA, and REFORMA were also present. The nine-course meal was scrumptious.
Professor Barbara Ford was the recipient of the CALA Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Clara Chu, Dr. Mengxiong Liu, and Dr. Sha Li Zhang received the CALA President’s Recognition Awards. Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee received a Special Honor Award for his book titled Collected Works of Hwa-Wei Lee (2v., 2011). Sharon Yang was the recipient of the Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media. There were other recipients for the CALA Scholarships, CALA Travel Grants, the JCLC Scholarships, and other Awards.
The fun part of the evening started with Manuel Urrizola as the Master of Ceremony, working in partnership with Wenwen Zhang. Min Chou, Ying Shen, and Julia Wu each sang melodiously, like a professional singer. Min’s singing was joined by Mengxiong and Maria. Julia’s singing was joined by four lovely children from the audience. Two beautiful fifteen year-old twins danced gracefully. Manuel concocted a guessing game, whereby each time the first person who gave the right answer will receive a beautiful souvenir. Many gave correct answers and prizes were a-plenty. Other gifts for the raffle drawing included an iPod and a kindle.
Special thanks go to our banquet sponsors: Sage, Emerald, Bepress, EBSCO, East View and donors of CALA members. More thanks go to our CALA Local Arrangement Committee: Ying Xu, Chair; Win Shih, Yongyi Song, Manuel Urrizola, Joy Wang, Maggie Wang, WenWen Zhang, Maria Fung, and Dora Ho. Furthermore, thanks also go to Songqian Lu, Weiling Liu, and Bin Zhang for setting up the online banquet registration, and also to many other CALA members who helped anonymously.
In her recent e-mail to Esther, Sha Li, Min and Haipeng, Dr. Ingrid Parent stated:
“Please accept my sincere gratitude for the professionalism with which you organized the CALA program and banquet on Sunday, and for taking such good care of me. I thought the program was very moving and informative, in spite of a brief disruption which everyone took in stride.
The banquet was very entertaining, and one can sense the good camaraderie among CALA member and guests, and the joie de vivre which adds so much to our librarian profession.
You are all to be commended for making CALA such a dynamic organization within ALA, and I am so delighted that you are also part of the IFLA family now….”
Director Jim Rettig wrote:
“And I want to take this opportunity to thank my fellow CALA members for the opportunity to speak in the CALA program in Anaheim this past Sunday. Even with the fire alarm it was a good and successful program. Thanks also for a very enjoyable evening of good food, fine entertainment, and even better fellowship at the banquet that evening. Thank you as well for the very unexpected honorarium.”
Dr. Sha Li Zhang also wrote:
“I was humbled and honored to be on the same panel at the CALA Annual Program with Dr. Ingrid Parent, IFLA President, Dr. Camila Alire, past presidents of ALA, ACRL, and REFORMA, and Jim Rettig, ALA past President. Their presentations on challenges and opportunities of leadership, diversity, digital access and global outreach are encouraging and inspiring. I am especially grateful that Esther Lee, the incoming CALA President, invited me to the Panel. She would like us to actively get involved with ALA and IFLA, and at the same time always give back to CALA which has helped us to grow professionally in our careers.
The CALA Awards Banquet this year was a huge success, with distinguished guests, colleagues, and friends from other ALA caucuses and other countries, thanks for much effort from Min Chou, CALA President. With her presidential themes on diversity and global outreaches, the inclusiveness of the Banquet has demonstrated that CALA is indeed embracing the demographic change of the time.”
What a splendid and memorable day it was for CALA at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim!!!
Esther Lee, CALA President
Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director
Dear CALA Members,
We are pleased to announce that the following CALA members have been awarded the 2012 CALA JCLC Scholarship. They are as follows:
Sai Deng, Wichita State University Libraries, Kansas
Maria Fung, Brooklyn Public Library, New York
Su Hui Ho, University of California, San Diego, California
Shuqin Jiao, St. Louis University, Missouri
Esther Lee, Queens Borough Public Library, New York
Songqian Lu, New York City College of Technology, New York (Declined)
Jian-zhong Zhou, California State University, Sacramento, California
Kristen Mulvihill, San Jose State University, California
Emily Chan, San Jose State University, California
The contributions of the CALA awardees will definitely bring a strong presence at the JCLC conference.
Special thanks go to CALA’s President, Min Chou, and Executive Director, Haipeng Li, for their support and advice.
The Executive Committee of the CALA Board send their deepest appreciation for the work and contributions of the 2012 CALA JCLC Scholarship Taskforce.
2012 CALA JCLC Scholarship Taskforce:
Liana Zhou (Chair)
Priscilla C. Yu (Co-Chair)
Carol Kachuen Gee
Dear CALA Members:
I am pleased to announce that CALA will once again sponsor two eligible members to participate in the 2013 class of ALA Emerging Leaders program. The sponsorship will provide $1,000 to each selected candidate - $500 to attend the program during next year's ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington and $500 for the Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.
Please apply for the 2013 Emerging Leaders program online at http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/leadership/emergingleaders. You must be a current CALA member to apply for this CALA sponsorship, and you just need to choose "Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)" from the list of sponsoring organizations. For more information about the program and selection criteria, please see http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/leadership/emergingleaders/index.cfm.
Please don't miss the application deadline which is August 3, 2012.
Thank you for your attention,
Esther Lee, CALA President, 2012-2013
Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director, 2010-2013
The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the two 2012 CALA scholarships: Ms. Wai Yi Ma from the University of North Texas and Ms. Yuting Wu from the San Jose State University. The award ceremony will be held on Sunday June 24, 2012 at the CALA Annual Awards Banquet, in conjunction with the 2012 ALA Annual Conference to be held in Anaheim.
Ms. Wai Yi Ma is awarded the CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science. She is currently working on her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Texas. Since 2005, Ms. Ma has been working in several different positions which she utilized her research skills, this includes Community Service Aide at the University of Guam Library, research assistant in the Micronesian Area Research Center, and Graduated Student Mentor at the Graduated Research Center of the University of Guam Library. The work experience she gathered leads to her goal of establishing a central archives of government documents for all the Micronesian island nations. According to one of her professors, Ms. Ma "is one of the finest and most dedicated young professionals I have meet in over 30 year's experiences as a librarian and an educator." The CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science will help her to achieve her goal as she acquires essential knowledge in the field of library and information science.
Ms. Yuting Wu is awarded the Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship of Library and Information Science. She is currently working on her Master of Library and Information Studies at the San Jose State University. Ms. Wu studied and worked with music for 17 years and she found that many music students, especially international students, refuse to use library as one of their study tools. The goal of Ms. Wu is to be an academic or public librarian in order to help music students to utilize musical resources to enhance their study. In order to gain professional experience, Ms. Wu worked as an intern librarian at San Francisco Opera in 2011. The CALA Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship of Library and Information Science Scholarship will help her in pursuing learning opportunities to succeed in librarianship.
CALA is pleased to provide support to these outstanding students in their library professional education through these scholarships for the year 2011-2012.
2011-2012 CALA Scholarship Committee
Vincci Kwong (Co-Chair)
Jian Anna Xiong (Co-Chair)
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
You are cordially invited to join the 2012 Chinese American Librarians Association Program and the Awards Banquet during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim:
The Chinese American Librarians Association
Proud to Present
The 2012 CALA/ALA Annual Program
Sunday, June 24, 2012, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201C
DISTINGUISHED LIBRARY LEADERS
Speaking On the Theme of
DIVERSE VOICES, ENRICHING COMMUNITIES
Dr. Camila Alire, ALA/ACRL/REFORMER Past Presidents and Dean Emerita of the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University: What Makes a Leader Tick? Personal Reflections.
Dr. Sha Li Zhang, CALA Past President and the Assistant Dean for Collections and Technical Services, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Recruiting Future Librarians with Culturally Diverse Backgrounds: Progress Report
Director James Rettig, ALA Past President and the Library Director at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland: Bridges, Ships, and Connections.
Dr. Ingrid Parent -- Keynote Speaker, IFLA President and the University Librarian at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada: Future Library in the Digital Age.
Drawing for a free Kindle and a free Kindle Fire will be made at the end of this free program. We hope you are one of the lucky winners.
Special thanks go to our Co-Sponsors for the program:
Sage, Emerald, EBSCOhost, and JCLC!!!
CALA Awards Banquet
Sunday, June 24, 2012, 6:30-10:00 pm
King Harbor Seafood Restaurant, 13018 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92843
To register, click http://my.cala-web.org/node/853. Early bird registration is $30 for members, $32 for nonmembers, and $28 for student members – Great food and great prices. Seats are limited. First come first served. On-site registration is $38 for all members and $45 for nonmembers. Transportation service will be provided from the Convention Center to the restaurant. Chance to win a free drawing of Kindle and an iPod Touch. Special thanks to our Banquet Sponsors: SAGE, Emerald, EBSCO, Bepress, and East View.
1. Asparagus Soup with Crab Meat
2. 5 to 5.5 lb House Special Lobster with Yee-Mein Noodles
3. Peking Duck
4. French Style Beef Chunk
5. Black Mushroom with Chinese Greens
6. Walnut Shrimp
7. Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet
8. House Special Fried Rice
9. Dessert: Taro and Black Beans soup
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the CALA Program and the Awards Banquet!
Min Chou, CALA President and
Local Arrangement Committee:
Ying Xu, Co-Chair
Manuel Urrizola, Co-Chair
Program Planning Committee:
Esther Lee, CALA Vice Presiddent and Chair
Dear CALA Members:
We are very pleased to announce that Ms. Barbara Ford, a CALA life member and Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been selected the recipient of the2012 CALA Distinguished Service Award.
A well-known library professional, both nationally and internationally, Ms. Barbara Ford has held the position of Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs of the University of Illinois since 2003. Prior to this position she was the Assistant Commissioner for Central Library Services at the Chicago Public Library, Associate Director at Trinity University, and as Assistant Professor and Department Head at University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her distinguished professional career, Ms. Ford served on many taskforces, committees, award jury positions, and executive boards with ALA and its divisions and roundtables. She is the 1997-1998 ALA president. Ms. Ford was appointed to the ALA Representative to the U.S. Commission of UNESCO in 2011.
An inspirational leader in library profession and an extraordinary CALA life member, Ms. Ford has made important contributions to our organization. She played an instrumental role to the success of the IMLS funded project, Think Globally, Act Globally, and served as the keynote speaker at the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar held in Kunming, Yunnan, China in July 2007. Her publications and presentations continue to promote information access and public services to library users around the globe.
Ms. Ford’s contribution to international librarianship is magnificent. As Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Ms. Ford’s initiative on international librarianship has been further strengthened by the various innovative programs she leads, including the training of over 1,000 librarians from over 90 countries, including China, South Africa, Ukraine, among others. There is no doubt that Ms. Ford’s distinguished contributions to the profession have made profound impact to the professional development of librarians and students worldwide.
Ms. Ford’s outstanding professional credentials, her incredible record as an inspirational and remarkable leader in many national and international library organizations, and her scholarly achievements are impressive. Her tireless and effective efforts to promoting international librarianship and her significant contributions to Chinese-American librarianship in particular, exemplify the very essence of the CALA Distinguished Service Award. The CALA Board has unanimously approved the recommendation from the Awards Committee that Ms. Barbara Ford be the recipient of the 2012 CALA Distinguished Service Award.
Please join us in congratulating Ms. Barbara Ford for her outstanding accomplishments and for being selected the recipient of the 2012 CALA Distinguished Service Award!
Min Chou, CALA President
Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director
Dear CALA Members:
I am very pleased to announce that the CALA Board has unanimously approved that Dr. Clara Chu, Dr. Mengxiong Liu, and Dr. Sha Li Zhang be the 2012 CALA President’s Recognition Award recipients.
The three award recipients, as individuals and as a group, possess a philosophy of dedication, quality of service, and professional integrity for their significant contributions to the library community that have shown leadership in many areas of great importance to the mission and goals of CALA, and particularly in their important roles to advise, support, and shape CALA’s long term success through the Presidential Initiatives this year in the theme of diversity and international collaboration.
Dr. Clara Chu is the Chair and Professor of the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a prolific and leading scholar on multicultural library and information services, has consulted and presented her research findings internationally, and also served on editorial boards of many prestigious journals. A Peruvian-born, Chinese Canadian American, her transnational and ethnic experiences have shaped her distinctive view and unique perspective on the issues of multicultural education and library services to diverse population. Dr. Chu has taken actions in recruiting people of diverse backgrounds into the information profession through the program called PRAXIS (Practice, Reflection, Advocacy, eXcellence, Inquiry, Solutions) that she designed and coordinated. She also successfully obtained IMLS National Leadership Grant to support this meaningful endeavor.
Dr. Chu is very active in national and international professional associations promoting multicultural librarianship. She co-chairs the IFLA Section on Education and Training, and was on the Steering Committee of the Section on Library Services to Multicultural Populations. Her achievements are duly recognized in the many awards and honors she has received, i.e. the ALA Library Diversity Research Honor Lecturer in 2008, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2005, the ALA Equality Award in 2002, just to name a few. She is one of the Chinese Americans who has exerted a significant impact upon examining the issue of barriers to information in multicultural communities through a critical and distinctive angle.
As an invited speaker of the 2011 CALA Annual Program: Embracing the Changes: Diversity and Global Vision in a Digital Age during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, she contributed to the great success of the Program by her presentation “A CALL (Change, Advocacy, Leadership in Libraries) to LEADD (Librarians Enhancing Access, Diversity and Development). The Program has opened a dialogue on the theme of diversity and global reach, set the stage for a series of activities/projects during 2011-12 year to demonstrate CALA's commitment to taking a leadership role in promoting cultural diversity and international collaboration in library profession. Dr. Chu serves on the 2011-12 CALA Presidential Initiative Advisory Board, and also as a CALA representative to the ALA’s Diversity Working Group on Diversity and LIS Education. CALA is fortunate to have Dr. Chu in these roles utilizing her experience and expertise. A life member of CALA, and a former board member and chair of Scholarship Committee, Dr. Chu has contributed to CALA tremendously and CALA is so proud of her extraordinary contributions to our professional communities nationally and internationally.
Dr. Mengxiong Liu is an Engineering Librarian and Professor of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She is a great source of inspiration and encouragement to many young librarians in CALA and elsewhere. In her distinguished service and contribution to CALA as a president and a board member, among many other roles, Dr. Liu has tirelessly promoted Chinese American librarian cooperation. Under her unparallel leadership, CALA played a critical role in co-organizing the first China-US Library Conference on Global Information Access: Challenges and Opportunities, held in Beijing in 1996. On behalf of CALA, Dr. Liu made an opening speech at the Conference, as then ALA President Betty Turock, CALA’s visionary founding member Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee and many distinguished library leaders of both countries gathered to discuss key issues on global information infrastructures, challenges and opportunities related to information access on the Internet and the international communications. This conference set the stage for the development of many collaborations and exchange programs among libraries in the United States and China down the road.
Dr. Liu has continued to contribute her experience and expertise in strengthening many China-U.S. library collaboration activities. She has become a sought after speaker and consultant for academic libraries in China. She has also served as an adviser for the Evergreen Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education and libraries in rural China. In 2007, Dr. Liu received the Fulbright Senior Specialists Award to give advice for postgraduate programs in digital libraries in Uruguay. Furthermore, she has gone beyond CALA to have served on the ALA Diversity Council, the Steering Committee of ALA Spectrum Initiative, the Research & Statistics Committee of ALA, just to name a few. She is also a prolific author and well known speaker. She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, and presented at national and international conferences. She has received many awards, honors, and grants. Dr. Liu is regarded as an excellent mentor and role model to young librarians from diverse background as she exemplifies the best quality of extraordinary commitment to librarianship, professional service, and leading with integrity.
Serving on the 2011-12 CALA Presidential Initiative Taskforce, she is instrumental in giving unwavering support and encouragement to the president in the promotion of diversity and international collaboration to further CALA’s mission and goals. The impact of her leadership and contributions has been felt throughout the local, national, and/or global community of libraries. She is consistently one of the favorites among CALA colleagues for her dedication, intelligence, collegiality, warmth and elegance. She is simply excellent.
Dr. Sha Li Zhang is the Assistant Dean for Collections & Technical Services at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her distinguished service and contribution to CALA, as a president and a board member, among many other roles, she has tirelessly promoted international collaboration between U.S. and China, fostered and sustained connections of key library organizations - ALA, CALA, and Library Society of China - in the promotion of cross cultural exchange of core values of libraries that benefit libraries and librarians of both countries. Dr. Zhang has carried out her leadership vision in intentional perspective through her participation and contribution in professional organizations such as the ALA and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). She played an important role in making CALA membership at IFLA a reality. Her extensive involvement and leadership experience in library organizations, at national and international levels, have been invaluable in helping achieve the strategic objectives of CALA in international outreach and collaboration.
Dr. Zhang served as a councilor-at-large at ALA Council and on many committees. She has held leadership positions at ALA’s International Relations Committee, the International Relations Roundtable, the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. She is a prolific speaker and has delivered engaging and thought-provoking presentations to the library community at national and international levels. Dr. Zhang has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, and she has extensive experience at many editorial boards. She has also received many awards, honors, and grants, including CALA Distinguished Service Award. She has received IMLS grants for her University to recruit and prepare minority librarians to promote diversity in library profession and library service to people with all cultural backgrounds. Dr. Zhang is an excellent mentor and role model who has demonstrated remarkable achievements in librarianship, professional service, and leadership. Serving on the 2011-12 CALA Presidential Initiative Taskforce, she has been effective in giving support and advice in carrying out activities and projects in promoting diversity and international collaboration to enhance CALA’s mission and goals.
Please join me in celebrating the outstanding contributions from these three extraordinary individuals to CALA and to our profession and in congratulating them on being awarded this honor!
With warmest regards,
Min Chou, CALA President 2011-12
Dear CALA members and friends,
The CALA Committee for the Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media is pleased to announce the 2012 recipient of the Jing Liao Award: Sharon Q. Yang.
Ms. Yang is currently Systems Librarian at Rider University Libraries, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She is selected as the winner of the inaugural 2012 Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media for her publication "Next Generation or Current Generation? A Study of OPACs of 260 Academic Libraries in the United states and Canada," Library Hi Tech 29 (2): 266-300 (2011), which she co-authored with Melissa A. Hofmann of the same institution. Ms. Yang will receive an award of $500 from the Jing Liao Memorial Fund. The award ceremony will be held on Sunday June 24, 2012 at the CALA Annual Awards Banquet, in conjunction with the 2012 ALA Annual Conference to be held in Anaheim.
Ms. Yang's article was selected for its originality and high quality. It is clearly a well-researched paper with an interesting and relevant topic, and solid data collection from 260 college and university libraries in the US and Canada. This is the first and only study on a large scale that evaluates the progress towards the Next Generation Catalog in academic libraries in North America. It contributes significantly to identifying areas for improvement and providing input on how to develop the next generation catalogs in order to maximize the use of library information and services.
Please join us in congratulating Sharon and wish her continued success in pursuit of excellence in research.
The pursuit of excellence in research and service was what defined the career of Jing Liao (1954-2011), a long-time CALA member and a devoted and accomplished librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The establishment of this memorial fund honors the memory of Jing Liao by encouraging CALA members to strive for excellence of research in all media.
CALA Committee for the Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media, 2011-2012
Karen Wei, Chair email@example.com
Vickie Fu Doll (from December 16, 2011) firstname.lastname@example.org
Yuan Li (through December 15, 2011) email@example.com
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Xiaocan Wang Xiaocan.Wang@indstate.edu
Dear CALA Members,
On behalf of the CALA 2012 Election Ad hoc Committee, I am pleased to announce the results of the 2012 CALA Election. The following candidates have been elected:
2nd Vice-President, 2012/2013; Vice President, 2013/2014; President, 2014/2015
Board of Directors 2012/2013-2014/2015
Cecilia Poon replaces Nancy Hershoff starting immediately and ending in June 2013.
Congratulations to the CALA newly elected leaders!
The 2012 CALA Election was held from May 7 to May 21, 2012. The 2012 CALA Election Ad hoc Committee sent out a total of 500 ballots to CALA members, including 40 Paper Ballots to those members without email addresses. In total, 283 valid ballots were received including 278 e-ballots and 5 paper ballots. We are very pleased with the voting rate of 56.66% in the 2012 CALA Election.
According to the CALA Bylaws Article IX. Amendments, Section 2, "Any proposed amendment to the Bylaws shall be ratified at an annual membership meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the voting members of the Association present at the meeting, or if determined by the Board, by mail or electronic vote of two-thirds of the voting members of the Association." Voting on the CALA Bylaw amendment did not reach the two thirds figure (188) of the voting members as required by the Bylaws, and therefore it failed.
Again congratulations to the newly elected officers. For those candidates who did not win this year, we thank you for your interest in serving CALA and we encourage you to run again in the future. Your continuing support to CALA is deeply appreciated. We look forward to working with you.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation and to thank members of the CALA 2012 Election Ad hoc Committee and those who lent support in this process for their hard work and for following the CALA election rules and procedures. Your contributions to CALA are deeply appreciated.
Best wishes for your continuing success.
Respectfully submitted by,
2012 CALA Election Ad hoc Committee