Dear CALA members, colleagues, and friends:
Hope that you are having a great summer, traveling safely, and spending time with your loved ones.
It was wonderful seeing some of you at the ALA Annual Conference held in Anaheim, California in June this year. Many of you came to the CALA Program which attracted a large crowd. At the program, Dr. Beverly Lynch introduced the series of the China - U.S. Library conferences from 1996 to 2007; Haipeng Li presented the successful CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series; Trisha Davis used many photos to illustrate her personal experience as an exchanging librarian from Ohio State University Libraries to the Shanghai Public Library, and Lian Ruan shared the Summer Chinese Librarians Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information about the program and the presentations, click at http://www.cala-web.org/programs/calapr2008.htm
The CALA Banquet at the ALA Conference in Anaheim was a huge success, thanks for the efforts of the Local Arrangement Committee, led by Candice Mack and Wenwen Zhang. Everybody had great time at the banquet, with award presentations, delicious food, wonderful songs and music performed by CALA members, prizes, and a lot more. In case you missed the CALA banquet this year, please plan to attend the 2009 CALA banquet to be held in Chicago on Sunday, July 12, 2009.
Medical Library Association recently donated $5,000 to CALA to support rebuilding the libraries affected by the massive earthquakes in Sichuan Province and surrounding areas in China. The fund will be used to assist library workers and libraries in their rebuilding efforts.
For the CALA press release, click at http://www.cala-web.org/news/2008MLADonation.htm
Thanks for CALA members' enthusiastic responses, Sha Li Zhang has completed the 2008-2009 CALA committees and taskforces appointments. It is very encouraging that many new CALA members are volunteering their efforts to serve on these CALA committees and taskforces which will help carry out the CALA 2010 Strategic Plan. For more information on the plan, click at http://www.cala-web.org/ under the section About CALA. Since we are going to switch to the new website soon, the list of the committees and taskforces are now at
http://cms.cala-web.org/node/153 All committee updates will be reflected on the new web site soon.
CALA continues sponsoring two CALA members to participate in the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders Program. The Executive Committee received a very competitive pool of applications and selected two members for the sponsorship. ALA will make the announcement in a late date. For more information about the program, click at http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/may2008/emergingleaders.cfm
The second Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) will be held in 2012. According to Haipeng Li, Co-chair of the Steering Committee and the CALA Representative, the location of the conference is to be decided. For more information about JCLC 2012, click at http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/August2008/JCLC2012.cfm
Other news items
It is time to send your applications and nominations if you want to serve on 2009 -2010 ALA and Council committees. President-Elect
Camila Alire will make the committee appointments soon. For more information on the applications and nominations, click at http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/July2008/GovernanceNominations.cfm
ALA to embark on transition to new Web site information architecture in August. For more information, click at http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/July2008/AugustWebConversion.cfm
The third REFORMA National Conference will be held from September 18 - 21, 2008, in El Paso, Texas. The theme of the conference is "Bridging the Gaps - Juntos @ the Border." The conference promises to be an eye-opening dynamic affair, sure to provide a dialog on many issues facing REFORMA members in the years to come. For more information about the programs, keynote speakers, registration and more, click at www.reforma.org.
The Indiana State Library recently announced receipt of a $1 million grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for recruiting and educating 30 ethnically/racially diverse students for Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity project. Potential candidates must apply to the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (IU SLIS) by September 15, 2008. The Fellowship Application process is now open until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2008. The application and more information can be found on the Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity (LLID) webpage.
Sha Li Zhang, CALA President
Haipeng Li, CALA Interim Executive Director