CALA Updates, November and December 2008

The partnership program between the University of Illinois Libraries at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and CALA recently received a federal grant of $499,895.00 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. For CALA press release, please click at This grant project is an excellent opportunity for CALA members get involved. The CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series Program Taskforce and CALA International relations Committee will hold an orientation session at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., on Friday, January 23, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Denver (REG), Room Quartz A. Several speakers, including UIUC-CALA grant project team members, will be at the session to share information about the grant and its implementation plans. If you are going to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, please mark your calendar for this important event. We hope to see many of you at the session.

Several CALA members, Shuyong Jiang, Karen Wei, Barbara Ford, Haipeng Li and Sha Li Zhang, attended a signing ceremony hosted by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) on November 16, 2008, at the Library Congress. At the event, Dr. Cai Wu and Mr. Li Dongwen from the Ministry of Culture in China and Adair Wakefield Margo, Chairman of PCAH, Dr. Bruce Cole, Chairmen of the Endowment for the Humanities, and Ms. Mary Chute, Deputy Director for Libraries at IMLS, signed a series of Memoranda of Understanding and Program Agreements to enhance cultural exchanges between the two countries. Dr. Zhan Furui, President of the Library Society of China and Director of the National Library of China, and Professor Paula Kaufman, University Librarian at UIUC, signed the agreement on the IMLS grant project which is a concrete outcome from the MOUs signed at the ceremony. For the photos at the event, please click at

Since July 2008, CALA has conducted three successful seminar events on the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series. The three CALA team leaders are Haiwang Yuan for the seminars in Kunming on July 10-13, Shuyong Jiang in Wuhan on October 23-25, and Diana Wu in Taipei on November 10-14, 2008. Congratulations for the all team leaders and presenters in these seminars. For more information on the 2008-2009 Seminar Series, please click at

Haiwang Yuan, Professor and Web & Virtual Library Coordinator at the Western Kentucky University Library, was mentioned on the ALA President's Message, "Access for All" by Jim Rettig, ALA President, in the November 2008 issue of American Libraries, p.8. President Rettig uses a question coming after Haiwang's presentation at a CALA seminar program in Yunnan in July 2008 to illustrate the importance of building bridge to information through services. President Rettig offered a keynote speech at the Yunnan Seminar when Haiwang served as an interpreter. In Haiwang's words, he "became Jim's 'Joe the Plummer,' twenty-minute fame!" Thanks, Haiwang, for your excellent services to the seminar on behalf of CALA.

Several CALA members, Guoqing Li, Lian Ruan, and Sha Li Zhang, participated in the Library Society of China (LSC) Annual Conference held in Chongqing, China, October 27 – 31, 2008. Sha Li Zhan, as CALA President, was invited to offer congratulatory remarks at opening ceremony of the conference, along with other international guests, Ms. Claudia Lux, IFLA President, and Mr. Michael Dowling, ALA International Relations Office. CALA was also invited to present at one of the concurrent sessions, "Volunteers in Action." While Professor Yang Yulin presented a volunteering program launched in 2006 by LSC and the National Library of China, Sha Li Zhang introduced the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series Program to the attendees. The CALA volunteering project were welcomed and recognized at the conference. For conference photos, click at

The Library Society of China (LSC) and CALA signed a MOU that LSC will assist CALA to distribute the first $10,000 donation to the immediate family members of a library staff who was killed during the massive earthquakes on May 12 2008 and to the inured library staff to help with their medical needs. Sally C. Tseng, CALA Honorary Executive Director, is leading a CALA Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China to continue fundraising efforts. Additional funds will be sent to China to assist purchasing library materials, hosting training and workshops on disaster preparedness, help with medical needs for injured library staff, and other needed items identified by library associations in China. For more information on the donation, please click at

CALA received good news from Ms. Irene Yeh, former CALA President and now a member of the Palo Alto Public Library Board that Palo Alto Library Measure N was passed during the 2008 November election. Nearly 70 percent of voters supported the bond measure which would fund Palo Alto library improvements to three of the city's five library branches. At its special online meeting in August 2008, the CALA Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution to support the City of Palo Alto Library Bond Campaign. CALA is very proud of being a supporter to this significant library initiative.

Other news:
ALA is accepting nominations for the 2009 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend his or her first international conference. The nominee must have been an ALA member for one full year. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2009. For more information on the travel fund, please click at

Have a wonderful holiday season.

Sha Li Zhang, CALA President
Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director