CALA 2011 Annual Conference Program in New Orleans

Dear CALA Colleagues and Friends:

On behalf of the Conference Program Planning Committee, I am excited to share with you the news of the CALA 2011 Annual Conference Program in conjunction with the ALA in New Orleans:

Program Title: Embracing the Changes: Diversity and Global Vision in a Digital Age
Theme: The program is designed to spearhead changes within the library profession through meaningful discussions on challenges facing libraries today, such as issues of cultural diversity as related to the library profession, global outreach and collaboration, and impact of new technology on library services.
Time and Place: Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. in New Orleans, LA.
Keynote Speaker:
-Betty Turock, Former ALA President, Dean and Professor Emeritus, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University 
Panel Speakers:
-Michael Dowling, Director of International Relations Office, ALA
-Miguel Figueroa, Director of Office for Diversity and OLOS, ALA  
-Clara Chu, Chair and Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
-Michael Porter, Web Junction, LJ Mover and Shaker 2009, and ALA councilor and elected member of the Executive Board

We have (to date) received co-sponsorship from the following ALA offices and library organizations that support the theme of the program and the mission of CALA:

  • ALA Committee on Diversity
  • ALA International Relations Office
  • ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT)
  • American Indian Library Association
  • Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association
  • REFORMA - The National Association for Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking

More support to the program will be forthcoming. We are thrilled that it really promises to be a wonderful program because we have such an incredible lineup of speakers, a great program theme, and the strong support of our co-sponsors.

The program website will be up soon.  Please plan ahead, mark your calendar to attend the program, and stay tuned for more program information.

Thank you,

Min Chou
On behalf of the CALA 2011 Annual Conference Program Planning Committee:

Min Chou (Chair)
Sai Deng
Nancy Hershoff
Haipeng Li
Mengxiong Liu
Shuhua Liu
Hanrong Wang
Karen Wei
Yunshan Ye
Bin Zhang
Liana Zhou