CALA 2015 Strategic Plan

2015 CALA Strategic Plan

Presented by CALA 2015 Strategic Plan Task Force

Vision Statement 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.

Mission Statement CALA enhances communications and discussions of the shared professional concerns among its members, and with members of other library professional organizations; promotes Sino-American librarianship and library services; provides its members collaborative opportunities with other library organizations of similar or allied interest.

Goal 1. Strive for Organizational Excellence

Action areas:

Enhance CALA organizational structure to maximize its efficiency.

  • Continue collaborative Activities with ALA ethnic caucuses, e.g. AILA, APALA, BCALA, REFORMA, etc.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Public Relations/ Fundraising Committee, Membership Committee.

  • Continue working with the ALA Office for Diversity, and other ALA committees on issues that have important implications to CALA.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Public Relations/ Fundraising Committee.

  • Work with AALL, MLA, PLA, SLA, and other associations on issues that have important implications to CALA.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Public Relations/ Fundraising Committee.

  • Work with International organizations or library professional organizations from other countries on issues that have important implications to CALA. Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, International Relations Committee
  • Continue exploring and applying technology-driven options to conduct CALA businesses, e.g., online membership renewal, online payments, online election, virtual conferences, virtual board meetings, etc.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Web Committee.

  • Continue and conduct regular fundraising activities to support CALA programs and services.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Public Relations/ Fundraising Committee, Finance Committee.

  • Enhance marketing and public relations to project a much positive image of CALA activities and accomplishments to major library media in U.S. and abroad.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Public Relations/ Fundraising Committee, Membership Committee, Publication Committee.

  • Conduct training for CALA officers as well as members who are interested or involved in committee work both at the national and chapter level. These training sessions should cover topics such as CALA's constitution and bylaws, leadership training, how to conduct presentations, etc.

Responsibilities assigned to: President, Executive Director, Executive Committee, Chapters.

  • CALA president sends press releases regularly to major library media outlets.

Responsibilities assigned to: President, Executive Director, Executive Committee.

  • In light of upcoming 40th CALA anniversary (2013), CALA Board or CALA President establishes CALA 40th Anniversary Task Force or Ad Hoc Committee (possible consideration for special edition of CALA Newsletter or Occasional Papers, or annual CALA Programming to make the significant milestone of CALA history.)

Responsibilities assigned to: President, Executive Director, Executive Committee, Publications Committee, Conference Program Committee, Finance Committee.

Goal 2. Become a Leader in Global Reach Initiatives

Action areas:

  • Develop a formal structure to coordinate the current and future training programs in China, based on existing or past models such as the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series, Think Globally, Act Globally, and other newly developed programs.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, International Relations Committee, Chapters.

  • Encourage participation in the annual conferences hosted by Library Society of China or other library organizations in China, i.e., increase the number of delegation, speakers, papers, and work sessions at these conferences.

Responsibilities assigned to: International Relations Committee.

  • Assist CALA members in developing collaborative library programs between their libraries and libraries in Asia and Pacific Rim countries.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, International Relations Committee.

  • Provide information and contacts to U.S. libraries interested in collaborative or exchange programs with libraries in Asia and Pacific Rim countries.

Responsibilities assigned to: International Relations Committee.

  • Enhance ties among CALA, ALA IRC, IRRT, and ALA divisions' IRCs in collaborative activities between libraries in the U.S and in Asia and Pacific Rim countries.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, International Relations Committee.

Goal 3. Enhance Services to CALA Membership

Action areas:

  • Develop a plan to enhance services to CALA members; to recruit student members,

librarians, and library workers, and to retain current membership.

Responsibilities assigned to: Membership Committee, Public Relations/Fundraising Committee.

  • Conduct regular surveys to seek input and feedback from CALA members on their needs.

Responsibilities assigned to: Membership Committee.

  • Encourage CALA members to participate in the association's governance.

Responsibilities assigned to: Membership Committee, Public Relations/Fundraising Committee., Election Ad Hoc Committee, Nominating Committee, Mentoring Committee.

  • Promote the awareness of the CALA constitution and bylaws and rules and procedures to all CALA members.

Responsibilities assigned to: Membership Committee, Constitution & Bylaws Committee

  • Enhance communication among CALA members, chapters, and the Board.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Membership Committee.

Goal 4. Provide Educational Opportunities

Action areas:

  • Encourage CALA members to publish on CALA sponsored publications, such as Journal of Library and Information Science, CALA Occasional Papers Series, CALA Newsletter, and other CALA occasional monographic publications.

Responsibilities assigned to: Publications Committee, Chapters.

  • Encourage current/newly graduated LIS students or new librarians to sign up for the CALA mentoring program with experienced CALA members as mentors.

Responsibilities assigned to: Mentorship Program Committee, Chapters. 

  • Invite outstanding CALA members to speak/present in the CALA annual conferences and chapter conferences.

Responsibilities assigned to: Program Planning Committees, Chapters.

  • Provide funding support for CALA members to present papers at professional conferences, conduct LIS research projects, participate in training and workshops, and serve on offices of library associations.

Responsibilities assigned to: Scholarship Committee, Publications Committee, Public Relations/ Fundraising Committee, Travel Grants Committee, and The Sally C. Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee.

  • Develop a friendly/healthy environment to encourage scholarly communications,

collaboration opportunities on research, as well as career development among CALA members.

Responsibilities assigned to Publications Committee, Chapters.

Goal 5. Advocate for Users of Chinese Heritage, Chinese Cultures, and Chinese Language.

Action areas:

  • Act as a driving force to provide library services to Users of Chinese heritage or users interested in Chinese cultures and heritage in the communities of the United States, through establishing branch libraries, acquiring Chinese material and cataloging Chinese language material.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Public Relations/ Fundraising Committee.

  • Provide advocacy training to CALA members and encourage new initiatives.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Public Relations /Fundraising Committee.

  • Provide resources and expertise to Chinese area studies in academic and research libraries.

Responsibilities assigned to: International Relations Committee.

  • Develop advocacy materials and promote library services to Chinese-speaking communities, i.e., branch libraries with new immigrants.

Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Board, Public Relations /Fundraising Committee.

  • Collaborate with major Chinese language material book fairs, such as Hong Kong Book Fair, to provide a platform to U.S. librarians in acquiring Chinese language materials.
  • Responsibilities assigned to: International Relations Committee, Public Relations/

Fundraising Committee.

CALA 2015 Strategic Plan Task Force Members Recommendation:

CALA Board reviews and approves the 2015 Strategic Plan Taskforce to publicize 2015 Strategic Plan via listserv and CALA Newsletter

  • CALA Board establishes a 2015 Strategic Plan Implementation timetable
  • CALA Board or CALA Executive Committee establishes new committees or task forces to institutionalize CALA initiatives and activities, such as Emerging Leaders Review and Advisory Committee, CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar/Institute, etc.. Responsibilities assigned to: Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
  • CALA Board approves an annual review process for the 2015 Strategic Plan, around 2012-2013.
  • CALA Board establishes new 2020 Strategic Plan Committee in year 2015.

 

June 15, 2011