The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
2001 Annual Program
PROMOTION & PRESERVATION WITH PRIDE
to be held on
Sunday, June 17, 2001
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Moscone Convention Center, Room 309
During the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco
Enriching Chinese Cultural Heritage at the Queens Library
Gary E. Strong, Director, Queens Borough Library, New York
Preserving Historical Truth and Strengthening Collective Memories
Yongyi Song, Senior Librarian, Dickinson College
RLG's Cultural Materials Initiatives
Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Research Library Group, Inc.
Membership meeting: Sunday, 6/17/2001, 4:20 pm - 5:30 pm, MCC 309
Awards Reception: Sunday, 6/17/2001, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Yank Sing Restaurant, One Rincon Center, 101 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Ticket: $30.00 per person)
Board of Directors and Committee Chairs: Orientation, Friday, 6/15/2001, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Parc Fifty-Five, Da Vinci
Board meeting I: 6/16/2001, Saturday, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Hotel Nikko, Ballroom III
Board meeting II: 6/18/2001, Monday, 8:00am - 10:00 am, Pan Pacific, The Terrace
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Abstract: The Queens Borough Public Library, through its New Americans Program, has been providing opportunities for the Chinese community to experience quality library service for many years. The program provides a unique public library experience to its many immigrants by: building collections, providing opportunities to learn English, providing job information, coping skills classes, cultural programs, and electronic access in Chinese vernacular script. Through demographic analysis, the Library places its collections in the communities where immigrants live and provides programs of relevance to celebrate their cultures and traditions.
Biography: Currently serves as director of Queens Borough Public Library and Adjunct Professor, Queens College Library School. Previously held posts such as State Librarian of California, CEO of California Library Services Board, Deputy State Librarian at Washington State Library, Director of Everett Public Library in Washington, and Director of Lake Oswego (Oregon) Public Library. Queens Borough Public Library, with its Central Library, 62 branches and 6 adult learning centers serves 2 million people in the City of New York and has the largest circulation of any US public library (17.2 million items in 2000).
Mr. Strong has many accomplishments including: creation of WorldLinQ (www.worldlinq.org), a multi-lingual electronic service that resides at the Queens Library providing access in Spanish, Chinese, French, Korean and Russian. Chair of the National Organizing Committee for the 2nd China-US Library Conference scheduled for August 2001 in Flushing Queens, New York City. Established a Sister Library relationship with the Zagreb (Croatia) Public Library and a Sister Library relationship with the Mayakovsky (St. Petersburg) City Library. Director of the Center for International Public Librarianship, hosting study fellows from Romania, Russia, and Croatia during 1999 under a grant from the Open Society Institute, six fellows are expected during 2001. Also, Consultant to the Open Society Institute on its public libraries and community centers grant program in Latvia (1999) and Slovenia (2000).
Mr. Strong is a member of the American, California, New York and Chinese American Library Associations; past President of the Library Administration and Management Association, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the Western Council of State Librarians; the Pacific Northwest Library Association and the Oregon Library Association; and member of the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Emerging Information Infrastructure of the National Research Council (1998-99). He is listed in Who's Who in America. Mr. Strong started the California Literacy Campaign and the California Research Bureau at the California State Library. He is a frequent lecturer, speaker, writer and editor. He is an avid book collector. For more information, please visit his Web site at: http://www.queenslibrary.org/about/gstrong/
Abstract: The librarians' role as information providers has special significance in preserving historical truth and strengthening collective memories. However, when their bibliographical research touches upon sensitive topics such as the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), that are censored or banned by the government, librarians are compelled to be defenders of their professional dignity and academic freedom despite the painful experiences it may involve. They must uphold the principle of "Free Access to Information" that distinguishes their profession.
Biography: Yongyi Song is Senior Librarian at Dickinson College, and researcher on China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). He came to the United States in 1989 as a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he obtained his first master's degree in East Asian Studies (1992). In 1995, Mr. Song received his second master's degree in library and information science from Indiana University at Bloomington. Mr. Song's deep interest in the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and growing prominence as an expert on this subject led him to make research trips to China in the summers of 1996, 1998 and 1999.
Mr. Song has published several books in both English and Chinese including The Cultural Revolution: A Bibliography, 1966-1996 (Cambridge: Harvard-Yenching Library, 1998), Heterodox Thought during the Cultural Revolution [in Chinese and will be translated in English by M.E. Shape at the end of 2001], and The Historical Dictionary of the Cultural Revolution in China (London: Scarecrow Press, incoming book). He also currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for a CD-ROM Database, The Cultural Revolution Database, which will be published in 2002 by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.
Abstract: RLG's international membership of over 160 research institutions in 15 countries cross the spectrum of "memory institutions" - libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural repositories. These all share custodial responsibility for collections of "cultural materials" - the rare and often unique works and artifacts that reflect and document human culture and civilization. These cultural resources are crucial to support research in a wide range of scholastic disciplines.
Digital representations, or "surrogates", of published and unpublished texts, images, artifacts, video, and sound open up new opportunities to access cultural resources dispersed around the world using Web-based tools. RLG members have formed a "Cultural Materials Alliance" to develop a pool of digitized research materials and a coherent, integrated discovery service. Alliance members are identifying the best practices to create and describe digital surrogates and a rights-management framework addressing institutional intellectual-property mandates.
Aggregating a variety of dispersed digital objects will significantly enhance the value of individual collections while providing rich, cross-collection links. Bringing together descriptive details and contextual background with individual digital objects will lead scholars to discover new themes within and among cultures. The paper outlines the issues addressed in developing this new research resource that will promote "cultural heritage" in an unprecedented way. Examples from the RLG Cultural Materials service to be released later in 2001 will illustrate the work done so far.
Biography: Karen Smith-Yoshimura has worked at the Research Libraries Group for nineteen years, with a focus on supporting East Asian studies. She led the development of the first unified character set for all Chinese characters used in China, Japan, and Korea, which was folded into the unified ideographic repertoire of Unicode (ISO 10646). Throughout her career, she has promoted integrating access to East Asian research materials with research collections' other materials. She holds a degree in Chinese studies from Yale University, and lived in Asia for nine years, primarily in Japan and Taiwan.