Date: 13 Jan. 2009
Is this an interim or annual report?: Interim report
List significant activities the committee has done since last report:
CALA President Interim Report
My activities as CALA President since July 2008 have concentrated in the following key strategic areas that are outlined in the CALA Strategic Plan:
CALA Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2008-2009 CALA budget proposal which was closely connected with the CALA projects and initiatives outlined from the CALA 2010 Strategic Plan.
The new CALA web site was launched in early fall 2008 at http://cala-web.org/. Though it may take some time to complete the entire migration to transfer all materials from the old web site to the new one, the added features and functionalities on the new web site started showing benefits.
The partnership program between the University of Illinois Libraries at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and CALA, with the Library Society of China, received a federal grant of $499,895.00 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. This is an excellent opportunity for CALA members to get involved and to participate in several components of the grant project.
Two CALA officers, Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director, and Dora Ho, CALA immediate Past President, are working with other caucus officers in planning the second Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) will be held in 2012. Haipeng Li is co-chairing the JCLC 2012 Steering Committee. The location of the conference is to be announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2009.
A congratulatory letter was sent on behalf of CALA to the third Reforma National Conference held in El Paso, Texas in September 2008. Sha Li Zhang also presented a paper at the conference.
A congratulatory letter was sent on behalf of CALA to Professor Karolyn Thompson, newly elected president of Black Caucus of ALA.
Ongoing communications with CALA members on important issues were conducted through online meetings, regular CALA Updates columns, CALA listserv, CALA Newsletter, conference calls, etc. to keep the membership informed.
Three CALA press releases were issued through various venues to help promote and project CALA's accomplishments to broad library media.
Since July 2008, CALA has conducted three successful seminar programs 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. 13 CALA members participated in these events as presenters, with about 290 attendees at three sites. ALA president (2008/2009), Mr. Jim Rettig, joined the team to Yunnan and gave a keynote presentation at the seminar.
The Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China, chaired by Sally C.Tseng, CALA Honorary Executive Director, has worked on its full speed. More than 160 individuals and organizations have sent the donations of more than $20,000 to support the rebuilding library projects, the largest fundraising effort in the CALA history. Medical Library Association donated $5,000 to CALA for the cause. 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 injured library staff to help with their medical needs.
A delegation of CALA (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 Zhang was invited to offer congratulatory remarks at opening ceremony of the conference on behalf of CALA. She was also invited to introduce the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series Program to the conference attendees.
The Membership Committee started membership drive early this year. More than 690 letters with a CALA calendar was sent out in December 2008 to encourage membership renewal. More than 280 dropped members were also contacted for coming back through mailing.
The Mentorship Committee made much progress on recruitment. Five new CALA members were matched with the experienced CALA members. The committee is expanding the program to all new members and the CALA scholarship recipients.
Min Chou, the newly appointed English Editor for Journal of Library and Information Science, is leading her editorial board to aggressively recruit articles for a quality publication. The journal provides the CALA members the publishing opportunities.
Sha Li Zhang