President Report

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:

  1. Strive for organizational excellence
    All committee and taskforce appointments were completed in early fall 2008. More than 140 CALA members, new and experienced, are enthusiastically volunteering their time and efforts to serve on 16 CALA committees, four special taskforces, and four standing positions in 2008-2009.

    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   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. 

  2. Become a leader in global reach initiatives
    A special taskforce on the 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series Project was appointed for the second term to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the seminar program.  Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director, is leading the taskforce.

    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.

  3. Enhance services to CALA membership
    A special taskforce, the Taskforce on the CALA Travel Grant Guidelines, was appointed and charged to develop the appropriate guidelines to guide the CALA Travel Grant applications.  The proposal was already submitted to the Board for discussion and an approval at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2009. The grant intends to provide four $500 travel grants to CALA members for their professional development activities.  If all goes well, the call for applying the grants will be out in spring 2009.

    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.

  4. Provide educational opportunities
    Two outstanding CALA members, Shu-hua Liu and Anna Xiong, were selected to participate in the ALA 2009 Emerging Leaders Program.  Both Shu-hua and Anna will be at the Program during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2009.  Shu-hua and Anna also selected to evaluate and assess the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series as their program project. CALA will provide funds to assist them to participate in the program.

    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.

  5. Advocate for users of Chinese heritage, Chinese culture, and Chinese language
    CALA Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution to support the City of Palo Alto Library Bond Campaign. The goal of this library campaign is to bring the 50-year-old libraries in the city into the 21st century and up to par with libraries in neighboring cities/communities. The 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.

Sha Li Zhang
CALA President