Executive Director Report

Under the strong leadership of President, Sha Li Zhang, CALA has made significant progress in the past six months. Sha Li's report to the Board says it all which indicates that CALA is an energetic and dynamic organization, with many programs and events going on, closely following the strategic planning directions that the Board approved two years ago.

Indeed we should be proud of ourselves and our organization and the accomplishments we have achieved in all areas, both internationally and domestically.  Several events are worth noting this year:

The committees on the new initiatives under her direction and leadership, including the Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in 512 Earthquake Areas in China, Taskforce on the CALA Travel Grant Guidelines and her efforts at promoting and increasing membership recruitment and retention, have all made significant progress. Sha Li's timely regular updates on CALA events have kept all of us well informed about CALA programs and activities.

The CALA 21st Century Librarians Series Program has witnessed another successful year, with 14 CALA presenters and over 300 Chinese librarians participating in the three seminars in Yunnan, Hubei, and Taiwan. All information on the three seminars is complete on the program’s website at http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/lib/projects/resources/calamw/project/2008/2....

We were proud that ALA President Jim Rettig was able to join one of the seminars, at Kunming University of Science and Technology. In his blog, which is viewed by many ALA members or otherwise, Jim indicated his appreciation for CALA for the opportunity and shared some of the impressions he learned on Chinese librarianship, his interactions with Chinese colleagues, and his visits to other parts of China. ALA President-Elect, Camila Alire, has also expressed her willingness to participate in the program. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise CALA's visibility among library associations in the US.

It is very encouraging that the partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Libraries (UIUC), and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) has won the IMLS grant to work with the Library Society of China (LSC) to promote Chinese, American, and international librarianship. Our trips to DC in April to meet with IMLS, and to China in May 2008 to meet with the Ministry of Culture and Library Society of China were paid off. We believe this will create many opportunities for our members.

Our next important domestic project is the CALA partnership, which was created several years ago, in sponsoring the 2nd Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC 2012). Planning for the conference is moving along pretty well. This will also help with CALA's visibility in the US to promote issues of diversity in the profession.  The JCLC 2012 Steering Committee has selected the conference year as 2012 and will announce the location for the conference at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Like JCLC 2006, JCLC 2012 will be another great opportunity of professional development for CALA members, all of whom are encouraged in participation and involvement in the event. Please watch for JCLC 2012 announcements.

I am sure you, like me, are very excited about the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead of us. Opportunities also bring challenges. Let’s work together to face these challenges and create more opportunities for ourselves and for our members.

Haipeng Li
CALA Interim Executive Director