Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant

Revised January 2013

The purpose of Sally C. Tseng's Professional Development Grant is to support program and research related activities by CALA members. Proposals must focus on program and research in library and information science for which the applicant is highly qualified and which would result in the advancement of the individuals' professional status, knowledge, and contributions to the community. Proposals will be evaluated by the criteria identified in these guidelines.


  1. CALA members in good standing (CALA membership for 3 or more consecutive years with professional achievements and contributions) who are currently working full time in libraries are eligible to apply. 
  2. The applicants must demonstrate interests in research and professional development by presenting papers, or reports, or trainings at conferences, institutes or workshops sponsored by a library association or library.
  3. CALA members who have  received the Tseng’s grant must wait for another five years to apply for it again.  However, priority will be giving consideration to those qualified applicants who have never received the Tseng’s Grant.


1.  The following items should be submitted to the Chair of the Sally C. Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee:
with copy to:
Sally Tseng, Ex-Officio

a.  The applicant(s) must submit one (1) complete set of his/her application electronically on Word and/or PDF files via email attachments.

b.  Completed proposal, including

  • Cover Sheet
  • Needs and Purpose of the request
  • Budget
  • Vita
  • Timetable for Completion
  • Three letters of references with signature, institution and email address

2.  Proposals will not be returned to applicants.


The complete application package must be received no later than March 15, 5 p.m. Pacific time each year. Late and/or incomplete application will NOT be accepted nor reviewed.

From Sally C. Tseng Fund donated to CALA that will be awarded to qualified applicant(s) in the amount of $1,000 annually. The grant may be suspended in the case of no qualified applicant or in the case of economic recession that impacts on the Tseng's fund that has been invested in a CALA mutual fund account.

One year, July-June.

The Chair or Co-Chairs of the Sally C. Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee will notify the successful applicant(s) prior to the ALA Annual Conference and the recipient(s) will be announced on the CALA Newsletter and listserv. The Tseng's grant will be awarded at the CALA Awards Banquet during the ALA Annual Conference.

Successful applicant(s) is/are required to attend CALA Annual Awards Banquet when the Grant will be presented to the recipient(s) during the ALA annual conference.  The Tseng’s Grant recepient(s) should submit a written report to the CALA Executive Director and Sally C. Tseng before the next ALA Annual Conference. 


In case the terms of the grant are violated, the Grants will be rescinded and the recipient is required to return the fund in full amount to the Tseng’s Fund Account in CALA.