IS THIS AN Interim or annual REPORT? _X_ Interim __Annual
LIST SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES THE COMMITTEE HAS DONE SINCE LAST REPORT:
This has been another year of success for the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Program. Three seminars have been held, with 14 CALA member/presenters and over 300 Chinese librarian participants. The three seminars were held at the following institutions with appropriate CALA teams of presenters:
Kunming University of Science & Technology in Kunming, Yunnan Province, July 10-13, 2008
Yuan, Haiwang (Team leader, Western Kentucky University)
Bao, Xueming (Seton Hall University Library in New Jersey)
Fernekes, Robert (Georgia Southern University, Zach S. Henderson Library)
Miao, Hong (Marywood Univ. Library, PA)
Zhou, Liana (Indiana Univ. Kinsey Institute Library)
Mr. Jim Rettig, ALA president (2008/09), participated as the keynote speaker.
Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei Province, Oct. 23-25, 2008
Shuyong Jiang (Team Leader; Univ. of IL at Urbana-Champaign)
Ma Lei Hsieh (Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ)
Shuqin (Shu) Jiao (Saint Louis University)
Julia Martin (University of Toledo, OH)
Karen Wei (Univ. of IL at Urbana-Champaign)
Joe Branin, Ohio State University Library Director, participated as the keynote speaker
Guoqing Li (Ohio State University) also participated in the seminar.
Taiwan National Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, (Nov.10-14, 2008)
Y. Diana Wu (Team Leader; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose State University)
Qi Chen (Argosy University, Chicago)
Win Shih (University at Albany, SUNY)
All teams have performed excellent jobs with their tasks/presentations and have received very positive feedback from hosting institutions. We would also like to thank our seminar hosting institutions for their hospitality and wonderful arrangements. We would like to encourage everyone to read the reports (on CALA web) from our members who participated.
Another important accomplishment is the IMLS grant that the partnership between UIUC and CALA has won, the announcement of which was made on November 16, 2008, at the Library of Congress. A few members of the Seminar Task Force, Shuyong Jiang, Haipeng Li, and Sha Li Zhang, worked hard at the grant proposal and the planning after receiving the grant. The Task Force has also been busy at planning CALA’s involvement in the grant project. Two conference calls were held and numerous email discussions were also held. The first event for the project has been planned on Friday Jan. 23, 2009, from 7-9:00 pm at ALA midwinter to provide CALA members information on the grant and how to get involved.
The Taskforce also discussed where CALA should go as a general direction with the seminar project now that we have the grant. We realized that focus of the grant will be on public libraries in China (although our members from academic background can still participate) whereas our seminars had more or less leaned towards academic libraries. We will need to make some adjustments in our focus on the grant project but at the same time keep the momentum going with the seminar project. After some discussions, the Taskforce made the following decisions:
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