21st Century Librarian Seminar Project Taskforce

DATE: 1-5-09

Haipeng Li (Chair) Haipeng.Li@oberlin.edu
Xudong Jin xdjin@owu.edu
Guoqing Li li.272@osu.edu
Lisa Zhao chzh@uic.edu
Shuyong Jiang shyjiang@illinois.edu
Sha Li Zhang slzhang@uncg.edu

IS THIS AN Interim or annual REPORT? _X_ Interim __Annual

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:

  1. Ask the Board to approve the authorization for the 21st Century Librarian Seminar Taskforce and the International Relations Committee to assume responsibilities to work on the grant project
  2. Ask the Board to lend all support necessary to the grant project
  3. Treat the grant project as a top priority
  4. Delay the seminar project with Beijing University Library
  5. Explore continuation of further collaboration with Taiwan (more seminars)
  6. Evaluate grant project/seminar efforts a year later.


  1. Ask the Board to approve the authorization for the 21st Century Librarian Seminar Taskforce and the International Relations Committee to assume responsibilities to work on the grant project;