Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China

Member Roster:
Sally C. Tseng (Chair), Maria Fung, Shuyong Jiang, Esther Lee, Ying Liu, Cathy Yang, Priscilla Yu, and Liana Zhou, ShaLi Zhang, CALA President, ex officio

Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director, ex officio,

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Background Information

The 2008’s most deadly earthquake struck China on May 12, with a devastated 8.0-magnitude, killing at least 69,000 people.  The 8.0-Magnitude is Equivalent to 790 Nuclear Bombs.  It is one of the worst one in the past 3 decades.  Even worse, it happened during the day while people were at work and students were in schools.  There were more than 20,000 times after-shocks ranging from 3.0 up to 6.4 magnitudes.  The disastrous earthquakes forced 15 million people to be evacuated, while more than 5 million were left homeless by destruction estimated at $86 billion.  As to libraries, more than 150 libraries had been damaged by the May 2008 earthquakes in China. Among them, more than 50 libraries had been completed destroyed or serious damaged during the earthquakes and their after shocks in hard hit Sichuan, and other surrounding provinces in Shanxi, Gansu, Yunnan, etc.

Dr. ShaLi Zhang, CALA President, in June 2008, established this CALA Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China and appointed Sally C. Tseng as the Chair to lead the Taskforce to resume fundraising to help our Chinese library colleagues in their efforts to rebuild libraries in those impacted areas.   

List significant activities the committee has done since last report:

A.    To Raise Funds, established the CALA Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China

1.    to  raise funds in support of rebuilding collections in earthquake-damaged libraries; and
2.    to raise funds to provide library training Workshops on Preparation for Natural Disasters and Emergencies and Preservation of Library Collections.

B.    Designed and Revised the Webpage related to the Earthquake

1.    Ying Liu and Sally, with the suggestions of the Task Force members, designed the Webpage and revised the Donation page for the May 2008 China Earthquake in CALA’s Website.  Thanks to Liana Zhou for providing the damaged library photos from Sichuan Province and to Vincci Kwong for putting it up on the CALA Web.  
The URL is:  http://www.cala-web.org/node/545
Please visit the site and introduce it to your friends.
2.    Similar information is also available in a Word document.  People commend us on bringing to life such a moving and informative site.  With these documents we can spread the word more efficiently.  Please let Sally know if you need a copy to help promote the Taskforce’s objectives and efforts.

C.     Fundraising and Distributions of CALA Earthquake Funds:

1.    As of December 31, 2008, the Earthquake Funds raised a total of US$20,700.00 from three associations and over 160 individual donors.  This is the largest donated funds in CALA’s history.  These funds are kept in CALA’s account.  We sincerely thank our donors for their generous donations.  The Chair, together with ShaLi and Haipeng sent each donor a CALA “Thank You Letter” and an official “CALA Receipt” with sincere gratitude to acknowledge the receipt of the donation toward this good cause.  It is a very emotional process and there have been many moving stories from the victims and touching words from the donors. We all very much appreciate what the donors have done in supporting the rebuilding of libraries in the earthquake disastrous areas in China.  

2.    CALA is a not-for-profit organization.  Our members work as volunteers for the Taskforce.  All donations are tax deductible.  We want to ensure our donors that their donations will be 100-percent used for the Taskforce’s established objectives and efforts to assist library colleagues and their rebuilding efforts for library collections.  We want to ensure the incoming donated funds and the outgoing usages of the Earthquake Funds will have total transparency.  These are our commitments to our donors.

3.    Lists of donors in alphabetical orders and separate lists of donors donated by checks or via PayPal are appended at the end of this report.   

4.    The Chair, with the help of Taskforce members, has been continuously keeping tracks of reports on news related to the 2008 China Earthquakes from news media and the Web. We want to obtain as much information as possible so that we can provide the proper assistance.

5.    The Taskforce also has been communicating with the Library Society of China (LSC) and Sichuan Provincial Library for more information and has been working closely with CALA President Dr. ShaLi Zhang and Executive Director Haipeng Li on matters related to the Taskforce.

On October 28, 2008, ShaLi, Haipeng and the Chair signed an Agreement (MOU) which was emailed to Chongqing for Shali.  Ms. Gengsheng Tang, Secretary General of the Library Society of China (LSC) also signed the Agreement.  On behalf of CALA, Dr. ShaLi Zhang, CALA President, then presented a check in the amount of US$10,000.00, from the CALA Earthquake Funds, to Director Li Chen, Deputy Director of the National Library of China and Vice President of the Library Society of China. This amount was approved by the Executive Board in September 2008. Originally our Task Force thought the above donation in the amount of $10,000 US dollars be used to purchase much needed books and periodicals in China for those libraries damaged or destroyed by the earthquakes in Sichuan, Gansu, Shanxi, Yunnan, and Tibet provinces which were currently providing library services in temporary reading rooms.   We understand that it will take some time to rebuild their libraries.  Winter is here, we are very concerned for the Chinese library colleagues who currently live in the “ban fangs” i.e., “板房” (temporary housing structures) or with relatives after their homes were destroyed by the earthquakes.  We want to help our library colleagues who have been going through this extraordinary hard time after the earthquakes while they are working day and night to save library collections and to serve the people.  Therefore, the above CALA donation in the amount of US$10,000 was utilized with flexibility.  Besides, some of our donors are deeply concerned with library colleagues in these areas. At the suggestion of LSC, the US$10,000.00 will be distributed as financial aid to earthquake library victims, instead of purchasing library collections, and be distributed as follows:  

a.    US$2,000.00 for the immediate family of Mr. Ming-wen Wang who died during the earthquake;
b.    US$3,000.00 for Beichuan Library Director Chun Li who was injured during the earthquake for her medical treatments; and
c.    US$5,000.00 for some of the Chinese library colleagues who lost their homes during the earthquake and are temporarily living in temporary structures.

6.    There are US$10,700.00 dollars remained in the CALA Earthquake Funds Account as of the end of 2008.  We plan to donate this money to libraries in Sichuan for the purchase of needed library books and periodicals after some of the ruined or seriously damaged libraries are rebuilt.

7.    Beginning 2009, the taskforce will continue raising funds to help host training sessions and Workshops on Preparation for Natural Disasters and Emergencies and Preservation of Library Collections for librarians in China, and other needed areas in the coming years.

D.    Promotional Activities and Thanks

1.    We would like to thank Dr. ShaLi Zhang, President, Haipeng Li, Executive Director, library leaders and donors as well as the Medical Library Association, CALA’s chapters for their donations and the Hong Kong Library Association for their support during their Programs in helping the Taskforce raise funds.

2.    Maria Fung and Cathy Yang recommended gift books donation to Sichuan.  Maria wrote to the Consul of Cultural Affairs at Consulate General of the P.R. China in New York inquiring about book donation procedures.  We also contacted the Asia & Pacific Division, the Foreign Affairs Office of the Municipality of Chengdu regarding shipping gift-books to Sichuan.  According to them, CALA will need to compile and send them the list of books for them to select, and for their approval through various governmental offices.  At this point, the Taskforce does not have any manpower to compile the lists, no storage for the gift-books awaiting various Chinese governments’ approval, nor have any funding for shipping the gift-books.  We shall pursue the gift-books idea in the future if we have the proper resources.  

3.    Special thanks go to Maria Fung, Esther Lee, Ying Liu, Cathy Yang, Liana Zhou and Priscilla Yu for their efforts in obtaining information and donations for the Taskforce.  Liana and Priscilla also provided us with photos and information while they visited China in July and October 2008 respectively.   Thanks also go to Maggie Wang and Shuyong Jiang for keeping good records on the CALA Earthquake Funds and Shuyong for issuing a US$10,000.00 check to the Library Society of China for distributions to Chinese colleagues.  Most important of all, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our donors for their generous donations to this good cause, especially during the economic recession hard time in 2008.  

4.    We welcome other chapters to let us know when you hold your meetings or programs.  We will be happy to send you promotional information for your use.

List Taskforce recommendations, if any, to the Board:

A.  The first recommendation below is an ACTION Item for the Board Meeting in January 2009 in Denver:  The Taskforce recommends saving the balance of the funds in the amount of $10,700.00 (as of Dec. 31, 2008) with the highest interest CD in CALA’s Earthquake Funds Account.  This amount will be donated to earthquake-damaged libraries for needed books and journals collections when their libraries are rebuilt in the near future.  

B.  The Taskforce will recommend those libraries to receive funds for needed library collection in the future when we have more information.

Respectfully submitted by

Sally C. Tseng, Chair
CALA Task Force on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China

Appendex:

Donors’ Lists As of December 31, 2008

Donations by Checks ($11,285) + PayPal ($9,415.00) = $20,700.00
(Total from 159 donors and three associations)

CALA Salutes Our Donors of the China Earthquake Fund

Individuals – 159 [78 (49.06%) are CALA Members and 81 (50.96%) are non CALA or inactive members]

Donors -- Association - 3

Medical Library Association
CALA
CALA Midwest Chapter

Donors – Individuals Listed By Last Name in Alphabetical Order

Mia Bassham, Eugenia Beh, Jacqueline M. Borin, M Broderick, Huibin Cai, Yingjun Cao, Janet Carnes, Jiang Chen, Qi Chen, Su Chen, Jim Cheng, Helen Chin, Maryann Cinelli, Marian Chou, Barbara Conaty, Esther Crawford, Leslie Cunningham, Mark Dalton, Sai Deng, Phyllis Dickstein, Jennifer Doty, Deidre Dowling, Michael Dowling, Barbara Dreher, John Drobnicki, Ellen Druda, Glen Emmanuel, Lynn Feinman, Nadine Flores, Madeline Ford, Maria Fung, Maurice Gately, Carol Gee, Mary Ghikas, Fred Gitner, Lori Gluckman, Michael Gorman, Wendy Hall, Caroline Xiaofang Han, Lisa Handelman, Arianne Hartsell, Stephanie Heineman, Nancy S Hershoff, Helene Hertzlinger, Dora Ho, Patricia Hogan, Patricia Hom-Howe, Yuan-shang Hsi, Cathy Hsiao, Hui-Shin Hsiao, Lydia Hsieh, Sabrina Hsu, Xiao Hu, Corinda Humphrey,  Benoit Jadoul, Shuyong Jiang, Xudong Jin, Robin Kear, Daphne Killion, Jiun-Huei Kuo, Frances Lau, Chui-chun Lee, Esther Lee, Hwa-Wei Lee, Joyce Levine, Guoqing Li, Haipeng Li, Mingyan Li, Tang Li, Xin Li, Yi Liang, Peter Lisker, Amy Su Liu, Jing Liu, Mengxiong Liu, Min Liu, Ying Liu,  Zao Liu, Hilda Loh, Patricia Longo, Shirley Loo, Rolland C. Lowe and Kathryn Lowe, William and Phyllis Lowe, Jinfu Lu, Ming Lu, Songqian Lu, Chen Ma, Roger Magnus, Carol Mathias, Julia Martin, Susana Matveyeva, Dorothy McGarry, Hong Miao, Eileen Minogue, Dorothy Moore, P. Russell Nyberg, Satia Orange, Cecilia Poon, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Jennie Pu, Lisa Richland, Justine Roberts, Lian Ruan, Karen Saginor, Lan Shen, Zhijia Shen, Diana Shih, Carol Simpson, Robert Smith, Wilfred Smith, Caitlin St John, Dajin Sun, Li Sun, Yanqing Sun, Wendywanyin Tan, Klairon Tang, Lorna Y. Tang, Weiying Teng, Roberta Thomas, Janet Thompson, Jie Tian, Betty L Tsai, Helen Tsai, Sally Tseng, Manuel Urrizola, Joy Yi Wang, Maggie Wang, Xiaoli Wang, Karen Wei, Mary Elizabeth Wendt, Frank Williams, Jiaxun Wu, Jiping Wu, Ying Xing, Jian Xiong, Hong Xu, Qinghua Xu, Yan Xue, Zhaohui Xue, Yumi Yamamoto, Cathy Yang, Lena L Yang, Yunshan Ye, Zhi Xian Yi, Harriet Ying, Hope Young, Priscilla Yu, Ting Yu, Haiwang Yuan, Erika Zeitz, Allison B Zhang, Guopeng Zhang, Li Zhang, ShaLi Zhang, Ying Zhong, Liana Zhou, and Haishu Zhu.

The following lists are separate listings of donors from PayPal and by checks:

Via PayPal ( 118 donors, total:  $9,415.00):

Mia Bassham, Eugenia Beh, Jacqueline M. Borin, M Broderick, Huibin Cai, Yingjun Cao, Qi Chen, Su Chen, Jim Cheng, Helen Chin, Maryann Cinelli, Marian Chou, Barbara Conaty, Esther Crawford, Leslie Cunningham, Sai Deng, Jennifer Doty, Michael Dowling, Barbara Dreher, John Drobnicki, Ellen Druda, Glen Emmanuel, Nadine Flores, Madeline Ford, Maria Fung, Carol Gee, Mary Ghikas, Lori Gluckman, Michael Gorman, Caroline Xiaofang Han, Lisa Handelman, Arianne Hartsell, Nancy S Hershoff, Helene Hertzlinger, Patricia Hom-Howe, Yuan-shang Hsi, Cathy Hsiao, Hui-Shin Hsiao, Lydia Hsieh, Sabrina Hsu, Xiao Hu, Corinda Humphrey, Benoit Jadoul, Xudong Jin, Robin Kear, Daphne Killion, Jiun-Huei Kuo, Frances Lau, Chui-chun Lee, Esther Lee, Hwa-Wei Lee, Guoqing Li, Mingyan Li, Tang Li, Yi Liang, Peter Lisker, Jing Liu, Mengxiong Liu, Min Liu, Zao Liu, Hilda Loh, Patricia Longo, Shirley Loo, Jinfu Lu, Ming Lu, Chen Ma, Julia Martin, Susana Matveyeva, Dorothy McGarry, Hong Miao, Satia Orange, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Jennie Pu, Lisa Richland, Justine Roberts, Lian Ruan, Lan Shen, Zhijia Shen, Diana Shih, Robert Smith, Wilfred Smith, Caitlin St John, Dajin Sun, Li Sun, Yanqing Sun, Wendywanyin Tan, Klairon Tang, Weiying Teng, Roberta Thomas, Janet Thompson, Jie Tian, Betty L Tsai, Manuel Urrizola, Joy Yi Wang, Xiaoli Wang, Mary Elizabeth Wendt, Frank Williams, Jiaxun Wu, Jiping Wu, Ying Xing, Jian Xiong, Hong Xu, Qinghua Xu, Yan Xue, Zhaohui Xue, Yumi Yamamoto, Lena L Yang, Yunshan Ye, Zhi Xian Yi, Ting Yu, Haiwang Yuan, Erika Zeitz, Allison B Zhang, Guopeng Zhang, Li Zhang, Ying Zhong, Liana Zhou, and Haishu Zhu.

By Checks (41 donors, total:  $11,825.00)

Organizations:
Medical Library Association, CALA, and CALA Midwest Chapter

Individuals:

Janet Carnes, Jiang Chen, Mark Dalton, Phyllis Dickstein, Deidre Dowling, Lynn Feinman, Maurice Gately, Fred Gitner, Wendy Hall, Stephanie Heineman, Dora Ho, Patricia Hogan, Shuyong Jiang, Joyce Levine, Haipeng Li, Xin Li, Amy Su Liu, Ying Liu,  Rolland C. Lowe and Kathryn Lowe, William and Phyllis Lowe, Songqian Lu, Roger Magnus, Carol Mathias, Eileen Minogue, Dorothy Moore, P. Russell Nyberg, Cecilia Poon, Karen Saginor, Carol Simpson, Lorna Y. Tang, Helen Tsai, Sally C. Tseng, Maggie Wang, Karen Wei, Cathy Yang, Harriet Ying, Hope Young, Priscilla Yu, and ShaLi Zhang.