Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China

Member Roster:

Sally C. Tseng (Chair), Maria Fung, Esther Lee, Ying Liu, Cathy Yang, Priscilla Yu, Liana Zhou

ShaLi Zhang, CALA President, ex officio, Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director, ex officio, Shuyong Jiang, CALA Treasurer, ex officio

Is this an interim or annual report?

_____ Interim report   __X___ Annual report

Goals of the CALA Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China

  1. to raise funds for the libraries' victims, injured and those whose homes were destroyed by the May 2008 earthquakes - task completed;
  2. to  raise funds in support of rebuilding collections for libraries destroyed by the May 2008 earthquakes - task completed; and
  3. to provide Training Seminars on Preparation for Natural Disasters, Emergencies, Digitization and Preservation of Library Collections - on going.

List significant activities the committee has done since last report in January 2009:

A.  Fundraising Efforts:

We are pleased to report the total fund raised for the China Earthquake Relief Fund is: US$20,800.00.  It is the largest fundraising efforts in CALA history. (see Appendix 3:  List of 160 donors and three associations in alphabetical order)

Donations received:

by Checks:      US$11,385.00

via PayPal:      US$  9,415.00 (Need to deduct PayPal fees)

            Total:              US$11,385.00 + US$9,415.00=US$20,800

            Actual Grand Total Received:  US$20,800 -US$400.00 PayPal fees = US$20,400.00

We would like to thank our donors for their generous donations.  We have been working with the Library Society of China to distribute the above funds.

B.  Distributions of Funds:

  1. CALA Donation (US$10,000.00) to LSC and Distributed to 32 Libraries Victims and Librarians Whose Homes Were Destroyed by the 2008 Earthquakes

With the assistance of the Library Society of China (LSC) we had distributed the donated funds in the amount of US$10,000.00 to library earthquake victims, injured and librarians who lost their homes and personal properties during the 2008 massive earthquakes.  In January 2009, Ms. Tang Gengsheng, LSC Secretary General and a few staff, flew to Sichuan Province to distribute earthquake donations including the US$10,000.00 CALA's donation to the library colleagues in the earthquake areas.  LSC sent us lists of 32 recipients in Sichuan who received CALA donated funds with signatures by the recipients.  (see Appendix 1: the condensed article published in Library Society of China Newsletter, 2009, no. 1, pp. 37-38)

The following is a summary of the distributions of the $10,000.00 to 32 Chinese Librarians and Library Workers Received CALA Donated Fund from the LSC Representatives. 

They are:

Library                       Names/Numbers of librarians                      Amount          Sub-Total    

Beichuan County Library       Li Chun, Library Director                   ¥20,463.16                                                                              Seriously injured                                 (US$3,000.00) = ¥20,463.16

Beichuan County Library       Mrs.Wang Ming-wen.                         ¥13,642,11     

(Mr. Wang died)                                 (US$2,000.00) = ¥13,642,11

Beichuan County Library       4 libns & workers ¥  1,137,00 ea = ¥  4,548.00

Qingchuan County Library     9 libns & workers ¥  1,137,00 ea = ¥10,233.00

Wenchuan County Library     4 libns & workers ¥  1,137,00 ea = ¥  4,548.00

Aba Teachers' College Lib.  13 libns & workers ¥  1,137,00 ea = ¥14,781.00

(US$5,000.00)  = ¥34,110.00


Grand Total:              US$10,000.00 = ¥68,215.27

2.  CALA 2nd Donation (US$10,400.00) to LSC for Three Libraries Destroyed or Damaged by the Earthquakes

1)      We continue to work with the Library Society of China (LSC) in the distribution of the 2nd donation from the CALA Earthquake Fund.  We are pleased to report that the LSC will assist in the process of distributing CALA's 2nd donation in the amount of US$10,400.00 on CALA's behalf and to identify three (3) libraries that have been rebuilt after the May 2008 massive earthquakes. 

2)      Each of the three libraries will be able to use the CALA donated funds to purchase 1,000 or more needed books for their library.  We expect with the  2nd donation the funds will purchase 6,000+ books for these three libraries.  It is one of our goals and efforts to assist in rebuilding libraries in the earthquake disastrous areas in China.

3.  CALA/MLA Gift Bookplate

Thanks to President ShaLi Zhang's staff who has designed a Gift Bookplate with both Chinese and English names and Logos of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and the Medical Library Association (MLA).  LSC has agreed to instruct the receiving libraries to add a CALA/MLA Gift Pookplate to each book indicating these are gift-books from both associations.

4.  CALA/LSC Agreement on CALA 2nd Donated Funds for Gift Books for Three Libraries

President Zhang and the Chair are working on an Agreement with the Library Society of China who has agreed to assist CALA in the distribution of the CALA 2nd donated funds to three Chinese libraries to help the newly-built libraries in these affected regions to purchase library materials.  We anticipate the Agreement will be signed before July 12, 2009.   President Zhang will present a CALA check in the amount of US$10,400.00 to LSC during the CALA Awards Banquet on July 12, 2009 in Chicago.  Director Kong Dechao of Henan Provincial Library, and Deputy Director Wang Jialing of Sichuan Provincial Library, will receive the CALA check on behalf of the Library Society of China (LSC). 

C.  Book on China Earthquakes for Sale to Raise Fund for Rebuilding Library Collections

The Task Force received 30 copies of a book, entitled, 中国汶川抗震救灾纪实 = Reports of the China Wenchuan Earthquakes Rescuing Efforts.  新华社总编室编. 北京 : Beijing : Xinhua Press, 2008. 345 pages. The cost is US$32.00 +US$3.00 = US$35.00 per copy. (see Appendix 2: Chinese and English Abstracts of :  中国汶川抗震救灾纪实 = Reports of the China Wenchuan Earthquakes Rescuing Efforts)


This book is sent to us by Deputy Director Wang Jialing of the Sichuan Provincial Library.  We highly recommend this book for your libraries.  The proceeds of this book will be added to the CALA Earthquake Relief Fund as part of our fundraising efforts for libraries in the earthquake hard hit areas to rebuild their library collections.  We'll send you an Invoice if needed.   A Receipt will be sent to you after we receive your check.  Please send your check payable to:  Chinese American Librarians Association and send your order to:

Sally C. Tseng, Chair

CALA Task Force on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China

P.O. Box 4992, Irvine, CA 92616-4992
Email: sctseng888@yahoo.com

D.  Taskforce Members Speaking at Upcoming Conferences on Our Efforts in Rebuilding Libraries that were Affected by the 2008 Massive Earthquakes in China


  1. CALA Midwest Chapter 2009 Annual Program - Chicago Public Library - Chinatown Branch, on Saturday, July 11, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

      2353 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

Liana Zhou, a Taskforce member will speak in the morning from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the CALA Midwest Chapter 2009 Annual Program in Chicago on the "CALA Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China: a Presentation of Activities and Efforts".  The Presentation will include information of the Taskforce's activities and accomplishments from June 2008 to July 2009. 

  1. California Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference in Pasadena Convention Center, California on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 (date and time to be confirmed by CLA)

Sally C. Tseng, Chair of the Taskforce, will be one of the speakers at the 2009 CLA Annual Conference in the Program on the theme "From Prevention of Earthquake Damages to Preservation of Collections".  This Program is sponsored by the CALA Southern California Chapter and co-sponsored by the CLA Technical Services Interest Group and the CLA Chinese American Librarians Round Table. 

Sally Tseng will speak on the "Moving stories that touch our hearts from the earthquakes in China and the efforts and work of the Chinese American Librarians Association on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China".

E.  Acknowledgement

We are very grateful to our CALA members and friends for their donations in support of these Earthquakes Relief Funds for China.  We would like to thank our donors for their generous donation.  Special thanks go to the Medical Library Association for their strong support.  We would like to thank CALA President ShaLi Zhang, Executive Director Haipeng Li, and TF members for their support in helping the Task Force raise funds and their work.   Special thanks go to the LSC leaders in assisting distributing CALA donations to 32 librarians and three libraries affected by the earthquakes to rebuild their library collections

List Taskforce recommendations, if any, to the Board:

1.  CALA Treasurer's Report

The Taskforce recommends adding all the donor's names and donations to the CALA Treasurer's Report under the Category:  Earthquake Funds.  . (see Appendix 3:  List of 160 donors and three associations in alphabetical order)


2.  Provide Library Training Seminars on Natural Disasters as part of the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Projects

The Taskforce recommends CALA to Provide Training Seminars on Preparation for Natural Disasters, Emergencies, Digitization and Preservation of Library Collections as part of the 21st Century Librarian Seminar Projects. 

Because we will send all the funds raised for the CALA Earthquake Funds to LSC to assist Chinese libraries, librarians and workers there are no funds remaining to conduct training workshops which is one of our Goals.  We propose organizing seminars that will highlight information and knowledge and bring innovation and new skills that can be applied to Chinese academic, special, school or public libraries, archives and museums in cases of emergencies or natural disasters The Chair and some of our Taskforce members have done in-depth research on relevant information on earthquake and other natural disasters and their work on preparation, salvage, digitization and preservation of library materials.  We also have identified  some experts in natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and wildfires, floods, hurricanes, storms, and other natural disasters. 

This new  Seminar theme will benefit administrators, librarians and staff in all types of libraries, archives and museums with methods and strategies that can be applied to safety preparedness and the reduction of damages and losses as well as digitization and preservation programs.  The Taskforce and selected CALA members can conduct meaningful training Seminars for their Chinese library communities on this theme based on American experience.  

As we plan the Seminar, we know how important it is to have quality presenters that will inspire librarians. We need a seminar that will provide fresh, practical and timely ideas that are relevant to librarians' work as well as to their personal lives. The Taskforce members and some CALA members with special expertise will deliver that and much more to CALA's next Seminar!

We hope to work with the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Projects on these Seminars.


Respectfully submitted by,

Sally C. Tseng, Chair, for the

CALA Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China



Appendix 1: the condensed article published in the Library Society of China Newsletter, 2009, no. 1, pp. 37-38)

中国图书馆学会工作通讯 2009 年第1期  pp. 37-38

Library Society of China Newsletter, 2009, no. 1, pp. 37-38



中国图书馆学会赴成都发放赈灾捐款 (Condensed and retyped by Sally C. Tseng)

受中国图书馆学会和美国华人图书馆员协会委托, 中国图书馆学会秘书长汤更生及 工作 人员陈光、张慧杰等一行三人于2009年1月8日至9日赴成都和都江堰等地发放赈灾捐款。

中图学会一行8日下午成都到达后, 在四川省图书馆学会和省馆的安排下, 立即召开了赈灾 捐款发放工作会议, 商讨赈灾捐款的具体发放对象和发放方法。 会议由四川省馆副馆长 王嘉陵主持, 省馆馆长李忠昊以及来自汶川、北川、青川、绵阳、广元、绵竹、 德阳、 雅安、攀枝花等市州县的十余位图书馆馆长和四川省高校图工委代表参会。。。。。。

确定捐款发放方法和对象后, 中图学会和省学会工作人员编制了 ×美国华人图书馆员协会 (CALA) "中国地震灾区图书馆重建工作组" 赈灾捐款发放明细表Ø 和 ×中国图书馆学会 赈灾捐款发放明细表Ø, 分理每一笔捐款, 装入信封并注明金额和姓名。。。。。。

此次赴灾区共捐款207,900.27元, 其中, 包括美国华人图书馆员协会 (CALA) "中国地震灾区 图书馆重建工作组" 委托分发的 10,000.00 美元 (折合人民币68,210.53元)。。。。。 (学会秘书处   陈光)


Appendix 2: Chinese and English Abstracts of: 

中国汶川抗震救灾纪实 = Reports of the China Wenchuan Earthquakes Rescuing Efforts

摘要:  本书为新华社组织编写的抗震救灾纪实图书, 以时间顺序, 分 "地震突如 其来"、"全力抢险救灾"、"打通生命通道"、"黄金救援时间"、"最是危急时刻"、"救生奇迹不断" 等八个章节, 共收录新华社记者现场采写、 拍摄的140多篇 新闻报道 精品和80余幅照片。

Abstract:  This book with more than 80 photos records moving and inspiring moments of the May 12th, 2008 (time: 14:28) 8 magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks that struck extensive areas in China, covering many provinces. It records the effective, timely and persevering efforts and strengths by the Rescuing Teams from all over China and around the world. It expresses our deepest grief and support to the victims and survivals. 


Appendix 3:  List of 160 donors and three associations in alphabetical order:

Mia Bassham               US$   100.00*                         Eugenia Beh                US$     20.00*            

Jacqueline Borin          US$     20.00*                         M Broderick                US$     50.00*

Huibin Cai                   US$   200.00*                         CALA Headquarters US$1,000.00  

CALA MW Chapter   US$   500.00                          Yingjun Cao                US$   100.00*

Janet Carnes (Washoe Co School District, R.Corbett Elementary School, NV) US$80.00

Jiang Chen                  US$   100.00                           Qi Chen                       US$   100.00*

Su Chen                      US$     20.00*                         Jim Cheng                   US$     50.00*

Helen Chin                  US$   100.00*                         Marian Chou               US$   100.00*

Maryann Cinelli          US$     25.00*                         Barbara Conaty           US$   100.00*

Esther Crawford         US$   100.00*                         Leslie Cunningham     US$     10.00*

Mark Dalton                US$   100.00                           Sai Deng                     US$   100.00*

Phyllis Dickstein         US$   200.00                           Jennifer Doty              US$     20.00*

Deidre Dowling          US$     50.00                           Michael Dowling        US$   100.00*

Barbara Dreher            US$   200.00*                         John Drobnicki            US$     50.00*

Ellen Druda                 US$     50.00*                         Glen Emmanuel          US$     25.00*

Lynn Feinman             US$   100.00                           Nadine Flores              US$     50.00*

Madeline Ford                        US$   100.00*                         Maria Fung                  US$   100.00*

Maurice Gately           US$   100.00                           Carol Gee                    US$   150.00*

Mary Ghikas               US$   100.00*                         Fred Gitner                 US$     25.00              

Lori Gluckman            US$     10.00*                         Michael Gorman         US$     50.00*

Wendy Hall                 US$      25.00   Hampton Township School(NV)      US$   100.00

Caroline Xiaofang Han US$  200.00*                        Lisa Handelman          US$     50.00*

Arianne Hartsell          US$      20.00*                        Stephanie Heineman   US$   100.00  

Nancy S Hershoff       US$    100.00*                        Helene Hertzlinger      US$     20.00*

Yuan-shang His          US$      50.00*                        Dora Ho                      US$   200.00  

Patricia Hogan                        US$      50.00                         Patricia Hom-Howe    US$     50.00*

Cathy Hsiao                US$    100.00*                        Hui-Shin Hsiao           US$     50.00*

Lydia Hsieh                US$    100.00*                        Sabrina Hsu                 US$   100.00*

Xiao Hu                      US$      50.00*                        Jiun-Huei Kuo             US$     50.00*

Corinda Humphrey     US$      25.00*                        Robin Kear                  US$     20.00*

Daphne Killion            US$     25.00*                         Shuyong Jiang             US$     60.00

Xudong Jin                 US$   205.00*                         Frances Lau                 US$   500.00*

Chui-chun Lee                        US$     75.00*                         Esther Lee                   US$   200.00*

Hwa-Wei Lee              US$   300.00*                         Joyce Levine               US$     50.00

Guoqing Li                  US$     50.00*                         Haipeng Li                  US$   200.00

Mingyan Li                 US$   100.00*                         Tang Li                        US$   100.00*

Xin Li                          US$     50.00                           Yi Liang                      US$   100.00*

Peter Lisker                 US$     10.00*                         Amy Su Liu                US$   100.00

Jing Liu                       US$     60.00*                         Mengxiong Liu           US$   100.00*

Min Liu                       US$   100.00*                         Ying Liu                      US$   100.00

Zao Liu                       US$   100.00*                         Hilda Loh                    US$     50.00*

Patricia Longo             US$     50.00*                         Shirley Loo                 US$     50.00*

Rolland C. & Kathryn Lowe US$   250.00               William &Phyllis Lowe US$100.00

Jinfu Lu                       US$     50.00*                         Ming Lu                      US$   100.00*

Songqian Lu                US$   100.00                           Chen Ma                     US$     20.00*

Roger Magnus             US$   225.00                           Julia Martin                 US$     50.00*

Carol Mathias              US$     20.00                           Susana Matveyeva      US $    15.00*

Dorothy McGarry       US$     50.00*                         Medical Library Assn US$5,000.00

Hong Miao                  US$     50.00*                         Eileen Minogue           US$   100.00  

Dorothy Moore           US$     50.00                           P. Russell Nyberg       US$     50.00              

Satia Orange               US$     25.00*                         Cecilia Poon                US$   100.00  

Gwendolyn Prellwitz  US$     50.00*                         Jennie Pu                     US$   100.00*

Lisa Richland              US$     25.00*                         Justine Roberts            US$     25.00*

Lian Ruan                   US$   100.00*                         Karen Saginor             US$   100.00  

Caitlin St John                        US$     25.00*                         Lan Shen                     US$   100.00*

Zhijia Shen                  US$     20.00*                         Diana Shih & Benoit Jadul US$100.00*

Carol Simpson             US$   100.00                           Robert Smith               US$   100.00*

Wilfred Smith             US$   125.00*                         Dajin Sun                    US$   100.00*

Li Sun                         US$     20.00*                         Yanqing Sun               US$     20.00*

Wendywanyin Tan      US$     35.00*                         Klairon Tang               US$   100.00*

Lorna Y. Tang             US$   100.00                           Weiying Teng              US$     50.00*

Roberta Thomas          US$   100.00*                         Janet Thompson          US$     20.00*

Jie Tian                        US$   500.00*                         Betty L Tsai                US$   100.00*

Helen Tsai                   US$   100.00                           Sally Tseng                  US$   500.00 

Manuel Urrizola          US$     50.00*                         Maggie Wang              US$   300.00  

Joy Yi Wang               US$     50.00*                         Xiaoli Wang                US$     50.00*

Karen Wei                   US$     50.00                           Mary Elizabeth Wendt US$  100.00*

Frank Williams            US$     30.00*                         Jiaxun Wu                   US$   100.00*

Jiping Wu                    US$     50.00*                         Ying Xing                   US$   100.00*

Jian Xiong                   US$     50.00*                         Hong Xu                     US$     50.00*

Qinghua Xu                US$     20.00*                         Yan Xue                      US$     50.00*

Zhaohui Xue               US$   100.00*                         Yumi Yamamoto        US$     50.00*

Cathy Yang                 US$   500.00  Lena L Yang               US$   200.00*

Yunshan Ye                US$     50.00*                         Zhi Xian Yi                 US$   100.00*

Harriet Ying                US$   100.00                           Hope Young               US$     50.00  

Priscilla Yu                  US$   100.00                           Ting Yu (for Jie Huang) US$ 30.00*

Haiwang Yuan            US$   100.00*                         Erika Zeitz                  US$   100.00*

Allison B Zhang          US$     30.00*                         Guopeng Zhang          US$   100.00*

Li Zhang                     US$   100.00*                         ShaLi Zhang               US$   100.00  

Ying Zhong                 US$   100.00*                         Liana Zhou                  US$   100.00*

Haishu Zhu                 US$     20.00*