Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China

Date: 7 Jan. 2010

Member Roster:

Sally C. Tseng (Chair), Maria Fung, Esther Lee, Ying Liu, Cathy Yang,
Priscilla Yu, Liana Zhou, Xudong Jin (CALA President, Ex officio), Haipeng Li
(CALA Executive Director, Ex officio), Shuyong Jiang (CALA Treasurer, Ex
officio).

Is this an interim or
annual report?

__X___ Interim
report              _____
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 - Funds distributed and task completed.
  2. To  raise funds in support of rebuilding
    collections for libraries destroyed by the May 2008 earthquakes - Funds distributed and task completed.
  3. To
    provide Training Seminars on Preparation for Natural Disasters,
    Emergencies, Digitization and Preservation of Library Collections - on
    going exploration.

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

 

1.  Distributions of
Funds:

 

A.  CALA's
Second Donation (US$10,400.00) to LSC that Were Distributed to Three Libraries
Destroyed or Seriously Damaged by the 2008 Earthquakes

 

Dr. ShaLi Zhang, 2008/2009 CALA
President, presented the second check of CALA's China Earthquake Relief Fund in
the amount of US$10,400.00 to Director Kong Dechao, representative of the
Library Society of China (LSC) in Beijing at the 2009 CALA Annual Awards
Banquet in Chicago.  Since D  K would be travelling in the United States
after ALA, Dr. Shuyong Jiang brought the check to the LSC on her trip to
Beijing in July.  LSC had identified
three libraries in Sichuan to received CALA's China Earthquake Relief Fund.  

 

B.  Three Libraries in
Sichuan Received CALA's Earthquake Relief Fund

 

The LSC had distributed, on
CALA's behalf, the second CALA's Earthquake
Relief Fund in the amount of US$10,400.00 to three libraries that had been
seriously damaged by the 2008 earthquakes. 
These three libraries were:  An County Library, Mao County Library
and Wenchuan County Library.  These
libraries are selecting and buying 6,000 or more needed books with CALA's
donated moneyWe are pleased that we have accomplished one
of our goals and efforts to assist in rebuilding libraries collections in the
earthquake disastrous areas in China.

 

2.  Collaboration
among CALA and Chinese libraries & associations
to provide Training
Seminars on Preparation for Natural Disasters, Emergencies, Digitization and
Preservation of Library Collections

 

The Taskforce has been communicating with LSC and Mr. Jia-ling
Wang, Vice Director, Sichuan
Provincial Library on providing the above training seminars if funded.  Before we do that, we have been trying to
collect data, statistics and needs assessment from the libraries that have been
damaged or ruined by the severe Wenchuan Earthquakes in May 2008.  We have to be patient because it will take a
long time to obtain information from China.  

 

We are working one step at a time with a sincere goal to
help rebuilding the earthquake affected libraries.  In November 2009, Mr. Haipeng Li, CALA
Executive Director and Ms. Liana Zhou, a Taskforce member, discussed this potential
collaboration with Director Wang and Ms. Tang, Secretary General of LSC, while they
attended the LSC Annual Conference and the IMLS Granted UIUC/CALA Program in
Nanning, Guangxi, China.   Both Director Wang and Ms. Tang expressed
their interests in collaboration with us. 
We expect to receive some information from Director Wang. 

 

3.  Book on China Earthquakes for Sale to Raise Funds for Rebuilding Chinese
Libraries' Collections

 

The Task Force has a few copies of
a book titled, 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. We
highly recommend this book to your libraries. 

 

The proceeds of this
book will be added to the CALA's 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 or your library
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

 

4.  Taskforce Members Speaking at the California
Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference

 

Sally C. Tseng, Chair of the Taskforce, was one of the speakers at
the 2009 CLA Annual Conference on November 1, 2009 in Pasadena.  This Program was 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 spoke
on some of the moving stories that touched our hearts from the earthquake areas
in China and the CALA fundraising efforts, activities and accomplishments of
the Taskforce.

 

List Taskforce recommendations, if any, to the Board:

 

Respectfully submitted by,

 

Sally C. Tseng, Chair

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