Maria Fung

World Language
Materials Specialist
Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York    


MLS, Indiana University at Bloomington; B.A., Hong Kong Baptist University.

CALA activities:

CALA life member; Vice President of CALA Northeast Chapter (2005-2006),
President of CALA Northeast Chapter (2006-2007), Past President of CALA
Northeast Chapter (2007-2008), Member of CALA Nominating Committee (2007-2008),
Member of CALA Public Relations/Fund Raising Committee (2009-2011), Member of
the Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in 512 Earthquake Areas in China
(2008-2010), Member of CALA Program Committee (2010-2011), Member of Sally
Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee(2010-2011), Member of the Board
of Directors (2009-2011).

Other Professional Activities:

Children's Services Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library for twenty years, and
was responsible for the administration, collection development, reference
service, and programming in the children's department.  Started the first
Lapsit program for babies in the system.  Became the first librarian to
take on the newly created position of World Language Materials Specialist in
2002, and set up an ordering module for world language materials in this system
that is made up of sixty locations, and have given several presentations on it
to librarians at various training sessions eg. ALA Conference.  The most
recent presentation on it was at the 2009 REFORMA's Joint Mini
Conference.  Participated in the "Think Globally, Act Globally" project in
July/August 2010 by giving talks on public library services and collections to
library directors and librarians in 3 Chinese cities.   Represent the
Brooklyn Public Library in hosting visiting librarians from other countries,
especially China, in coordination with the New York Public Library, the Queens
Library, and the CALA Northeast Chapter when applicable.  Volunteer at
Chinatown Daycare Center, New York Chinatown, as Advisor to the Executive

Election Statement:

I am much honored to be nominated as a candidate for the position of the CALA
Vice President/President Elect, 2012-2013.  Taking an active role these
past six years in the Northeast Chapter and national CALA has opened my eyes to
the very progressive leadership role CALA holds in promoting Chinese American
Librarianship in the U.S. and in fostering information exchanges between libraries
in the U.S. and in China.  Together with my multi-talented CALA
colleagues, I would like to further advance the visibility and mission of CALA.