International Relation Committee

DATE:  June 14th 2011

MEMBER ROSTER:

Chen Qi
(co-chair). Jiang Shuyong (co-chair).

Sherab Chen, Fu
Li, Andrew Yanqing Lee, Li Guoqing, Raymond Wang, Karen Wei, Mary Wu

IS THIS AN Interim or annual
REPORT?
_ _ Interim X__Annual

LIST SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES THE
COMMITTEE HAS DONE SINCE LAST REPORT:

The IRC has made contact with
the following libraries in China for seminar opportunities:

o  
Beijing
Normal University

o  
Shanghai
Jiaotong University

o  
Shenzhen
Polytechnic Library

o   Dalian
University of Science and Technology

o   Hunan
University Library

o   Tongji
University Library

o   Several
university and public libraries in the River east region of China

IRC and BNU have agreed to
explore future seminar topics:

1.      More academic and innovative focused

2.     
Subject areas studies, new trends in
librarianship globally

3.     
Opportunities for publication between
Chinese and American librarians

4.     
Developing instructional curriculum
between Chinese and American librarians and delivering instructions both in
person and via webinars.

5.     
Both parties saw great potential for
seminar collaboration and to explore more.

Shanghai Jiaotong University:

1.     
Partnering with CALIS Library Director
training program, to provide Professional development for library directors and
managers (theory and practice)

2.     
Topics include public service for
clinical/medical libraries, new trends in Librarianship theory and
practice 

Shanghai
Jiaotong University is currently hosting the Library Director training program
for CALIS. The Library is interested in expanding the training program
internationally by inviting qualified CALA member to present in the next few
sessions. We have met with the Library director, associate directors and
director of the Medical Library. Several topics were explored. There was
agreement that CALA's participation should be at a higher level and in a
different format.  More academic,
practical and administration experience, especially person-centered ideas,
should be explored. 

All the above academic and
public libraries expressed high interest in hosting a conference with CALA.
More details are in discussion. IRC planned to have seminar schedules for Fall
2011 with CALIS via Shanghai JiaoTong University. Due to the fact that IRC did
not receive a timely approval for further discussions early this year, the plan
did not go through.

LIST COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS,
IF ANY, TO THE BOARD:

1.      Board approves contacts of all libraries
previous and currently on IRC's contact list.

2.      Board should grant IRC authority to work
with potential libraries on seminars so that IRC could follow up the contacts
immediately without having to wait for the board to approve. Board only holds
meetings twice a year, which delays the process. We lost an opportunity with
JiaoDa this year due to this delay.

3.      IRC keeps close contact with the
President and executive Director when new libraries are contacted

4.      IRC has the authority to decide the
seminar themes, contents, dates and draft agreement. However, the agreement
should be presented to the board for approval before it is sent to the other
party

5.      IRC leadership should serve longer than
the current appointed terms to maintain continuity of the working projects.

Respectfully submitted,