Southern California Chapter

Southern California Chapter Midterm Report Midterm 2011/2012

Significant Activities:

1. Donation to ALA Spectrum Scholars Program.

SCA Chapter was the first among all chapters to respond to CALA President's call for donation to support ALA's Spectrum Scholars Program. On receiving the email message from Min Chou in November 2011, the chapter Board held an urgent online meeting to discuss ways of contribution and donated $100 to CALA Headquarter in support of the ALA Spectrum Scholars Program.

2. Program

SCA Chapter successfully presented a program entitled Digital Resource sharing: the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance at the California Library Association Annual Conference on November 12, 2011, at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California. University of Southern California Libraries is the co-sponsor of this program.  

Five renowned speakers from California and Asia shared their expertise in the development of digital libraries as well as their strategies for sharing digital resources at the local, national and international levels, and discussed trends, prospects, funding, management, maintenance, and policies related to sharing digital resources:

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, University Librarian, University of California, San Diego Libraries, presented The Genesis and Early Development of the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance;

Catherine Quinlan, Dean of Libraries, University of Southern California, presented

USC’s Approach to Resource Discovery and Sharing in the Digital Environment;

Gary E. Strong, University Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles Libraries, presented
UCLA Library: Digital Future;

Qiang Zhu, Director of Libraries, Peking University, presented

Peking University Library Digital Initiatives of Special Collections;

Haipeng Li, University Librarian, Hong Kong Baptist University Library, presented

Positioning our Libraries in Higher Education: Using Technology to Maximize Traditional Content to Support Learning, Teaching and Research.

The two-hour program was well received by over 80 conference attendees and CALA members. The program flyer and speakers' biography and abstracts are available at the SCA chapter website:  Program photos can be viewed at

We thank Sally Tseng, CALA Honorary Executive Director and Program Committee Chair for all her hard work in initiating the program, writing the proposal, inspiring the chapter board members, recruiting the speakers, finding the co-sponsor, and coordinating the organizational work of the program. Sally worked for several months to lead to the program's success. We also thank the Program Committee members: Ying Liu, Kenneth Klein, Win Shih, Manuel Urrizola, Maggie Wang, Joy Wang, Tania Cao, Xiwen Zhang, Wenwen Zhang, and Ying Xu, for their contributions to the program.  

3. Meeting

In addition to the online meeting on donation to ALA's Spectrum Scholars Program, the chapter Board held a meeting on November 12, 2011 in Pasadena and reported work in 2011 and discussed work plans for 2012.

-submitted by Ying Xu