Northern California Chapter

Your Name: Xiaoli Li

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Chapter Officers (2011-2012)

Xiaoli Li (President)

Shu-Hua Liu (Vice President/President Elected) Jianye He (Immediate Past President) Jessica Lu (Treasurer) Yiping Wang (Membership Officer) Hong Wang (Event Coordinator) Yiping Wang (Webmaster)

Is this an interim or annual report? Annual report

List significant activities the committee has done since last report:

A.      Program

First and foremost, the Chapter co-sponsored a program on traditional Chinese book printing with the San Francisco Public Library and the East Asian Library of UC Berkeley. The program, hosted by San Francisco Public Library and held on September 20, 2011, featured three woodblock book printing masters from Yangzhou Woodblock Printing Museum, China. In front of more than

100 audiences, the masters demonstrated the various woodblock printing techniques, starting with wood-carving, book printing, and finishing with book binding. In addition, they described the process of choosing paper, color printing, and appropriate environment (temperature and humidity) required.

The demonstration of traditional Chinese book printing of such a scale has never been done in the United States before. As a result, the event was reported in two major local Chinese newspapers, Sing Tao Daily San Francisco and World Journal (San Francisco).

Additional information and the event pictures are available at:

In April 2012, we submitted a program proposal for the 2012 CLA annual conference. Titled "International Exchange and Collaboration", the proposed program was designed to showcase NCA members' involves with various CALA initiatives, including "Think Globally, Act Globally” and "21st Century Librarian Seminar Series”, and to introduce the ALA Sister Libraries Initiative. The purpose of the program is to explore the collaborative opportunities between libraries and share the successful outcomes built through international collaborations.

B.      Chapter Meetings

Two meetings held in conjunction with the program described above. Prior to the program, the outgoing chapter officers (2010/2011) and incoming officers

(2011/2012) held a joint meeting to ensure a smooth transition. After the program, an informal gathering which included the chapter officers and members took place. Fund-raising and future program ideas were discussed.

C. Outreach Activities

•       Two chapter officers attended a dinner celebration of the National 

Day on September 23, 2011. The event was tailed to associations, societies, etc. As a result, it presented a good opportunity for the chapter to reach out to other organizations with similar goals and interests.

•       The chapter explored the possibility of co-sponsoring Lisa See’s 

talk and autograph event with the Friends of Monterey Public Library. Though it did not happen because of the financial reason plus the inconvenient time for our chapter’s participation, we offered our support by advertising the event to our members. Several members attended the event.

D. Fundraising efforts to support the ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program

The Board discussed the various ways to participate in the fundraising project. Emails were sending out to the current members to solicit donations. 

In addition, the Board made $100 donation to the initiative.

E. Membership renewal drive

We responded to CALA Membership Committee's membership renewal drive enthusiastically. Upon receiving a list of inactive members from Min Chou (CALA President), we brainstormed how best to reach the those whose membership has expired. Personalized emails were sent out followed by some phone calls.

F. Chapter Election

In May the Nomination and Election Ad Hoc Committee was appointed and the call for nominees was sent out to all active members. We plan to start an online voting in June (paper ballot will be mailed to those who did not 

provide an email address).   

G. Chapter member news:

Patty Wong is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association Equality Award for her outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.

Jianye He,Xiaoli Li and Angela Yang were selected for a 5-member team who will present at the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series: 2012 Forum on China-US Library Practice. The forum will take place July 5-9, 2012 at Yunnan University of Nationalities, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. Xiaoli Li serves as the team leader.

List committee recommendations, if any, to the Board: