Southwest Chapter

Chinese America Librarians Association –Southwest Chapter

Annual Report 2011-2012

Submitted by:

Guopeng Zhang

May, 2012



Member Roster:

Guopeng Zhang, President

Hui-Fen Chang, Vice President

Klairon Tang, Treasurer


The Southwest Chapter currently includes tens members. This report is a summary of our activities for the past year.


CALA-SW Chapter activity at the ALA midwinter Conference

Several chapter members attended the ALA Midwinter conference held at Dallas TX in January 2012. Guopeng Zhang, President, and Irene Ke, President for 2010-2011, attended the board meeting. Irene Ke created a basket of Chinese tea gifts for JCC fund raising.

CALA-SW Chapter Program at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference

The Southwest Chapter hosted a program at the Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference in Houston in April 18, 2012.  Our program title was Toddlers, Touch Technology, and Family Learning. The object of the topic is to develop new technology sills together in a facilitated setting for family and community.  The main speaker was Monica Wong, a librarian at Northwest Campus, EL Paso Community College, Texas. Monica is a CALA Southwest Chapter member.

Social Activity in the Houston Area

We had a lunch after the TLA program.  There were seven members included Guopeng Zhang, the current president, and Hui-Fen Chang, the elect-president, attend the gathering. We had a long conversation on the academic library issues, future, and professional experiences.

Professional Activity Proposal

  1. After Monica Wong expressed the desire of presenting their TLA program to other conferences, we did research, contacted with ALA, and proposed their program to ALA-ALSC, American Library Service to Children.
  2. Dr. Jeng, a life member of CALA and the director of library school of Texas Women’s University was running for the TLA presidency, Guopeng Zhang sent an email to members for voting for Dr. Jeng.

Remaining Issue

There has been no success so far in finding any members interested to be Vice President for 2012-13, an election has been held.