Midwest Chapter

CALA Midwest Chapter 2011/2012 Annual Report
FuWaye Bender
2011/2012 MW Chapter President

MW Chapter Website:  www.midwest.cala-web.org/
MW Chapter Facebook:  facebook.com/CALAMW
MW Chapter Ourstory: www.ourstory.com/CALAMW
Email: fuwaye@gmail.com

May 25, 2012

As the 2011/2012 Midwest Chapter president, I am very pleased and proud to report that this past year has been an exciting, eventful,  and accomplished year for the chapter. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve and contribute to the chapter's growth and welfare. One significant outcome of this year is that we are able to connect, communicate and engage with members through gatherings, listserv and various social media channels, such as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Animoto,  Ourstory.com, Slideshare, Anymeeting, and Worldly.  I believe we are poised to successfully rebuild, renew, refresh and energize our chapter into a more vibrant community, the goals of my presidency.

 Following are the highlights of activities and events between May 2011 and May 2012:

  • The selection and appointment for 2011/2012 Committees and Chairs went smoothly and successfully. The committees we set up are Membership Committee, Web Committee, Research and Discussion Committee (Digital Archives), Conference Planning Committee, Public Relations Committee, Nomination and Election Committee, Fundraising Team for Tornado-stricken Areas In MO, and Chapter President’s Advisory Committee. 
  • A total of 8 new members joined our chapter during this period. Membership Chair Sherab Chen worked on renewal and recruiting members. The new members are:
    • Kim Catledge, Chicago Public Library
    • Laura Morlock, St. Catherine University
    • Gina Millsap, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    • Jianying Shou, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Kate Williams,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Samuel Suber, Illinois Fire Service Institute
    • Kang Zhao, Peking University (currently studying at UIUC)
    • Scott Seaman, Ohio University
  • We worked on refreshing state contacts, which had not been updated since 2005. As a result, we replaced/recruited three new State Contacts:
    1. Mr.  Fu Zhuo, Research and Instruction Librarian in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, is the new state contact for Kansas and Missouri states.
    2. Ms. Mei Wang, Information Resources Specialist Senior at the Asia Library, University of Michigan, is the new state contact for Michigan.
    3. Mr. Xiangdong (Sherab) Chen, Associate Professor, Technical Services of The Ohio State University Libraries, is the new state contact at Ohio.
  • We increased our Student Travel Fund from $80 up to $100, to encourage student participation and expand our membership.
  • We added incentive to the Chapter’s President Award ($50) as a token to recognize, award, and encourage contribution and volunteerism to the chapter’s welfare.
    • 2011’s Chapter President Award recipient was Hong Cheng, Instruction/Reference Librarian, Indiana University Southeast Library. 
    • 2012’s award recipient is Dr. Tze-chung Li, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Dominican University.
  • We launched CALA’s first (chapter) Facebook:  facebook.com/CALAMW
  • We set up interest groups at Google+ . These groups include Content Discovery & Metadata (Cataloging), e-content in library, Digital Initiatives, and Social Media. 
  • We set up a Paypal account to make it easier to reimburse members and save time, checks and postage.
  • We joined forces with CALA’s Fundraising Taskforce For Tornado-stricken Areas in MO, and together we raised a total of $513.99. We promoted the event through various postings on our chapter’s Facebook page and chapter’s listserv.
  • We collected a total of $214 for the CALA President Min Zou’s “Food, Fun and Fundraising for Diversity" initiative to support the ALA's Spectrum Scholarship Program.
  • Members in the Chicago area held a holiday gathering and welcoming new members on December 17, 2011. The event was organized by Lisa Zhao.
  • Dr. Tze-chung Li and his wife Dr. Li Dorothy In-lan’s hosted a gathering at their Chicago home on Jan. 28th to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
  • Worked together with Chapter President’s Advisory Committee, we decided on a chapter legacy initiative, to honor the contributions made by founding members of the chapter and CALA as Midwest Chapter is the cradle of CALA . The goals are to create, record, and share history about the chapter and CALA in large, and learn directly from the founders and pioneers.  It is also an effort to provide and organize more opportunities and events for chapter members, and make our chapter a more welcoming and engaging community. As a result, several programs/events were organized:
    • We created a tell-CALA-story sharing site at ourstory.com/CALAMW, with a list featuring the timeline of our chapter with important milestones. 
    • To celebrating Dr Hwa-Wei Lee’s 80th Birthday, and in accordance with the Symposium on Dr Hwa-Wei Lee’s Library Contributions and Thoughts held on November 17, 2011 at Shenzhen, China, we worked on several projects:
      • We compiled a timeline of his career and work and published at ourstory.com/CALAMW . We also called out to CALA members to share stories at the site.
      • We created a story book entitled, “Dr Hwa-Wei Lee, He is A Cup of Tea” and “Are We There Yet” at storybird.com.   (Dr Hwa-Wei Lee’s biographer expressed interest to use “Dr Hwa-Wei Lee, He is A Cup of Tea” in the book. WCILCOS also seems to like it that they asked to use it at the WCILCOS dinner on May 18, 2012.)
      • In addition, we utilized other social networking tools to promote the birthday celebration and conference through Chapter’s Facebook page, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Worldly.com, Google+, and SlideShare. 
    • Another outreach program to promote the legacy initiative was held on August 20, 2011.  A group of librarians and friends in the Chicago area paid a visit to Dr. Tze-chung Li and his wife Dorothy In-Lan Li at their beautiful home. This event was organized by Lisa Zhao.
    • We sent out special holiday greetings (flowers or customized cards) to chapter founding/senior members. They are Cun-xun Qian (i.e. Tsuen-Hsuin Tsien), Julie Su, Hwa-Wei Lee, Tze-chung Li, Ling-li Chang, Pei-ling Wu, Roy Change, Robert P Chen, Ming-ming Kuo, and Amanda Yu.  The PR Committee worked on this project. We also sent out holiday greetings to all chapter members via listserv.

Regretfully I won’t be able to attend the Board meeting in Anaheim during 2012 ALA Annual. Wish it a productive and successful meeting!