CALA Liaisons to the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

Member Roster:

Min Chou & Shali Zhang, Co-Liaison

Is this an interim or annual report? Interim report

List significant activities the committee has done since last report:

We are happy to report that CALA, as a new national library association member of IFLA, was represented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2012, held in Helsinki, Finland in August 2012.  Over 300 U.S. librarians attended the IFLA Congress in Helsinki, Finland, that made the U.S. delegation the second largest next to Finland.  We met about 30 CALA members who made presentations, served as members or chairs at IFLA standing committees, or attended the IFLA WLIC in other capacities.  It was very exciting to meet many CALA overseas members from mainland China, Taiwan, Australia, and other countries and regions at the IFLA Congress in Finland. CALA was introduced and welcomed as a new member of IFLA at the U.S. caucus associations’ meeting and reception.  Appointed by CALA President as liaisons to IFLA, our main duties include: to assist communications between CALA and IFLA; to help with logistics on IFLA nominations this year; to advise officers, representing CALA, on their participation in IFLA.  The following is what we have accomplished, and we pass it on as a to-do list to CALA officers who will represent CALA in the IFLA:

  • Attended IFLA updates hosted by the ALA International Relations Committee during ALA Midwinter and Annual since January 2012 (normally, this session is held at 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon, on Saturday, at the ALA Midwinter meetings and at the Annual conferences)
  • Attended U.S. caucus associations (the eight U.S. national library association members of IFLA) meetings and gatherings during the ALA to network with leaders of those association and to participate in the planning of U.S. delegation’s participations in the upcoming IFLA events
  • Represented CALA as a new national library association member at IFLA Congress in Helsinki, Finland in August 2012
  • Attended U.S. delegation gathering and reception during the 2012 IFLA Congress. Under the leadership of ALA International Relations Office, CALA, as one of the eight U.S. caucus associations, contributed a small portion to host the reception
  • Attended National Associations Meeting at the 2012 IFLA Congress and casted voting on behalf of CALA at the General Assembly.  We would like to take this opportunity to remind future CALA presidents the importance of being present in person to participate in voting in IFLA.  Upon arrival to the IFLA Congress, CALA officer must report to IFLA Secretariat first to pick up the voting documents.  Should the voting officer not be able to attend the IFLA Congress, CALA must nominate a proxy to vote on his/her behalf.
  • Assisted CALA International Relations Committee to start the process of recommending CALA nominees to be candidates on IFLA Standing Section Committees where CALA is a section member  

Our plan for the remaining year:

  • Upon approval of CALA nominees for the IFLA Standing Section Committees, will send the nomination packages to IFLA
  • Will remind CALA officers to attend the activities during the ALA and 2013 IFLA in Singapore as listed in the above to-do list; and will provide assistance if needed
  • Will remind CALA to keep its IFLA membership up-to-date 
  • If the two CALA nominations are accepted and appointed by IFLA, will provide initial orientations to them on their official representations of CALA to the two IFLA standing committees

Respectfully submitted,

Mi n Chou and Shali Zhang
CALA Liaisons to the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)