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UIUC-CALA Partnership Wins Federal Grant of Nearly $500,000 for Librarian Collaboration and Exchange Between U.S. & China

(Oberlin, Ohio) – The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has funded a partnership program between the University of Illinois Libraries at UrbanaChampaign (UIUC) and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) with a $499,895.00 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant. The twoyear “Think Globally, Act Globally” partnership project will facilitate collaboration, exchange of information, professional development of librarians from U.S. and China, and developing a web portal for resources in support of China/East Asian Studies in the U.S.

The project will involve the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, and the Asian Library at UIUC, and CALA, in collaboration with the Library Society of China. The three components of the program will include training institutes for library leaders from China to be held in the U.S., training seminars for Chinese librarians by CALA members in China, and developing a resource web host at the UIUC.

CALA is very pleased to have this opportunity to work with UIUC and the Library Society of China on this grant project. CALA is well positioned to take on this project with UIUC, as most of CALA members not only possess the professional experience and expertise in the field but also many share the same cultural heritage with our Chinese colleagues. In addition, CALA has been promoting collaboration and exchange between Chinese and U.S. librarians at the association level in recent years through the CALA 21 st Century Librarian Seminar Series Program, which has been very successful. This grant project will definitely raise CALA’s visibility to an unprecedented level, and further promote collaboration and exchange between librarians in China and the United States.

The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) is an affiliate of the American Library Association, with over 1,200 registered members.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the institute, please visit

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story | by Dr. Radut