Northen California

Member Roster:

Shu-Hua Liu

Vice President/President Elected
Jessica Lu

Christine Hagar

Membership Officer & Webmaster
Yiping Wang

Event Coordinator

Hong Wang

Is this an interim or annual report? Interim report

List significant activities the committee has done since last report:

  • Use technology tool to host the committee discussion

Taking consideration of convenience and efficiency, N CA chapter adopted the use of Skype to replace the email for committee discussions.   Two Skype meetings were held on 8/28/12 and 10/31/12 respectively to discuss the committee transition and the chapter poster project.   The discussion is productive. The officers unanimously agree this is an effective way of communication. 

  • Conduct an online  survey to understand the needs

As the president of N CA chapter, I set the priority on enhancing communications and creating that activities that members are interested as the top priority.   Therefore, I created an online survey and solicited the inputs soon after I took the office in early September.  

There was a good turnout in answering the questions.  Members expressed the interests in having the networking activity, receiving the information of professional development as well as participation of cultural/author events.

  • Share information of Professional Development

To response the members’ top need in keeping the knowledge and skills up to date, I sent out several email to our chapter members to share the information of professional development  of all sorts of learning opportunities including free webinar, online classes as well as fee-based workshops in the area of library technology,  academic service, public service, technical service as well as leadership administration.

  • Co-sponsor two author events

In  November 2012, CALA N CA chapter co-sponsored two author events.  Both events were well-attended.  The audience and the authors had a good interaction and discussion about their books as well as the cultural issues of being a Chinese American.

The first event was cosponsored with Asian American Advisory Committee, Cultural Heritage Center of  San José State University.    

On November 8, Nona Mock Wyman came to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library to discuss her latest book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California. In 1935, at the age of two, Nona was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos. In this unforgettable book, Nona shares coming-of-age stories from the perspective of the women of Ming Quong against the backdrop of the San Francisco Bay Area and how their bonds of love and friendship carried them through life’s challenges.

The second event was held at Eastwind Books of Berkeley on Sunday, November 11th.  The author, David H.T. Wong shared his debut graphic novel, Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America, a vivid history of Chinese immigrants in their quest for Gold Mountain as seen through the eyes of the Wong family. 

Mr. David H. T. Wong is a Vancouver-born architect and urban ecologist who  has designed airports, houses, regional town centers and destination resorts in more than a dozen countries. His background as a biologist has helped him embrace sustainable techniques that have solidified his reputation for designing green buildings, and he has advised government and industry leaders on common sense green initiatives.

  • Organize the team of celebrating CALA 40 poster project

To respond the call from the annual conference planning committee to have a display a chapter poster, a team of 4 volunteers was formed which includes Hong Wang, Yiping Wang, Patty Wang, Jessica Zheng and Shu-Hua Liu.

I have sent out the form to all CALA N CA members to collect information for the chapter profile.  In addition, I created a document of poster timeline submitted to Mayyang Li, a member of annual conference planning.


  • Plan the Angel Island trip for the networking  activity

A call was sent out to ask members to join the planning team of Angle Island trip. Angela Island is a famous historical immigration landmark for diverse immigrants especially for the Chinese. Susanne Lo responded the call and will join us to organize the trip for next spring.

  • Reconstruct the website

Yiping Wang, webmaster of N CA chapter is currently working on the project of website reconstruction.   

The old website was created with DreamWeaver which is a product of Adobe.  None of us had access to this software which has to pay to own.  Considering the ease of maintenance and access, a proposal of using the open source technology is approved in our committee meeting.

The new website is created by WordPress, a popular open source technology used by many libraries.

  • Welcome the new member

N CA chapter welcomes a new member, Tiffany Niem to join our chapter in Nov.

List committee recommendations, if any, to the Board:

From:    Northern California Chapter (N CA )

Date:  December 15, 2012

ATTEN:   CALA board members

Subject:   Ask the board to discuss the following issues

As a president of N CA chapter 2012-2013, I sent in the request on behalf of our chapter to ask the board to investigate and discuss the issue of “CALAList  conversation and personal information are out on the web “ in the board meeting  in the ALA  midwinter conference.

Background statement:

Yiping Wang, the event coordinator of N CA chapter, reported to me in an email that she found the  conversation between her and Liang Yi, the previous  president of N CA was exposed on the web.

Thus, her personal email address was leaked due to the exposure of the archived discussions.

At that time, I took the action of asking her to send an email to Bin Zhang who is in the CALA web committee.

Bin replied as follows.

“CALA List is an open mailing list.  Anyone can join, and the list archives are accessible by all.  This is NOT a CALA member-only list.   It has been this way since the very beginning.

It is easy to restrict the access to archives to only subscribers or not to archive at all, if the Board decides to do so.”

Questions that we hope the board can discuss

Question 1: archive issue

Following the link,, we only see the 2010 June 2010 Archives by subject.

Why is the archived necessary?

What documents/discussions are archived?

How do we store the content without the risk of exposure on the whole web?

Where the archives for the rest of years?

Question 2: approve the subscribers

Following this link,  we see the categories of mail lists.

For the different mail lists, whose duty is it to approve the subscribers?

Question 3: membership on the web

In the past, N CA chapter has the membership page on our website where lists the contact emails of all members.  I have asked the webmaster to remove it.

There are two chapters where they have the members information on the web. I am not sure if they notice about the security issue.    If you want, please notify them for caution.    Thanks for your attention. ( S CA chapter)  (Southeast chapter)

Supporting documents:

(Sophia’s email)

On Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 1:58 PM, YiPing Sophia Wang <> wrote:

Hello there

 I found out that the entire email between Liang Yi and I can be searched on Google.  Here is the URL And you can see pervious and next messages.  

 From what I found, conversations in June 2010 and members' information are out on the web <June 2010 Archives by subject>. 

 Please check it out.  Thanks  Yiping

(Bin’s reply)

From: Bin Zhang <>

Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Subject: Re: CALAList conversation and personal information are out on the web

To: YiPing Sophia Wang <>

Cc:,, Shu-Hua Liu <>, Xiaoli Li <>, yi liang <>, Yi Liang <>, Diana Wu <>, Haipeng Li <>, Esther Lee <>, Lian Ruan <>


CALA List is an open mailing list.  Anyone can join, and the list archives are accessible by all.  This is NOT a CALA member-only list.   It has been this way since the very beginning.

It is easy to restrict the access to archives to only subscribers or not to archive at all, if the Board decides to do so.

Hope this helps.