CHINESE AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION
2012/2013 CALA Board Meeting II Minutes
ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA
January 26, 2013 (Saturday), 07:00 - 10:00 pm
Location: Red Lion Hotel, Belltown
Board of Directors Present:
Esther Lee, Haipeng Li, Min Chou, Lisa Zhao, Maria Fung, Li Fu, Lian Ruan, Carol Gee, Liana Zhou, Joy Wang, Qi Chen, Bonnie Fong, Lian Ruan.
Absence requested & approved:
Shu-hua Liu, Win Yuan Shih, Dajin Sun, Songqian Lu, Luo Zhou, Shuyong Jiang, Jie Huang, Cecilia Poon, Frank Xu, Wen-ling Liu, Hong Miao, Bin Zhang, Mongxiong Liu,
Absent: Guoqing Li, Charlene Chou, Hui-Fen Chang.
Guests: Manuel Urrizola, Shali Zhang, Emily Chan, Wei Cen, Em Claire Knowles, Ken Yamashita, Loida Garcia-Febo, Rob Banks, Ying Zhang, Dora Ho, Yi Han, Courtney Young, Gina Paschini, Donna Scheeder, Mario Gonzales, Maribel Castro, Patty Wong
CALA President, Presiding Officer, Esther Lee, called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Self introductions were conducted.
Courtney Young, Candidate for CALA President Elect/Vice President 2014-2015 came to speak to the CALA Board at 7:10 pm. Courtney asked for CALA’s support and indicated if elected, she would work hard and closely with the five ethnic caucuses, get them more involved withal, promote and value membership of ALA & CALA and actively engage the communities to promote librarianship.
Lodi Garcia-Feb., candidate for the IFLA Governing Board, also came to speak to the Board at 7:20 pm. Lodi is past president of REFORMA, and had served on the ALA Council. Her themes of running for the IFLA governing board include engaging diverse/multicultural communities, advocacy for freedom of expression, embracing technology and supporting international librarianship.
Clare Bohrer, the other candidate for the ALA Treasurer for 2013, also attended and spoke to the CALA Board at 7:30pm. She is a public librarian, a director and a trustee. She had served on the ALA Budget & Finance Committee in the past. She also advocated for finance transparency but emphasized more on fiscal responsibility, impact on community and raising funds for projects such as the Spectrum Scholarship Program. She also indicated her commitment to diversity.
Donna Scheeder, Candidate for IFLA President Elect/Vice President, came to speak to the Board at 7:40 pm. She is currently serving as IFLA Treasurer. She served in the past as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Congressional Services at the Library of Congress. She indicated her high level of familiarity with IFLA operations and would like to seek CALA’s endorsement for her election.
Barbara Immroth, the other candidate for ALA President Elect/Vice President 2014-2015, came and spoke at 7:50 pm. She asked for CALA’s support in the election and indicated if elected, her initiatives would include global outreach, particularly to China, other communities, developing positive solutions, promoting a high level of excellence, a national voice, being more inclusive, and supporting existing programs such as the Spectrum Scholarship Program and the Emerging Leaders Program.
Rod Banks, our new liaison from the ALA Exe. Board, came to speak at 8:05 pm. He reported on the following issues from ALA:
Patty Wong, Co-Chair for the Task Force for ALA Presidential Initiative came to speak on behalf of incoming ALA President, Barbara Stripling. She presented the document called Libraries Change Lives, and asked CALA’s support for the initiative.
Since no quorum was established, Presiding Officer Esther Lee declared that the meeting will be carried on and the Executive Committee will vote on action items on behalf of the Board. Other Board members were invited to participate in the discussions of the agenda items and give advice to the Executive Committee.
Motion was made to approve the amended agenda and seconded. Voting was conducted. The agenda was approved.
The CALA IRC presented the recommendation to CALA nominations of Min Chou to serve on the IFLA Information Literacy Section and Michael Bailou Huang to serve on the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section. While the Board felt the nominations were good, a few members asked for more information to share about the role of these nominations. IRC representative Shali Zhang responded all information and criteria were from IFLA and were sent out in the call for nominations announcements on the CALA list.
The CALA IRC also presented the recommendation to CALA’s endorsement for the nomination of Donna Scheeder for the IFLA Presidential Candidate and Loida Garcia-Febo to run for the IFLA governing board.
After some discussions the vote was conducted. All voted Yes to approve the IRC recommendations.
Motion was made to approve the minutes and seconded. Voting was conducted and all were in favor to approve the following minutes:
President Esther Lee thanked everyone, Board members as well as our membership, for their hard work and dedication in the past 6 months. She encouraged all to continue the good work for the rest of the year. She asked everyone to read her report online.
Executive Director Haipeng Li praised the outstanding leadership from CALA President Esther Lee for the past months and thanked everyone for their support. He briefly reported on the progress of JCLC now that the conference was over. Each caucus would expect to receive a check from JCLC as conference proceeds soon to be distributed to each of the five caucuses. After that, there will be another check coming once all invoices were processed. He thanked every CALA member for his/her support for JCLC.
President Esther Lee presented the proposed budget for this year. Discussions were held. The two new items for this year include the $300 for the CALA Poster Session at the ALA Diversity Fair and the $150 for the IFLA/CALA Reception at IFLA Conferences. There was also a question about the increased cost for the newsletter. Haipeng explained that since the Newsletter became an online publication, cost for the publication was minimal. However supplies needed to be covered and cost for mailing print copies to those who had no online access also needed to be budgeted. A suggestion was made to consult the newsletter editors to see how much exactly would be needed. After some discussions, voting was conducted. All voted in favor of the budget, which was approved by the CALA Board.
Respectfully submitted by
February 6, 2013