Southern California Chapter

Member Roster:

President:  Win Shih

President Elect: Manuel Urrizola

Immediate Past-President: Xiwen Zhang

Past President: Maggie Wang

Membership Chair: Tanya Cao

Program Facilitator: Jie Tian

Treasurer: Ying Xu

Web Master: Liu, Ying

Is this an interim or annual report? Annual report

List significant activities the committee has done since last report:

  1. CALA SCA Chapter Annual Conference, February 21, 2013, Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, Monterey Park, CA

The theme of this year’s meeting is What Does It Mean to Be a Librarian Today and in the Future?  The conference was well attended by CALA members, librarians, library administrators, and library school students from all over Southern California.

The conference began with welcome remarks by Win Shih, SCA Chapter President and Norma A. Arvizu, City Librarian of the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.  The morning session entails a keynote workshop Public Speaking presented by Manuel Urrizola,  Head of Metadata & Technical Services, University of California Riverside Libraries.  For many of us, this was a true learning experience with lively interaction and engagement among participants. In the afternoon, a featured panel presentation  Librarianship: Today and in the Future was presented by Norma A. Arvizu, City Librarian of the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, Michele A. Lucero, Director of Business Development & Recruiting LAC Group, and Eduardo Tinoco, Associate Dean for Public Services, University of Southern California Libraries.  The presenters shared their insights and experiences, followed by a series of active discussions on issues and concerns in the library profession during the current tough economic times. 

The panel session was followed by three individual presentations: In Search of Excellence: CALA Southern California Chapter  By Ying Xu, Humanities Librarian of California State University, Los Angeles and Sally Tseng, Honorary Executive Director of CALA;  Chinese-American Librarians Database: Database of the Political Campaigns since the Establishment of People’s Republic of China, 1949 by Yongyi Song, Technical Services Librarian of California State University, Los Angeles; eBooks and Patron Driven Acquisition (or Access) by Kuei Chiu, Head of Collection Development Department, University of California, Riverside. 

We thank the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library for hosting this Conference. We extend our sincere thanks to the Planning Committee for their excellent work in organizing this Conference: Jie Tian (co-chair), Maggie Wang (co-chair, who arranged the delicious breakfast, lunch, and refreshments for the attendees), Tanya Cao, and Win Shih.  Our thanks also go to SCA chapter board officer Ying Liu and many SCA members for their support to this conference.

  1. Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, January 19, 2013, Top Island Seafood Restaurant 上島海鮮酒家, Alhambra, CA

Ten chapter members attended the dinner that celebrated the Chinese New Year.  We also invited Mr. Gary Strong, Dean of UCLA Library, and his wife in honor of Gary’s retirement.

B.  Southern California Chapter – Election

SCA Chapter President Win Shih appointed a 2013 CALA-SCA Chapter Nominating/Election Ad hoc Committees to conduct this year’s election.  The members are:

Manuel Urrizola, CALA-SCA President Elect, 2013/14

Xiwen Zhang, CALA-SCA Chapter Past President, 2011/12

Win Shih, CALA-SCA President, 2012/13

The Committee issued calls to chapter members for nominations or self-nominations via emails in May 2013 for the chapter members to fill the following positions:

Vice President/President-Elect, 2013/2014

Program Facilitator, 2013/2014
Membership Chair, 2013/2014

Treasurer, 2013/2014

The 2012 CALA-SCA Chapter election were held from May 31st to June 9th, 2013.  The elected new officers are:

Ying Xu, President Elect / Vice President, 2013/14

Jie Tian, Program Facilitator, 2013/14

Kuei Chiu, Membership Chair, 2013/14

Ying Shen, Treasurer, 2013/14

C.  Member Accomplishments

  • Yongyi Song received a research grant of $100,000 from the Foundation of Open Society USA for a significant project of database series he and other Chinese-American librarians are working on.
  • Win Shih, Yongyi Song, and Maggie Wang were elected to the CALA Board of Directors.
  • Joy Wang was the recipient for 2013 CALA Conference Travel Grant. 
  • Tanya Cao serves as the Compiler of SCALL Newsletter (, which is published electronically five times per year by the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

Publications and Presentations

  • Sally Tseng was invited by the National Central Library to give a very successful “RDA Workshop” in Taiwan, May 21-23, 2013.  Two CALA members who also presented at the Workshop were Charlene Chou and Wen-ying Lu.
  • Jie Tian curated the display, Earth Body: The Art of Sustainability, March 20-May 27, 2013, California State University, Fullerton (
  • Win Shih authored a chapter in: Shih, W. (2012 August). Student literacy for succeeding in a pervasive digital environment.  In: R. Gwyer, R. Stubbings, & G. Walton (Eds.), The road to information literacy: librarians as facilitators of learning (pp. 285-296). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Saur.
  • In celebrating the 40th Anniversary of CALA, Sally Tseng and Win Shih created a poster In Search for Excellence: CALA-Southern California Chapter, which will be presented at the CALA Annual Program in June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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