Dear CALA Colleagues and Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that CALA has joined the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) as a national association member. The 2015 Strategic Plan calls for CALA to become a leader in global reach initiatives (www.cala-web.org/node/1309). To accomplish this goal, I have listed CALA membership in IFLA as one of the Presidential Initiatives for this year. During the ALA Annual Conference, held in June 2011 in New Orleans, CALA Executive Committee approved a proposal from former CALA presidents Liana Zhou and Mengxiong Liu that CALA join IFLA as a national association member. CALA Treasurer, Songqian Lu, did a wonderful job in completing the transaction for the application process.
I want to particularly thank Dr. Sha Li Zhang, former CALA president 2008-2009, for her important role in making CALA membership in IFLA a reality. Her extensive involvement and leadership experience in library organizations, at national and international levels, have been invaluable in helping achieve the strategic objectives of CALA in international outreach and collaboration.
IFLA is the global voice of library and information profession. It provides information specialists throughout the world with a forum for exchanging ideas and promoting international cooperation, research, and development in all fields of library activity and information services. By joining IFLA as a national association member, CALA and its members are able to enjoy the benefits, such as voting rights in IFLA, selected standing committee representations, IFLA conference discount, and more. It expands CALA's vision, increases CALA's visibility in the library communities across the world, and provides broader international networking and leadership development opportunities for CALA members.
I will give charges to the International Relations Committee to develop guidelines of nominating CALA members to serve on IFLA standing committees. Please stay tuned for further information.
CALA President 2011-2012
Dear all CALA Members,
The CALA Publications Committee is soliciting nominations for Editor-in-Chief of the CALA Occasional Paper Series (OPS). All CALA members in good standing are eligible for nomination. The term of the editor-in-chief will start in June 2012.
The purpose of OPS is to provide an opportunity for members of the Chinese American Librarians Association to publish a peer-reviewed article on any aspect of librarianship. The CALA OPS is being indexed by EBSCO and each issue in OPS is published independently. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the directions, manuscript submission and review, and timely publication of the OPS. Currently, OPS has been published twice a year.
The Editor-in-Chief is appointed on a three-year term and can be reappointed for another term of three years. The appointment needs to be approved by the CALA Board and will be made based on the qualifications, including excellent communication skills, previous editorial experience, and evidence of established scholarship. The OPS Editor-in-Chief is required to produce at least one OPS issue per year. For detailed information about the eligibility and qualifications see the Editorial Guideline at http://www.cala-web.org/node/159.
Nominations (including the self-nominations) should be sent, together with a short description of relevant qualifications and editorial experience, to Jia Mi (email@example.com) or Dajin Sun (firstname.lastname@example.org), co-chairs of the CALA Publications Committee.
The closing date for receipt of nominations is November 30, 2011.
CALA Publications Committee
We are pleased to announce that the 2011/2012 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Mentorship Program is now open for applications.
For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/12/2011 - 13:56