Why Join CALA?

As one of the major ALA affiliated associations, CALA is the only professional organization in North America that 1) promotes better communication among Chinese American librarians; 2) serves as a forum for the discussion of mutual problems and professional concerns among Chinese American librarians; and 3) promotes the development of Chinese and American librarianship with scholarships and grants.


If you are a current graduate student enrolled in an ALA-accredited LIS school in North America, you are eligible for Dr. Tze-chung Li Student Membership Scholarship, for details see http://cala-web.org/tze-chung_li_scholarship. While you fill out the membership application form online, check ‘Pay by Check’ option and forward the invoice email to the Membership Committee (membership@cala-web.org), we will review your application and notify you.


CALA has a number of standing and special committees (http://cala-web.org/organization). You are encouraged to volunteer to serve on any of the following CALA committees:

•           Annual Conference Local Arrangement

•           Annual Conference Program Planning Committee

•           Awards Committee

•           Best Book Award Committee

•           Constitution and Bylaws Committee

•           Finance Committee

•           International Relations Committee

•           Membership Committee

•           Mentorship Program Committee

•           Nominating Committee

•           Public Relations/Fund Raising Committee

•           Publications Committee

•           Scholarship Committee

•           Web Committee


Every year, the CALA Executive Board and other CALA committees meet at both the ALA Annual Conference and the Midwinter Meeting. The CALA annual program is held at the ALA Annual Conference. These sessions are open to CALA members and visitors interested in CALA activities, and are a marvelous way to become more involved with library and information studies. For more information on CALA, please visit http://cala-web.org.