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A Brief Introduction

Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) started March 31, 1973 by Dr. Tze-Chung Li and Dorothy Li, as Mid-West Chinese American Librarians Association, a regional organization in Illinois. A year later, Chinese Librarians Association was formed in California in 1974. In 1976, Mid-West Chinese American Librarians Association was expanded to a national organization as Chinese American Librarians Association. By 1979, CALA had five chapters in Northeast, Mid-West, Atlantic, Southwest and California respectively. Chinese American Librarians Association and Chinese Librarians Association were merged in 1983. The merged organization retains CALA’s English name and Chinese Librarians Association’s Chinese name 華人圖書館員協會. CALA is a registered nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 tax exempt status. Currently, CALA has eight chapters as follows: Greater Mid-Atlantic (GMA), Midwest Chapter (MW), Northeast Chapter (NE), Northern California Chapter (NCA), Southern California Chapter (SCA), Southeast Chapter (SE), Southwest Chapter (SW) and Canada Chapter.

About CALA

CALA is an affiliate of American Library Association, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations Institutions) and JCLC (Joint Council of Librarians of Color)

CALA Brochure English Version (updated May 2021)

CALA 介绍手册 中文版 (更新于2021年5月)

History and Facts

Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) started in 1973 as Mid-West Chinese American Librarians Association, a regional organization in Illinois. A year later, Chinese Librarians Association was formed in California in 1974. In 1976, Mid-West Chinese American Librarians Association was expanded to a national organization as Chinese American Librarians Association. By 1979, CALA had five chapters in Northeast, Mid-West, Atlantic, Southwest and California respectively. Chinese American Librarians Association and Chinese Librarians Association were merged in 1983. The merged organization retains CALA’s English name and Chinese Librarians Association’s Chinese name 華人圖書館員協會.

CALA now has seven chapters and members throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and other countries and regions.

CALA is an active affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA) since 1976 and a member of the Council of National Library and Information Associations (CNLIA).

In 1988, CALA established sister relations with the Library Association of Central Governments Units and Scientific Research Networks of Beijing, and with the Library Association of China in Taipei. CALA also exchanges publications with the East Asian Library Resources Group of Australia and many others.

Chapters

Chapter States Covered
Greater Mid-Atlantic Chapter (GMA) covers 6 states:
Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington (DC), West Virginia
Midwest Chapter (MW) covers 13 states:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Northeast Chapter (NE) covers 8 states:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Northern California Chapter (NCA) covers Northern part of California:
north of San Luis Obisbo/Bakersfield
Southern California Chapter (SCA) covers Southern part of California:
south of San Luis Obisbo/Bakersfield
Southeast Chapter (SE) covers 7 states:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Southwest Chapter (SW) covers 9 states:
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
Canadian Chapter (CAN) covers Canada
All Other U.S. States (OUS) covers 7 states:
Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington (State), Wyoming
Non-US Areas (NUS) covers oversea areas:
Guam, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Taiwan

Committees and Officers