CALA 2018 Annual Program

CALA 2018 Annual Program

Cultivating Pathways to a Fulfilling Career:

Experience and advice from CALA Members

Sunday June 24, 1:15 – 3:15PM

Uptown 2 & 3 Le Meridien Hotel

New Orleans, LA

Whether you are starting off as a newbie, midway through with lots of experience, or a veteran who has seen it and done it all, to many achieving success and satisfaction in professional career is an essential part of our lives. The exponential growth in technology, globalization and diversity in the recent decades have had a profound impact on our profession. In librarianship, a successful career can be defined by more than one dimensions, in addition to conventional benchmarks such as administrative positions, prestigious institutions and higher wages. So what are these dimensions and how to pave your way for a satisfactory and fulfilling career at any stage of life?

Please join this year’s CALA Panel Discussion, moderated by the incoming CALA President and presented by well-known CALA members with various experiences and pathways. The panelists include a highly accomplished dean from an ARL, a middle manager and mentor from a midsize academic library, a public librarian who has built an impressive network, and a young librarian with rich background in public and academic libraries across the world. Each will share their experience and perspectives on how they have cultivated their paths to success and fulfillment.


Ying Zhang                 Head, Acquisitions & Collection Services, University of Central Florida Libraries

                                    Incoming CALA President 2018-19


Dr. Shali Zhang          Dean of Libraries and Professor, University of Montana

                                    Past CALA President & Board Member

Mr. Ping Fu                 Head of Library Technology Services, Professor of Library Services, Central Washington University Libraries

                                    Board Member

Ms. Dora Ho               Young Adult Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

                                    Board Member

Mr. Ray Pun               First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University Fresno

                                    Board Member



Biographies for Speakers:

Dr. Shali Zhang is Dean of Libraries and Professor at the University of Montana since 2012, with responsibilities for providing overall leadership and management for the Library’s strategic direction and in advancing the Library’s central role in the educational, research, and global engagement mission of the University.  Dr. Zhang is also a prolific scholar; her peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and other writing projects appear on top journals and scholarly series in the United States, China, and IFLA publications. Dr. Zhang speaks at the professional conferences in the United States, China, Russia, Thailand, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Poland, and other countries. Dr. Zhang has actively served on the American Library Association (ALA); she chaired the ALA’s International Relations Committee in 2010 – 2012 for two terms; she was elected to chair ALA’s International Relations Round Table (2009), and elected to the ALA Council, the governing body of ALA (2004-2007). Dr. Zhang was a member on the IFLA Standing Section Committee on Acquisitions & Collection Development for two terms in 2007-2015.  She currently chairs the IFLA Journal Editorial Committee. Dr. Zhang is a life member of CALA; she was CALA past president and served several terms on the CALA Board of Directors.  Dr. Zhang’s professional accomplishments were recognized through numerous awards, including CALA Distinguished Services Award (2007), CALA Presidential Recognition Award in 2012, Distinguished Service Award at the 2012 JCLC Conference, Outstanding Alumni Award at the University of Tennessee (2013), the ALA’s John Ames Humphrey/OCLC/Forest Press Award for her contribution to the international librarianship (2014), and ALA International Relations Round Table’s Notable IRRT Member for her significant contributions to ALA’s core values on the international scale (2017).


Ping Fu is Professor and Head of Library Technology Services in the Brooks Library at Central Washington University (CWU). He serves as graduate student advisor and visiting scholars’ mentor. Reporting to the Dean of the Libraries, Ping is responsible for the overall administration of the Systems department and the oversight of the other areas of Library Technologies. Prior to joining the CWU Library, Ping worked as Systems Head at Singapore Management University Library (2009-2011) and Systems Librarian at Yale University Library (2007-2009). Ping received his ALA accredited MLIS degree from McGill University.  Ping has published a number of peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed articles in respected academic library journals. He has also presented as invited speaker at various national & international conferences. Ping is a member of ALA /LITA and life member of CALA. He currently serves as a member of LITA Education Committee and CALA At-Large Board of Directors (2017-2020). Ping also serves on the Academic Technology Advisory Council (ATAC) and the Committee of ASL Diversity and Inclusivity at CWU.

Dora Ho has been a Young Adult Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library for 22 years.  She has been actively involved with the American Library Association, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, Chinese American Librarians Association, the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, as well as the California Library Association.   Ms. Ho actively promote librarianship and is strong advocate for teens, diversity and collaboration.  She enjoys and seeks to mentor new Asian Librarians in the profession.  She is a long time mentor for the UCLA LIS mentoring program, and mentors for many members of APALA and CALA as well as many newly elected ALA Councilors.   Her dedication to librarianship and professionalism is recognized by her colleague and peers.   Ms. Ho is a strong leader in the library profession, she has been recognized by CALA with its Distinguished Service Award.   She has been past president of the Chinese American Librarians Association, Past President of the ALA New Members Round Table, and she had also served on the American Library Association Executive Board from 2011-2014.    She is the current President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association and the treasurer of the Joint Council of Librarians of Color. 


Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian in California State University, Fresno. In this new role, he is charged to create and coordinate the first year library experience and information literacy program across campus. He has over ten years of experience in the library field, and previously, he worked at New York University Shanghai and The New York Public Library. Ray has presented and published extensively including four edited books, most recently Asian American Librarians and Library Services.



Ying Zhang is the Head of Acquisitions & Collection Services at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries in the United States. Located in Orlando, FL, UCF is the 2nd largest university and among the fastest growing universities in the United States. Ying administrates the entire UCF Libraries materials budget to acquire materials in print and electronic formats. She also oversees managing the rapidly growing electronic resources, assessing the collections holistically and providing customized collection services through the subject librarian model to support all the growing needs for academic curriculum and research of the university and partnering communities. She has played an active role in collaborating with colleagues in the region and in the nation on various projects, including shared collection, print preservations and consortial ILS (integrated library system) migration. Elected as the 2018-19 President for the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), she continues working closely with librarians around the world.