Sally C Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee and Guidelines





Sally C. Tseng is a long time leader in the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). She is 1984-85 CALA President, 1999-2007 CALA Executive Director, and 2007-present CALA Honorary Executive Director. In order to honor Sally C. Tseng’s distinguished library career and significant contributions to the profession, to ALA and CALA, and above all, to setting an exemplary leader, the Tseng’s family created the Tseng’s Endowment Fund in CALA in 2002, which has received strong support from Sally’s friends in CALA. The Tseng’s Endowment Fund establishes the Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant in CALA with the goals of encouraging CALA members for career development and professional activities in order to promote their professional advancement. A maximum of one award is given each year. The award may be given to multiple recipients from the same project. The Tseng’s Grant consists of a $1,000 check and a certificate of recognition. The Award recipient is honored at the annual ALA conference/CALA Awards Banquet. The recipient of the “Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant” is required to submit a report in English or Chinese to be forward to Sally C. Tseng by the Tseng’s Grant Committee and to the editor(s) of the CALA Newsletter for publication before the annual conference in the following year.


The Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant is given annually to a CALA member/members in good standing who conducts research and/or delivers a presentation at library conferences. The committee should call for application, evaluate, review and select a winner. All applicants will be evaluated equally, regardless of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or length of service to the profession. The Chair shall notify the Awards Committee and submit the committee’s recommendation to the CALA President and the CALA Board.

Composition & Term(s) of Office

  • Makeup: consist of an odd number of members (no more than five), including the committee chair. All members shall be CALA members in good standing and have voting privilege.
  • Chair: appointed by the CALA President for a one-year term and can be reappointed for a consecutive term.
  • Member: appointed by the President, in consultation with the Chair for a one-year term, and can be reappointed to serve a consecutive term.

Major Responsibilities

  • Calls for application of the Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant.
  • Receives application packages. The Chair will follow up with applicants for missing items to ensure the Committee members receive complete application packages before the deadline.
  • Selects and recommends a recipient/proposal for the Sally C. Tseng Professional Development Grant in accordance with the Donor’s Agreement.
  • Announces/publishes the name of the grant recipient in the CALA Newsletter and on CALA listserv and website.


  • Calls for applications annually.
  • Reviews/evaluates applications.
  • Ranks applicants, discusses, and selects the winner.
  • Notify Awards Committee of the selection.
  • Presents recommendation of most qualified applicant to the CALA President and the CALA Board for approval.
  • Asks the CALA Treasurer to prepare a $1,000 check for the grant recipient after receiving approval.



  • Any CALA member in good standing can apply.
  • The applicant must demonstrate interests in library research and professional development by publishing a paper or delivering a presentation at a conference, institute, or workshop sponsored by professional library organizations such as the American Library Association, the Chinese American Librarians Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, the Library Society of China, Library Association of China.
  • A CALA member who has received the Tseng’s Grant must wait for five years before applying for the grant again.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have never received the Tseng's Grant.

Application Package (must be submitted in English with following items in full before the deadline)

  • Cover letter
  • Description of proposal of the program or research
  • Budget
  • Timetable for the completion of the project (within July – June)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of references with signatures, title and addresses

The application package must be received by the Chair via email with attachments.

Deadlines of Application

The application package must be received each year by March 15, 5:00 pm PST. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted or be considered.


  • Post the "Call for Applications" on CALA listserv and ask the Webmaster to post it on CALA website.
  • Announce the name of the grant recipient in the CALA Newsletter and on CALA listserv and website.


 Announce/post the "Call for Applications" on CALAlist and CALA Web.

Send out reminders

March 15, 5:00 pm. PST.
 Deadline for application and submission - the complete application packages of the Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant.

March-April 20         
Committee members review/evaluate application packages and recommend the most qualified applicant.

April 30                         
Notify Awards Committee and submit Committee’s recommendation of the finalist’s name and all application packages to the President and the CALA Board (allow the Board to act on the recommendation at least 30 days prior to the annual membership meeting).

Announce the recipient of the Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant on CALAlist, CALA Web and CALA Newsletter.

Present the Award at the CALA Annual Awards Banquet during ALA Annua Conference.

June following year   
The Grant Recipient is required to submit a report to the Tseng Grant Committee and CALA Newsletter.