Guidelines for CALA Distinguished Service Award

The CALA Distinguished Service Award is given annually to individuals who consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership and achievement in library and information services at the national and/or international level. Distinguished contributions and services to the advancement of Chinese-American librarianship will receive special consideration from the CALA Awards Committee. This Award is a permanent and highest recognition given by the Association. No individual can receive the award more than once. There shall be no consideration for or against a candidate's age, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or length of service to the profession. The recipient needs to be a member of CALA. A list of past recipients is available at

The nomination package must be submitted in English and must include:

  • A formal nomination letter from the nominator
  • 3 - 5 supporting letters
  • Candidate's vita
  • Samples of publications (no more than 5)
  • Awards and honors received
  • Other supporting documentations

The award consists of a citation and a plaque. The CALA Distinguished Service Award recipient will be honored at the annual CALA Awards Banquet during the ALA Annual Conference.