2009-2010 President's Interim Report

Dear Colleagues:

Time moves fast. I can't believe the half of the year of my presidency of CALA already passed. To review the past six months' committees, taskforces, and chapters work, I am very pleased that we have achieved great progress in many areas.

The CALA 21st Century Librarians Seminar Series continues making achievements. Except two teams go to China, one in May 2010 to Shanxi University and the other in July to Yunnan Agriculture University, we are working a new contract for September 2010. More and more CALA members applied and will join these seminars. Under the cooperation of the International Relations Committee and the leadership of the CALA Executive Committee, the CALA 21st Century Librarians Seminar Series develops in a healthy way and has raised CALA's reputation.

CALA is pleased to be in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to work with the Library Society of China on the Think Globally, Act Globally IMLS grant project. A delegation of 10 Chinese library directors from provincial libraries in China visited the U.S. in July 2009 as planned. Fifteen CALA members participated in the three continuing education programs professional in China in 2009. Three new teams will go to China in March, May, and July 2010. The Think Globally, Act Globally Project Director Shuyong Jiang and other people worked very hard to make these happen and success. Please visit http://www.library.illinois.edu/China/overview.html for details.

We established a CALA Alire Initiative Taskforce to work on the CALA Family Literacy Project in July 2009. Under the Co-Chairs Nancy Sun Hershoff and Dora Ho's leadership and TF members Jen-Chien Yu, Liana Zhou, and Ning Zou' hard work, the TF created a great project proposal and budget plan in less than two months. The two documents were accepted by ALA. CALA received a one-time payment of $3,000.00 from ALA for working on the project of the ALA Alire Presidential Literacy Initiative. Also, ALA will have a panel presentation on the Family Literacy Focus at the Annual Conference in Washington DC. in June 2010.

This Family Literacy Focus Project is a high profile ALA presidential initiative this year. In the past, CALA has had an excellent track record of showing support for major ALA initiatives and programs, e.g. Emerging Leaders and other ALA scholarship initiatives. It is imperative that CALA identify worthy causes that contribute to the advancement of librarianship and the visibility of both ALA and CALA and then make strategic monetary investment to further the causes. To show strong support of President Alire's family literacy initiative, we should allocate some of the CALA operational funds to ensure the success of the implementation of the CALA project that was approved recently. I hope the Board approves the TF's proposal of making a matching contribution of $1500 to ensure the success of the ALA/CALA Family Literacy Focus Project implementation.

On November 23, 2009, Yingbo Zhou, a Master student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science(GSLIS) in University of Illinois at Urbana & Champaign (UIUC) and the President of the GSLIS Chinese Students group, had a car accident, and passed away. After we heard about the sad news, CALA Executive Committee, CALA Midwest Chapter, some CALA committees, and CALA members tried the best to help Yingbo and her family. The CALA Executive Committee had online meetings and quickly made several actions. One of these actions was to financially support the family. After coordinating with the CALA Scholarship Committee, a $1,000 CALA Scholarship was decided to grant to Yingbo and the money used for her burial expense. We also decided a CALA representative, Shuyong Jiang, CALA Executive Committee member and Treasurer, to attend the memorial service. Flowers from CALA was sent out. A call for donations to help Yingbo's family was sent to all the CALA members by the CALA Membership Committee Co-Chairs Songqian Lu and Elaine Dong. The CALA Midwest Chapter started actions to help Yingbo's family very quickly and effectively. Jen-chien Yu, President of the Chapter, attended the memorial service from Oxford, Ohio. Many CALA members working or studying at UIUC played important roles in the nearly two weeks. They are Lian Ruan and her students Qian and others, Shuyong Jiang, Fang Wan, Fei Xue, and many others. I would like to thank all of them for their contributions. They represented CALA's great spirit very well. I received a message saying that "I was extremely touched by the outpouring of support from CALA members for Yingbo Zhou's family, so I was honored to rejoin" (CALA).

Other committees and taskforces, such as CALA Taskforce on Helping Taiwan Libraries Destroyed/Damaged by the 88 Typhoon Marakot, Taskforce on Rebuilding Libraries in 512 Earthquake Areas in China, CALA Taskforce on Donations for Natural Disasters Guidelines, ALA Emerging Leaders Program Taskforce, Strategic Plan Taskforce, Membership Management System Taskforce, 2010 Local Arrangement Committee in Washington D.C., Membership Committee, Conference Program Committees, Awards Committee, Best Book Award Committee, Constitution and Bylaws, Finance Committee, Mentorship Program Committee, Public Relations/Fundraising Committee, Publications Committee, Sally C. Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee, Scholarship Committee, Web Committee, JLIS English Editors, CALA Newsletter Editors, all the chapters, and so on, have done tremendous work in short six months. I would like to thank all the committee, taskforces chairs and members and all the chapter leaders for their tireless efforts.

Although CALA has made great progress, as the President for last six months and as a CALA Executive Committee member for 2 and half years, I do see some things CALA needs to improve in order to make CALA a better, healthy, and professional organization. I see we have issues in the nominating of the annual elections. We need to increase transparency and avoid few people controlling the decision making. Although I know these cannot be improved in one President period or in one year, I will do my best for CALA.

I would like to re-state my major goals as CALA President this year:

• Strive for organizational excellence
• Make CALA a leader in global reach initiatives
• Enhance services to CALA members
• Provide educational opportunities
• Advocate for users of Chinese heritage, Chinese culture, and Chinese language

Thank you and happy New Year!

Xudong Jin