CALA NCA Annual Program: Building New Opportunities and Library Connections

Chinese American Librarians Association, Northern California Chapter 2019 Annual Program: Building New Opportunities and Library Connections was held at Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library on Saturday, May 4.

This symposium featured library professionals and educators to present the latest trends and discussions relating to library services for all types of libraries to consider and opened to all interested in making new connections and opportunities for professional growth.

Special thanks to Terry Carlson helps to host the program at Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, and Ran Pun organizes and invites speakers and virtual welcome remarks from ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo and CALA President Ying Zhang.

Local presenters (in the order of presentation): Haipeng Li, University Librarian, UC Merced Library and Past President of CALA presented Appreciative Leadership; Sandra Rios Balderrama, President of REFORMA del Valle Central highlighted the library and literacy activities of REFORMA del Valle Central in supporting diversity, inclusion and social justice; Philip Schreur, Associate University Librarian for Access and Technical Services, Stanford University Libraries introduced Linked data and AI are transforming the Web and libraries along with it. But what are the benefits and challenges for libraries in this revolution? Why should we take part?

The Panel Conversation features library leaders from respective organizations groups in the Bay Area to talk about their experiences and strategies in navigating through the library profession locally and nationally.

Panel Conversation Leaders
APALA’s Annie Pho (University of San Francisco Library)
SLA Bay Area Chapter’s Michael Sholinbeck (UC Berkeley Libraries)
REFORMA BPLG Chapter’s Esmeralda Casas (San Mateo County Libraries)
CALA NCA Chapter’s Shu-Hua Liu (Santa Clara County Library)
Moderator: CALA NCA Chapter’s Ray Pun

CALA NCA Programming Committee:
Terry Carlson, San Francisco Public Library
Jianye He, UC Berkeley Libraries
Shuqin Jiao, (Treasurer) Yolo County Library
Shu-Hua Liu, Santa Clara County Library
Raymond Pun, (Chair) Alder Graduate School of Education
YiPing Wang, Laney College
Hualing Wan, Yolo County Library

The program presentation is available to view “Building New Opportunities and Library Connections”

Speakers’ Bios in the Order of Presentation:

Terry Carlson is a Branch Manager at the San Francisco Public Library and Past President of CALA NCA Chapter.

Ray Pun is the doctoral candidate in education in California State University CODEL, an instruction/research librarian at Alder Graduate School of Education and the President of the CALA NCA Chapter. He also serves on CALA’s Board of Directors and as co-editor of the CALA Newsletter.

Loida Garcia-Febo is the President of the American Library Association 2018-2019. She is an experienced international librarian, consultant, author, speaker, researcher and writer of topics such as human rights, advocacy, services to multicultural populations and professional development. As an expert strategizing services for diverse groups collaborates with with worldwide organizations to help these populations. President of Information New Wave an international non-profit seeking to enhance the education of ethnically diverse communities in the USA and developing countries. Frequently speaks to the media including ABC, CNN, NPR, Univision, Telemundo and New York Times. Has taught in 19 countries in five continents and has spoken at United Nations events and others coordinated by the US Embassy in Spain, Mexico and Tokyo. Member of the Governing Board of IFLA and the Executive Board of the American Library Association, former REFORMA President. She was born, raised and educated in Puerto Rico.

Ying Zhang is the President of the Chinese American Librarians Association 2018-2019. She is the Head of the Acquisitions & Collection Services Department at the Univ. of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries in Orlando, FL. Her main responsibilities include managing the materials budget and overseeing the entire acquisitions and collection services in all formats for UCF Libraries.

Haipeng Li started as University Librarian at the University of California, Merced (UCM), in June, 2015. Before coming to UC Merced, he was University Librarian at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2011-2015. He also held positions at other academic libraries, including the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey, Oberlin College in Ohio, University of Arizona and Arizona State University. Mr. Li is active in professional service. He served on the Council of American Library Association (ALA), Executive Committee of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT); he also served as President of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) 2006-2007 and as its Executive Director, 2008-2013. He has been promoting collaboration and exchange between libraries in China and the U.S. He served as chair of the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) in Hong Kong in 2012 and President of the Hong Kong Library Association (HKLA) 2012-2013. His research areas include information literacy, library management and diversity, leadership development, international librarianship, and global collaboration. He is frequently invited to speak at library events and serves as a consultant for several academic libraries in China and the U.S.

Sandra Rios Balderrama is the current Chapter President of REFORMA del Valle Central. She was the former Director of the Office for Diversity of the American Library Association and former President of REFORMA (1997-1998) has been selected as the 2003 Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year and recipient of REFORMA’s Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Philip Schreur is currently the Associate University Librarian for Technical and Access Services at Stanford University.  He earned a PhD from Stanford in Medieval music theory and an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley.  Philip has been the Chair of the Program for Cooperative cataloging and deeply involved in the implementation of the new cataloging rules Resource, Description and Access (RDA) in the United States. With a mid-career move to HighWire Press, he developed an interest in the automated taxonomic analysis of digital texts.  Currently, he is in charge of coordinating linked-data project development for the Stanford University Libraries (SUL). Initial areas of interest include the use of linked data as a mechanism for identity management across traditional resources and those within the digital library, the integration of linked data from disparate sources, and the transition of traditional technical services workflows to processes rooted in linked open data.

Annie Pho is the Instruction Coordinator and Assessment Librarian at the University of San Francisco. She has a Bachelor’s in Art History from San Francisco State University and an Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University – Indianapolis. She serves on the editorial board for In the Library With the Lead Pipe, is the co-editor for the book Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS, as well as the co-editor of the Critical Race and Multiculturalism Series for Library Juice Press. Her research interests include intersectionality and women of color in LIS, student research behavior, and feminist pedagogy in information literacy instruction. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her cats, explore the SF Bay Area, and spends way too much time reading comments on the internet.

Michael Sholinbeck has worked for at the UC Berkeley Library since 2001, and is currently the Public Health Librarian at the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library, as well as the President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of SLA. Michael coordinates the library’s instruction and outreach to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and is also responsible for the public health collection. Michael has a MLIS from San Jose State University, an MS in Geography from Oregon State University, and a BA in Geography from UC Berkeley. When not at work he lives out his fantasy of being a rock and roll drummer.

Esmeralda Casas is the Chapter President of Bibliotecas para le Gente, part of REFORMA. She has a bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from California State University Monterey Bay and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Esmeralda has worked on many translations projects at many different library systems. Her Spanish skills help her communicate with the Latinx community. She is a strong believer in education and believes that libraries are a powerful platform for patrons continuing their education. In her spare time, Esmeralda enjoys traveling and singing as well as visiting her family in Hollister. She currently resides in South San Francisco.

Shu-Hua Liu is a certified bilingual Chinese-English librarian and an adult services librarian at Santa Clara County Library. She received her BA degree from National Taiwan Normal University and her MLIS degree from San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of several distinguished honors including the American Library Association Emerging Leader and Spectrum Scholar awards, and additionally has been recognized with scholarships and grants from the California Library Association, the California State Library and the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She is a well-rounded librarian with extensive experience in the fields of reference, instruction, curriculum design, technology applications, programming and collection development. She actively participates in various professional associations and committees at national and local levels. Her ALA involvement includes work with the Spectrum Leadership Institute and the Emerging Leaders Institute, as well as with the Sister Libraries Committee of IRRT as webmaster. As part of her role at CALA, she has served on the annual conference programming committee, scholarship committee, natural disaster taskforce and organizational manual taskforce. She has participated on the local level with the CLA scholarship committee as well as on committees targeting service to new immigrants and adult literacy. Shu-Hua is a life member of CALA and served as president of the Northern Chapter in 2012-2013. She has a career passion for diverse and underserved communities and firmly believes that libraries and librarians can change lives.