About Chinese American Librarians Association, an Affiliate of American Library Association

Northern California Chapter (CALA-NCA)

CALA, an Affiliate of ALA, has members in seven chapters throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. CALA is an active affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member of the Council of National Library and Information Associations (CNLIA).

Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) started March 31, 1973 as Mid-West Chinese American Librarians Association, a regional organization in Illinois. A year later, Chinese Librarians Association was formed in California in 1974. In 1976, Mid-West Chinese American Librarians Association was expanded to a national organization as Chinese American Librarians Association. By 1979, CALA had five chapters in Northeast, Mid-West, Atlantic, Southwest and California respectively. Chinese American Librarians Association and Chinese Librarians Association were merged in 1983. The merged organization retains CALA’s English name and Chinese Librarians Association’s Chinese name 華人圖書館員協會. CALA is a registered nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 tax exempt status.

In 1988, CALA established sister relations with the Library Association of Central Governments Units and Scientific Research Networks of Beijing, and with the Library Association of China in Taipei. CALA also exchanges publications with the East Asian Library Resources Group of Australia and many others.

The CALA California Chapter was divided into two chapters of Northern California Chapter (NCA) and Southern California Chapter (SCA) in July 2006. The geographic division between the North and the South is by the line on Luis Obispo and Bakersfield of California. Any new California members who live in the middle of the state and are uncertain which chapter they may join in, they may check the geographic convenience and voluntarily make decision on their own.