CALA Banquet at 2015 ALA Annual Conference at San Francisco

2015 ALA Annual Conference will be at San Francisco, and our chapter is forming a Local Arrangement Committee to plan and organize CALA Annual Banquet, which will be on June 28th, 6pm – 10pm.

Local Arrangement Committee:


Richard Le ( )
YiPing Wang (


Doris Tseng (
Jessica Lu (
Julia Tung (
Amy H. Kuo (

helps needed:

Treasure for the Banquet:


Jianye He

Yang Huang’s bilingual book talk at San Francisco Public Library

A local San Francisco Bay Area author Yang Huang presented a bilingual book talk, Living Treasures, at San Francisco Public Library on December 6, 2014.

Yang Huang born and raised in mainland China, came to the U.S. shortly after taking part in the 1989 Democracy Movement. She works as a computer engineer for U. C. Berkeley and as a writer by vocation.

Yang spent five years to write the book and another five years to publish the book, and openly shared her experience of publishing a fiction with audience.  Living Treasures is a top ten historical novel of 2014.

Yang Huang’s detailed bilingual talk could be find here:

Author Yang Huang talk at San Francisco Public Library

Author Yang Huang and librarians Doris Tseng and YiPing Wang

Chinese Librarians Summer Program @ Northern California

A group of Chinese librarians participating the 10th year of Chinese Librarians Summer Program came to Bay Area, California and visited San Jose State University Library, U.C. Berkeley, and San Francisco Public Library.

Visitors and SJSU librarians

Chinese librarians with Lian Ruan, the program organizer from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, SJSU librarians and staff: YiPing Wang, Adriana Poo, Elisabeth Thomas, and Judy Pan

On July 16th, 2014 and met with the Associate Dean, International Exchange Program Coordinator, and liaison librarians. San Jose State University librarians introduced the combined library system and services, and tour the group. During the meeting and the tour, there were many questions about operating a public and academic combined system, organizing resources, professional development, and human resources. Both parties learned the different of job positions and job descriptions.

Chinese librarians

Chinese librarians with Lian Ruan at San Francisco Public Library

On July 18, 2014, a group of 26 Chinese librarians participating in the 2014 Chinese Librarians Summer Program visited San Francisco Public Library and met with local CALA NCA members.  Librarians from both groups took turns to briefly introduce themselves and had a very friendly conversation on the differences between Chinese academic libraries and the U.S. libraries.  At the end of the one hour meeting, several CALA NCA members expressed their appreciation of this opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with their counterparts from China and hope there would be more opportunities for such exchanges.

Jianye He, the librarian from U.C. Berkeley, is introducing the campus to Chinese librarians

CALA-NCA Officers 2014-2015

President 2014-2015
Richard Le

Vice President, 2014-2015; President, 2015-2016
YiPing Sophia Wang

Treasurer 2014-2015
Hualing Wan

Membership Officer 2014-2015
Tiffany Niem

Immediate Past President
Zheng Jessica Lu

CALA member poster presentation at CARL conference 2014 in San Jose

CALA current member Emily Chan, Yiping Wang, and co-author Adriana Poo from San Jose State University have presented a poster at CARL Conference 2014 which was held in Dolce Hayes Mansion San Jose from 4/4 – 4/6.

The poster: Successfully Transferring Academic Liaison Departments: Promoting Subject Area Flexibility and Cross Training

The poster emphasizes on staffing changes within academic libraries that employ the liaison librarian model, while potentially disruptive and unsettling, provide leadership opportunities to the organization. The liaison librarian model is predicated upon strong subject and background expertise and the cultivation of positive relationships with departments and faculty. Given successful liaison librarian-teaching faculty relationships, shifting from one librarian to another can be a daunting experience for everyone involved. This poster will investigate this issue, particularly expectations from both parties, correlating current professional skill sets and needs assessments, and developing and establishing new models for library support and cross training.

A Fun-Get-Together Brunch/Lunch was organized for both CALA NCA and SCA members on Sunday early afternoon.

three authors and the poster photoAuthors: Yiping Wang, Emily Chan, and Adriana Poo (from left to right)