Webinar: 50 Great Mobile Apps for Reference, Collection Management, Outreach and Youth Engagement

Date and Time:  Friday, April 18, 2014, 12-1:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time)

Presenter: Richard Le, Teen Service Librarian

Please register at the following Link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cwM_8km8KVXuuFh4VtYmW2E7sFXY3oypVbAIbfHxOpo/viewform


We are living in a mobile world. The mobile technology has changed the ways how we search for information. In fact, it is the preferred method of accessing the information on-the-go. Librarians can harness and make use of the current mobile technology and apps to provide forward-thinking service, e-content and better community outreach. No longer can libraries afford to ignore the potentials of mobile apps in providing information and innovative services that attract, captivate and inspire a new generation of library users. In this webinar, the speaker will discuss the current trends, app selection criteria and 50 great apps for reference, as well as explore new ideas on how libraries can integrate these apps into existing services for reference, collection management, community outreach and youth engagement.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the mobile technology trends and library applications
  • Understand the importance of mobile apps in providing library service and e-content
  • Find, select and evaluate mobile apps for reference service
  • Integrate and leverage mobile technology for mobile reference and outreach
  • New ideas to enhance reference service, community outreach, and youth engagement

2014 N CA chapter webinar flyer

2014 N CA chapter webinar flyer

A Genius of All Ages : Su Dongpo Lecture & exhibit at San Francisco Main Library, October 12, 2013


San Francisco Public Library and National Center Library, Taiwan co-organized, Northern California National Taiwan University Alumni and Chinese-American Librarians Association Northern California Chapter co-sponsored the lecture and exhibit of Su Dongpo and his Ci at San Francisco Public Library on October 12, 2013.

Su Shi (1037 – 1101), styled Zizhan, self-styled Dongpo Jushi, was a Northern Song Dynasty writer, poet, painter, and calligrapher born in Meishan (now Meishan County in Si chuan Province).
National Center Library donated thousands of dollars Song Ban Shu of collection of Su’s Ci to San Francisco Public Library, and would be exhibited at Chinese Center. The event started with Special Collection librarian from the National Central Library introduces Su Dongpo, and Song Ban Shu of three Su’s (Su Dongpo, his father Su Xun, and his sibling Su Che).

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After it, the lecture was held at Latino Community Room in the Main Library. The Program Manager of San Francisco Public Library: Ms. Yemila Alvarez, Director of National Central Library: Dr. Tseng Shu-Hsien, Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco: Bruce Fu, Director of NTU Alumni: Henry Wei, Chinese-American Librarians Association, Northern California Chapter President: Jessica Lu, and Chairman of Chinese Literature and Art Association in America: Jay Lu spoke to audience to welcome everyone. 

DSCF1618Taipei Economic and Cultural Office donated 4 ipads and National Central Library donated 2 Nexus-7 to San Francisco Public Library for patrons to check electronic books.



From 1:45 PM, Professor Lau Siu-Hung from National Taiwan University presented the lecture of Su Dongpo.





Professor Lau introduced Ci as the poem in Chinese history representing the beauty of feminine, the sweet of love and disappointing, changes of year and life. Ci usually was known in between poem and tune. In addition, he explained the reason DSCF1624Su Dongpo started writing Ci, the changes in his life: death of his mother, losing of his first wife, and leaving his father and sibling away, etc.



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CALA-NCA Officers 2013-2014

President 2013-2014
Zheng Jessica Lu

Vice President, 2013-2014; President, 2014-2015
Richard Le

Treasurer 2013-2014
Hualing Wan

Membership Officer/Webmaster 2013-2014
Yiping Sophia Wang

Immediate Past President
Shu-hua Liu

A Visit to Immigration Station on Angle Island

On May 18, CALA NCA chapter organized a trip  to visit the Immigration Station of Angel Island, which is called “the Ellis Island of the West” and is a historical landmark of Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.     
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Back to the early 1900’s, the Angel Island Immigration Station was the  processing center for over 175,000 Chinese immigrants when Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) built a facility on a remote island to prevent Chinese immigrants from communicating with those in San Francisco, isolate immigrants with communicable diseases.  Most of the Chinese were detained on Angel Island for years.  Some detainees expressed their feelings in poetry carved into the wooden walls of the detention barracks.  In 1940, a fire destroyed the administration building.   On the site, a museum was established and reopened to the public in February 2009.   President Barack Obama, on the day of his inauguration declared January 21 as national Angel Island Day in honor of all the immigrants who suffered long periods of detention before they were admitted to America.

This trip was the continual effort of our NCA chapter’s long standing goal of informing our members of early Chinese American history.  In year 2010, Judy Yung, Professor Emeritus and Librarian of UC Santa Cruz, the co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, was invited by our chapter to talk about her new book “Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America” at San Leandro Public Library. It was well attended by our CALA members and general public.  Inspired by Judy’s talk, our Chapter has been planning to organize our members to visit this historical site.

In recent years, there were a series of events dedicated to honoring Him Mark Lai, an internationally renowned activist and historian who passed away in 2009.  Him Mark Lai was the first scholar that collected comprehensively the poems carved in the wooden walls of Angel Island Immigration Station and published them.  He was regarded as “Dean of Chinese American History”.   One San Francisco Public Library branch was named after him.   His personal collection was housed at the Ethnic Studies Library, UC Berkeley, and has been benefiting many Chinese American historians.  This important heritage of Him Mark Lai in our San Francisco Bay Area also encouraged us to advance this program.

This May, we successfully organized a guided tour of the Angel Island Immigration museum. Through preserved Immigration Barracks and recreated bunk rooms and numerous manuscripts, our members had a glimpse into the life of our early Chinese immigrants regards to  the sufferings and hardship they had been through.  

There are three Chinese visiting scholars joined us.  Dr. Ailing Xiao, Associate Professor of the Shaanxi Normal University and Dr. Yajie Zheng, Associate Professor of the Huaqiao University (Xiamen) are two visiting scholars of U.C. Berkeley.  Ms. Wenyi Ding is a visiting scholar at San Jose State University.

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Angel Island is a great place to visit.  If you plan to visit and need more information, please contact the administrator.



Shu-Hua Liu

on behalf of Northern California Chapter

CALA Northern California Chapter Author Events, 2012

In 2012, CALA N CA chapter co-sponsored two author events.  Both events were well-attended.  The audience and the authors had a good interaction and discussion about their books as well as the cultural issues of being a Chinese American.

The first event was cosponsored with Asian American Advisory Committee, Cultural Heritage Center of  San José State University.   On November 8, Nona Mock Wyman came to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library to discuss her latest book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California. In 1935, at the age of two, Nona was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos. In this unforgettable book, Nona shares coming-of-age stories from the perspective of the women of Ming Quong against the backdrop of the San Francisco Bay Area and how their bonds of love and friendship carried them through life’s challenges.

(Left to Right) Diana Wu, Nona Mock Wyman, Emily Chen, Shu-hua Liu

The second event was held at Eastwind Books of Berkeley on Sunday, November 11th.  The author, David H.T. Wong.  share his debut graphic novel, Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America, a vivid history of Chinese immigrants in their quest for Gold Mountain as seen through the eyes of the Wong family.  Mr. David H. T. Wong is a Vancouver-born architect and urban ecologist who  has designed airports, houses, regional town centers and destination resorts in more than a dozen countries. His background as a biologist has helped him embrace sustainable techniques that have solidified his reputation for designing green buildings, and he has advised government and industry leaders on common sense green initiatives.

 (From Left to Right) David Wong, Shu-hua Liu