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CALA/NE Chapter 2014 Fall Program at the New York Historical Society on October 1st, 2014

posted Oct 24, 2014, 12:00 PM by calane cala   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 12:18 PM ]

On October 1st, 2014, CALA/NE Chapter had a group visit to the New York Historical Society and toured the exhibit “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.” The Exhibit explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and will raise the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The exhibit narrative extends from the late eighteenth century to the present and includes all regions of the country, thus interpreting the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history.

2014 CALA/NE Chapter Election Result

posted Jun 18, 2014, 12:34 PM by calane cala   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 12:37 PM ]

Dear CALA/NE Chapter members,

CALA/NE Chapter 2014 election was held from June 2 to 11, 2014. It is my great pleasure to announce the election result:

Vice President/President Elect (2014-2015)
Jia Mi

Secretary (2014-2015)
Clara Tran

Membership Chair (2014-2015)
Yongming Wang

Mr. Hung-Yun Chang will continue to serve as Treasurer for the 3-year term (2012-2015).

Please join me in congratulating our new chapter officers!

As President of CALA/NE Chapter, I’d like to thank Ms. Minglu Wang for her leadership and dedicated service to our chapter during the past year, and I look forward to working with the newly elected officers and all our members in the coming year of 2014-2015.

Michael Bailou Huang
President, CALA/NE Chapter (2014-2015)

Dr. Lu Xichen's Chinese Lecture: The Wisdom to Preserve Psychological Health from the Daodejing

posted Jun 18, 2014, 7:32 AM by calane cala   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 12:40 PM ]

On June 12th, 2014, with the Institute of Asian Studies at St. John's University, CALA/NE Chapter cosponsored a Chinese Lecture by Professor Xichen Lu on the topic of “The Wisdom to Preserve Psychological Health from the Daodejing”. The event was held at the Faculty Lounge in Sun Yat Sen Hall of St. John's University. CALA/NE Chapter senior member, Tianxiao Zhang, coordinated the event and CALA/NE Chapter President, Minglu Wang, attended the lecture and introduced Professor Xichen Lu. Several Chinese faculty members and administrators and some other Chinese friends around the area attended the lecture. Audience was inspired by Professor Lu’s presentation on the heritage of Daoism and its modern application on psychotherapy, and had a great discussion afterwards. Upon Dr. Lu's agreement, her lecture is recorded and please see the recordings below:

CALA/NE Chapter 2014 Spring Program at Chatham Square Library on 2014/03/29

posted Apr 1, 2014, 2:06 PM by calane cala   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 2:11 PM ]

On March 29th, 2014, at Chatham Square Library, we invited Nina Dai Tang, President of Oversea Window Author's Association, to give a lecture and have a forum discussion with our Chapter members and the public library users.

Ms. Tang talked about her personal experience as a writer and her own understanding/practice of internet literature. She is the founder of the Oversea Window Author's Association, with a group of active writers publishing all types of literature on its website, electronic magazine, and also in traditional book format. She has also been organizing community parents/children engagement events and Chinese educational charity.

The event was well attended. Both CALA NE Chapter members and the library users were very interested in Ms. Tang and her writings. Ms. Tang signed some books for NYPL and public users. Possible future library events with Oversea Window Author's Association were under discussion.

Thanks Ms. Wu and Ms. Opinante from Chatham Square Library and Mr. Chang, our Chapter Treasurer, for their great effort to coordinate the event location and room settings.

After the event, Ms. Tang has written a blog article and posted her lecture slides on Oversea Window's Website, where the author's association's members had a further discussion around the lecture topics.

CALA/NE Chapter Members Met Taiwan NCL Librarians at Rutgers

posted Nov 1, 2013, 8:21 AM by calane cala   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 8:24 AM ]

Director General, Dr. Shu-hsien Tseng of the National Central Library (NCL) in Taiwan, together with the Director of the Special Collection Division, Dr. Yu Hsiao-ming, and Chief Keng Li-chung,  came to visit Rutgers, for the event of Taiwan lecture on Chinese studies and the opening of a related exhibition on Oct. 18. Our CALA/NE Chapter members attended the lecture and exhibit and had a dinner meeting with Dr. Tseng and her two colleagues after the event. We learned many aspects of NCL's resources and programs.

CALA/NE Chapter members participated LACUNY International Relations Roundtable

posted Jul 11, 2013, 7:12 AM by calane cala   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 7:13 AM ]

A group of CALA/NE Chapter members, Michael Huang, Charlene Chou and Minglu Wang presented at the LACUNY International Relations Roundtable on June 20th, 2013, in Bernard Baruch College Newman Library. Other CALA/NE Chapter members, Esther Lee, Ka Chuen Gee, Songqian Lu, Judy Xiao and Lina Ding also attended and joined the conversation about education Chinese for librarianship.

Tang (Tony) Cheng from Shanghai Normal University Library and other speakers from the US addressed the educational requirements for librarians in China and US, and discussed their own education both prior to and after beginning their professional careers.  International studies have given several of the speakers a cross-cultural perspective.

CALA/NE Chapter leaders attend RDA training at the National Central Library in Taiwan

posted Jul 8, 2013, 3:49 PM by calane cala

Through the invitation of the National Central Library in Taiwan and Sally Tseng’s coordination, three CALA members, Sally Tseng, Charlene Chou and Wen-ying Lu, taught a RDA Workshop at the National Central Library from May 21st  to May 23rd, 2013.  There are more than 140 librarians attended this workshop and had a great discussion on this new international cataloging standard.  The CALA President Esther Lee, Vice-president Carol Gee and former CALA/NE Chapter Chair, Janey Chao also attended the workshop.  Esther and Sally presented the CALA’s commemorative plaque to congratulate the 80th anniversary of NCL in the opening session of this workshop.  In addition to the workshop, Dr. Tseng Shu-hsien, Director General, National Central Library and President, Library Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan), organized a seminar on May 22nd evening for both the CALA and Library Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) members to discuss for further collaboration in future.

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CALA/NE Chapter 2013 Election Results

posted Jul 8, 2013, 1:02 PM by calane cala

Dear CALA/NE Chapter Members:

CALA/NE Chapter 2013 election was held from June 20 to 30, 2013. I am very pleased to announce the election result as follows:

Total active members: 91

Total voting ballots sent out: 87

Total voting ballots received: 52 

Total voting rate: 60%

The Voting Result is:

Michael Huang (Vice President/President Elect (2013-2014): 42
Joanna Fu (Secretary 2013-2014): 44
Mi Jia (Membership Chair 2013-2014): 41

All candidates received more than half of the votes from valid voting ballots. Please join me in congratulating our new chapter officers! 

Mr. Hung-Yun Chang will continue to serve as our chapter’s Treasurer for the 3-year term of 2012-2015.

As CALA/NE Chapter’s current President, I thank Ms. Charlene Chou for her dedicated services to our chapter during last year, and I am looking forward to work with the new elected officers and all our chapter members in this coming year of 2013-2014.


Minglu Wang

CALA/NE Chapter President 2013-2014

Visiting Art Museums on 12/7/2012

posted Nov 29, 2012, 9:08 AM by calane cala   [ updated Jul 8, 2013, 4:04 PM ]

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the CALA, NE Chapter Board, I would like to invite you join our art museum tour on December 7th afternoon.  We'll visit the Frick Museum Library ( for its fascinating digital collections and the Metropolitan Museum of Art ( for its rich East Asian art collections.  Below is the detailed information:

1) Meeting at 1:15pm at the Frick Library Entrance, 10 East 71st Street, New York
2) Greeting by Stephen Bury, Chief Librarian and tour of the Digital Lab and collections
3) Going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 2:15pm
4) Tour of the East Asian art collections by Min Xu, Associate Museum Librarian
3) Refreshment time at the Met Cafe at 3:45pm

Please RSVP with Charlene Chou at by Dec. 4th at 5pm, so we can inform both libraries for the number of attendees.  We look forward to seeing you on December 7th!

Charlene Chou
CALA, NE Chapter, chair, 2012-2013
Columbia University
New York, NY

Event pictures taken on December 7th, 2012

CALA/NE Members Had Seminar with Delegates from the Public Culture Department, PRC

posted Aug 15, 2012, 9:00 AM by calane cala   [ updated Aug 15, 2012, 9:07 AM ]

On July 19th, 2012, three delegation members of Mr. Yu, Head of the Public Culture Department from China, and five CALA/NE members had a successful one hour seminar at the 6th floor conference room of NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library, after the delegates toured the NYPL Research Library. During the seminar, Mr. Yu’s delegates inquired about the role of American Library Association in librarians’ professional development and different libraries’ administration and operation mechanism in the US. CALA/NE members shared about their personal experiences as ALA and CALA members, and their knowledge about the profession in both public and academic libraries. In the end, Mr. Yu’s delegates welcomed CALA members to contribute to China’s library journals on similar topics to continue the conversation in the future. All attendants enjoyed learning new facts about the library systems from two different cultures. Thanks to Hung-Yun Chang and Esther Lee for the quick organization and arrangement of this meaningful event.

In the picture from left to right: Hung-Yun Chang from Mid-Manhattan Library; Lina Ding from Brooklyn Public Library; Ka Chun Gee from Lehman College Library, CUNY; Esther Lee from Queens Public Library; Minglu Wang from Dana Library, Rutgers-Newark; Wang, Xiaowen  from Liaoning Province Library; Bao, Shenghua  from Jilin Province Library; Tang, Lin from Public Culture Department of China.

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