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CALA Northeast Chapter November Program at Columbia University

posted Dec 13, 2017, 7:59 AM by calane cala   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 9:23 AM ]

Dear CALA Northeast Chapter members:

I am very pleased to announce that the CALA Northeast Chapter successfully held the November program at Columbia University on Monday, November 27, 2017.  All Chapter members were invited to join the event. 

Organized by Chengzhi Wang at Columbia University, Professor Yuguang Wang was invited to present a lecture on "China Knowledge and Library Sources: A Lecture Marking the 115th Anniversary of the Chinese Library at Columbia University".  After the lecture and lunch, Chengzhi Wang provided a brief tour of the Science Library, East Asian Library, and Butler Library at Columbia.  Additionally, Hung-Yun Chang led a tour for Professor Wang at NYPL.  

Chapter members felt that the lecture was very informative, and they learned the history of people and things from China related to American libraries.  It was also enlightening to exchange conversation with Professor Wang and colleagues afterwards.  The event was a great success!  

The April 2018 program which includes an author talk, presentations, and fundraising is in the planning.  We look forward to seeing all Chapter members in the next special event.


Clara Tran
Northeast Chapter President (2017-2018)

CALA and Yunnan 21st Century Librarian Seminar 2017 USA

posted Sep 25, 2017, 7:36 PM by calane cala   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 9:25 PM ]

Dear CALA Northeast Chapter members:

I am very proud to report that the CALA and Yunnan 21st Century Librarian Seminar 2017 USA was successfully held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

To cultivate partnerships and exchange ideas, four Yunnan Library Directors, Yonglin Wan, Fei Li, Shilin Zhao, and Yun Yang, as well as fourteen CALA Northeast members attended this seminar.  The highlights of our online panelists’ and local presenters’ discussions on innovative services and management in academic libraries are as below:

                                                         Ms. Yuan Li                 

 Title: Innovative Services in American Academic Libraries: Digital Scholarship Services

                                                      Dr. Sharon Yang         

                Title: 1. Assessment of Digital Archives and Institutional Repository

                     Title: 2. The Current Status and Trend of Discovery Service

                                                        Ms. Rong Wang          

                            Title: Usage and Management of Electronic Resources

                                                 Dr. Lian Ruan (Online)           

   Title: Remaking Space in Library Buildings and Innovative Services in the 21st Century

                                                  Mr. Haipeng Li (Online)       

       Title: Maximizing Talents in Academic Libraries: The Role of Appreciative Leadership

                                                  Dr. Shali Zhang (Online)          

Title: The Organizational Structures and Workforce at Research Libraries in a Digital Age

The presentations were extraordinary and infused with new ideas on 21st Century academic library services and management, and ignited an enthusiastic scholarly exchange of ideas and discussions.  Additionally, Tao Yang provided a library tour at Rutgers on the day of the seminar while other CALA Northeast members led the library visits for the delegates on the following days:

August 4:

Morning (9 - 12): Visited Princeton University Libraries (hosted by Yuan Li)

Afternoon (2 - 4): Visited the College of New Jersey Library (hosted by Yongming Wang)

August 7:

Morning (9 - 12): Visited Columbia University Libraries (hosted by Chubing Hong)

Afternoon (2 - 4): Visited the New York Public Library (accompanied by Rong Wang and hosted by Hung-Yun Chang)

August 9:

Morning (9 - 11): Visited the Library of Congress (hosted by Yuan Yao)

The delegates then completed their visit in Los Angeles, California and flew back to Yunnan, China after twelve days of visiting the U.S.A.

It is an honor to host the Yunnan Library Directors in the Northeast region.  I give my heartfelt thanks to the CALA Executive Director, CALA Executive Committee, Le Yang, Yongming Wang, the Planning Committee, the presenters, and CALA Northeast members for their strong support of the program.  I especially thank CALA Northeast Immediate Past President, Yongming Wang for his excellent work in planning and coordinating this event.  Special thanks to Tao Yang and Li Sun for providing Rutgers facilities and technology support for this event.  And last but not the least, my sincere thanks to everyone who made this Yunnan Library Directors’ visit a remarkable success!

Undoubtedly, the Yunnan Library Directors’ visit will lead to greater collaboration between the Yunnan Library Committee and CALA.


Clara Tran
CALA NE Chapter President (2017-2018)
Planning Committee Members
Yongmig Wang, NE Chapter Immediate Past President
Clara Tran, NE Chapter President
Hong Yao, NE Chapter Vice President/President Elect
Hung-Yun Chang, NE Chapter Treasurer
Michael Huang, NE Chapter Member
Tao Yang, NE Chapter Member
Yuan Li, NE Chapter Member

2017 CALA/NE Chapter Election Result

posted Jun 26, 2017, 12:26 PM by calane cala   [ updated Jun 26, 2017, 1:04 PM ]

Dear CALA/NE Chapter members:

The CALA/NE Chapter 2017 election was held from June 12 to June 16, 2017.  It's my great pleasure to announce that Ms. Hong Yao was elected as the CALA/NE Chapter Vice President/President Elect (2017-2018).  

Please join me in congratulating our new Vice President/President Elect, Ms. Hong Yao!

For the coming year, the CALA/NE Board will consist of the following three members:

President (2017-2018): Clara Tran (Stony Brook University,
Vice President/President Elect (2017-2018): Hong Yao (Queens Public Library,
Treasurer (2015-2018): Hung-Yun Chang (New York Public Library,

As the new President of the CALA/NE Chapter, I would like to thank Yongming Wang for his strong leadership and dedicated service to our chapter for the past year and I look forward to working with the board members to serve all of our CALA/NE Chapter members in the coming year.

Clara Tran
President, CALA/NE Chapter (2017-2018)

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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