Developing CALASYS in Celebration of CALA 50th


Developing CALASYS in Celebration of CALA 50th


CALA Academic Resource & Repository System (CALASYS) is the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)’s institutional repository. It collects and archives CALA’s programs, documents and history, CALA members’ scholarly and professional achievements, as well as Chinese studies and Chinese cultural heritage materials. CALASYS started in 2013. By Feb. 22, 2023, about 800 works have been deposited into the system. Since the Spring of 2020, it has garnered 1,626,296 hits.

In celebration of the CALA’s 50th anniversary, the CALASYS Committee has worked with the CALA 50th Celebration Taskforce to create the CALASYS Collection Grants. CALA: A Path to the Future Library Leaders, and CALA/YALSA Chinese American Reading List were awarded the grants, and Ming Qing Women's Poetry Collection has received recognition. This poster will describe CALASYS’ current status, content and system development, and the Archive-it initiative. It will also address the training sessions the Committee conducted for the grant recipients, the collaborative work between the Committee, the grant recipients and the CALA leadership including collection building, webinars, and promotion. It will showcase the new collections and exhibits that have been added to CALASYS.

The CALASYS Subcommittee’s goal is to make CALASYS open and inclusive. The Subcommittee hopes that more CALA members, librarians, students and researchers in the Library & Information Science as well as Chinese Studies fields can contribute to CALASYS. CALASYS will continue to serve as a space to archive and showcase CALA’s endeavors and history and its members’ scholarship and achievements.


CALASYS Subcommittee


Chinese American Librarians Association




Deng, Sai
Liu, Weiling
Chen, Suzhen
Ma, Xiaoli






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CALASYS Subcommittee, “Developing CALASYS in Celebration of CALA 50th,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed July 13, 2024,