Growth and New Directions: CALA Academic Resources and Repository System


Growth and New Directions: CALA Academic Resources and Repository System


The Chinese American Librarians Association’s Academic Resources & Repository System (CALASYS) was established in 2013 and has been growing gradually ever since. To seek sustainable and greater growth in the future, the CALASYS 2019-2020 Committee reviewed previous efforts and explored new potentials in the repository’s content development, interface and functionality improvement and community engagement. This presentation will cover several issues that the Committee has addressed since its forming: developing new content for CALASYS such as a new top-level collection called ”Chinese Culture Heritage & Chinese Studies” and its children collections including the CALA Best Book Award Collection; starting or resuming testing on several Omeka plugins whose implementation would enhance the system’s functionality and performance significantly, such as Exhibit Builder, User Profile, Search by Metadata, CSS Editor and Geolocation; exploring other Omeka instances’ interfaces and improving the CALASYS’ appearance and presentation. This poster will also cover the continuing development of the CALA Archives, CALA Chapter Collections and CALA Member Scholarly Achievements collection, metadata editing and enhancement, statistics and usage of the repository, as well as involving students and CALA members in working with the repository. To develop an organization’s institutional repository is a long-term task, this presentation will conclude with a discussion of the lessons learned and strategies and tips on working with the repository for the committee members and the community.


Deng, Sai
Liu, Weiling
Chen, Suzhen
Li, Mingyan
Qu, Meng


Chinese American Librarians Association









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Deng, S., Liu, W.L., Chen, S.Z., Li, M.Y. & Qu, M. (2020). Growth and new directions: CALA Academic Resources and Repository System. The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Annual Conference 2020 poster session. Online. June 24, 2020.

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Deng, Sai et al., “Growth and New Directions: CALA Academic Resources and Repository System,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed April 12, 2024,