Browse Exhibits (8 total)

CALA: A Path to the Future Library Leaders


The Personal Relations and Fundraising Committee (PR&F Committee) of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) is commemorating CALA's 50th anniversary by curating a collection under the theme of "CALA: A Path to Future Library Leaders" in CALA's institutional repository. This interview protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Texas Tech University. The interviews were conducted with nine CALA presidents who served from 2015 to 2023 between November 2022 and March 2023. The interviews are focused on the leadership experiences of these past, present, and future CALA presidents and their advice to new Chinese American librarians and CALA members. This collection includes nine transcriptions of interviews.

All interviewees expressed that their leadership roles were inspired and encouraged by previous leaders or members of CALA, and that they had taken service opportunities to grow professionally with CALA. Many interviewees encouraged new librarians to get involved, as it broadens their network, develops friendships, and facilitates collaboration.

Overall, this collection provides an invaluable resource for those interested in leadership within CALA and beyond. It highlights the importance of mentorship and service opportunities in shaping successful leaders and the value of networking and collaboration within the profession.

Stories Beyond Borders: A Chinese American and Diasporic Reading List

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Created to commemorate the Chinese American Librarians Association’s 50th Anniversary, Stories Beyond Borders features children’s, middle grade, and young adult books centering Chinese American and diasporic voices. Rooted in different parts of the world, these empowering stories transcend borders and reflect the multifaceted experiences of our communities, leading us toward a brighter future full of hope, harmony, and unchecked possibilities.

This celebratory reading list is formed through a collaboration between the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in consultation with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). The CALA/YALSA Taskforce members are Crystal Chen, Melody Leung, Jen Woo, Cathy Andronik, Christy Lau, Susen Shi, and Amy Chow.

Books are selected based on their authenticity, accuracy, appeal, and creativity. Recent publications between 2020–2022 are prioritized due to their relevance. Some older books are included due to their historical influence and continued significance to Chinese American youth literature and are marked with an asterisk (*). The Taskforce recognizes the deep complexity of a Chinese American and diasporic experience across geopolitical boundaries and thus took an inclusive approach to selection whenever possible.

The exhibit of "Stories Beyond Borders: A Chinese American and Diasporic Reading List" features each book in the list with detailed bibliographic information and a cover image. The full reading list can be accessed via a PDF file at:

CALA 50th Anniversary Collection


The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022-2023. The "CALA 50th Anniversary Collection" exhibit is created to showcase important documents, collections and projects on the 50th celebration.

Featured Documents, Webinars & Projects

Featured Collections

2022 CALA Annual Conference

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CALA Poster Session
Date/ Time:
June 25, Saturday from 11-12 pm ET
Washington Convention Center 204B

  • An In-house Help Desk Ticketing System: Features and Benefits, by Ping Fu
  • Augmented Reality Game for Library Tour: An Academic Library Experience, by Yingqi Tang
  • Using Wikidata to Create Knowledge Graphs for Library Collections, by Sai Deng
  • Can we? Should we? Considerations when selecting a Research Data Repository​, by Minyoung Chung, Diana Dulek and Jingshan Xiao
  • Enhance the Discovery and Interoperability of Culturally Rich Information: the Chinese Women Poets Wikiproject, by Greta Heng, Amanda Xu, Sai Deng, Lihong Zhu and Xiaoli Li
  • Academic Libraries’ Support of Student Learning through Designing a Library-based Research Information Literacy Course, by Liya Deng
  • The English Conversation Group (ECG) at the Leddy Library for International Students, by Shuzhen Zhao and Rong Luo
  • Building a Community with Virtual Programs, by Hong Yao, Cathy Chen and Nelson Lu

CALA Newsletter Collection


The CALA Newsletter (ISSN: 0736-8887) is the official publication of the Chinese American Librarians Association. CALA Newsletter disseminates information about Chinese American Librarianship and the activities of the association. It is published twice a year in Spring and Fall. 

CALA Leaders and Members Collection


This collection features the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)’s pioneers, leaders, and members. It focuses on their life stories and their contributions to the library community while their scholarly work will be archived in the CALA Member Scholarly Achievements Collection.

CALA Best Book Award Collection


This collection features books that have won the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)’s Best Book Award. The CALA's Annual Best Book Award is to promote awareness of the best books of Chinese topics or literature written by authors of Chinese descent, in English or the Chinese language, that were originally published in North America.

This Exhibit highlights books that have won the CALA’s Best Book Award in the past. For more information on the Best Book Award, please check out the Best Book Award collection or visit CALA's website at for future applications.

Top Level Collections


Started as a project of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) initiated by Dr. Sharon Hu in 2013, CALASYS is an academic resource and repository system to collect, organize and centrally store the academic publications, materials, and related information resources created and contributed by Chinese-American Librarians, especially CALA members, and other related contributors from the library and information sciences/services (LIS) and related subject fields.

For a complete list of collections, browse the Collection Tree.