Project Orientation During ALA Midwinter Meeting at Denver, CO

Get Ready for the Challenge!

Orientation for the UIUC-CALA IMLS Grant Project:
Think Globally, Act Globally: China-U.S. Librarian Collaboration
Friday, January 23, 2009, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver (REG), Quartz  C

Photo Credit: Sai Deng

"Think Globally, Act Globally, US-China Librarian Collaboration" held an orientation session on January 23, 2009 during the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado. There were 36 people who attended the meeting. The session covered topics from perceptional idea of building a strong partnership to practical details on logistics and selection process.


1.      Introduction and announcements - Sha Li Zhang, CALA President

2.      Overview of the IMLS grant and its three components - Shuyong Jiang, Project Director

3.      How to get involved in the project? - Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director
a.      Host the visiting library directors from China
b.      Become presenters at the seminars in China
c.      Become a program facilitator at the UIUC training sessions
d.      Become a mentor for the Chinese Librarians at the ALA conferences, etc.

4.      CALA implementation process - Lisa Zhao, Chair, International Relations Committee
a.      Recruitment and Selection (Karen Wei)
b.      Plan your schedules and make commitments
c.      Prepare contents and delivering methods

5.      Lessons learned at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs - Barbara Ford, Director, and Susan Schnuer, Associate Director
a.      How to offer a successful host visit
b.      Develop a long-term strategic partnership

6.      Lessons learned from previous CALA seminars - Xudong Jin & Seminar Taskforce Members
a.      Experience sharing,
b.      Improve communication skills

7.      Questions and answers

Grant Project Steering Committee,
Shuyong Jiang, Project Director
Karen Wei
Barbara Ford
Haipeng Li
Susan Schnuer
Sha Li Zhang

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