Founded in 1973 in Chicago, CALA is an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member of the Council of National Library and Information Associations. CALA has seven chapters in the United States and over 1,000 members across North America, China, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. Promoting collaboration among library professionals across national borders and facilitating exchange programs between the U.S. and China are among the chief goals of CALA. In recent years, CALA progress toward these goals has been exemplified by the success of the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series, with the participation of its dedicated members, many from China and many fluent in Chinese. The CALA Seminar Series is becoming an institutionalized program which aims to actively engage collaboration and exchange between libraries and librarians in China and the U.S.
CALA is pleased to be in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to work with the Library Society of China on this grant project. CALA is well positioned to carry out such a project with University of Illinois Library as CALA members not only possess the professional experience and expertise but also many come from the same cultural background. In addition, CALA has been promoting collaboration and exchange between Chinese and U.S. librarians at the association level in recent years through the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series Program, which has been very successful. This grant project will definitely raise CALA's visibility to an unprecedented level, and further promote collaboration and exchange between librarians in China and the United States.
John Cotton Dana Library
Assistant Dean for Collections & Technical Services
UNC at Greensboro Libraries