Thursday, January 26, 2017

CEAL/AAS Membership Renewal: Voting Deadline 1/31/2017

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Dear colleagues,
I hope you are having a great new year!

Please renew your CEAL and AAS memberships soon! You must renew by 1/31/2017 to be eligible to vote in the upcoming CEAL 2017 election.

Please read the following steps carefully as we added a new procedure and an online payment option this year. See the yellow highlights.

Remember, to vote in the 2017 CEAL election, you must be a current member of AAS and you must have paid your CEAL dues for 2017.

Joining or Renewing CEAL Membership is a 2-step Process 

(See also:

Step 1) Join/renew AAS

  • Before submitting the CEAL membership application form, please join or renew membership of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). 
  • Please make a note of your AAS# and membership expiration date as you need to put them on the application form and your check. This is very important, if you are not a valid AAS member, your CEAL membership application WILL NOT be processed.

Step 2) Submit the Application Form and Dues

  • Print out the CEAL Membership Application PDF form or Word version of the form, and fill it in.
  • Write a check or money order for thirty dollars ($30), payable to "The Association for Asian Studies Inc." Please write your AAS# and AAS membership expiration date on the upper right corner of the check.
Mail your completed application form to:
    Xi Chen Chinese Studies Librarian
    University of California San Diego Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0175R

For credit card payments 

Thank you!

Xi Chen 陈晰
CEAL Treasurer

Chinese Studies Librarian
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0175R | 858-534-2894
Chinese Resources at UCSD Library:

Seeking Nominations for NCC Council Members

During 2017 the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (the NCC) will fill three elected positions, two for librarians and one for a social sciences faculty member.  NCC Council Members are elected for three-year terms, in these cases the terms will run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020.  Once elected members will be expected to take part in NCC Committees and Working Groups and are likely to be asked to co-chair one or more such groups.

As is required by its by-laws, the NCC seeks to include among Council members faculty and librarians from diverse regions of the country, from institutions of varying size, and from Japanese and East Asian studies programs with a range of strengths and foci.  Selection of candidates will, therefore, take into consideration current representation on those committees in filling these positions. A list of the current Council Members and is contained in the About NCC section of the website at  A brief description of positions follows:

NCC Elected Librarian Council Members: The two librarian positions to be filled in 2017 are for librarian members from a range of institutions and regions, and from institutions with collections of all sizes both those broadly covering Japan and East Asia and those that may be more specialized.  Past experience as a member of an NCC committee or working group or a CEAL committee, as well as other service to the field is desirable.

NCC Elected Social Sciences Faculty Member: Elected faculty members are chosen to represent not only a range of institutions and regions but also to represent a diversity of disciplines, time periods and research methodologies.  The social science faculty member may come from any field of social sciences and must have an active engagement with libraries and library-related issues.  An interest in digital scholarship and participation in disciplinary and field wide service is also of important consideration.

To propose a candidate for one of these positions, please send an email nomination by March 20, 2017 to NCC Chair Setsuko Noguchi and to NCC Executive Director Victoria Bestor at  Self-nominations are welcome.  For further information about these positions and other NCC activities please visit the website. 

Call for Application: Sheila Suen Lai Research Grant

The purpose of Sheila Suen Lai Research Grant (hereinafter ‘Lai’s Grant’) is to encourage CALA members to engage in research activities that contribute towards library and information science, and related to Chinese American Librarianship particularly.
An award in the amount of $1,000 will be granted to the winner(s). Lai’s Grant may be used for conducting research projects, attending research related conferences and workshops, conducting research workshops and programs, assisting in research writing, or other activities not inconsistent with the general purpose of the award. Lai’s Grant shall not be used for personal use or for attending professional association conferences, such as ALA or CALA.

  1. The award recipient shall submit a final report to CALA’s Executive Director EC detailing the outcome and performance of the specific project within one month of the project completion.
  2. The award recipient shall participate in at least 80% of the CALA events and activities especially during the ALA Midwinter and Annual meetings.
  3. The award recipient shall be a CALA member for at least 5 consecutive years from the date of the award.
  4. The award recipient shall volunteer for CALA committees and taskforces.
  5. The award recipient shall receive an electronic certificate upon request.
  6. Monetary award shall be awarded after the awardee has fulfilled the required obligations.
  7. The award recipient shall contribute their time and talents to CALA.

Eligible applicants for Lai’s Grant must:
  1. Be a current CALA member in good standing
  2. Have at least an MLS degree
  3. Be currently employed in a professional level position
  4. Have been a CALA member for at least one year prior to submitting an application
  5. Maintain CALA membership status throughout the duration of the use of the award
  6. Have not received any other CALA grant or award in the same year as the Lai’s Grant

A complete application must consist of the following:
  1. A cover letter
  2. A statement of intended research activities and plans (no more than five pages in length)
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. Two (2) letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s research credentials

To apply, send the complete application to the Chair of the Sheila Lai Research Grant Award Committee by March 3, 2017. The award recipient will be announced via an official CALA press release.

Sheila Suen Lai Research Grant Award Committee:
  • Chair, Vincci Kwong,
  • Huifen Chang,
  • Fen Lu,
  • Yiping Wang,
  • George Yi,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CEAL 2017 Annual Meeting Program Available

CEAL 2017 Annual Meeting Program

Dear Friends,
The CEAL 2017 Annual Meeting program is now available on the CEAL website at the link above. You will find there links to PDF and Word versions of the Annual Meeting program. The Word file may be downloaded and edited for your convenience.

The program highlights the many engaging and interesting sessions planned for this years' CEAL meeting at AAS in Toronto. The CEAL meetings will be held March 13th-16th (Monday-Thursday) in Toronto. There will be pre-conference workshops, the CEAL plenary, and CEAL committee programs.

So download the program now to get the most out of your trip to AAS / CEAL in Toronto. I look forward to seeing you there!

Jim Cheng
CEAL President

C.V. Starr East Asia Library
Columbia University

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CEAL Election: Nominations Reminder

CEAL Bylaws | Current Executive Board | Past Elections

Dear CEAL members,

The 2017 CEAL Election Committee is calling for nominations to serve on the CEAL Executive Board. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague to the following seven (7) open positions on its 2017 election slate:

    Chair, Committee on Chinese Materials (2017-2020)
    Chair, Committee on Japanese Materials (2017-2020)
    Chair, Committee on Korean Materials (2017-2020)
    Chair, Committee on Public Services (2017-2020)
    Chair, Committee on Technical Processing (2017-2020)
    Members at Large (All Areas) (2017-2020)
    Members at Large (China Focus) (2017-2020)
    Note: The term starts the DAY of the second Executive Board meeting at CEAL on Thursday of conference week.
Serving on the Executive Board is a wonderful opportunity for professional growth and career development. Pursuant to Article VII “Elections” of the CEAL Bylaws (, the Election Committee is committed to ensuring a slate of candidates balanced in geographic representation, collection size, and area specialty. While encouraging experienced members to continue their valued contributions, we also welcome nominations and self-nominations from newer CEAL members. For more information about the positions, please see the relevant section of the CEAL Bylaws.

Please address your nomination(s) to any of the Election Committee members below by January 16, 2017. The Election Committee will confirm with nominees that they are current CEAL members and willing to serve.

Thank you very much.

CEAL Election Committee:

Ex-officio members:

Michael Meng
Librarian for Chinese Studies
Yale University Library
Phone: 203-432-4438