2003 Annual Program

The CALA Southwest Chapter is pleased to report the success of our annual program entitled: “Community Outreach : Tips & Successes” at the Texas Library Association Annual Convention in Houston, Texas on April 2, 2003.

The distinguished panel included:


  • Angela Yang
    Manager, Fremont Libraries, Alameda County Library, Fremont, California
    (Current CALA President)
  • Ling Hwey Jeng
    Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    (CALA President, 1999-2000)
  • Connie Wang
    Reference Librarian/Volunteers Coordinator, Houston Public Library, Henington-Alief Branch, Houston, Texas

As community outreach has become an integral part of today’s library services, speakers shared their success stories in developing & coordinating effective outreach & volunteer programs. Experiences in community partnership and suggestions for effective strategies for library outreach to Asian Pacific American communities were also shared & discussed.

The program was extremely well attended and received, with about 80 people in the audience. A lively Q&A session & discussion followed the presentations.

After the program, the Chapter held its membership meeting/election, presided over by Jiun Kuo, Chapter President. The new officers for 2003-2004 are:

Rosa Hsu
Acquisitions Librarian
Houston Community College System

Vice President/President-Elect
Peyyi Wann
Collection Management Specialist (Self-employed)/MLS student, Texas Woman’s University

Shelley Mao
Head of Bibliographical Control
W.I. Dykes Library
Univ. of Houston Downtown

A luncheon was held, following the program/membership meeting, at Kim Son Restaurant to honor our three speakers & to recognize the three recently retired CALA librarians from this area. They are:

Virginia An
Retired from Houston Baptist University

Helen Chang
Retired from the Houston Community College System

Ching Eue
Retired from the Houston Public Library

On a personal note, it was a very moving day for me. As the retired members continue to support & mentor the practicing librarians, the active CALA members are giving their best to further expand their professional growth & gain visibility state-wide & nationally. However, what inspires me the most is to witness the emergence of the young & energetic new generation of CALA librarians who are eager to test the water and get involved.

Thanks to everyone who helped make our program a big success, and most of all, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve CALA in the capacity of the Southwest Chapter President this year. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of friends & volunteers.

Respectfully submitted,

Jiun Kuo
CALA Southwest Chapter, 2002-2003
phone: (713) 348-2568
fax: (713) 348-5862
e-mail kuo@rice.edu

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