2018-2019 CALA Mentorship Program

(13 December 2018) We are pleased to announce that the 2018/2019 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Mentorship Program is now open for applications.

CALA welcomes mentees and mentors from the Asia Pacific region. English is our working language.

CALA is an affiliate of the American Library Association. It is the only professional organization in North America that 1) promotes better communication among Chinese American librarians; 2) serves as a forum for the discussion of mutual problems and professional concerns among Chinese American librarians; and 3) promotes the development of Chinese and American librarianship with scholarships and grants.

CALA membership is open to any individual or corporate body interested in the purpose of the Association.

Who Can Be a Mentee? 

Everyone is welcome to be a mentee, whether you are a student, a newly minted professional, or a more seasoned librarian. This is a great opportunity to connect with someone in the field who can offer guidance and advice in career development.

Membership in CALA is highly recommended but is not a pre-requisite for mentees wishing to participate in the program. A non-member can join CALA online at http://cala-web.org/membership .

Who Can Be a Mentor? 

CALA suggests that mentors have at least five years of experience in the profession. However, exceptions may be made by the Program Coordinator.

Mentors provide mentees with a wealth of pedagogical knowledge, practical experience, and learned advice. This is a dynamic relationship – collaborative, constructive, and confidential.

How to become a mentor or a mentee? 

Please complete the CALA Mentorship Program Application form. Complete the form twice if you are interested in both the mentor and mentee programs. Previous participants are required to fill out the form again to join this year’s program.

Please help to spread the word! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the CALA Mentorship Committee members listed below.

Thank you for your interest in the CALA Mentorship Program.


Susen Shi susenshi@nypl.org

Jingshan Xiao xiao@uhcl.edu

Qinghua Xu (Chair) xqhiris@gmail.com