For immediate release | November 15, 2011

CALA sponsors Li and Kyauk as 2012 Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO - The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) has selected Yuan Li, scholarly communications librarian at Syracuse University Library, and Chris Kyauk, CALA Spectrum Scholar and intern at the Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley, for the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders program. As sponsor, CALA provides a stipend of $1,000 to support their attendance and participation in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

“CALA is committed to promoting diverse leadership in librarianship and has been a proud sponsor of the ALA Emerging Leaders program every year,” said Min Chou, 2011-2012 president of CALA. “Many past CALA Emerging Leaders have actively taken a leadership role in serving and chairing several committees and task forces. I see the new vitality that has been brought to our profession by those young emerging leaders. My heartfelt congratulations go to Yuan and Chris. I am looking forward to their continuing contributions to CALA as well as to the library profession at a new level.”

“It is my great honor to be selected for the Emerging Leaders program, especially with the sponsorship from CALA,” said Yuan Li, a life member of CALA. “The Emerging Leaders program provides a wonderful opportunity for me to extend my professional network, to learn new ideas and approaches and to challenge new ways of thinking and practice in librarianship, and to gain a deeper sense of pride in the profession. It will be a terrific place to enhance my professional development, within and beyond librarianship.”

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen for the 2012 class of ALA Emerging Leaders, especially with the Chinese American Librarians Association as my sponsor,” said Chris Kyauk. “The networking, collaboration, and professional opportunities of the Emerging Leaders program will help me become the person I need to be to best serve my community and this profession. All of this has been made possible by CALA and I thank them for their continuing support.”

The Emerging Leaders program enables librarians and library staff from across the country to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure; and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units. For the complete list of the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders, please visit

The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, was founded in 1973. Currently, there are more than 1,000 registered members throughout the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and other countries and regions. For more information, please visit


Miguel Figueroa