Haiwang Yuan of WKU Libraries led a Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) delegation to China as a member of the Associationâ€™s Board of Directors. The delegation included James Rettig, President of the American Library Association; Robert Fernekes from the Zach S. Henderson Library of Georgia Southern University; Liana Hong Zhou, Director of the Kinsey Institute Library, Indiana University; Xueming Bao from the Seton Hall University Library; and Hong Miao from the Marywood University Library. James Rettigâ€™s wife Monica Rettig was also among the delegates.
The event, named â€œThe 2008 Sino-U.S. Forum on Library Practices,â€ was part of CALAâ€™s 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series started in 2006. From July 11-13, this yearâ€™s forum took place at the Yunnan Dianchi Lake and Hot Spring Hotel in Kunming. The Forum was co-sponsored by CALA and the Yunnan Province Library Work Commission and was organized by the Yunnan University of Science and Technology Library.
About 200 librarians from over 50 institutions in China attended the Forum, including Beijing University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Tongji University, East China University of Science and Technology, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Yunnan Normal University, and Yunnan University.