The Medical Library Association (MLA) was recognized by the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) at CALA's awards banquet on July 12, 2009, for MLA's support of the reconstruction efforts and assistance to damaged libraries by the massive May 12, 2008 earthquake in China. "MLA's donation was very important and timely to help libraries and library workers in the affected area. We are grateful to MLA and its members for their support through this donation," said Sally C. Tseng, CALA Honorary Executive Director and the Chair of the Task Force on Rebuilding Libraries in the Earthquake Disastrous Areas in China. The taskforce, appointed by Dr. Sha Li Zhang, CALA President for 2008-2009, is working collaboratively with the Library Society of China and provincial library associations in the earthquake affected regions to identify the needs.
The donation was contributed from MLA's library disaster relief fund, part of the association's Librarians Without Borders® program. The CALA award was given to MLA President Connie Schardt, AHIP, by CALA President Dr. Sha Li Zang, and recognized MLA's leadership in the health sciences information field, commitment to educating health information professionals, and decades of worldwide humanitarian support in the wake of natural disasters.
Founded in 1898, MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 3,900 individual and institutional members in the health sciences information field, committed to educating health information professionals, supporting health information research, promoting access to the world's health sciences information, and working to ensure that the best health information is available to all.
CALA, founded in 1973, has been an affiliate of the American Library Association
(ALA) since 1976, with a membership of more than 1,000 throughout the U.S. and
around the world.
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Last Updated: 2009 October 06