President’s Message

Dear SCA Chapter members,

It has been a privilege and honor to serve you as the SCA Chapter President. As my presidency comes to a close for the 2017–2018 year, I would like to thank our board members and officers for their support and commitment to make our annual program a success at the Bowers Museum in Orange County, on Feb. 27, 2018.

This year, our annual program included professional development and author morning sessions to advance leadership growth among members and interested professionals; a social lunch at the museum’s Tangata Restaurant; and a docent-guided tour to see the Bowers Museum’s special exhibition: “Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace.”

 Members and non-members from public libraries, academic libraries, and a government agency attended the program. Dr. Peter Keller, President of Bowers Museum, gave a warm welcome remark to attendees and encouraged collaboration between museums and the SCA Chapter. The sessions were presented by our board members Manuel Urrizola and Amy Jiang; Vice President Jie Tian; Jon Jablonski, Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, University of California Santa Barbara; and Florante Peter Ibanez, Past President of the APALA. They shared their expertise and knowledge, from new ideas and practical solutions for library programs to book publishing. Program sessions included:

  • Key Words to Unlocking Access—Making Resources Discoverable, Manuel Urrizola, Head of Metadata & Technical Services, University of California Riverside.
  • Ecological Arts and the Library, Jie Tian, Research & Instruction Librarian, Pollak Library, California State University Fullerton.
  • The Political-Economy of Pre-school Literacy Services in China, Jon Jablonski, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, University of California Santa Barbara.
  • Blockchain and its Applications in the Library, Amy Jiang, Associate Professor, Wilson Library, University of La Verne.
  • Sharing Experiences of Publishing “Filipino in Carson and the South Bay,” Florante Peter Ibanez, Manager of Library Computer Services of Loyola Law School and Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University and Pasadena City College.

Attendees were inspired, enjoying this special opportunity for networking and to have an educational and cultural experience. They commented on the venue’s culturally rich and elegant environment and expressed enthusiasm to return to the Bowers Museum for next year’s annual program and special exhibits.

In the upcoming year, I would like to encourage members to support our incoming president Jie Tian by sharing new ideas and participating in chapter events. I wish Ms. Jie Tian a great success in her new term as the 2018–2019 SCA Chapter President.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to serve CALA. Have a wonderful and productive summer!


Icy Smith, President 2017–2018

CALA SCA Chapter