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Digital libraries, Self-Contribution, CALASYS, Cataloging, Metadata, CALA, Chinese American Librarians Association, Collection development, Digital Collections, Digital repositories, Institutional Repository, Member engagement, Member participation, Meta-data, Omeka


Since the Chinese American Librarians Association’s Academic Resources and Repository System (CALASYS, was initiated in 2013, its collections have grown gradually by way of the Committee’s curation and entries with occasional help from LIS students. In order to resolve the bottleneck problems, promote CALASYS and expand its content, the 2020-2021 CALASYS Committee has strongly pursued the idea of opening CALASYS to all of the CALA members. The Committee began to implement the author self-contribution plug-in in the CALASYS’ Omeka platform in 2020. This poster will focus on the implementation of the self-contribution plug-in. It will cover the main steps and tasks of the implementation, including making metadata contribution templates, selecting copyright options, establishing contributor verification, testing workflow and developing end-user guide and back-end management documentations. It will also address the Committee’s work on creating training materials on workflow and metadata and plans on providing training sessions online to the CALA community. It will include the CALASYS’ history, its main features, collections, and usage statistics as well. By opening CALASYS to all members, it is hoped that it will better achieve the CALA’s strategic plan of 2020-2025, “Make CALA’s impact on local, state, national, and international levels.” Meanwhile, the bottleneck problems will be resolved and CALASYS will continue to grow at a faster pace in a more inclusive direction. The accompanying video is also available at:

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Deng, S., Liu, W.L., Chen, S.Z., Li, M.Y. & Qu, M. (2021). Opening CALASYS to all members. The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Annual Conference 2021 poster session. Online. June 23, 2021.

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