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Help Libraries in Taiwan damaged by typhoon

I am sharing this information distributed by the Chinese American Librarians Association. I lived in Taiwan before and experienced a minor typhoon, so I was concerned when I learned of the recent devastation. Perhaps you may not have heard about CALA’s efforts to help the libraries of Taiwan. Take a look at these photos from boston.com’s The Big Picture.

Xudong Jin, President of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) – an ALA affiliate and Associate Director of Libraries and Head of Technical Services for Ohio Wesleyan University Library, sent the following information:

"As you know, Typhoon Morakot slammed into China’s east coast <August 8th>, just hours after nearly 1 million people evacuated the area. It earlier lashed Taiwan with torrential rains that caused the island’s worst flooding in 50 years and left dozens missing and feared dead.

As of Saturday, August 15th, more than 500 people have died in floods and mudslides unleashed in southern Taiwan by typhoon Morakot. It is the most severe damage to the island in half a century."

Typhoon Morakot was the strongest typhoon in 50 years and "the accompanying monstrous floods ravaged the south of Taiwan."

CALA has been communicating with Dr. Joyce Chao-chen Chen, Executive Director of the Library Association of China ( Taiwan ) in connection with this disaster. She sent inventory reports on the libraries that have been totally destroyed or heavily damaged by Typhoon Morakot and the floods. No library colleagues were injured. However, the extensive damages to and losses suffered by libraries were overwhelming.

Damages and losses to libraries are:

  • Among the 150 public libraries, many were heavily damaged and one public library was completely destroyed.
  • More than 45 schools and their libraries were heavily damaged. Among them 14 schools together with their libraries were completely destroyed.
  • Losses of ruined books, materials, computers and equipment, furniture and book mobiles are estimated at US$1,560,000.00. These figures do not include ruined buildings.
  • You can help by kindly sending your check payable to the Order of the Chinese American Librarians Association or CALA, and send it to:

    Haipeng Li

    CALA Executive Director
    Associate Director
    John Cotton Dana Library
    Rutgers University-Newark
    185 University Ave.
    Newark , NJ 07102

The committee sends word that: CALA will send donors an official “Thank You Letter” and a CALA receipt via US Mail for your records. CALA is an IRS 501 (c) (3) Non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. We want to ensure our donors that their donations will be 100-percent used to help Taiwan libraries Damaged/Destroyed by the 88 Typhoon Morakot.

There is an old saying in Chinese which translates into English as, “seeing people drown is as if I am drowning” or “I feel the pain seeing our colleagues suffer”. In the spirit of helping Taiwan libraries, CALA President Xudong Jin has appointed a Taskforce on Helping Taiwan Libraries Destroyed/Damaged by the 88 Typhoon Morakot. The goal is to raise funds to help libraries that have been destroyed or heavily damaged by the strongest winds, storms, and floods ever seen during the last 50 years.

If it is more convenient for you to pay via PayPal, please visit the Taskforce’s Webpage  for more information about the disaster and click on the button “Donate” that will link to CALA’s PayPal account. Because PayPal charges a fee, CALA would encourage you to send them a check for your donation. 

CALA Taskforce on Helping Taiwan Libraries Destroyed/Damaged by the 88 Typhoon Marakot  is working with the Library Association of China (Taiwan) to distribute 100% of the needed donations CALA receives. Please encourage your colleagues and friends to help rebuild destroyed or heavily damaged libraries in Taiwan .

For CALA’s humanitarian work, please see an example from the 2008 CALA reports on helping colleagues and on rebuilding libraries in the earthquake disaster areas of China . These reports are available at the end of CALA’s Webpage. .