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CALA shares information on ways to help Japanese libraries

Thanks to the CALA (Chinese American Library Association) listserv message from Zhijia Shen, Ph.D. Director, East Asia Library University of Washington I’m able to share more information. She writes:

We all have heard that a terrible 9.0 magnitude earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan’s northeast region last Friday, March 11th. Japanese libraries and librarians have also suffered terrible damages. Some public libraries in Miyagi prefecture were washed away completely by Tsunami. They would appreciate so much to hear from their colleague librarians in the U.S. If you would like to send your encouragement messages and suppot to Japanese librarians, please email to: Your messages will be posted at: The Japanese Studies Librarian at our East Asia Library at University of Washington, Keiko Yokota-Carter, has put together some information about the earthquake in Japan at her Japan studies LibGuide:

# How we can help ? the University of Washington Japanese Students Association compiled this list:

Show your support through:

UW’s  Chapter for helping aid Japan:

American Red Cross: go to to donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami or donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Google’s Person Finder: go to Try to find someone you’re looking for. Or supply information about someone who you’ve heard back from.

Convoy of Hope: or text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10.

Salvation Army: Text either the word JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation or call 1-800-SALARMY | Mail checks made out to “Japan Earthquake Relief” to the Salvation Army World Service Office, International Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263.

Facebook pages:


Paper Cranes for Japan:

Lastly, we want to tell you that in collaboration with Bellevue College, we are making paper cranes for the victims. For more information, please go to the event page:


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