The latest issue of the APALA Newsletter is for Winter 2018 (volume 34, issue 5) and includes the President’s Message, author interviews, book reviews, member news, and a new web comic.
Happy New Year! There are so many great opportunities awaiting APALA in 2018, including many collaborations with other caucuses and ALA units. Last December, I had a meeting with the ALA ODLOS office, ALSC, and YALSA to discuss the possibility of the inclusion of APALA Youth Literature Award into the ALA Youth Media Award announcement at ALA Midwinter each year. The feedback was very positive and the APALA Literature Award (Youth Categories) will be included in the 2019 ALA Youth Media Award announcement. In addition, the APALA board has approved the proposal to collaborate with the YALSA Award Winning book database so that all of the APALA Youth Literature winning and honor titles will be listed in that database. …
- APALA Northeast Visits Elmhurst Branch Library & Indonesian Food Bazaar
- What’s Your Normal?: “Carving Out the In-Between” by Brian Leaf
- KITAKITS: Two FilAm Writers, Launch Poetry Books in LA Historic Filipinotown
Announcements & News
Asian American Librarians and Library Services: Activism, Collaboration and Strategies, edited by Janet H. Clarke,Raymond Pun and Monnee Tong, was recently published.
Florante P. Ibanez has been reappointed to the California Library Services Board, where he has served since 2014.
Paolo Gujilde has been appointed by the APALA Executive Board to fulfill the remaining term of Brian Leaf’s Vice President/President Elect position, effective immediately.
ALA Midwinter is this week, February 9-13. Join APALA for various events throughout the conference.
- “Go Home” edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
- “Sour Heart” by Jenny Zhang
- “10 Gulab Jamuns” by Sandhya Acharya
Web Comic – “Counseling” by Dawn Wing
Dawn Wing is Assistant Professor of Library Services at Suffolk County Community College (Media Librarian) in Long Island, NY.
“Counseling” is the first story from the 5th/”the Library” issue of the series. The issue includes stories of libraries and librarians and their impact on the protagonist, Janie Chan. These stories were based on much truth in the author’s own childhood experiences in libraries and how they were safe spaces for imagination and healing.