APALA Tour and Talk
Friday, January 24th
Please join us at the Asian Arts Initiative to learn more about Philadelphia’s Asian American community! We will be hearing from Samip Mallick of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Mary Yee of Asian Americans United, and Gayle Isa of the Asian Arts Initiative. (Thanks to the Asian Arts Initiative and SAADA for generously hosting this event!)
Lunch will be served (catered by Philadelphia Chutney Company).
Please register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Directions from Loews Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/BQH4i
12:00 -1:00 – Lunch and welcome from Gayle Isa
1:00 -1:30 – Talk by Samip Mallick
1:30-2:00 – Talk by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
2:00 -2:30 – Talk by Mary Yee
2:30-3:00 – Explore AAI
Gayle Isa, founder and executive director, has been an active participant in Philadelphia’s arts and culture community for 20 years, beginning as an intern and evolving as a staff member at the Painted Bride Art Center. She has been a Douglas Redd Fellow focused on arts and community development, and has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the National Performance Network. She currently is a board member of the national Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists and serves on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. In 2011, she became the first Asian American appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Gayle was once an aspiring taiko (drum) player and is now focusing her creative energy on learning to be a new mom!
Samip Mallick is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). Mallick has a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois, a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and has done graduate work in Ancient Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He was formerly the Director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information (RCDI) at the University of Chicago Library and previously also worked for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). http://www.saadigitalarchive.org/
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock is the director of outreach and program evaluation at the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, an economic development organization serving immigrants. She coordinates data collection and analysis, enabling the Welcoming Center to use hard evidence to support its decision making. Amanda’s experience with public libraries stretches back to 1990, when she began as a teenage page at Ludington Public Library in Bryn Mawr. More than two decades later, she continues to be employed at Ludington as a weekend reference assistant. Most recently, Amanda designed and oversaw the Welcoming Center’s pioneering study of immigrant technology usage, Digital Diaspora. http://www.welcomingcenter.org/
Mary Yee, Parent and Community Involvement Consultant. Mary has been involved in planning and advocacy for Philadelphia neighborhoods for over 35 years. While working with Asian Americans United, she became involved with the Education Law Center (ELC) in 1985, as a representative of the plaintiff’s side in an advisory group to develop policies and programs to remediate a civil rights suit (YS v. School District of Philadelphia) filed by ELC against the public school system. The suit on behalf of limited English proficient Southeast Asian refugee students alleged unequal access to educational programs and services. Her work in educational advocacy has included a 12-year stint at the School District of Philadelphia working on ESOL/Bilingual program issues, compliance and equity, language access, and family engagement. More recently, she worked at Foundations, Inc. providing technical assistance to out-of-school time programs. She is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Reading/Writing/Literacy.
APALA Midwinter Events
Reminder: Early bird registration ends today, Friday, January 17th.
Please find a list of our events and activities for the 2014 ALA Midwinter Conference. Registration for a visit to the Asian Arts Initiative on Friday and for the APALA Social Dinner on Saturday is now live at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/.
Friday, January 24th
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Directions from Loews Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/BQH4i
12:00 -1:00 – Lunch at Asian Arts Initiative, catered by Philadelphia Chutney Company
1:00 -1:30 – Talk by Samip Mallick of SAADA (South Asian American Digital Archive)
1:30-2:00 – TBA
2:00 -3:00 – Tour of Asian Arts Initiative
Register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/
7:30 – 9:30PM – Executive Board Meeting, PCC-115 B
Saturday, January 25th
1:00 – 2:30PM – APALA Committee Meeting, PCC-118 C
5:30 – 8:00 – APALA Social Dinner (w/ special guests Ellen Oh, Soman Chainani and Phoebe Yeh)
Karma Restaurant and Bar
114 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Directions by subway: https://goo.gl/maps/NAjmm
1. From the Loews Hotel (1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107), walk to 13th St Station (about 1 min , 299 ft)
2. At the 13th St Station, take the Market-Frankford Line towards Frankford Trans Ctr to 2nd St. Station 4 min (4 stops)
3. At 2nd St Station, walk to 114 Chestnut St (about 3 min , 0.1 mi)
Fares are $2.25 one way (exact change) or buy a token for $1.80 (see http://www.septa.org/fares/transit/index.html)
One day passes are also available for $8 and $12: https://shop.septa.org/index.php?target=categories&category_id=12
We are very fortunate this year to have 3 special guests joining us for the 2014 APALA Midwinter Social Dinner! Please join us at Karma Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, January 25th at 5:30PM and hear Ellen, Soman and Phoebe discuss diversity in YA and children’s literature and their upcoming works! Click here to register for this event!
Originally from NYC, Ellen Oh is an adjunct college instructor and former entertainment lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She also loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of The Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and three daughters and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel. http://www.ellenoh.com/index1.html
Soman Chainani’s first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios. As a writer and film director, Soman’s films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes. He has a BA in English Literature from Harvard and an MFA in Film from Columbia University. http://somanchainani.net/
Phoebe Yeh joined Random House Children’s Books in the newly created post of v-p, publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers where she is publishing new books with a focus on middle-grade fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her Fall 14 inaugural list includes books by New York Times bestselling authors Suzy Becker, Jon Meacham, and Walter Dean Myers and newcomer Lou Anders. Prior to joining HC in 1996, Yeh was a senior editor at Scholastic Press, where she edited the Magic School Bus books and was an editor of the SeeSaw Book Club. As Editorial Director at Harper Collins she was responsible for the estate programs of Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, and C.S. Lewis, the Series of Unfortunate Events publishing program, and the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, and acquired Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate series. She has worked with Aliki, Soman Chainani, Eloise Greenfield, Julius Lester, Betsy and Ted Lewin, Christopher Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Ellen Oh, Joanne Ryder, Seymour Simon, and Laurence Yep.
The deadline to apply to become a Mentor or Protégés is extended to January 10th, 2014!
We would like to invite you to be part of the 2014 Mentoring Program as a Mentor or a Protégé. The APALA Mentoring Program seeks to provide professional and personal development, inspiration, and encouragement through a supportive mentoring relationship. The program helps new and future librarians by providing coaching and guidance in their careers. Mentoring builds relationships between future librarians and professionals to enhance communication and leadership in APALA, ALA, and other library associations.
For more information or to apply visit: http://www.apalaweb.org/membership/mentoring-program/ The application deadline is January 10th, 2014
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Paolo) at email@example.com.
Thank you and we are looking forward to hearing from you!
To all who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! (The first time in over 100 years that the two holidays have overlapped. Enjoy it now because the next time around won’t be for another 79,000 years!
This year, I am especially thankful for all of the wonderful members who volunteered for a committee (and there’s still time to make me even more thankful! :). I am also thankful for our excellent Executive Board and for their hard work and patience as not just the President but also the Vice-President undergo drastic life changes during the beginning of their term (thanks Board members!). And I am also grateful to all new and returning members for your support and generosity, without which this organization would not be possible.
In the midst of our good fortune, let us not forget those who are less fortunate, including the workers who cannot enjoy a day off with their families, as more and more retail stores stay open on Thanksgiving Day. And remember the ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines, especially as the tragedy seems to recede from the media headlines. Finally, let us not forget our history and the true story behind Thanksgiving, as for many of our Native American brothers and sisters, Thanksgiving is also a National Day of Mourning. (For more about the National Day of Mourning, an annual tradition that began in 1970 when Wamsutta (Frank) James, a Wampanoag, was invited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to give a speech at an event celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival, and to learn about the 44th observance, which will be held on Thursday, November 28th at 12pm in Plymouth, MA, please see http://www.uaine.org/)
Thank you and safe travels to all,
2013-2014 APALA President