APALA Mentoring Program 2014 Deadline Extended!

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.

  • Protégés are librarians with no more than 3 years professional experience or library school students. Protégés must be or agree to become APALA members.
  • Mentors are APALA members who possess at least 3 years professional experience and are active in professional 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 pgujilde@gmail.com.

Thank you and we are looking forward to hearing from you!



Happy Thanksgiving! (And Happy Hanukkah!)

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,
Eugenia Beh
2013-2014 APALA President

Resources for Helping Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Survivors

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda has devastated the Philippines and left thousands dead and many more affected. People want to know how to help the survivors of the storm. The linked spreadsheet is a list of resources of places to send donations and how to help.



Congratulations to Ben Wakashige, APALA’s past president and long time member

Congratulations to former Amigos Board Chair Ben Wakashige for receiving the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Guardians of Culture and Lifeways International Awards Program.

The award was presented last week at the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, sponsored by the Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM), held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Spa and Resort, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Read more at http://www.atalm.org/sites/default/files/Guardians%20of%20Culture%20and%20Lifeways%20Award_1.pdf

APALA Social Events at ALA Annual 2013

Dear APALA members and friends,

Please make plans to attend one or both of APALA’s social events at Annual 2013! We’re pleased to announce that online registration is now open!

Friday, June 28, 2013
Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial – Cambodian Association of Illinois
2831 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
12PM–3PM – Enjoy a guided visit through the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial on Chicago’s North Side. Our visit will include South East Asian finger foods and snacks. The museum staff is excited to host us! Established in 2004, the Killing Fields Memorial is the only memorial of its kind outside of Cambodia. The museum and memorial aim to raise awareness of the Cambodian genocide, and human rights more broadly, and celebrate the renewal of Cambodian community and culture in the United States. A portion of APALA’s tour price will be donated to the museum. Additional donations are welcome.

  • Early-bird registration (on/before June 10):  $20 for APALA members / $25 for non-members.
  • Regular registration (June 11–June 24): $30 for non-members / $35 for non-members.
  • Public transit from the Loop: Brown Line (Kimball-bound) to Francisco stop. Use Google Maps for more specific directions.
  • For those interested in going to the museum together from the official APALA hotel, APALA member Paolo Gujilde will meet at 10:45AM in the lobby of the Westin River North and escort the group via public transit to the museum.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Begins 7PM – APALA’s Annual 2013 dinner will be an intimate affair at the Oak Park home of writer Mary Anne Mohanraj. Enjoy a catered and home cooked buffet-style dinner of traditional Sri Lankan dishes (including vegetarian/vegan options) while mingling with friends old and new. Dr. Mohanraj is Professor of Fiction and Literature and Associate Director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has authored nine titles, including Bodies in Motion, and is also a translator, Asian American arts organizer, and Executive Director of DesiLit.org. Dr. Mohanraj will be cooking part of the meal and will read pieces from her writings.

  • Early-bird price (before June 10, 2013): $30 for APALA members / $40 for non-members.
  • Regular price (after June 10, 2013): $35 for APALA members / $45 for non-members.
  • You will receive Mary Anne’s home address in your registration confirmation email.
  • Public transit from the Westin River North: From the Clark/Lake stop, take the Green Line (Harlem-bound) to Harlem Green train stop. Use Google Maps for more specific directions.
  • Public transit from McCormick Place: Best to take free ALA shuttle back to the hotel and catch the Green Line as explained above.
  • Cab ride from downtown to Oak Park would be around $25.
  • For those interested in going to Mary Anne’s home together, APALA member Paolo Gujilde will meet at 6PM in the lobby of the Westin River North and escort the group via public transit to her home.

Sign up here for both events: www.apalaweb.org/registration  

Please share with your friends, colleagues, and other people who might be interested.
Register early and take advantage of the early-bird registration option. Early registration will help us tremendously with ordering food. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Samanthi Hewakapuge, samanthi@uic.edu.

Download PDF flyer of APALA events at ALA13:


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