APALA’s 2014 APAAL Winners Announced at ALA MidWinter

Congratulations to all the winners and honorees of the 2014 Asian/Pacific American Award For Literature announced this past weekend in the ALA MidWinter 2014 Cognotes!

Complete list of award winners: 2013-2014 Awards

Download: ALA MidWinter 2014 Cognotes, Saturday, January 25, 2014 [PDF, 5.2MB] (announcement on page 10)


Free Copies of Janet Wong’s Book for APALA MidWinter Social Dinner Attendees!

Exciting news: acclaimed author and APALA member Janet Wong is generously donating 30 copies of her latest book, “This Next New Year” (Chinese bilingual edition), which will be made available to attendees of APALA’s MidWinter Social Dinner on January 25th!

Cover of "This Next New Year" by Janet Wong

“This Next New Year” by Janet Wong

APALA and CALA members Minjie Chen, Kai Li, and Paul Lai worked on the Chinese translation when Janet asked for volunteers last year and now you can see the fruits of our colleagues’ work! (For a description of the book, see its Amazon listing for more details.)

Not only will you hear from up-and-coming authors Ellen Oh and Soman Chainani and have the opportunity to pick up signed copies of their books, but you could also receive a free copy of Janet Wong’s new book just in time for the Lunar New Year! They won’t be available anywhere else at ALA and supplies are limited, so hurry and register to secure your copy!

Reminder: Early bird registration ends today, Friday, January 17th.


Early Bird Registration for APALA MidWinter Tour and Social Dinner Ends Soon

Dear APALA Members and Friends!

Early bird registration for APALA’s MidWinter tour and social dinner ends on Friday, January 17th! It’s not too late to still take advantage of the reduced rate!

On Friday, January 24th, we’ll be visiting the Asian Arts Initiative, where we’ll hear about SAADA from Samip Mallick and Philadelphia’s Asian American community (in particular, their Chinatown) from Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and Mary Yee of Asian Americans United. We will be serving lunch catered from Philadelphia Chutney Company. Learn more at http://www.apalaweb.org/apala-tour-and-talk/

On Saturday, January 25th, we’ll be hosting authors Ellen Oh (The Prophecy Series, originally The Dragon King Chronicles), Soman Chainani (New York Times bestseller The School of Good and Evil) and publisher Phoebe Yeh of Crown Books for Young Readers. (Phoebe is allegedly the first Asian American woman in publishing to have her own imprint.) We’ll be meeting at Karma Restaurant & Bar at 5:30 for dinner with our guests. Learn more at http://www.apalaweb.org/meet-ellen-oh-soman-chainani-and-phoebe-yeh-at-the-apala-social-dinner/

Please register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/ We will have great food and company and a healthy dose of Asian American activism and solidarity. Also, please encourage people to sign up and spread the word!

Ariana Hussain Selected as APALA 2014 Emerging Leader

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association’s (APALA) Scholarships and Awards Committee is proud to announce Ariana Hussain as the 2014 Emerging Leader for the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. APALA will provide funding to support her attendance and participation in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

“I congratulate Ariana on being selected as APALA’s 2014 Emerging Leader,” says 2013-2014 APALA President Eugenia Beh. “Ariana joins a long list of participants from APALA, and very deservedly so. I am pleased that we are able to continue our support of the Emerging Leaders program, which has benefited so many of our members.”

Ariana has a long history of community, civic and public services ranging from involvements in grass roots groups to feed the hungry of the greater Los Angeles areas to participation in literacy programs such as The Talk Story Program, which reaches out to the Asian Pacific American and American Indian/Alaska Native children and their families. Her current position as a children’s librarian at the District of Columbia Public Library in Washington DC, includes many different kinds of civic engagements such as collaborations with the local Housing Authority/The office of Resident Services in outreach, programming and library awareness to at-risk youth.

Ariana writes, “I am an Indonesian-Japanese Muslim American public librarian, in a headscarf, working in a primarily African-American neighborhood branch library. Though I know that I do not represent the entire spectrum of diversity in the field, I do know that in appearance I am a bit of an anomaly… I entered the library field because of my interest and belief in the power of libraries, as well as to provide information and dispel misinformation. I thought that it would be empowering for the public to see a person who looks like me at their local level, that I may provide them an important service but also engage in casual interaction.”

According to Ariana, effective leadership is established through needs assessment, vision, planning, commitment, communication and accountability. She states, “Of these principles of leadership, I believe that effective leadership begins with needs assessment. There are the needs of the community, first and foremost, and the needs of those who are serving the community. As an effective leader, one needs to take into consideration both sets of needs in order to excel as a team and to receive buy-in from its stakeholders. Needs assessment also ensures that the community feels involved in the planning process and can voice their opinions.”

Ariana believes that every librarian working with the public has the opportunity to serve the community as a leader. She states, “It had not occurred to me that the role of leadership takes on many forms and that different roles are constantly being added to my work. I lead daily, whether it’s providing a book club or talking to our young adults and tweens, providing a space for them to become involved with the community and in their development. I encourage parents and caregivers to actively engage with their children to develop literacy skills.”

Ariana holds a BA in Political Science/History and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Congratulations, Ariana!

APALA 35th Anniversary Planning Committees

Dear APALA members,

APALA will be turning 35 in 2015! To celebrate and commemorate this milestone, we are planning to hold the first ever APALA conference (there was a joint APALA/CALA conference in 2001) in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, a very appropriate location considering the deep history and strong presence of Asian Pacific Islanders in this city known by many names including, Gam Saan. And we need your help to make this a success!

Many of you may remember the grand time we had when we celebrated APALA’s 30th anniversary in Washington, D.C., where the activities included a tour of the White House and a gala dinner. In San Francisco, we will not only have tour(s) and a dinner, but we will hold a day-long conference that specifically focuses on the information needs and issues of APA communities.

The planning committee has met a couple of times to begin brainstorming ideas and hammering out the details, and we have formed the committees that are necessary for this event. We have listed below the main committees that will work to plan OUR conference. If you are interested in serving on one or more of these committees, please contact one of the chairs of the planning/steering committee below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
Gary Colmenar

Planning/Steering Committee Chairs:

Jade Alburo, jalburo@library.ucla.edu
Florante Peter Ibanez, florante.ibanez@lls.edu
Gary Colmenar, colmenar@library.ucsb.edu

Committees for APALA 35th

  • Program Committee
  • Program Booklet
  • Local Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Assessment Committee
  • Publicity/Outreach Committee

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