Inaugural APALA Social in Santa Barbara

15 came out for our first Santa Barbara APALA social, on June 7!  It’s what we all call a great success!

The social was held at Zen Yai Thai in downtown Santa Barbara.  The company was inspiring,  food was delicious and spicy, and the weather was perfect  – we couldn’t have asked for more! The first Thursday of the month was chosen for the celebration of arts, culture, social activism and entertainment that we could all partake in after dinner.

Special thanks to Katrina and her husband for driving out 70 miles (all the way from Santa Maria) to meet us! Angela donated lovely terrariums for door prizes and Kristen lead our art walk up State Street, where we cheered on the Bike Moves parade.

There will be a short write up in the next APALA newsletter and a picture or two will be included.

Have ideas for future socials? Know a good karaoke spot? Any topics you’d like to cover? Let us know!

Look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the next social!

2012 Diversity & Outreach Fair at ALA Annual

APALA will be at the Diversity & Outreach Fair at ALA Annual!

The Fair will be held in the Exhibits Area (Hall A) in the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, June 23, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

From –

Each year, the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, which is held during ALA’s Annual Conferences.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas.

The Fair highlights library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders; and mobile library services and bookmobiles.

Each year’s fair focuses on a special theme based on service to one of these communities. The theme of the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair is Building Community Connections. 

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

Second Seattle-APALA Social a Huge Success!

Green Tea Tiramisu

One thing we know how to do well in Seattle is eat our seafood. And we know how to party hardy while doing so. The second Seattle-APALA social was an exemplary example of this! We went from five people attending our first social to ten coming to our second one. We’re doing something right, maybe next time we’ll get 20!

It was so wonderful to see so many intelligent UW iSchool students and our colleagues who were attending the Medical Library Association conference. Thank you for making time for us!

Now double in size, it was no longer convenient to meet at the Bookstore Bar. Instead, Ann Crewdson made arrangements for us to meet in downtown Seattle at Japonessa restaurant. Our members enjoyed sushi, cocktails and dessert. Monica Caraway wisely chose the green-tea tiramisu which was to die for. Ann kept lusting after it after since she had chosen the bland crème brulee.

left to right: Alyssa Jocson, Beatriz Wallace, Janet Aviado, Becka Kennedy.

Rinna introduced us to her website, which is “an online platform that encourages public engagement, discussion and connection of Khmer communities across the US and abroad and publishes original content and provide resources on and about Khmer America.” Julie Ann Oiye, Youth Services Manager for the Seattle Public Library was on deck to answer questions from the infinite library world. We talked about the bamboo ceiling and exchanged email addresses to set up future internship opportunities. We also discovered that many of us were children’s librarians and shared collective knowledge on summer reading programs. King County Library System and Tacoma Public will be using the CLSP theme “Dream Big and READ” while Seattle Public Library’s SRP is tied to the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle Center and there’s children’s, teen and adult components with an opportunity to win a Kindle e-reader.

left to right: Rinna Rem, Sofia Leung, Julie Ann Oiye, Monica Caraway

Maria is a great story teller and Beatriz is the chair REFORMA’s Mora Award Committee and a member of the Odyssey Award Committee for 2012. Becka has done an excellent job as the membership coordinator. She has not only united us but we also gained a new member at the dinner. A big public thank you *applause* for all her hard work.

We walked away with a great sense of comradarie. The only thing that could have made the night better was if we had a bigger venue where we could hear everyone a little easier.

Since the Anaheim conference is in June, we decided to skip a month. Our next Seattle-APALA mixer will be in July.

Thank you, Maria, for taking the photos to capture the wonderful memories!

Ann Crewdson is a Children’s Section Supervisor with the Issaquah/Sammamish Libraries // King County Library System. She is currently serving as ALA Councilor-at-Large for the 2011-2013 term. She recently discovered APALA and has gotten involved in organizing socials in the Seattle area.


APALA’s own Florante Ibanez’s documentary filme on Helen Summers Brown and the Filipino American Library will be shown in Anaheim during ALA Annual Conference on:
Here is the link to the film website…..


(United States, 2005) Dir.: Florante Peter Ibanez

GOT BOOK? profiles Helen Agcaoili Summers Brown, founder of the Filipino American Library. Auntie Helen, as she is widely known in the Los Angeles Filipino Community is interviewed by one of her sons, George Brown, tracing her upbringing in the Philippines as a mestiza (half Filipino and half Caucasian American). Reputedly the first Filipina to attend UCLA, Helen married her UCLA sweetheart, Bill Brown, became a teacher and raised a family. Her collection of Philippine books from her father became the basis of her dream, the Filipino American Library, a community based non-profit in the Los Angeles Historic Filipinotown district.

Video, 8 minutes, color, documentary


APALA Social in Santa Barbara – Sign Up Now!

The Asian Pacific American Librarians Association is pleased to announce its first ever social event in the Gold Coast region. You are invited to come learn about the organization and network with local librarians/staff/students.

We will be meeting at Zen Yai Thai Cuisine at 6:00 p.m. on June 7th (the first Thursday).

Program and food orders will start at 6:30. We plan to end around 8:00 p.m.

Please note you do not have to be an APALA member nor Asian/Pacific American in order to attend. If you are interested in learning how to better serve Asian Pacific American patrons, or just want to socialize, we would love to have you!

To make sure we have enough seats, RSVP using the following form:

Hope to see you there!

Speed Networking & Social/Dinner

Please join us for…

APALA’s Speed Networking, Social & Dinner

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Ten Ten Seafood Restaurant, 669 North Euclid Street Anaheim, CA 92801*

*3.8 miles away from the Anaheim Convention Center, meet at entrance of Annabelle Hotel at 5:45 p.m to carpool/share taxi to restaurant

Speed Networking/Eat ‘n’ Greet:

  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Appetizers provided

Social & Dinner:

  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Chinese banquet style
  • Vegetarian option available
  • Tentative menu: Sizzling rice soup, honey walnut shrimp, pepper salt squid, crispy deep fried chicken, sweet & sour pork, beef with broccoli, assorted pan fried noodle, assorted fried rice


Prices: $30 for APALA members/$40 for non-members before June 1 ($5 discount for APALA booth volunteers)

$35 for APALA members/$45 for non-members after May 31 ($5 discount for APALA booth volunteers)

To volunteer for the APALA Affilliates booth, please contact Ven Basco at Buenaventura.Basco [at]

Questions regarding the speed networking, social & dinner? Contact Candice Mack at candice [at]

Online registration is closed. On-site registration is welcome depending on availability of space.

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