Member Highlights Showcase — Rebecca Martin [edited]

Rebecca Yoonhee Martin is currently working as the Assistant Circulation Supervisor & Faculty Liaison at Boston University’s Pappas Law Library. She focuses on interlibrary loan and document delivery for law school faculty and administration and helps to oversee the access services department.

One of the wonderful things about the member highlights is the opportunity to celebrate the diversities within APALA.

I grew up in a mixed race family and prefer the term hapa kolea to describe my half-Korean and half-Scottish ethnic heritage. My mother is first-generation Korean-American, but my father’s family has been in this country many years with a deep cultural connection to his home state of Texas. I grew up in Boston with my parents and half-sister, Yoonjung, where the kitchen was usually filled with smells of BBQ – both Korean and Texan!

Rebecca attended Rutgers University as a distance student and finished her studies there in winter 2011, concentrating on digital libraries and taking a great interest in the intersection of technology and social change.  She tells us how she is thinking about moving forward in the profession.

As a recent LIS graduate, I’m still considering different professional routes. However, through my work at Community Change, Inc., I’ve found I greatly enjoy using my reference and research skills in a non-traditional learning setting – those that tend to elicit more situations of applied research, rather than just academic scholarship. Still, through my academic library experiences, I am exploring and learning how best to use library services and programs to foster civil and social engagement among student users.

I dedicate much of my free time to library work as well: I am an active member of the Boston Radical Reference Collective and serve as the Library Coordinator of the Yvonne Pappenheim Library on Anti-Racism at Community Change, Inc.  Through my work at the Pappenheim Library, I presented with a group of colleagues on racism and its manifestations on the Internet at JCLC. I am also an Editorial Board member of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table Newsletter (SRRT),

I became an APALA member in 2011, while I was about half-way through my MLIS degree. I joined initially because, as an online student, I wanted to ensure that I had nearly all the same networking and mentoring opportunities as my on-campus counterparts.  I wanted to find a community of practitioners who could provide mentorship and support as I entered the LIS professional community. Since joining, I have had the great pleasure of meeting several APALA members in-person, many at JCLC, and have strengthened online collaboration with others.

I currently serve on the APALA Publicity Committee and have contributed to the APALA Newsletter as well. One of my favorite APALA projects is the What’s Your Normal? series. I very much look forward to each entry and getting to know about the perspectives, interests and experiences of APALA members past their professional identities.

See Rebecca’s article, White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet, pp. 10-11 in the APALA Newsletter, Winter 2013.


Article compiled, written, and edited by Charlene Hsu Gross, in cooperation with Rebecca Yoonhee Martin.

Edited, 1/29/2013 for duplicated content.

Member Highlights — Dawn Wing

Greetings, APALA community! My name is Dawn K. Wing. I am the Information Services and Instruction Teaching Assistant at Media, Education Resources, Information Technology (MERIT) Library at University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). I am currently finishing up my last year of graduate school at UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) and anticipate receiving my MLIS in May 2013. My focus is reference and instruction, particularly outreach, instructional design and online learning.

Time certainly does fly by. I am glad I joined APALA during my first year of school. I will never forget the warm welcome from members and eating copious amounts of food at the APALA Social held at a local Chinese seafood restaurant during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA this past June. It was a pleasure to finally match faces to familiar names.

Also, I am honored to be a part of APALA as a member of the newsletter committee and web content subcommittee. I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about APA issues in LIS and highlight the achievements of APA library leaders and writers under the supportive direction of APALA committee leaders like Gerardo Colmenar and Melissa Cardenas-Dow. A piece I am proud to share with the APALA community is an interview with 2009 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award winner and cartoonist Lynda Barry. Taking Ms. Barry’s creative writing course at UW-Madison was one of the most exciting, moving experiences in my life. I am also privileged to support the “What’s Your Normal?” series and am touched by the inspiring stories APALA members are contributing.

An interesting project I am working on in my current position is second language collection development at MERIT Library. Collaborating with my peers, I hope to increase the number of bilingual picture books in Arabic, Hmong, Chinese, and Spanish so that current and future K-12 teachers can provide engaging literature that will help English Language Learners in the classroom. I am fortunate to work with a colleague who previously worked for the Hmong Archives in St. Paul, Minnesota and is contributing her knowledge of Hmong resources to this collection development endeavor.

In addition to collection development, I also enjoy teaching new educational technology to pre-service K-12 teachers at UW-Madison. Having had fun web conferencing experiences with Google+ Hangout, first introduced to me by Melissa Cardenas-Dow, I am now an avid promoter of Google Apps and its potential for collaborative, online learning. Please check out other LIS projects I’ve worked on by visiting my e-portfolio at

Member Highlights – Young Lee

Young Lee, who resides in the Inland Empire of Greater Los Angeles, is the Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of La Verne College of Law Library. “My job responsibilities include not only reference and research support, but also instruction, maintaining/extending library’s online presence, emerging technologies, and outreach,” he says. His subject specialty is legal research, and his professional interests include instruction, gamification, and emerging technologies. He earned his B.A. from UC Berkeley in Molecular Cell Biology (major) and English Literature (minor), J.D. from California Western School of Law, and MLIS from San Jose State University–and he’s considering a Master of Education in the future.

He is active in several professional organizations. In addition to being an APALA member since early 2011, Young is also the chair of the California Library Association (CLA) Student Interest Group, the Vice-President and President Elect of Beta Phi Mu, Omega Chapter (SJSU SLIS), and recently became an ACRL TechConnect blogger. He also served on the 2012 unconference and virtual conference for California Academic & Research Libraries Association (CARL) and the unconference at ALA Annual 2011.

One thing that Young likes to do in his personal time is watching Korean dramas (aka k-dramas) and movies on Hulu and Netflix, as part of his “ ‘DIY foreign language immersion program’ campaign” to improve his Korean language fluency. In addition to watching k-dramas–which he considers “educational”–he enjoys trips to the driving range, regional/local sightseeing, photography, and hanging out with friends. When Young has time for recreational reading, he usually gravitates towards reading up on his professional interests. The last books he read were Playful Design by John Ferrara and Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps by Gabe Zichermann and Christopher Cunningham.

When asked for final words, Young makes his love for librarianship clear, saying, “Librarianship is a second career for me… I’ve been so blessed and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given that I like to devote my professional activities to advocating for libraries and helping others find success in the profession.”

APALA Member News – ALA Emerging Leaders 2013

APALA would like to congratulate its five members recently named as American Library Association Emerging Leader 2013 participants. The  five members and their sponsors are:

Frans Albarillo, NY, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
Tarida Anantachai, NY, Association of College & Research Libraries -University Libraries Section (ACRL-ULS)
Emily Chan, CA, Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
Jennifer Himmelreich, NM, American Indian Library Association (AILA)
Susan Hoang, MN, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

The Emerging Leaders is a year-long program giving new library workers opportunities to network, problem-solve, and gain leadership experience that will be especially useful for serving on ALA committees and other professional organizations. Sponsors support participants by providing each with $1,000 to attend both ALA Midwinter and Annual. For more information about Emerging Leaders, visit:

Member Highlights – Roberto Delgadillo

APALA would like to congratulate APALA member Roberto Delgadillo for being elected VP/President-Elect (Vice Presidente/Presidente Electo) of SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials)!

We would also like to extend our congratulations to newly elected SALALM leaders Paloma Celis-Carbajal and Daisy Domínguez.

Roberto manages the Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services collections. He also serves as a liaison to the departments of American Literature, Chicana/o Studies, Education, English Language and Literature, Exercise Science, Military Science, Physical Education, Religious Studies, and the University Writing Program.

He has been very active in the Library profession, having served as an ALA Councilor.  He has a Ph.D. in History and MLIS from UCLA.

Member Highlights – Bryan Thao Worra

I was selected to be a part of the Festival of the World at Southbank Centre during the 2012 Olympics in London, as the national delegate representing Laos.

My poem “No Regrets,” has been placed on display in the outdoor spaces around the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall until September if anyone happens to be in the area. As part of the program, my poetry will be included in the World Record Anthology being published for the occasion, and read on BBC Radio this month. California poet Kay Ryan is representing the US. Other poets include Kosal Khiev, who a Cambodian refugee deported by the US who is currently rebuilding his life, who was selected to represent Cambodia. Thailand is represented by the award-winning poet Chiranan Pitpreecha, while Vietnam’s poets are represented by Nguyen Bao Chan. The organizers selected poets from over 6,000 nominations around the world to pick one poet from each of the 204 countries participating in the Olympics.

I’m including my poem here, as it’s deeply inspired by the work of Asian American librarians and writers who continually work to connect us to both our pasts and our futures. Cheers,

Bryan Thao Worra
Hemet, CA

No Regrets

Maybe one day,
A page will be found,
A song will be heard,
A stroke will be drawn
Filled with explanations.

Maybe one day,
The nuckawi and silapin, beautiful as a field of khao mai
Will be vindicated.

A family will start.

A child will learn the names of a stranger who believed in them
Before they even met.

Maybe one day,
A heart will remember a brother, a sister, a crime, a moment of love,
A chronicle of a city, a haiku from Japan.
A teacher.
A friend on the other side of your eye.

Until then, what is certain?
Night arrives, then day. The moon, the sun, the rain and waves.
A few other things, maybe something someone will write down.
Maybe not.

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