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
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 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.
ALA Emerging Leaders Training at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim
Tina Chan, State University of New York at Oswego
I attended the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim for the conclusion of the Emerging Leaders training and to present my team’s poster, Noche de Cuentos @ the Library. We worked with REFORMA to create a website that will serve as a national clearinghouse for Latino programming resources (national listing of bilingual storytellers, authors, program ideas, recommendations, etc.) that will help librarians everywhere plan Latino heritage programs for their communities. Our goal is to provide a national platform for literacy through the art of storytelling and the sharing of oral traditions, provide an umbrella for programming resources, training, and a promotional toolkit to help participating libraries and organizations organize their storytelling events. The website we created is http://nochedecuentos.org, and our poster informed the library community about the Noche de Cuentos website so they may take advantage of the website’s resources and services.
Our leadership training discussed the dynamics of collaboration and the role leadership plays. We discussed the pros and cons of collaboration. Some of the pros include building on individual strengths, learning from others, and brainstorming. Some of the cons include working with schedule conflicts, different personalities, and various levels of commitment. We can maximize collaboration by discussing problems early on, helping each other, and setting rules at the beginning. We also learned how to influence strengths by empowering others, building relationships, finding a common vision, and by logical persuasion. Influencing involves being open, finding common ground, delivering the goods, admitting what you do not know, and serving interests besides your own.
When it was time for the poster session, many people attended to learn about the 16 Emerging Leaders team projects. The time flew by for only a one hour session. My team stayed beyond the hour because people wanted to learn more about every project. We brought two iPads and a laptop to demonstrate the website, as well as gave away bookmarks with the website address. We received positive feedback about our project.
Later that evening, ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan hosted a reception for the Emerging Leaders Class of 2012 and ALA leadership. I had the opportunity to meet and catch up with fellow Emerging Leaders, ALA leaders, and other library professionals.
I had a wonderful time with the Emerging Leaders program! I encourage newer library workers who want to build their critical thinking, interpersonal skills, networking, leadership, and problem solving skills to apply. I am extremely thankful to APALA for sponsoring me as an ALA Emerging Leader. My attendance to this conference would not have been possible without their generous support.
Continuing the tradition of sending Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) members to the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), the APALA Scholarships and Awards Committee is excited to announce that Eric Leong, Sarah Park, Laksamee Putnam, and Rebecca Martin are the recipients of the 2012 APALA JCLC Award. This award will help them attend JCLC in Kansas City, Missouri in September 19-23.
Eric Leong is the Information Literacy Librarian at Wartburg College. Eric joined the Vogel Library faculty in October 2010. Before starting at Wartburg College, he was the technical services librarian and liaison librarian to the Professional Studies and Behavioral Sciences divisions at Chaminade University of Honolulu. His additional library experience includes reference and special collections work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hamilton Library, reference services at the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center, and technical services work at the University of Oklahoma’s Bizzell Memorial Library. His current research interests include government information policy, library services to unique communities, and library outreach.
Sarah Park is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She teaches courses in library materials for children and young adults, youth services, storytelling, social justice, and introduction to library and information science. Her research interests include representations of the Korean Diaspora in children’s literature, children’s librarianship, transracial adoption, social justice, and Korean diasporic history. Her book, Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors through Reading (co-edited with Dr. Jamie Naidoo), will be published in September 2012 by ALA Editions.
Laksamee Putnam completed her MLIS in 2010 from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. She currently works at Towson University, Albert S. Cook Library in the Research & Instruction department. Her primary liaison role is to the Fisher College of Science & Mathematics. Her research focus is on use of emerging technologies and social media to increase science education on all levels, to the public, between scientists and beyond. She was a 2008 recipient of the Spectrum Scholarship and part of the 2010 cohort for the Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. You can view her online profile here: https://sites.google.com/site/putnamlis/
Rebecca Martin recently completed her MLIS with a focus on Digital Librarianship at Rutgers University. She currently splits her time between working in the access services department at the Boston University Pappas Law Library, volunteering as the library coordinator for the Yvonne Pappenheim Library on Anti-Racism at Community Change, Inc., and organizing with the Boston collective of Radical Reference. Prior to undertaking her MLIS, Rebecca worked in communications and community organizing with stints at organizations including Amnesty International USA, Boston Mobilization and ACCION International. Her interests lay at the intersection of libraries, race, racism and diversity and social aspects of communication technologies. Currently, through her work at Community Change, Inc., she is researching racism and its manifestations on the Internet. With her colleagues in the Boston Radical Reference Collective, Rebecca is planning a forum on critical practice and activism in librarianship.
In 2006, with the ALA Office of Diversity and the National Library of Medicine, APALA selected the following members to send to the very first Joint Conference of Librarians of Color: Michelle Baildon, Suhasini L. Kumar, Florante Peter Ibanez, Laura Park, and Rukshana Singh.
APALA provides a forum for discussing problems of APA librarians and for the exchange of ideas between APA librarians and other librarians, supports and encourages library services to APA communities, recruits and mentors APA librarians in the library/information science professions, seeks funding for scholarships in library/information science master’s programs, and provides a vehicle enabling APA librarians to cooperate with other associations and organizations with similar or allied interests. To become an APALA member, visit our website http://www.apalaweb.org/
The selection committee includes Shalini Channapatna, Tassanee Chitcharoen, Valeria E. Molteni, Jina Park, Safi Safiullah , Gayatri Singh, and Michelle Wu.
APALA member, Hwa-Wei Lee, was conferred an Honorary Doctoral Degree for his accomplishments, which are stated in the citation.
Attached are photos taken at the Graduation Commencement of Ohio University on June 9, 2012.
Related Post: http://www.apalaweb.org/2012/06/member-highlights/
Dawn Wing, an APALA student member from UW-Madison SLIS, created a poster about APA-LIS leaders, focusing on trailblazers who founded APALA, since June is APA Heritage month. This poster was featured in the display case at Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies.
To view it, please visit her blog here: http://madslisdawn.wordpress.com/diversity/educational-posters/
If you’d like to print or have a copy of the poster with cited image sources, she can email you the file. Her email address email@example.com.
She would welcome any feedback on the poster and other information on her blog!
Great job, Dawn, and keep up the good work!!!
APALA member, Richard Kong, is one of the nominees for this year’s library blog awards. You can vote!
From Salem Press: It’s that time of year, again. We’re preparing to recognize exceptional thinking and writing in the library blogosphere by inviting all readers to nominate a favorite blog. We’ll take your submissions and turn them over to our distinguished judges. And then announce the winners.
Or, better yet, check out our newly-released Library Blog Center for over 1,300 carefully vetted and categorized library blogs.