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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.

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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:

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

She would welcome any feedback on the poster and other information on her blog!

Great job, Dawn, and keep up the good work!!!

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It’s the 3rd Annual Library Blog Awards!

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.

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On June 8, 2012, Dean Emeritus of Ohio University Libraries Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy degree.  A reception will be held to honor Dr. Lee’s achievement in the Faculty Commons on the third floor of the Alden Library from 2-3:30p.m.

During his tenure at Ohio University Libraries, Dr. Lee made many advancements.

“Dean Hwa-Wei Lee has a remarkable record of achievement in his leadership of Ohio University Libraries,” said President Emeritus Robert J. Glidden upon Dr. Lee’s retirement in 1999. “He has brought us to membership in the prestigious Association of Research Libraries, and his vision and diligence have helped us to establish some very impressive and important special collections. “

During Dr. Lee’s reign as dean, the libraries became one of the founding members ofOhioLink, endowments grew to over $8 million, a regional annex was built, digitization of the collections began and the libraries exceeded the two million volume mark.

“Lee [also] actively promoted international exchange and cooperation for overseas Chinese studies and librarianship by hosting dozens of Asian librarians in Alden Library and by organizing several international conferences,” explained Scott Seaman, the current dean of Ohio University Libraries.

After his retirement in 1999, Dr. Lee became chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. Although recently retired, Dr.Lee remains active in the profession and in Ohio University Libraries as a member of the Libraries’ Capital Campaign Committee.

Dr. Lee’s worldwide influence in library science has earned him international recognition. He was honored in 2011 with a symposium held in his honor in Shenzhen, China and his receipt of this degree was announced at the the World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries in Chinese Overseas Studies conference on May 19,2012 in Vancouver Canada.

“The news of Ohio University going to confer on me an honorary doctoral degree came as a total surprise and I am very humbled by it,” said Lee. “The honor that I receive today I attributed to the teamwork of the entire library staff.”

The reception is open to the public and will feature light refreshments. All who wish to congratulate Dr. Lee are welcomed to attend.

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From Joy Chase:

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Joy Chase

This Spring I taught a 3-unit Library 15 course “Electronic Research and the Internet” at San Jose City College in San Jose. This semester, with the collaboration of many librarians and others, I completed a full revision of the course. It passed the curriculum committees at SJCC and Evergreen College. It is a District course and it was accepted by the Board of Trustees this month. It is a lecture/lab course taught online using Moodle course management software. I retired in May 2011 from Evergreen Valley College, where I developed this course in 1997. I will be teaching it for SJCC as an adjunct instructor/librarian this fall.


From Maria Pontillas:

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Maria Pontillas

I partnered this spring with school librarian, Dawn Baughman, at Bryant Elementary School here in Tacoma to create a Storytelling Club. The students chose the name, the “Bryant Story Adventurers,” and we’ve been meeting once a week since April. We start each meeting with the “Storytellers Pledge” and an adult (either myself or the school librarian) tells a story. The kids also have the chance to share stories they know or to make up stories. We hone our storytelling skills with activities and games. Now in our 8th week, each student has chosen a story to learn and our club will culminate in a storytelling performance at the school on June 15th. Seven to thirteen 3rd-5th grade students attend each week and this is the first exposure to storytelling for many of the students.

This is an article from the school district about the club:

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ALA Councilor-at-Large

  • Lessa Pelayo-Lozada
  • Virginia (Ginny) Moore
  • Sandy Wee
  • Patty Wong


  • Candice Mack

Chair of RUSA’s History section

  • Michelle Baildon

VP/President-Elect of SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials)

  • Roberto Delgadillo

Congratulations to you all and thank you for setting the example for future APALA leaders!

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