It’s a Mad World.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “normal” as conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern. It seems that this definition of “normal” could easily be applied to librarianship in many different ways. We instruct, conduct reference interviews, create library policies, catalog items, create metadata standards, gather circulation stats, and develop collection assessment plans. For most of us, we feel like this maybe our normal, because we may answer the same reference questions, teach the same workshops, and take several iterations to complete a project until our world of information is normalized or until a new set of standards, policies, and plans emerges that requires implementation. As a result, our profession may appear to be normal or even seem neutral to people outside of our profession.
In “The Myth of the Neutral Professional,” Jensen (2005) states, “A claim to neutrality means simply that one isn’t taking a position on that distribution of power and its consequences, which is a passive acceptance of the existing distribution” (p. 30). Does this “myth of the neutral professional” apply to the field of librarianship? Unfortunately, I think so. We have accepted the norm with respect to library employment. In the blog Hiring Librarians, it has been noted that months to year-long job searches are common (Weak, 2012). It is not unheard of for recent LIS graduates to take paraprofessional positions, continue internships, volunteer, or work other jobs in different fields (Vincent, 2013). Traditional librarians will have to contend with the advent of digital libraries and possibly the full automation of technical services. I think it will be the norm that coding and technical skills will be part of the job description for librarians. INALJ (I Need a Library Job) blog advocates “walking the line between computer science and library science will afford you more opportunities, and better your chances of landing a position” (House, 2013). Again, I believe we have accepted this norm of library employment and job duties. Do new librarians and recent LIS graduates have a place in today’s world of librarianship?
In hiring practices, most entry-level reference library job posts require a combination of library experience and technical skills. A recent ACRL article published in November 2012, written by Detmering and Sproles, compiled a literature review on job advertisement analysis. Results show entry level positions were mostly in academic libraries. In the article, the authors cite Reser and Schuneman’s study of job ads from 1988. Reser and Schuneman found only 20 percent of positions were classified as entry level and there was a trend for librarians to acquire more specializations and to hire from outside the library field. Also, librarians needed to have practical experience and tech skills. More recently, about 49% of job ads stated project planning and implementation, 26.6% included supervision and managerial duties, and 54.7% required technologically focused responsibilities (Detmering and Sproles, 2012). These findings illustrate entry level job ads put an emphasis on tech skills and practical experience. As one job applicant said, “you can’t get a library position because you don’t have experience and you can’t get experience unless you have a librarian position” (Detmering and Sproles, 2012, p. 543).
My normal has echoed the very same thing, a circuitous, hopeful journey to being gainfully employed at an academic library. It has been over two years since UNC-Chapel Hill conferred my MSLS. I have submitted countless applications, attended over 20 library interviews, which most notably included a UC Santa Barbara Library Fellowship interview via Skype, a University of Maryland Data Research Librarian Fellow phone interview, and a University of Southern California GIS Fellow Skype interview. I have yet to find full-time library employment. Since graduating from library school, I have been underemployed as a temporary library assistant, worked in private industry, and volunteered in different libraries.
In October 2010, I accepted a temporary library assistant position at University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology and the position ended three months afterward. So, I decided to continue my journey to find full-time library employment in January 2011. During my employment search, I received several phone interviews. After several months, I received a rejection letter that stated, “we were greatly impressed with your background and qualifications, and we enjoyed talking with you to discuss the position. It was not at all easy to make a decision. Given the impressive strength of your resume and your accomplishments, we think it is very likely that you will be offered a challenging position elsewhere in the very near future.” The near future could not come soon enough.
In July 2011, I moved in with my grandmother in Los Angeles, California to save on food and rent. I continued my job search and settled for employment outside of librarianship. I accepted a data analyst position at LA Yellow Cab and started full-time employment. I began to hit the ground running with quickly learning new taxi cab terminology, taking on projects, and acquiring new technical skills. After six months, I decided to leave my position because I was not fulfilled and did not feel it was in alignment with my career interests. So, I started my library job search again and I felt I was not making any progress.
At the end of May 2012, I moved to Santa Barbara to take a break from my job search. It was a much needed break and I felt rejuvenated. I began to volunteer as a computer coach at Santa Barbara Public Library in August 2012. I was very fortunate to be part of a progressive volunteer program and acquired much needed practical customer service and instructional experience. Due to financial constraints, I moved back in with my grandmother in November 2012. Currently, I volunteer at East Los Angeles College Library, Pacifica Radio Archives, and work as a part-time tutor. I am very grateful for the continual support and practical training that I have received from my supervisors. Both volunteer opportunities have proven to be invaluable library experiences, which I hope will lead to full-time employment at an academic library.
I want to urge APALA members, library professionals, and hiring managers to not buy into the “myth of the neutral professional” and to defend our profession. As library schools continue to turn out new library graduates into an already saturated job market, I want to pose some questions. Do library schools need to curtail student admission? How can library schools better prepare librarians to enter the job market? What qualifications do new graduates really need to become employed? Do the job descriptions for an entry level academic library position realistically meet the skills and qualifications of new library graduates? There are post-MLS programs or library fellowships to further develop new librarians. Do we have enough of them? How successful are these programs? I believe these are important issues that we currently need to confront as a profession. I hope APALA members will seriously consider them as future topics of discussion, both verbal and written.
I also want to encourage my fellow job seekers to continue on their arduous journey to become professional librarians. l leave you with a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, from his article “Returning Home” reprinted in Your True Home (2011). It has provided me with much inspiration: “Your true home is the here and now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea; it is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the Buddha, you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment” (p. 1).
Graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Information and Library Science, 2010
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Detmering, R., & Sproles, C. (2012). Forget the desk job: Current roles and responsibilities in entry-level reference job advertisements. College & Research Libraries.
House, N. (2013, Mar.18). Skills in need: Why coding and technical skills can benefit our job hunt. INALJ. Retrieved from http://inalj.com/?p=12916
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Weak, E. (2012, Sept. 14). Further questions: How long did it take to get your first library job? Hiring Librarians. Retrieved from http://hiringlibrarians.com/2012/09/14/further-questions-how-long-did-it-take-to-get-your-first-library-job/.
Dear APALA Members,
The 2013 APALA Executive Board Election is open now. By now, you should have received an email regarding the election with a specific link which directs you to your ballot. This link is connected to your email. If you have not received it and are an APALA member or life member in good standing as of March 1st, please contact Maria Pontillas, our membership coordinator (email@example.com).
Sandy Wee, Chair
Lynda Barry is a cartoonist, author, playwright, teacher and library aficionado. In 2009, she won the Wisconsin Library Association: Literary Award and the Eisner Award for her book What It Is. Her works of fiction and comics include Cruddy, Ernie Pook’s Comeek and One! Hundred! Demons! In One! Hundred! Demons!, Barry uses vivid imagery and words to bring to life an “autobiofictionalography” of experiences such as her Filipino upbringing and the growing pains of childhood, adolescence and friendships.
In Spring 2012, Lynda Barry was the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she taught “What it is: Manually Shifting the Image.” She had her students (including me) refer to her as “Professor Lynda.” Currently, Professor Lynda is teaching a course called “The Unthinkable Mind” at UW-Madison.
Below is an abridged and edited version of an interview I had with Professor Lynda discussing the role of picture books libraries and librarians in her life. The interview took place on August, 30th, 2012 at City Bar in Madison, WI.
The first part of the following interview is available in the Winter 2012 issue of the APALA newsletter.
Dawn Wing (DW): In the class you taught during Spring 2012 at UW-Madison, “What it is: Manually Shifting the Image,” you emphasized the importance of reading stories we wrote aloud. Why do you think hearing a story read aloud is important?
Lynda Barry (LB): I think our brain is developed with this – our way of understanding the world is through story and metaphor – so if you think about stories came first, libraries became as a home for a lot of stories, fiction and non-fiction – But I think there is something about reading aloud – and if I had had the kind of parents that kids seem to have today, you know, to take you to story time at the library – and have that long tradition of sitting on another person’s lap with a book in front of both of you – it’s almost like when you jump off a plane with a parachute, you jump with somebody – you jump to this ability.
I was never read to at all, and I still find it to be this astonishing thing. And the cool thing about technology right now is there are more opportunities for people to hear stories read aloud whether it’s live, somebody talking or you have a choice, maybe driving into work, where you can listen to stories being read aloud. And that didn’t happen when I was younger. It could’ve happened on a piece of vinyl somebody read – the 100 vinyl set, you know.
So there’s something about hearing that read aloud – but especially hearing it read aloud at the library where it’s kind of this event, and I’m always really surprised when I’m at the library and there’s a story thing going on, I’m really surprised at how the kids are able to concentrate – you don’t think they would. Some of them don’t, but a lot of them do. And how much they like to make books.
DW: What are your thoughts on the book as a physical object versus e-books which are now becoming the trend?
LB: I think that there’s nothing like the frigate like a book. Was that Emily Dickinson?
I think it is. I think that there is a completely different experience of the book as a physical object even to the point where you know you are in the book. Like I’m half-way through, 3/4 of the way through – I think on Kindle or e-books, something’s really lost. Something’s gained because you can just pop it in your pocket. I have people tell me, “Oh, I have 400 books on this.” It’s like “Yay, that’s great. Here’s my little thumb drive and I have 400 songs. Ok, it’s like make ‘em play by doing what?”
It’s like this weird thing, but then again book as objects, I’ve always collected books. I have tons of them everywhere so it’s sort of that same thing: I have 400 books. I’m probably as likely to read all of them as the person who has them downloaded to their Kindle. But, I think for kids in particular there’s something about turning a page, pointing to the different stuff.
I wasn’t able to finish reading it, but there was an article I ran into today right before I left about actually touching the paper with your finger that that really helps people learn how to read and write. You know this pointing thing and touching. It turns out that touching those words – there was some study done that something about actually touching them with your finger. So I know that that can happen and it’s all going to go touch-screen – it’s already in that direction.
But I just think there’s something about paper and it’s going to be that thing when TV came and people who were really attached to radio talked about TV taking something away. And those of us who grew up with TV were like, “Pff, whatever it was I don’t miss it.”
And I think there’s something about books that that will be – even in my town now – Janesville – it’s a pretty significant sized town, there’s not one bookstore. So libraries are really going to be it. Libraries and online ordering. And that’s going to be it. That’s going to be where you find the books.
So, I also think that kids – it’s all the difference in the world when you’re making a book by hand, using your little stapler and drawing than designing a page on the computer.
They both have wonderful things about them. In my eyes, I love that with a book, you can be in any position that you want. You don’t have to be making your body accommodate the thing that you’re looking at. Although you can with a Kindle, I’ve never read anything on a Kindle.
DW: How has your work been received by the Asian American community when it became popular and available through the public library? Were people excited?
LB: Well, not in my family. But that’s my family. But for instance, the first time I wrote about being Filipino was in “100 Demons” and that was on Salon originally - it was a web comic. But since then, and that came out in 2002, I think – so it’s 10 years. Wherever I go, there’s always someone who comes up and a lot of times it’s a mixed person like me, a hapa, talking about how huge it was to just see someone speaking Tagalog in a comic strip. So that’s been gigantic. I’ve met more 1/4 Filipinos (I’m 1/4 Filipino) who look like me like you kinda look at their face, they look like they’re white but they’re not – something’s going on.
And whenever I tell people I’m part Filipino, then especially Filipinos, they’ll go (in Filipino accented English) – “I can see it a little bit in the earlobes, and hair. Oh, I can see it.”
So that’s been a really big deal and I know that’s been even in my own family – seeing a Filipino on TV, this was in the 60s, would just make everyone run to the television to see it.
The Asian community in general, we were relegated to Uncle Ben’s converted rice, not even Uncle Ben’s, it was some other rice thing- you know where they always play a gong -poor Uncle Ben, he’s not even Asian and he has to deal with converted rice – he’s converted. But you know that whole Asian thing where you only come on for one reason -so I think that’s been a big deal. And I think that’s a point of pride for me. It is. It means a lot to me.
My grandma, her ability to read was kinda limited. I think she could read, but not very well though. But she could speak English, Spanish, Tagalog and Bisayan . And she was a really really smart lady.
So that’s very interesting – three generations - to go from reading and writing were not part of the daily life to that’s all I do now. But I have to say it wasn’t a big deal in my family and it still isn’t. They weren’t readers. They did other things. There wasn’t a whole lotta interest in school. Me going to school when I went to college that was just like why?
Which is really different from a lot of other Asian cultures. Filipinos are really interesting that way because other cultures, man, you had no choice. You’re going. And you’re going to study us worth paying for. So that part’s sorta interesting.
To read previous parts of this interview published in January 2013, please visit: http://www.apalaweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/APALANewsletter_Winter2012v31-2-1.pdf
For more about Lynda Barry’s work, visit:
Lynda Barry’s Tumblr -http://thenearsightedmonkey.tumblr.com
“The Unthinkable Mind” @ UW-Madison -http://theunthinkablemind2013.tumblr.com
Dear APALA members,
The 2013 APALA Executive Board election will open on Monday, March 18 at 12:01am PST. The ballot will be open through Friday, April 12 at 11:59pm PST.
Online voting is open to dues-paying and lifetime APALA members who are members in good standing as of March 1.
The list of candidates is available at: Meet the 2013 APALA Election Candidates!
If you have any questions about the election, feel free to contact me or another member of the Nominating Committee.
Sandy Wee, Chair
Get to know the candidates for the 2013 APALA Elections from their candidacy statements (presented by office and in alphabetical order by last name).
EILEEN K. BOSCH
Eileen K. Bosch is a Sr. Assistant Librarian at California State University, Long Beach since 2007. Eileen is an active member of APALA (see below), ALA, REFORMA, and ACRL. Some of her accomplishments and activities are: ALA Council Member- at-Large (2011-14); co-authored the ALA Libraries & the Internet Toolkit (2012); ALA Diversity Research Grants Committee (2010-12); ALA Scholarship & Grant Committee (2010-12); Co-Chair Spectrum Leadership Institute (2009). She is a 2010 Emerging Leader, 2005 Spectrum Scholar, and 2004 IMLS New Librarians, New Leaders Scholar. She holds a MLIS from Kent SU and a M.Ed. from BGSU.Personal Statement
It’s with great honor that I accept my nomination to run for the position of VP/President Elect of APALA. I’ve been amazed by the level of dedication and the sense of belonging that APALA has offered to me as a mixed ethnic person. APALA is a place where different ideas, cultures, beliefs, and experiences are valued by peers in the most uplifting, encouraging, and supportive manner – everyone matters! As APALA continues to grow and reaches its 35th year, I believe it’s crucial to develop a sustainable plan to support the programs and activities that address the needs of our members and communities. I would like to continue to move APALA forward and focus on 4 objectives:
- Continue building on the foundation of past Presidents;
- Cultivate a fundraising ethos;
- Engage membership by seeking out new ideas and individual talent to seek solutions;
- Collaborate with other ethnic groups and ALA leaders to increase the visibility and growth of APALA.
If elected, I will bring energy, enthusiasm, persistence, and professional networks with ALA and other associations to increase the visibility of APALA as we focus on bringing people together and seeking new ideas to find solutions.
Past and Current APALA Involvement
Since joining APALA in 2010, I’ve worked on multiple committees; collaborated on multiple projects; shared and learned new ideas; supported the vision of past Presidents. Some of these activities include: Finance & Fundraising Committee Chair (2010/11 to date), Public Relations Committee (2011/12), Literary Award Adult Fiction Committee (2011/12), APALA representative at Spectrum Leadership Institute Options Fair (2011), Executive Board Member-at- Large (2010/12), and Liaison to the Mentoring Committee (2010/11) and JCLC/APALA Fundraising Basket (2011).
I was appointed Chair of Finance & Fundraising Committee/F&FC by the last 2 Presidents. With a talented and committed team, we established a solid fundraising plan for APALA. Some of our contributions are: designed an annual t-shirt contest to increase visibility, created an online store Café Press to benefit our scholarships and literacy programs, crafted sponsorship letters, initiated and developed close relationships with sponsors, built coalitions with other groups, engaged with membership via online surveys, partnered with other committees to build a web presence, and increased the number of sponsorships.
MARIA TAESIL HUDSON CARPENTERMaria Taesil Hudson Carpenter is Director of Libraries for the City of Somerville, MA, overseeing three libraries for a diverse community of 76,000. In her role she operates a 1.7M budget and manages a team of 41 staff members. With collaborators, she won an 18M provisional grant for a new Central Library building; expanded branch hours to weekends; raised funds and opened a new Teen Room; led successful ALA/IMLS Storycorp and ALA/NEH Muslim Journeys grant award applications; and partnered with Harvard Library Innovation Lab on the Awesome Box project. Formerly, Maria was Director of Advancement and Marketing for Northeastern U. Libraries. She completed her MLIS at U. of Pittsburgh and her BA at Ohio Wesleyan. Maria is a member of Phi Beta Delta and an ALA Spectrum Scholar. She is a doctoral candidate in Simmons’ MLIP program, studying managerial leadership and service to diverse populations. She is the recipient of many awards including a partner award from Northeastern’s Asian American Center and U. of Pittsburgh’s Jay Daily Award. Maria has served on many committees including: R. Steven’s Presidential Frontline Fundraising Task Force, 2010-2012; ACRL Racial & Ethnic Diversity committee, 2006-2009; ALA Spectrum Scholar Interest Group (Chair) 2006-2007; ALA Spectrum Institute Planning committee, 2004-2006; and ACRL Spectrum Scholars Mentors committee, 2003-2005. She co-authored ACRL’s cultural competencies guidelines. She is also a yoga teacher and a Reiki healer.Personal StatementIt is an honor to run for APALA Vice-President/President-Elect. As a member of APALA I have observed the organization’s growth and development over the years. I am impressed by the collective work produced by APALA colleagues, from producing events such as David H.T. Wong’s talk about being an Asian/Pacific American and frog activist, to promoting memberships, to acknowledging and giving voice to Asian/Pacific American library staff, writers, and activists, through APALA literature awards, travel grants, and spotlights. I have learned a lot about leadership—as one who practices it and as one who studies it. I feel I am ready to now step up and serve in this leadership position and put my heart and soul into representing APALA and working alongside members. If I am elected, I will bring members together to discuss issues and opportunities for APA librarians, recruit and provide professional development and networking opportunities to APA librarians, and to work with ethnic caucuses and partners on joint projects. I believe in living a life of joy, service, and love and will bring this philosophy to my work with APALA.Maria has been a long-term member of APALA beginning when she was a graduate student in Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Science. She has participated in APALA programs, volunteered on membership drives, promoted the important work that APALA does, and Co-Chaired APALA’s Marketing Committee, 2007-2008. Namaste. Thank you for your consideration!
DORA HOYoung Adult Librarian/Program Specialist, Los Angeles Public Library, Youth ServicesEducation: M.L.S. with specialization in Special Libraries, UCLA 1992.Membership: ALA, California Library Association; APALA Life member; CALA Life memberALA Activities: ALA Councilor at large, 2003-2014; ALA Executive Board, 2011-2014; ALA Budget Analysis Review Committee, 2012-2014; ALA Membership Committee, member 2002-2006, 2009-2010, chair 2007-2008; ALA Scholarship Committee 2004-2009, 2012-2013; ALA YALSA, Membership Committee, member, 1999-2004; New Members Round Table, President 2001-2002Other Library Activities: Chinese American Librarians Association, President, 2007-2008; Chinese American Librarians Association, Treasurer 2001-2006; Chinese American Librarians Association, Organizational Manual Committee,Chair 2010-12; California Library Association, Scholarship Committee, member 2008-2011,2012-2013; National Conference on Asian Pacific American Librarians, Webmaster; Asian Pacific American Librarians Association – Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Committee, Chair 2002-Present; JCLC 2012 Steering Committee, CALA Representative, and Finance Committee ChairPast and Current APALA ActivitiesI have been chair/co-chair of the APALA’s Literature Award Committee since 2002. It has been a very rewarding experience for me to coordinate books from publishers for committee chairs. I am proud to be part of the Literature Award Team that helps promote Asian/Pacific cultures and heritage. Additionally, I served as a mentor for the APALA Mentoring Program. Moreover, I am especially honor to be part of the APALA’s 35th Anniversary Committee. This will be another milestone for APALA and I am eager to participate and to move forward with APALA to bigger and better things.Personal StatementHaving served on the Literature Award Committee for over ten years, I am seeking other opportunities to serve APALA. Being extremely interested in finance planning, I have decided to run for the treasurer position. I hope to bring a new perspective and fresh ideas to the Executive Board on budget planning and increase our investments. As a team player, I am eager to learn as well as to contribute back to APALA. Previously, I served as the Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA) treasurer for five years. I have extensive experience with budget, finance planning, and tax form filing (Form 990). As the Finance chair of JCLC, I was able to maintain our budget and kept spending to a minimum in order to achieve a high profit margin for the conference. In addition, with the experience I had on the ALA/BARC (Budget Analysis Review Committee), I am confident I can ensure APALA is financially sound and stable. I hope to be a Treasurer who will assist with moving APALA forward in many projects that will not only benefit our members, yet continue with the mission of the association. Thank you for your vote!!
JANET H. CLARKE
Janet H. Clarke is the Associate Director for Research and Instructional Services at Stony Brook University Libraries, where she has worked since 1999. She is a selector for Asian American Studies. She has an MLS from Queens College and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. She is a member of APALA, ACRL, SUNYLA, and ALA.
I am running for Secretary. I am currently serving as a member-at-large in APALA, and have served on the Literature Awards Committee and contributed articles to the newsletter. It has been my privilege to be a part of APALA since 2000. APALA has been a generous professional home to me. I am proud to be part of an organization that supports and encourages dialogue about APA library issues and promotes vital library services to APA groups and communities. More than ever, APA librarians in all types of organizations need to be strong advocates for our communities and constituents. I strongly support APALA’s social and community activism and feel this engagement is enhanced by its partnerships with other organizations and ethnic caucuses. If elected, I will do by best to further APALA’s goals.
ANNA MALA COATS
Anna Mala Coats is the children’s librarian at East Rutherford Memorial Library in New Jersey. She works with ages 0 – 18 and creates programs that celebrate the community’s diversity. Anna is herself multiracial and understands the importance of having everyone’s culture celebrated. “I am half East Indian / West Indian, and half Eastern European / Western European. My maternal great-grandparents emigrated from India to Guyana and my mother immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. My father’s mother was Hungarian and his father was Dutch, Welsh, and Cherokee, and could trace his ancestry in this country back to the 1500s.” Anna received her M.A. in English from Rutgers University in May 2011 and her M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois in December 2011. She completed both on campus degrees in two and a half years. Anna is currently one of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA)’s Emerging Leaders. She is also involved with REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) and the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS)’s Youth Services Committee (YSC).
The APA community and libraries are central to me, which is why I am running for APALA’s Executive Board Member-at-Large. As a member of the South Asian Diaspora community, I understand what it like to be a minority within a minority group, and want to better serve marginalized communities. APALA does this by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas by APA librarians; supporting and encouraging library services to APA communities; and more. I am eager to be more involved with APALA because it champions missions important to me. My leadership training in the NJLA Emerging Leaders and experience serving a diverse community have prepared me for this position. As Member-at-Large, I will work closely with the Executive Board to represent the needs of APALA members and the APA community.
Past and Current APALA Involvement
Anna first learned about APALA while waiting in line for Sherman Alexie’s signature at the 2012 ALA Anaheim Conference and has been involved ever since. She serves on the Family Literacy Focus Committee, which promotes Talk Story, a joint literacy project between APALA and AILA (American Indian Library Association) that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian / Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. “I work with a team of creative and insightful librarians on the Family Literacy Focus Committee. The supportive atmosphere encourages innovative ideas.” Anna is working to re-envision marketing of Talk Story to non-member/non-minority librarians as well as communities that no longer relate to ancestral languages by using her background in marketing and current community outreach efforts.
PAOLO P. GUJILDE
- Loves coffee
- Likes long walks on the beach
- Former “archaeologist” and Now, an “awesome” librarian
- Graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Library Coordinator at Robert Morris University in Chicago, IL
- Co-chair, APALA Program Planning Committee; Member, APALA Local Arrangements Task Force
In the past three years as a librarian, I have learned a lot about the field of librarianship and our (librarians) impact to our students, patrons, and society. As Member-at-Large, I will bring my experiences working with the program planning committee and other task forces within APALA and other organization to further discourse and awareness of our contributions to librarianship. Additionally, as Member-at-Large, I would help expand the mission of the organization through working with the executive board in fulfilling goals that will impact the future of the group.
Past and Current APALA Involvement
I would like to be considered for the Member-at-Large position with APALA. I am the co-chair of APALA’s 2013 Program Planning for the Chicago annual as well as a member of the Local Arrangement Task Force. Additionally, I am involved with GLBTRT as a volunteer for local arrangements and as a member of the round table. I became an APALA member after the annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and since then, I expanded my role through committees and task forces in the organization. As co-chair and member of the program planning committee, I am delighted to be involved in bringing two great programs at this year’s annual conference in Chicago. These two programs highlight our roles as librarians in promoting and educating ourselves and others about diversity within our communities. I am definitely excited about it!
SARAH HONG-JI JEONG
Sarah Hong-Ji Jeong is an Associate Librarian, Research & Instruction-Sciences at the Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Library at Wake Forest University (WFU). She has worked for 10 years at ZSR Library, the 2011 recipient of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Sarah earned a B.S. degree from Duke University and an MLIS degree from UNCG, and she is a member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society. While an undergraduate at Duke, she was a recipient of the B.N. Duke Leadership Scholarship and National Presidential Science Scholarship.
- Elected as Chair of the ZSR Librarians’ Assembly Peer Review Committee (2011-2012)
- Wrote 9 publications, including an article on Hanbok, Korean traditional dress, in the Journal of East Asian Libraries (2006) and a book chapter on “Connecting@ZSR: Meeting the Research Needs of International Graduate Students” in International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success published by ACRL (2011)
- Served as an Invited Manuscript Peer Reviewer for the Journal of the Medical Library Association and Science & Technology Libraries (2012)
- Participated in the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups (2006)
- Participated in the North Carolina Library Association Leadership Institute (2005)
When I first became involved in APALA early in my career, I found a community of Asian American librarians and an opportunity to give back to the profession in a meaningful way as a second-generation Korean-American librarian. If elected as Member-at-Large of APALA, I intend to be an advocate for Asian/Pacific American librarians and represent the voice of APALA members within ALA.
Past and Current APALA Involvement
I joined APALA early in my career in 2005. I served as a member of the Scholarship Committee from 2005-2008 and Chair from 2008-2009. The Scholarship Committee was responsible for selecting the recipients of the APALA Scholarship and the ALA Emerging Leaders Program. I intend make a meaningful contribution at the next level by running for Member-at-Large of APALA.
At the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, I represented APALA on a panel discussion on “Information Technology and Communities of Color: Issues and Opportunities in a Global Context.” As a result, I initiated library outreach to international students and created the ZSR Library Guide for International Students linked to the WFU Center for International Studies website. My initiative led to an appointment by the Dean of ZSR Library to the Global Advisory Council, chaired by the Associate Provost of Global Affairs. APALA has made an impact on my professional career, and I have become known as an advocate for international students at Wake Forest University. Now I would like to give back to APALA.
Tinamarie Vella just joined APALA in August 2012, so please give her a warm welcome! She is part of the Literature Awards Committee for the adult non-fiction category.
Tinamarie received her M.S. in Library & Information Science from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science. She also holds a M.A. in English from Brooklyn College, which is part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system. She currently works as the Access Services Manager of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Research Center in New York City.
Tinamarie is a wonderful, knowledgeable addition to APALA’s Literature Awards Committee. She writes:
I have a strong interest in Asian/Pacific Islander history and literature, having done my graduate thesis on Filipino American Literature in World War II. I watched a special on the Pacific Front on the History Channel, and I was hooked.
Tinamarie is also active in ALA’s NMRT, LLAMA, and her state’s library association, New York Library Association (NYLA). She was a participant in ALA’s Emerging Leaders program in 2011 and is currently the chair of NYLA’s New Members Engagement Subcommittee. She is currently running for the Leadership Development Director position of ALA’s NMRT. Please see Tinamarie’s campaign video on YouTube.
When asked about her cultural heritage and background, Tinamarie shares:
Being born in Brooklyn, New York breeds a sense of cultural pride for your hometown.
My parents both have diverse backgrounds. My mother comes from a mixed background, her father was African American and her mother was Italian (from Naples, to be exact). My father came to this country when he was 10 months old, he was born in Birzebbuga, Malta, and he came with his English mother.
If you mix it all up, you have me.
Tinamarie is a blogger and writes about her professional and personal experiences and thoughts. Please check out her work at Occasional Rants and Raves. On her blog, Tinamarie writes about her interests:
I love spending time with friends and family as cheesy as it sounds. I love discovering new things, cultures, and I really need to work on traveling more! I would like to read and write more, I have a dream of winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but I’ll settle for a published book/short story. I love capturing the moment, and have been called a camera whore on more than one occasion. I enjoy lounging around, abusing my DVR, attempting to be the Next Iron Chef, and of course online shopping. I could watch METS baseball all day. I used to love going to concerts, but I feel I’m getting too old for the mosh pit. I have recently discovered the surprisingly fascinating world of sci-fi, comic and horror conventions, and attend whenever I can.
As for her professional librarian goals and interests, Tinamarie is very much invested in building bridges between journalism and librarianship and nurturing new, emerging library professionals.
I work in a fast-paced news library. Much like in journalism, new and emerging library professionals must think fast and adjust to a quickly changing world of information gathering. I am working to strengthen the relationship between journalists and librarians, there’s the opportunity to work together, but it isn’t being nurtured properly.
I am also very interested in creating and cultivating leadership opportunities within our profession, we receive interns on a semester basis, and I love to have them here at this small yet distinct library that I work in, because it gives the interns the opportunity to create and experiment within all areas of librarianship.
Tinamarie is also an active volunteer of the NYC presence of Urban Librarians Unite (ULU), a “professional group created to promote and support libraries, library staff, and librarianship in urban settings. Urban Librarian Unite facilitates dialog between libraries and library workers, encourages new developments in library science, and advocates for libraries and librarians in urban areas.”
To connect online with Tinamarie, please visit her about.me page at: http://about.me/tinamarievella. Welcome, Tinamarie! We look forward to getting to know you better.