Sayaka Suzuki, Assistant Circulation Manager at Deerfield Public Library in Illinois, created the winning design for the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) T-shirt Design Contest. Her design distinguished itself from many other quality submissions by librarians, students, and other APALA supporters.

Sayaka’s winning design will be reproduced on T-shirts and other merchandise to raise funds for the APALA Scholarship, which is used to subsidize professional development opportunities for Asian/Pacific American (APA) librarians. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for sale at the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference for $16. Opportunities to purchase T-shirts and other merchandise with the winning design and other APALA logos/collaborations (APALA brand, APALA Limited Edition, and Talk Story) are available for reproduction via Café Press
[]. All profits will go to support scholarship fundraising for future APA librarians. Sayaka’s contribution to APALA is greatly appreciated and will make a difference in fundraising efforts.
The APALA Finance and Fundraising Committee is composed of the following committee members: Eileen K. Bosch (Chair), Florante Ibanez, Janet Wong, Patty Wong, Ken Yamashita, and Varaxy Yi.

APALA provides a forum for discussing concerns 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 and information science professions; seeks funding for scholarships in library and information science graduate programs; and provides a vehicle enabling APA librarians to collaborate with other organizations with similar or allied interests.  To become an APALA member, visit our website

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