Slate for APALA 2012 Elections

Voting by eBallots delivered by email to all members who were in good standing as of March 12, 2011 Midnight (PST)
Voting Period is:
Opens: March 19, 2012 – 9am (PST) and Ends: April 13, 2012 – Midnight (PST)

Vice President / President Elect – Eugenia Beh (running un-opposed)
I am an Electronic Resources Librarian and an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University in College Station. I received my Masters in Information Science in 2008 from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information and I joined APALA the same year after graduating from my program. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, I worked at the University of Texas Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin as a paraprofessional and was also active in the Asian and Asian American community at UT-Austin and in the greater Austin area.
This is my second year serving on the APALA Executive Board as a Member-At- Large, where I have worn many “hats.” I am currently co-chair of the 2012 APALA Program Planning Committee, where I helped select speakers for the upcoming APALA/REFORMA 2012 ALA Annual Conference program, “Beyond Books: Graphic Novels and Magazines of Color,” and I also served on the APALA Adult Nonfiction Literary Awards Committee during the 2011-2012 term. At the 2012 ALA Midwinter Conference, I coordinated APALA’s social activities as chair of the APALA Local Arrangements Committee. I organized a tour of the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, TX and a social dinner at Zenna Thai and Japanese restaurant, which resulted in APALA’s highest-attended social event to date. I am also currently Chair of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Student Outreach Committee, where I coordinate fifteen librarians who promote NASIG’s travel grants and scholarships to students at library and information science schools, and I also act as a contact for information about NASIG to the University of Texas at Austin School of Information.

My past APALA participation includes serving on APALA’s 2010 Mid-Winter Local Arrangements Planning Committee with APALA Past President Michelle Baildon, whom I assisted with planning and coordinating local activities such events as the Boston Chinatown Storefront Library tour; the dim sum run at Chau Chow City; the tour of the East Meets West Bookstore, and the APALA Dutch Treat Dinner at Tantric. Following the 2010 Mid-Winter Conference, I selected speakers for and moderated APALA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and conference program, “Asian American Political Participation: Librarians, Media and Advocacy,” at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference. After ALA Annual, I also moderated a chat with Newbery Honor-winning author and 2006 APALA Literature Award Honoree, Grace Lin, using ALAConnect. (Although we are no longer able to have chats on ALAConnect, based on member feedback from the chat with Grace Lin, we hope to have future author chats once we identify a suitable chat platform.)
It has been my pleasure and honor to serve APALA as a Member-At-Large. I hope to be able to continue serving APALA as your next Vice-President. Thank you for your support!

Secretary – Lessa Pelayo-Lozada (running un-opposed)
A 2009 graduate of UCLA’s MLIS program, I am currently a Part-Time Young Readers Librarian at Palos Verdes Library District in Rolling Hills Estates, California, and a Part-Time Teen Librarian at Redondo Beach Public Library.

I was selected by APALA as a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader and I am also a past recipient of the Travel & Research Grant which I used to attend ALA Annual in Washington, D.C. in 2010.
I am currently the chair of the Family Literacy Focus committee which, through outside funding from Toyota Financial Services, offers two grants for libraries to put on the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture program. I was also a member of the following APALA Literature Awards committees: 2011 Young Adult, 2010 Picture Book, 2009 Children’s Literature.

In the community, I am secretary for Hula Halau Kaulana Ka Hale Kula ‘O Na Pua ‘O Ka ‘Aina, which, in addition to teaching hula, has the mission of educating the community at large about Hawaiian culture and history.
Finally, I am a co-author of Hawaiians in Los Angeles which will be released by Arcadia Publishing in May 2012.

Personal Statement:
As a librarian and UCLA MLIS graduate, I have dedicated my career and education toward raising awareness of Native Hawaiian history and their current state, in the homeland and in the disapora. To this end, I have joined APALA and have served on the 2009 Children’s Literature, 2010 Picture Book, and the 2011 Young Adult Literature Committees, and am a Executive Board Secretary. In the past I have served as an Executive Board Member at Large. I also serve as Co-Chair of the Family Literacy Focus Committee which is partnered with AILA and funded by Toyota Financial Services and has a goal of bringing Asian Pacific American and American Indian/Alaskan Native Family Programming to Public Libraries and other Community Organizations.

As secretary for APALA, I hope to continue to take part in the larger discussion of how best to disseminate Asian and Pacific Islander culture and awareness of their political issues in a library setting. As a past-secretary for other organizations and current secretary for APALA, I recognize the importance of quick and direct communication to members, particularly those who cannot regularly attend meetings. In all positions that I have held, transparency and openness with the constituency has always been one of my primary goals. I hope to bring my passion and love for the APA community to the APALA board, as I feel I have in all of the positions I have held within the APALA community.

Treasurer – Shoko Tokoro (running un-opposed)
Master of Library & Information Science and Master of Arts in Linguistics
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
* Electronic and Continuing Resources Coordinator (Jan. 2010-Present)
J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
* Cataloging Librarian (Sept. 2007-Dec. 2009)
J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
* Temporary Librarian (Apr. 2007-Aug. 2007)
Science-Engineering Library, University of Arizona
* Electronic Resources Cataloger (Feb. 2004-Aug. 2006)
Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

Personal Statement:
For this coming year, I would like to continue to serve as Treasurer to facilitate the long-term financial stability of the association. I would strive to add value of membership in APALA to the entire APALA community, and to do so through dynamic and responsive opportunities for our members.

 
Exec. Board Member at Large (2 positions open – vote for 2 only)

Alanna Aiko Moore
Janet H. Clarke
Amalia (Amy) Menon
Tina Chan
Biography for Alanna Aiko Moore
Alanna is the Interim Head of Information Services and User Education at the Social Science and Humanities Library (SSHL) of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and also holds a position as the Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies Librarian. In this role, she oversees the SSHL’s reference and instruction services and provides subject specific reference, instruction and collection development to faculty, staff and students. She joined UCSD after completing her MLIS in 2003, and worked as a non-profit administrator and community organizer prior to entering the library profession. Alanna has been active in APALA since 2004 and has chaired the Research and Travel Award Committee and currently serves as an APALA representative to the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) where she is Program Chair. Alanna is also a 2003 Spectrum Scholar and has chaired the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group and the Spectrum Leadership Institute, and has been a featured speaker for the past four years at the Institute. She is a board member of UCSD’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center and a fellow in the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program. Alanna has published articles and book chapters and presented at national conferences on topics such as mentoring for librarians of color, recruitment and retention, and cultural diversity.

Statement for Alanna Aiko Moore
I am eager to serve and give back to the organization that has welcomed me and provided me with a “home” over the past eight years. I believe that my experience working on national and local committees, with the ethnic caucuses of ALA through JCLC, and commitment to diverse communities will benefit APALA. As Member at Large, I will work closely with the executive board to represent the needs of all APALA members.

Biography for Janet H. Clarke
I am currently the Associate Director for Research and
Instructional Services at Stony Brook University Libraries, where I’ve
worked since 1999. I served on the executive board of ACRL/NY from 2002-07, and also was active in its annual symposium planning
committee. I’ve been a member of APALA since 2000, and am currently on the
Literature Awards Committee. I am the Asian American Studies liaison at
SBU and have been a member of the Association for Asian American Studies
since 1992. I was a contributor to the Asian American Studies section of the current edition of RCL (Resources for College Libraries). I contribute occasionally to the APALA Newsletter. My research interests include user education, Asian American Studies, ethnic studies, and international adoption.

Statement for Janet H. Clarke
I greatly value APALA as a professional network and community.
It connects me with colleagues around the country in a way that other
organizations don’t. Its work with other ethnic caucuses is inspiring and I
appreciate the opportunities APALA gives its members to actively participate
in the profession. If elected, I would welcome the opportunity
to serve the organization in this new capacity. APALA has nurtured me professionally, and I am happy to give back to the organization.

Biography for Amalia (Amy) Menon
Amalia (Amy) Menon is a Library Specialist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Previously she was a Copy Cataloger, Reference Librarian, and Technical Services Librarian. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from University of Pittsburgh (2008) and B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University (1990). In addition, she has a Certificate in Electronic Records Management (2010) and plans to pursue a Certificate in Instructional Design this year. She is active in ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) as a member of the Membership, Promotion, Diversity and Recruitment Committee, 2011-2012. She was a speaker at the 2011 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA on the topic, “Gesture Based Computing”. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was an early childhood education teacher for nine years at various schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and later worked for Prevent Blindness Northern California in San Francisco as a vision screener and volunteer recruiter.

Statement for Amalia (Amy) Menon
My name is Amy Menon, and I am running for Member at Large. I have spent seven years in the library profession, and I bring a wealth of life experiences that will enable me to support the Executive Board and perform my duties. Our organization is only as strong as our active membership. In this position, I hope to make a significant contribution to keep APALA moving forward during these difficult economic times.
Biography for Tina Chan
I work at the State University of New York at Oswego as a reference and instruction librarian. I work with students to provide research assistance, and I work with faculty to deliver library instruction and to provide resources to improve our collection. I also coordinate library exhibits, which means I partner with library departments and campus organizations to highlight our collections or promote upcoming events. Prior to joining Oswego, I was at Syracuse University as a learning commons resident librarian, where my library liaison role was working with international students. I enjoy working with college students because I provide research and information literacy skills that help them succeed in their academic career. I also enjoy working with faculty and staff because I promote the library’s services.

Statement for Tina Chan
My name is Tina Chan, and I am running for Member-at-Large for 2012 – 2014 because I have the leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills to carry out this position’s responsibilities. I have also served on APALA’s committees, and I feel I am ready to take on a new challenge.

I first heard of APALA when I was named a 2007 Spectrum Scholar while a library student. One of the benefits of being a Spectrum Scholar is a complimentary annual membership to APALA, so I decided to join. As a student, it was important for me to be involved in professional associations to learn more about the profession and to meet practicing librarians. I enjoyed my first year as a member that I continued to be a member and I became involved with APALA’s committees. I am currently on the membership committee and the literature awards committee for adult fiction. As an APALA-sponsored 2012 Emerging Leader, I will build on my leadership and critical thinking skills, which will be essential in executing the responsibilities of being a member-at-large.

 

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