Asian Pacific American Librarians Association

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Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
TypeNon-profit organization
Region served
United States
Eugenia Beh[2]

The Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) is an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA) formed to "address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities."[3] APALA was the successor to the Asian American Librarians Caucus (AALC), a discussion group within the ALA Office for Library Outreach Services that focused on providing library service to minority communities and on supporting minority librarians.[4][3] APALA was established in 1980, was incorporated in 1981, and became part of the ALA in 1982.[4][3][5]

As of 2005, APALA was one of four organizations for librarians of color affiliated with the ALA; the others are the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the American Indian Library Association, and the Chinese American Librarians Association.[6] Asian Pacific Americans are the only minority that is overrepresented within the library population as compared to the United States as a whole.[4] As of 1997, APALA had approximately 300 members, of whom 40% were Chinese, 16% were Korean, 14% were East Indian, 10% were Filipino, and the remaining 20% belonged to 13 additional ethnic groups.[1]

APALA publishes a quarterly newsletter and meets annually at ALA conferences.[7][8] It also provides scholarships to library school students and awards the annual Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature, which honor books by or about Asian Pacific Americans.[9][8]


  1. ^ a b Echevarria, Tami; Andrew B. Wertheimer (Fall 1997). "Surveying the Role of Ethnic-American Library Associations" (PDF). Library Trends. 42 (2): 373–391.
  2. ^ Executive board
  3. ^ a b c APALA History, accessed 2 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Plummer Alston Jones (2004). Still Struggling for Equality: American Public Library Services with Minorities. Libraries Unlimited. p. 134. ISBN 978-1-59158-243-4.
  5. ^ Franklin Ng (1995). The Asian American Encyclopedia. 1. Marshall Cavendish. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-85435-678-9.
  6. ^ Cora P. Dunkley and Kathleen de la Pena McCook. "In Union There is Strength: Library and Information Science Educators and Librarians' Associations of Color". In Maurice B. Wheeler (2005). Unfinished Business: Race, Equity, and Diversity in Library and Information Science Education. Scarecrow Press. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-8108-5045-3.
  7. ^ Guy A. Marco (2011). The American Public Library Handbook. ABC-CLIO. pp. 24–25. ISBN 978-1-59158-911-2.
  8. ^ a b Joan M. Reitz (2004). Dictionary for Library and Information Science. Libraries Unlimited. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-59158-075-1.
  9. ^ Denise Johnson (2013). Teaching Literacy in Fourth Grade. Guilford Publications. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-4625-1482-3.

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