For immediate release | November 15, 2011

Chan named as Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association 2012 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO -- The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association’s (APALA) Scholarships and Awards Committee is proud to announce Tina Chan, reference and instruction librarian at the State University of New York, Oswego, Penfield Library as the 2012 Emerging Leader for the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. APALA will provide funding to support her attendance and participation in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

"APALA is pleased to once again support the Emerging Leaders program,” said 2011-2012 APALA President Sandy Wee. “Our emerging leaders are the future of this profession, APALA and ALA."

Chan holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Asian American studies, both from San Francisco State University. As a lifetime APALA member, she has been involved with APALA by serving on the APALA Task Force on Library Service to Asian Pacific Americans and the Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee. She also demonstrated a commitment to API issues when she created an exhibit on anti-Asian hate crime at the Syracuse University Library.

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA's structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units. For the complete list of the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders, please visit

The APALA Scholarships and Awards Committee is composed of Safi Safiullah and Gayatri Singh (co-chairs) and Tassanee Chitcharoen, Ida DaRoza, Valeria Molteni, Jina Park, Channapatna Shalini and Michelle Wu.

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), was organized and founded by librarians of diverse Asian and Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian Pacific American communities. For more information about APALA and to become a member, visit