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APALA Mentoring Program

Are you a library school student or early career librarian looking for mentorship? Are you a librarian interested in mentoring new librarians or library students? Then consider Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)!


On behalf of APALA, we would like to invite you to be part of the 2018-2019 Mentoring Program as a Mentor or a Protégé. The APALA Mentoring Program seeks to provide professional and personal development, inspiration, and encouragement through a supportive mentoring relationship.


The program helps new, future and mid-career librarians by providing coaching and guidance in their careers. Mentoring builds relationships between future librarians and professionals to enhance communication and leadership in APALA, ALA, and other library associations. 

  • Protégés are librarians with no more than 5 years professional experience or library school students. Protégés must be or agree to become APALA members. (two categories: early career and mid-career)
  • Mentors are APALA members who possess at least 5 years professional experience and are active in professional library associations.


For more information, visit: The application deadline is August 17, 2018.

Founded in 1980, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) 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.

The purpose of APALA is:

  • To provide a forum for discussing problems of APA librarians and allies.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas by APA librarians with other librarians.
  • To support and encourage library services to APA communities and allies.
  • To recruit and mentor APA librarians and allies in the library/information science professions.
  • To seek funding for scholarships in library and information science masters programs for APAs.
  • To provide a vehicle whereby APA librarians and allies can cooperate with other associations and organizations having similar or allied interests.

For more about APALA visit

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