February 2000

Date: 
Saturday, February 12, 2000 - 00:00
Place: 
Silla Restaurant, Gardena, California
Attendees: 
Nancy Choi, Keumsook Hahn, Joy Kim, Katie Kim, Won-Tack Kim, Young Sil Lee, Miki Lim, Heawon Paick, Choonhee Rhim, Paul Lee (Aladdin US), Peter Yun (Aladdin US)

KOREAN-AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING

1. FINANCIAL REPORT FROM THE TREASURER

Keumsoon Hahn, the treasurer reported on the deposits and expenses during 1999, and distributed the financial statement to the members. The balance of the KALA's budget as of January 31, 2000 is $2311.43.

2. COLLECTION OF MEMBERSHIP DUES

Membership dues of $30.00 was collected from the members. Members who did not bring the dues will send the dues to Keumsook Hahn. Notice of membership dues will be sent to all KALA members.

3. YEAR 2000 PROJECTS

a) WORKSHOP ON "HOW TO BECOME A LIBRARIAN IN THE U.S."

KALA will hold a workshop on "How to become a librarian in the U.S." on April 15, 2000. Place will be chosen from one of the Los Angeles Public libraries located near Koreatown.

Graduate advisers from the Dept. of Information Studies of Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA and School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University at California State University at Fullerton campus will be invited to talk about the schools and faculty, programs, and admission process including the requirements and deadlines. Application forms, school brochures and handouts will be distributed.

In addition to the graduate advisers, one faculty member from each school will be invited to talk about the courses offered and their experiences of teaching. As the faculty members, Dr. Ed Pai will be contacted from the San Jose State University, and Dr. Clara Chu from UCLA.

There will be presentations from the KALA members who are working in different fields of librarianship: academic, public and school. Tentative presenters are: Joy Kim, curator of Korean Heritage Library, USC representing academic librarianship, Young Sil Lee, senior librarian of Brentwood Public Library representing public librarianship, and Diane Kim, representing school librarianship.

Workshop committee was formed with Heawon Paick as the chair, and Mikyung Kang and Unjoo Lee as the committee members. The committee will finalize all the details such as finding the proper location, making public announcements through various news channels, preparing the handouts, etc.

b) REVISION OF THE DIRECTORY OF KOREAN COLLECTIONS IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES

The directory published in 1994 has been widely used by many librarians in southern California. It needs to be revised to reflect the changes and new information, and a survey form will be sent to each library listed in the directory. Choonhee Rhim will prepare the survey form, and Nancy Choi will collect the information and compile the directory. The tentative deadline to collect the information is March 15, 2000.

4. KALA SCHOLARSHIP

KALA is going to resume awarding the scholarship to a Korean-American library school student. The amount will be $500.00. Choonhee Rhim will contact the library schools to make the announcements.

5. KALA NEWSLETTER

Unjoo Lee is the editor for the KALA newsletter, and is waiting for the news items. Anybody who has the news items is encouraged to send them to her.

6. PRESENTATION FROM ALADDIN US

There were two representatives, Paul Lee and Peter Yun from Aladdin US, an online Korean book dealer in the US. It is the subsidiary of the parent company, Aladdin Korea, online bookstore in Korea. With its large database of Korean titles, the Korean books are sold with discount prices and prompt delivery in the US.

Their web address is: www.aladdinus.com
The company address and phone no. are:
4282 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2F
Los Angeles, CA 90010
323-692-9888