History of KALIPA

KALIPA's Mission

To exchange professional knowledge among Korean American librarians and information professionals in the United States and to provide a forum for discussing mutual concerns and interests among the members To promote cooperative library programs between Korea and the United States To cooperate with other organizations that share similar concerns and interests To promote understanding and friendship among the members

The beginning...

The Korean American Librarians and Information Professionals Association (KAPLIPA) was founded in Los Angeles on September 30, 1983 by a group of Korean-American Librarians working at various types of libraries in southern California. Originally, it was named the Korean American Librarians Association (KALA). Since then, KALIPA has had a number of activities, programs, and seminars for librarians to enhance professional knowledge and for the public to promote library services. KALIPA has members nationwide. It also published its Membership Directory in 1991, 1993 and 1997, and a Directory of Korean Language Collections in the Greater Los Angeles Area in 1994 and 2001. To encourage more Korean Americans to enter the profession of librarianship and information science, library services, KALIPA also awards scholarships to Korean American students studying library and information science.

KALIPA Today

While the KALIPA has been active promoting library services and exchanging professional knowledge among Korean American librarians since 1983, its activities have been geographically limited to Southern California. To make our Association more visible, the KALIPA is planning to expand its activities to the national level. To achieve this goal, we need more members working in the library and information sciences; therefore, we changed our name from the Korean American Librarians Association to the Korean American Librarians and Information Professionals Association in September, 2000. By working together we can accomplish many things and make a meaningful contribution to the library and information sciences in the U.S. as well as in Korea.