Patty Wong

Interim Director of Library Services
Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library
605 N. El Dorado Street
Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 937-8364
(209) 937-8683 fax

Working Together, Walking Alone


Ms. Wong will explore her personal and professional development as the first Chinese American member of the ALA Executive Board; her roles within CALA and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association at the local and national level; her experience in collaboration with the other ethnic affiliates: REFORMA, BCALA, AILA; and the sometimes narrow view of her professional and personal reputation as a Chinese American female, within Library culture, and even sometimes among those whom she considers her peers. She would like to emphasize some of the trends she sees in the future for Chinese Americans within librarianship - a blending and blurring of the lines related to ethnic diversity in consideration of qualifications and contributions - and some of the quota aspects that can become unspoken factors in hiring and decisions related to selections; and how ones personal choices in terms of identification can affect perception.