Annual Report 2013


 Over the past year PALA welcomed 45 new members and overall membership has

increased by about thirty percent. As of today we have 101 active members from

16 states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, New York, New Jersey,

Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, California, Colorado,

North Dakota, and Washington, D.C.). We also have one member from Canada.



PALA’s activities and developments over the past year included:

 On February 24, 2013 PALA held its third Annual Meeting and Open House at

the Polish Museum of America. The event was attended by 85 participants and

included a general business meeting, scholarship presentation, lunch buffet, and

informal networking opportunities. Stuart Dybek delivered the keynote speech

and two campaigns, the Jan Karski campaign and All Polonia Reads to Kids, were

presented during the event. The Annual Meeting and Open House concluded with

a tour of the museum and library.

 Prompted by one of your members, PALA Board supported the campaign for

PNCC Studies inclusion in JSTOR by writing a letter of support to the Prime

Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church.

 In May, PALA, as represented by Aldona Salska, appeared on a Polish radio

station to speak about libraries and answered library service related questions

from radio listeners.

 In June, PALA made an appearance at the American Library Association Annual

Conference (Chicago, Il). PALA board members staffed an exhibit booth that not

only promoted PALA but also Polish writers, publishers, and film makers. During

the conference, PALA partnered with ALA’s Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange

Round Table for a Taste of Town Tour visiting the Polish Museum of America and

a Polish restaurant, twenty-one individuals attended this event. PALA also hosted

an informal networking dinner for conference participants at Szalas Restaurant.

 In October, three PALA board members, Aldona Salska, Elizabeth Marszalik, and

Joanna Klos presented a program at the Illinois Library Association Conference.

The program entitled “Serving Immigrant Communities: The Potential for Ethnic

Librarians” explored steps libraries can take to better served their immigrant

communities and promoted the work of ethnic librarians and their networks. The

program was very well received.

 In November PALA became a co-sponsor of the 25 th Polish Film Festival in

America which provided an opportunity for PALA to promote Polish history and

culture, as well as increase PALA’s visibility. As part of co-sponsorship PALA

hosted the screening of the film Baczynski.

 In December, revisions to the bylaws were proposed by the Executive Board and

approved by the majority of the membership. The major changes included an

addition of the Executive Director position and shortening the president and

vice-president position term from two years to one year.

 PALA’s website, developed by Marcin Terlik, was updated with additional content

such as updated bylaws and additional programing resources.

 In partnership with the School of Library and Information Science at Dominican

University, the scholarship committee received a winning essay and will present

the third and final Vera May Barnes Zubrzycki scholarship during the 4 th Annual


 A strategic plan 2013-2014 was developed to provide a focus for PALA’s future

goals and objectives.

 A new program has been planned out and will launch this year. The Polish Book

Club, in partnership with Loyola University, will meet throughout the Chicago

area libraries and at Loyola University to encourage readership of Polish

literature and works highlighting Polish history and culture.



PALA’s cooperation with other library and education organizations continued this past


 Two PALA Board Members, Malgorzata Kot and Elizabeth Marszalik visited with

the Polish Librarians Association, June 6, 2013. The visit reinforced PALA’s

cooperation with the Polish Librarians Association and resulted in continued

mutual support. The visit also included a tour of the National Library of Poland

and was followed with the publication of an article about PALA in PLA’s

Bibliotekarz professional publication.

 In August PALA’s board member, Leonard Kniffel, attended the IFLA conference

in Singapore. Leonard Kniffel met with fellow PALA members and Polish IFLA

delegates and discussed the need for Polish organizations to be present on the

international level. The meeting concluded with plans to organize a more formal

meeting at the next IFLA conference to be held in France in 2014.




During this past year PALA has continued to support the two campaigns that we joined

the previous year.

 Aldona Salska represented PALA at the Jan Karski book launch reception and

panel discussion in Washington D.C. on March 18, 2013. PALA distributed

information about the Karski Campaign while exhibiting at the American Library

Association Conference and My Report to the World: Story of a Secret State by

Jan Karski will be the first title launching PALA’s Polish Book Club. Leonard

Kniffel, a supporter of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, represented PALA

November 22, 2013, at the first anniversary celebration of the Foundation at the

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, where U.S Permanent

Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power received the Spirit of Jan

Karski Award for her exemplary work in advancing the issue of genocide


 As part of PALA support of the campaign All of Polonia Reads to Kids, Elizabeth

Marszalik has completed the online training course and applied her knowledge to

host a highly successful event in October at the Indian Trails Public Library,

thought which Polish parents and children learned the benefits of reading out

loud twenty minutes a day, every day.

Thank you very much for your attention and support. This concludes the Annual



Submitted by PALA Board

Presented by Joanna Klos at the 4 rd Annual Meeting on February 23, 2014