ST. PAUL — In October 2012, Hmong Cultural Center’s Hmong Resource Center Library was awarded a grant from the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation to upgrade its library catalog system.
“We are very excited that this new funding support will allow us to upgrade the existing ten year old Alexandria catalog system in our special library focusing on Hmong Studies,” said Hmong Cultural Center Executive Director Txongpao Lee. “It has been our goal to upgrade the catalog system for several years.”
Lee said the HCC staff are particularly excited that this newly upgraded catalog system from Alexandria will make it possible to put their internal Hmong Resource Library catalog system online. It will link their library website to scholars, students and community members who wish to explore the library holdings in a user-friendly format prior to visiting our center.
“We are very grateful to the Asian Pacific Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation for this grant that will significantly improve our capacity to serve the community with our uniquely comprehensive Hmong library.”
The Hmong Resource Center Library (www.hmonglibrary.org) was founded in the late 1990s to provide a comprehensive collection of Hmong-related materials to the community. The growing collections include around 850 Hmong-related books, 260 Hmong-related theses and dissertations, 860 Hmong-related academic journal articles, over 3,500 Hmong-related newspaper articles and more than 200 videos.
The library possesses the most significant collection of Hmong-related theses and dissertations and research journal articles of any institution in Minnesota or the United States. The Hmong Resource Center Library is open to the public Monday through Friday at the Hmong Cultural Center’s offices above the Sunrise Market building at University Avenue and Chatsworth (near Lexington) in Saint Paul.
Founded in 1992, Hmong Cultural Center’s mission is to promote the personal development of children, youth, and adults through Hmong cultural education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding between Hmong and non-Hmong persons. In early 2012, HCC earned “Meets Standards” Status from the Charities Review Council. The center’s website is at www.hmongcc.org/.
The community is very welcome to visit HCC and enroll in our programs. To learn more about programs at Hmong Cultural Center call 651-917-9937 or stop by the center at 995 University Avenue, Suite 214 in Saint Paul.