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Alki : The Washington Library Association Journal (ISSN: 8756-4173) is published three times a year. Each issue centers on a theme selected by the Alki Editorial Committee. Themes for upcoming issues are announced on the WLA Web site and listserv or in the editor’s columns.


Upcoming Alki Themes

  • November, 2017: The Conference Issue -- Through the Looking Glass 

Contributions for the November issue must be submitted by Sept. 22.    

Articles should be in-depth examinations of issues of importance to Washington libraries. All works should be original. Unsolicited contributions and off-theme articles are encouraged.  Articles should be written using Chicago style. Submissions are edited. The editor and the Alki committee make the final decision on any submitted material. Please direct queries to alkieditor@wla.org

Format: Article text should be submitted as digital files in .doc or .docx format. Article text may be transmitted as an email attachment. Artwork and photos should be transmitted separately as .jpeg files, NOT incorporated into the document. Alki publishing requires high-resolution art and image files, preferably 300 dots per inch. Please include informative captions with artwork. We recommend that you contact the editor before submitting artwork. Artwork will be returned on request.

Typical article lengths range from one to three Alki pages, including artwork. A three-page article with artwork contains no more than 2,500 words.

News items about personnel changes, professional organizations, awards, grants, elections, and facility moves or construction are included in the “Communiqué” column as space permits.

Columns are regular features about library service or operations. Columns are typically pre-assigned to a designated person. Anyone interested in submitting material for a specific column should contact the editor. Columns include: “Who’s on First,” with a focus on intellectual freedom; “Solinus,” a humorous feature; and “I’d Rather Be Reading,” for book reviews.

Alki retains electronic representation and distribution rights to its contents. Alki reserves the right to re-use text, photos and artwork in subsequent issues, with notification to the submitters, if possible. Otherwise, all rights revert to the authors.