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The Alki Editorial Committee Needs YOU

With a number of terms expiring soon, Alki, the journal of the Washington Library Association, is seeking committed, engaged library professionals like never before!

Editor (effective August 2017): The Alki Editor is responsible for providing a balanced mixture of relevant, thoughtful articles and features on the issues and concerns of all library personnel. The editor also ensures that the journal is a responsive and inspirational voice reflecting WLA to a diverse library community. The Alki Editor is contracted to a two year term with a modest stipend.

Editoral Committee Members (effective July and August 2017): Alki will need to fill six committee slots this year and are looking for members who are thoughtful, motivated, curious, and in possession of excellent writing skills. Committee members help brainstorm future issues and contribute content. Editorial Committee members serve a two year term.

You can take a look at the current roster and the official duties of the committee. Interested? Contact Sheri Boggs, Alki Editorial Committee Chair.  

You Can Still Register Onsite for Learn Local! Yakima This Friday, April 28

Learn Local!

Learn Local! Is a new approach to conferences that WLA is offering in the form of two separate, one-day events in April 2017, and we are excited to offer local, affordable options for continuing education for our members and the WA library community at large. We are especially grateful to our site sponsors, The Seattle Public Library and Yakima Valley College, for serving as the location hosts. 

Each Learn Local! will have enough variation that you can attend one or both. We look forward to Learning Local with YOU!

Online registration is now closed; registration will be available onsite.

2017 Library Snapshot Day

April is the month when libraries of all types strut their stuff with special programs and events to shine a light on the library. This year the Washington Library Association is partnering with the Washington State Library to promote Library Snapshot Day from April 9 – 22. During this time window, libraries and library supporters pick one day and take pictures to show “a day in the life of the library.” Photos can be shared on social media sites and hashtagged for findability and retrieval. 

How many times today did you help someone work on a resume? How many people did you help apply for a job online? How many story hours did you offer today – to how many attendees? How many DVDs did you check out to customers today? How many people came through your library's doors? 
We need YOUR participation to gather the pictures and anecdotes we need to make this a success. The larger the numbers, the greater the impact. Click here to learn how YOU can participate!

Check out the New Issue of Alki, "Mistakes Were Made" 

Alki Spring Issue

The Spring issue of Alki is available! The theme for this issue is "Mistakes Were Made." 

From programs that flopped to storytime disasters, and from technology fails to misconceived conference sessions, this issue of Alki highlights the valuable learning experiences behind decisions and events that didn't go as planned. Click here to download and read the entire issue.

Have a question for WLA? Please contact us:

Email: info@wla.org
Phone: 206-823-1138