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Alki Now Accepting Submissions for the Spring 2017 Issue

It's time to submit articles for the next issue of Alki. The theme for the Spring 2017 issue is Mistakes Were Made. 

Did you launch project or program that didn't work out as planned, but that still had value? Have you had a long-held assumption dispelled after a "failed" interaction with a patron that led to a new way of doing something? This is a great chance to talk about all those things we’d rather not talk about: programs that bombed, services nobody wanted, information interviews gone horribly (or hilariously) awry… with the understanding that goof-ups can be instructive. If you are a resourceful librarian who turned a "mistake" into an opportunity, then this is the perfect time to share it with your colleagues! 

Please send your article idea(s) to alkieditor@wla.org and include:

  • Your name and position/library
  • Description of the article
  • Suggested title
  • Estimated length (in pages); each page = 750 words (or fewer with graphics)
  • Intent to include graphics (photo, logo, other)
  • Contact information

The deadline to submit articles for the Spring issue is February 10, 2017. Please see the Instructions for Contributors for more details. We are also accepting articles that are not related to the theme but are of interest to the WLA community.


Now Accepting Program Proposals for ALL 2017 Washington Library Association Conferences

Program proposals are now being accepted for ALL 2017 WLA Conferences. All proposals from academic, public, school and special library staff, advocates and community partners will be considered. Now is the time to reach out to the dynamic presenters in your communities or share your own skills and experience by leading a Session or Workshop at one or more of these 2017 events:  

WLA Learn Local! One Day Conferences
April 7 in Seattle  (Thanks to The Seattle Public Library for being our site sponsor!)
April 28 in Yakima  (Thanks to Yakima Valley College for being our site sponsor!)
April 29 in Spokane  (Thanks to Spokane Public Library for being our site sponsor!)

WLA Annual Conference
November 1-4, Tacoma's Hotel Murano

  • Proposals are due no later than Tuesday, January 31. 
  • The person who submitted the proposal will be notified of the outcome by February 10.
  • Programs on all topics of relevance to libraries of any kind are sought, from 75 minute sessions to 3-4 hour workshops.
  • The form allows you to select your preferred conference dates and locations.
  • Presenters are encouraged to request permission from their employers to attend the conference(s) before submitting proposals.
  • To submit a program proposal, please use this form. To submit multiple proposals, use a new form for each program.

You may direct questions to the WLA office at info@wla.org or (206) 823-1138. We look forward to receiving your proposals!


Register now for the 2017 CAYAS Winter Workshop

Click here to sign up!

Spanish Language Boot Camp for Youth Services Library Professionals
January 9, 2017, 10am - 3pm
Bothell, WA  

Kick off the year at this fun, interactive workshop designed to give you the confidence and vocabulary to talk to Spanish speaking patrons about why libraries matter to youth. This workshop was developed by a librarian for those working in libraries who have little to no Spanish language skills. You will learn mini-conversations you can use as a starting point for outreach to patrons who may not be aware of the full scope of services your library offers. You will leave with a set resources to help remember what you learned, and tools you can use to continue learning Spanish on your own. Presented by Kathy Smargiassi, Children’s Librarian and Translator for Sno-Isle Libraries.


Library Legislative Day

On March 16, 2017, librarians, trustees and library supporters will gather in Olympia to visit with legislators and share their stories about how libraries support the educational attainment levels of Washingtonians and contribute to the health of local economies. Every voice is important and we hope you will join us on March 16th to tell your story!

We hope many of you will offer to share your skills and experience with our WA library communities!


Have a question for WLA? Please contact us:

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