2018 WLA Elections

Voting is now open for the 2018 Washington Library Association Elections! Three online ballots for WLA Board, Division, and Section leadership are open September 1–30. All current WLA members may vote for WLA Board positions. Ballots for WLA Divisions and Sections are restricted to current members of those groups.

To learn more about the fantastic candidates, please read their statements before filling out your ballots.

Board Candidate Statements | Board Ballot
Division Candidate Statements | Division Ballot
Section Candidate Statements | Section Ballot

Winners will be announced October 2, and incoming and outgoing leadership will be recognized at the 2017 WLA Conference November 1–4 in Tacoma. The new elected terms will begin January 1.

Position terms and descriptions are based on WLA bylaws unless otherwise decided by divisions or sections. If you are interested in running for a position below or nominating someone else to run, email info@wla.org by August 1, 2017 with the name of the nominee, their relationship to libraries, their email address and phone number, and the position of interest.

Election Timeline: 
August 1:                     Nominations due
August 15:                  Candidate statements due
September 1-30:         Voting is open
October 2:                   Winners announced
October 10:                 Winners attend WLA leadership retreat in Ellensburg
November 1-4:            Winners recognized at WLA Annual Conference in Tacoma
January 1:                   New elected terms begin

 

The Washington Library Association is seeking nominations for the following open positions. Terms of office begin January 1, 2018 and are one year unless otherwise noted.

WLA Board Positions:

These are elected by entire WLA membership.

  • Vice President/President-Elect: Elected annually, serves later as President, then Past President
  • Board Director, Public Library Division Representative; Two year term; elected in odd-numbered years (Represents the Public Library Division. Candidates must be a member of division)
  • Board Director, School Library Division Representative; Two year term; elected in odd-numbered years (Represents the School Library Division. Candidates must be a member of division.
  • Board Director, Special Library Division Representative; One year term; elected in even-numbered years** (Represents Special Library Division. Candidates must be a member of division.)
  • PNLA Representative: Two year term; elected in odd-numbered years
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Two year term; elected in odd-numbered years

Position descriptions, an organization chart and other information is available on the About Us page.

**As a one-time correction, this position will be a one year term for 2018 in order to re-align the balance of even and odd year division representation on the Board. In 2019 it will resume a two year term.

 Divisions:

These are elected by Division members.

School Library Division:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)

 Public Library Division:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications

 Special Library Division:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications 

 Academic Library Division:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications
  • Member at Large
  • Member at Large

 Sections:

These are elected by Section members. 

CATS-Collection Development and Technical Services

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications

 CAYAS-Children's and Young Adult Services

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Position #1 (one year left on term to fill-ends December 2018)
  • Position #2 (one year left on term to fill-ends December 2018)
  • Position #3 (full two-year position--ends December 2019)
  • Position #4 (full two-year position--ends December 2019)
  • Student Liaison (one year position--ends December 2018)

 IFS-Intellectual Freedom Section

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications

 LiFE-Leadership is for Everyone

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications

 LISS-Library and Information Student Section

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications

 SAIL-Serving Adults in Libraries

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications
  • Member at Large
  • Member at Large

 SRRT-Social Responsibilities Round Table

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications

 WALE-Washington Library Employees

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications

 WALT-Washington Library Trainers

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications

 WLFFTA-Washington Library Friends, Foundations, Trustees and Advocates

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2019)
  • Secretary/Communications