WLA Voting Information

Revised Bylaws Vote

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Earlier this year, the WLA Executive Board voted to change the WLA fiscal year and elected terms of office to align with the calendar year, as opposed to the former August-July and May-April terms respectively. The Board elected to make this change because the previous cycles caused issues with various budgets and stipends. The Board is confident that these changes will ensure a smoother transition between officers and budget years.

Since these changes require updating the WLA Bylaws, the Board took the opportunity to remove or replace outdated language, make consistency edits, and take out specific content that is subject to more frequent change. That specific content has been moved into WLA’s updated policies and procedures (living documents) instead of being housed in our organization’s Bylaws (a general operations document).

The WLA Board recently held a unanimous vote to approve all edits to the WLA Bylaws. It is now required that our members vote on these same changes. Please review the following changes to the WLA Bylaws and cast your vote by to approve or not approve these changes.

Summary of Changes:

  • Fiscal year changed from August-July to align with calendar year
  • Term of office of elected officers changed from May 1-April 30 to January 1-December 31
  • Removal of fee to join Sections, as recommended by the Finance Committee
  • Removal of outdated language
  • General clean-up of language
  • Reviewing and editing for consistency in language

Please click here to review the revisions to the WLA Bylaws. If you have any questions, email the WLA office at info@wla.org.

When you are ready to cast your vote, click here to access the online voting form. You will be asked to log in to your WLA member profile.


 2018 WLA Elections

Board Candidate Statements | Division Candidate Statements | Section Candidate Statements

Voting for the 2018 WLA Elections is now closed. Congratulations to all of the winners on their new positions! Their elected terms will begin January 1, 2018.

Position terms and descriptions are based on WLA bylaws unless otherwise decided by divisions or sections.

2018 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

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