WLA Mission

The Washington Library Association leads, advocates, educates, and connects.

2018 WA Library Legislative Day - Registration Is Open!

Join us in Olympia on March 1 for the WA Library Legislative Day! This is a great opportunity to network with library supporters from around the state and meet with State Legislators and their staff to discuss the value of libraries and the impact laws have on them.

On February 28, the day before Library Legislative Day, the American Library Association (ALA) will be hosting their Advocacy Bootcamp! Advocacy Bootcamp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. This workshop is presented by Jamie LaRue (Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom & The Freedom to Read Foundation) and Marci Merola (Director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy).

Registration closes Friday, February 23. Click here to learn more and to register!

New WLA Events Calendar

We're excited to announce the latest improvement to the WLA website: a meeting and events calendar! Here we will post any WLA meetings (Board, Committee, Section/Division, etc.), as well as other library events and association conferences. For online meetings, Zoom links are included in the description.

The calendar is available to WLA members after they log in to their accounts. We hope it will help members keep organized and also keep aware of the goings-on throughout WLA.

Have a meeting to add? Email the details to the WLA office and we’ll add it for you! Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for this new feature.

WLA Dues Restructure

The WLA Finance Committee (FC) has finished their work on assessing and restructuring WLA membership dues as part of the recent Bylaw updates. This has taken the better part of a year involving a great deal of research and communication with other ALA State Chapter Associations and our various WLA Division members and groups. Under the new structure, most dues will decrease or remain the same. Section memberships will now be free. The last WLA membership dues restructure was undertaken in 2011-12.

Individual Members: There will be no increase to Individual Employee membership dues levels for 2018. Individual dues will continue to be based on each member’s income level so as to provide an affordable access point to everyone. Members are welcome to deduct unreimbursed professional expenses when determining their income range. The rate each Individual member pays is self-selected. WLA does not collect income information about our members.

Organizational Members: Last year, there had been increasing concern within WLA leadership that our Organizational membership dues levels were not equitable across our Divisions, and in many cases, far out of step with most other State Associations. Additionally, no membership entry point was defined for some libraries and advocate organizations. Most of our Organizational members were paying an annual formula of .04% of their operating expenditures, with a cap of $18,000 per year. Other Organizational members were paying based on completely different measures. It was all over the map.

As a result of the FC’s work, the longtime formula that most of our Organizational members have been paying has been reduced for 2018 to .03% of operating expenditures, and the cap has been lowered to $10,000. This is a very significant decrease in dues for our largest libraries, and since the formula’s overall percentage has been lowered, this will mean savings for the majority of our Organizational members. We have also defined entry points for our advocate groups that previously didn’t exist. Friends, Foundations, Nonprofits and our community Vendors may now join as organizations and not just as individuals. This will be a great way for them to demonstrate their support for our state’s libraries and library staff.

Divisions and Sections: WLA members will continue to receive free entry into one WLA Division of their choice (Academic, Public, School, or Special Libraries). Members may choose to join additional Divisions for $10 each per year. For their first year of membership, students will receive entry in all four Divisions at no additional charge.

While WLA’s ten interest-based Sections previously cost $5 each per year, members may now join any Section they choose for no extra charge. Join one or all—it’s your choice!

Learn more about Individual and Organizational memberships here.

 Mark your calendars for WLA 2018!

Next year WLA will return to beautiful Yakima, Washington, at the Yakima Convention Center. The conference theme will be Cultivating Communities, Harvesting Ideas. Mark your calendars for October 17-20, 2018!

Have a question for WLA? Please contact us:

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

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