WLA Mission

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

Statement on Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read

The Washington Library Association has released an updated Statement on Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read. Read the statement in full on WLA's Intellectual Freedom Section (IFS) site, and explore other free resources related to intellectual freedom and freedom from censorship.

Want to become a member of IFS? Joining the section is free with WLA membership. Add the section to your existing membership or request to join by contacting the WLA Office.

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Submit a Proposal for the 2022 WLA Conference

On behalf of the 2022 WLA Conference Committee, we invite you to submit a program proposal for the 2022 WLA Conference, May 5-7, 2022 in Bellevue! The 2022 conference theme is Imagine New Horizons. The application window will remain open until Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their proposal status by Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. Learn more and submit a proposal on our conference home page.

Please contact the WLA Office at [email protected] or (206) 823-1138 if you have any questions.

Registration Open for WA Library Legislative Week

" "Registration is now open for the 2022 online WA Library Legislative Week, Jan. 24-28! This annual event is a great opportunity to support Washington libraries.

Library Legislative Week offers library advocates and workers at every level the opportunity to understand and advocate for library legislative priorities in 2022. Stay informed with various panels, and meet with your representatives to discuss your organization's specific needs. Our schedule is being finalized, but you can look forward to panels with legislators and advocates on topics such as book challenges, capital improvement projects, and digital equity.

Registration for Legislative Week is FREE, with donations accepted to help WLA continue providing quality programs that connect our library workers from around the state. For more information, please contact the WLA Office.

WLA Statement on Anti-Racism

The Washington Library Association decries the brutality Black communities experience from those charged to protect and serve. Libraries are providers of vital resources for historically underserved communities, and this work has never been more important than it is now. We are responsible for continuing to do this difficult, sometimes painful work that demands we address our biases and how they impact our ability to serve our communities equitably. We urge library professionals across Washington to fight for Black lives, actively oppose systemic oppression and police brutality, and prioritize anti-racism in all that we do. The WLA Board is committed to doing this anti-racist work within our association. To be silent is to be complicit.

For resources regarding anti-racism, click here.