WLA Mission

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

" "Apply for a #WLA2021 Conference Attendance Grant

To support our library community, WLA will be offering BIPOC Conference Grants and Together Again Conference Grants for the 2021 WLA Conference in Bellevue to our members! Grant funds must be used to attend the in-person 2021 WLA Conference.

The number of grants WLA will be able to offer will depend on the generosity of our donors, vendors, partner organizations, and members. Applications are open through Wednesday, August 11. Recipients will be announced Wednesday, August 25. The conference will be held Sept 30-Oct 2 at the Bellevue Marriott. Visit the conference website.

Become a WLA Mentor

Two teal conversation bubbles; one has the WLA logo within

The WLA Professional Development Committee is hosting a Mentorship Program for Fall of 2021. We are currently recruiting candidates for the mentor pool. Are you interested in helping develop future leaders, grow your leadership skills, and contribute to the profession? Then being a mentor is for you! Potential mentors are encouraged to apply June 1- July 31 and will be notified in August should they be paired with a mentee. Mentors must be current WLA members.

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.