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Save the Date: WLA Accessibility in Libraries Summit

Mark your calendars for the fall WLA Accessibility in Libraries Summit on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022!

This all-day virtual event will bring together library professionals from around Washington and the world to engage in topics on accessibility in libraries, from planning events to maintenance of electronic resources and more! Divisional unconferences at the end of the day will allow attendees to connect and reflect on what they’ve learned.

Stay tuned for updates on registration and a full schedule of events.

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2023 Election Nominations Open

Are you seeking leadership experience? Looking to meet new people in the library field? Passionate about advocacy for libraries and library professionals? You've come to the right place to get involved! Nominations for the WLA 2023 Election cycle are now open!

Whether you're a longtime member or new to the association, WLA invites you to throw your hat into the ring for a leadership position in 2023. There are many opportunities to get involved. Check out the elections timeline for 2023, and explore the variety of leadership roles that WLA has to offer at wla.org/elections.

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

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.

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.