WLA Mission

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

School Library Division Launches New Blog

The WLA School Library Division is pleased to announce its new blog!  We will use the blog to share opportunities for professional growth, shared practice, and celebration of the fantastic things Washington State’s School Libraries and Librarians are doing.

We also want to hear your stories! What fantastic things are happening in your school library programs? How have you advocated for students, supported teachers, and enriched learning? How have you been meeting the needs of your school communities during the pandemic? Please take a moment to share your story. We would like "Stories from School Libraries" to be a regular feature of this blog so that we can celebrate our successes and learn from each other.

Spring Alki: Call for Papers & AEDI Contributors

The Washington Library Association’s Alki is seeking articles for its March 2021 Issue, Where Are We Now. We want to hear from all library types and from all library workers, including students, staff, and those new to the profession!  This journal is by and for members of the Washington State library community and is meant to reflect your experiences. In this issue of Alki, we are interested in hearing what 2020 was like for you, your library, your patrons. We welcome your experiences, both good and bad.

Additionally, Alki is seeking contributors for its Anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion (AEDI) column. The Alki Editorial Committee intends for this column to ensure that justice-focused work and stories are consistently elevated and that conversations are sustained. We are energized to call on our entire community of library workers — in any role — to submit articles for this column.

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.