WLA Mission

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

2021 Library Legislative Week

Join us online for WA Library Legislative Week, Tuesday, February 9 through Friday, February 12, sponsored by the Washington Library Association. Check back soon to register for this great opportunity to network with library supporters from around the state, understand legislative priorities moving into 2021, and connect with state legislators and their staff to discuss the value of libraries and the impact laws have on them. WLA remains ready to fight for library budgets, school libraries, peer reviewed journal access, expanded broadband, digital equity, media literacy, and more.

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.