WLA Mission

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

" "#WLA2021 Moves to Virtual!

Join us for #WLA2021 online, October 1–2! We hope to see you for the online experience, which will feature live and on-demand virtual sessions, live keynote events, and networking opportunities. Register now!

We're thrilled to welcome this year's keynote speakers to the conference, ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall, and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Ijeoma Oluo!

The Conference Committee has selected the theme of Communities, Conversations, Connections. As each of us has faced isolation and change, we’ve been pushed to embrace technology, find new ways to connect, and re-examine the status quo. We’re preparing for a return to normal, but what does that new normal look like for libraries? How can we start conversations and forge stronger bonds with our communities?

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.