WLA Mission

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

#WLA2024 Save the Date

The 2024 WLA Conference will take place March 1 - 3, 2024 in Spokane, WA. The 2024 conference theme is We All Belong. Inspired by the newly adopted motto of our host city, "In Spokane, We All Belong," our theme will encourage attendees to consider what it means to belong in a community, a library, and a professional ecosystem. How can we ensure that our libraries are not just places to access information but also safe, inclusive, and accessible spaces for all? When the future feels uncertain, what can we do to ensure resilient communities and sustainable libraries while maintaining a culture of belonging? Our Conference Committee is approaching the planning process with the idea of belonging at every step of the way, and we hope to create an environment for you to build community, grow as professionals, and bring innovative ideas back to your libraries to show we all belong.

2024 WLA Merit Awards

WLA 2024 Merit Awards

With #WLA2024 approaching, the WLA Merit Awards are back again! We look forward to hearing about accomplishments in the past year by library professionals from around the state! 

The WLA Merit Awards offer the opportunity to recognize and highlight the outstanding work that has been ongoing in Washington libraries. To nominate an outstanding individual or group for an award, please complete the WLA 2024 Merit Award Nomination Form by Wednesday, Jan. 10. 

Visit the Merit Awards Home Page for more details!

 WLA Pawsidential ElectionWLA 2024 Pawsident Logo

Do you have a pet who loves watching you read? Do they try to attend your online library-related meetings? Do they inspect your tote bag after every library trip you make? If so, your pet probably loves libraries! This alone is wonderful, and you should give yourself a pat on the back (or theirs)! Additionally, WLA is holding a “Pawsidential” election fundraiser, and we’d love if you nominated your friend!

The election is part of our ongoing #SupportWALibraries fundraising, which assists with WLA scholarships, member services, and more!

Please visit the Pawsidential Election home page for more details, and to nominate your furry (or not-so-furry) friend.


Now Seeking an Alki Editor-in-Chief!

The Washington Library Association (WLA) is seeking an Editor for the Alki Journal, an online publication. A minimum two-year commitment is requested, and the position will begin by January 2024. Editor receives a $3,600 annual stipend to be delivered in three equal installments, plus approved expenses. Editor must have previous library experience and must be a member of WLA. Applications are due December 11, 2023. All applicants will be notified of their status by December 20, 2023.

Click here to learn more information about this amazing opportunity!

The Election Results are In!

Thank you to all WLA Members who participated in voting.

To view the results of the 2024 Elections, please click here.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 — Online elections open
Friday, Nov. 17 — Online elections close
Monday, Nov. 27 — Election winners notified
Wednesday, Nov. 29 — Election winners announced
Monday, Jan 1, 2024 — New leadership terms begin

 ALD/ACRL WA & OR Joint Conference

When: October 27, 2023
Lower Colombia College in Longview, WA and Online.

The Work of Libraries

October 27 | Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA.

People, and their labor, are the core of academic libraries. This work can be exciting, monotonous, high stakes, invisible, precarious, invigorating, and exhausting. Like other forms of labor, work in academic libraries has changed dramatically since the advent of the pandemic, and continues to change.

This conference is an opportunity to explore the different ways in which we engage with our work. Advance registration for the in-person conference is now closed. On-site registration will be available at the registration desk. Virtual registration is still open.

Learn more on the conference home page.

The WLA Neurodivergence & Libraries Summit Logo, featuring a white summit peak on a sky blue background with a ranbow above the summit. Sept. 8, 2023 and Online.

Neurodivergence & Libraries Summit

Friday, September 8, 2023

What is neurodiversity? What does the umbrella-term "neurodivergence" encompass? And how can all library types – academic, public, school, and special libraries — feel confident in their ability to combat ableism, to robustly serve neurodivergent patrons with care, and to support their neurodivergent staff?

The virtual Neurodivergence & Libraries Summit offers day-long programming around neurodivergence: a broad overview of what neurodivergence is, how to improve library services for your neurodivergent patrons, current research around the experiences of neurodivergent library workers, conversations around special autism libraries, and more.

Accessing the Summit

All registrants have been emailed Summit recordings and materials.Registration is still open for those interested in viewing the recorded sessions. New registrants will receive access links in their registration confirmation email. If you have not received your access email, please reach out to the WLA office at [email protected] or (206) 823-1138.


K12Librarians4AllWA Campaign

" "Washington schools need Teacher Librarians!

All Washington K-12 students deserve access to a strong school library program with a qualified Teacher Librarian. We believe all Washington students deserve access to strong school library programs directed by qualified Teacher Librarians. Decades of research confirm that students with strong school library programs and qualified Teacher Librarians have better educational outcomes and are more prepared for post-secondary education. This is especially true for students who experience poverty or other risk factors. However, school library programs in Washington are currently not equitably distributed, with those most in need of strong school libraries having the least access to them.  

We hope you use this website to learn about the importance of all school libraries for Washington students.  Join us in urging Washington State elected officials to support school library programs for all Washington students.


 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.

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! 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 2024. There are many opportunities to get involved. Self-nominations are welcome.

Explore the variety of leadership roles that WLA has to offer, below.