WLA Mission

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

A blue beaker set against a light blue and coral-colored background2021 WLA Library Career Lab

Registration is now open for the 2021 WLA Library Career Lab! Are you looking for an introduction to a career in libraries? A career reset? Professional development ideas or guidance? The Library Career Lab is here for you!

This virtual, month-long program will feature resume review, interview “speed dating,” various information sessions, panel discussions, and more. Contact the WLA Office if you have any questions.

WLA 2021 Conference Logo: A green and blue sphere with lines and dots across its surface, indicating a connected communityNow accepting Program Proposals for #WLA2021

The WLA 2021 Conference Committee is now accepting program proposals for #WLA2021, to be held September 30-October 2 in Bellevue! We hope to see you for the full in-person experience, though we will also have select virtual offerings for those who can’t make the trip this time. Submit your proposal by May 5. WLA will prioritize presenters from historically underrepresented communities and programs that support equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Conference Committee is excited to announce the theme: Communities, Conversations, Connections. As each of us has faced isolation and change, we’ve been pushed us 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?
The committee is hard at work planning relevant and fun opportunities for you to reconnect with your colleagues, both virtually and in person.Watch for updates on the conference website.

One eye of a purple kraken peers from blue waves and holds two tentacles aloftMarch Alki: Where We Are Now

The March 2021 Alki, hot off the press, offers a variety of stories across library types and from many different perspective. Many of our articles are rich examinations of integral library work.

Whether intentional or not, this issue's content shies away from centering COVID; perhaps we all need space to examine our well-being, our work, and catch a break from the ongoing pandemic. Perhaps we are not quite ready to center COVID, because it has been at the center of our existence for a year, alongside tremendous social reckoning and political turmoil and change. Read the issue here!

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.