WLA Mission

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


New Phase 2 and Phase 3 Library Services COVID-19 Requirements

October 6, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced several updates to Washington's Safe Start reopening plan. The changes seek to align guidance and adjustments to regulations of several industries, including libraries. These guidelines will align regulations with that of museums, allowing some indoor activity in Phase 2 at 25% capacity. Read the full guidance here.


Access to #WLA2020 Session Recordings

Thank you to everyone who made #WLA2020 so successful! We had 1,300 attendees from across Washington and beyond.

Did you miss the chance to attend? Never fear – you can still take advantage of the great learning and networking opportunities through our extended-access virtual conference platform! Registration for full access to the archived 2020 WLA Conference is open through 11:59 PM PT on October 30. Registrants should expect to receive access to the Whova conference platform within 1-2 business days of registering. For just $65 per person ($50 for WLA members!) you’ll get access to all session recordings through December 31.


Alki Call for Submissions  the Conference Issue!

Did you attend the 2020 WLA Conference? Consider sharing your experiences with the community and writing for Alki! The conference theme was 2020 Vision: Looking to the Future. Libraries of all types are facing challenges as we head into the future. While we need to hold these challenges firmly in our field of focus, we simultaneously need to be scanning the horizon for new opportunities. Did a presentation or a keynote spark a new project or connect with work you are already doing? Are there talks you attended that your colleagues need to know about? The deadline to submit articles for the November issue is October 26.


2021 WLA Election Results

The polls have closed for the 2021 WLA Elections, and we have a fantastic group of incoming leaders! Thank you to all of the candidates who ran and the WLA members who voted. Are you interested in getting involved in a WLA Division, Section, or committee in 2021? Email [email protected] to find out how.

Let's give a warm WLA welcome to the newly elected 2021 leaders! The new elected terms will begin January 1, 2021.

WLA Board

Vice President/President-Elect: Ahniwa Ferrari
Treasurer: Muriel Wheatley
Board Director, Academic Library Division: Erica Coe
Board Director, Special Library Division: Alycia Ensminger
Student Representative to the Board: Marissa Rydzewski

WLA Divisions

Academic Library Division Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Caitlan Maxwell
Academic Library Division Secretary/Communications: Lydia Bello
Public Library Division Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Jannah Minnix
Public Library Division Secretary/Communications: Rickey Barnett
School Library Division Chair: Sarah Logan
School Library Division Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Ryan Grant
School Library Division Secretary/Communications: Elizabeth Roberts
Special Library Division Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Sara Peté

WLA Sections

CATS Chair: Karen Schendlinger
CAYAS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Brandi Gates
CAYAS Secretary/Communications: Michelle Massero
CLAWS Chair: Kathleen "Katie" Hart
CLAWS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Angi Anderson
CLAWS Secretary/Communications: Estee Reed
LIFE Chair: Katy McLaughlin
LISS Chair: Stephanie Hartford
LISS Secretary/Communications: Jacob Lackner
SRRT Secretary/Communications: Angelina Kuchar
WALE Chair: JoLyn Reisdorf
WALE Secretary/Communications: Diana Hillyard
WALT Chair: Kayce Austin


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.