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Keynotes & Events

Wednesday, November 1

New Member/First Timer Reception
6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Are you a new WLA member or is it your first time attending the WLA Conference? Come meet WLA leadership, staff, and other active members, learn a little bit about the Association, how to make the most out of your conference attendance, and how you can get involved within WLA. Appetizers will be served and there will be a no-host bar.

Special thanks to the Washington Library Employees (WALE) Section for once again sponsoring this event! 

Knights of Veritas Meet & Greet Reception
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Get ready for a night of wonder and amazement hosted by Knights of Veritas! Immerse yourself in “Libraries Through the Looking-Glass” with a Wonderland-themed party where you can meet old friends and new. Enjoy a giant chess set, Alice’s photo booth, board game tables, and other playful activities, along with appetizers and a no-host bar. Make your own adventure by jumping down the rabbit hole at the Meet & Greet Reception!

Since 2004, Knights of Veritas has served libraries throughout Washington State with exciting, engaging and informative programs to encourage life-long learners. New from Knights of Veritas is the KnightSTREAM program, chock full of fascinating facts, enthralling interaction, hands-on opportunities and more!

Thursday, November 2

Welcome Breakfast & Keynote with ALA President Jim Neal
8:30 am - 9:45 am

Join ALA President Jim Neal for his keynote address, "I Have Believed as Many as Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Library Leadership in a Time of Transformation and Turmoil."

Jim Neal is President of the American Library Association and University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University. An ALA member since 1976, Neal has held numerous leadership positions throughout ALA and its divisions. He has served on the Council and Executive Board, and was ALA Treasurer during 2010-13. He is a member of the OCLC Board of Trustees.  He has served on the Board and as President of the Association of Research Libraries, on the Board and as Chair of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), on the Board and as Chair of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and on the Board of the Digital Preservation Network. He is on the Board and has served as Treasurer of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and is on the Board and has served as Treasurer of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). He has also participated on numerous international, national, and state professional committees, and is an active member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). He is a member of the Library Advisory Board of the University of the People.

He served as the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University during 2001-2014, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of twenty-two libraries. His responsibilities included the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Copyright Advisory Office, and the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York.

Neal is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, consultant and published author, with focuses in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, and library cooperation.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening 
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the kick-off celebration of the 2017 WLA Exhibitor Hall! This year, we have over 40 exhibitors, ranging from the library vendors you know and love to individual authors and artists selling their wares. Learn about the latest products and services, make new connections, and discover some treasures!

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Open Data Learning for Libraries
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Washington and California have teamed up to develop a curriculum for libraries in order to understand, use, and teach open data to patrons and community groups. It’s called “Data Equity for Main Street” and we’re offering a hands-on testing session, with lunch included. In this workshop, we’ll present two out of twelve modules from the curriculum, much as they might be presented in your library - with materials, assessments, feedback and internet resources. Results and suggestions from this program will be used to improve the curriculum. Limited to first 25 registrants, who will be contacted regarding meal choices prior to the conference. Special thanks to the Knight Foundation for underwriting the costs of this workshop. Lunch will be provided. This event is full.

Speakers: Will Saunders, Open Data Guy, WA State Office of the Chief Information Officer; Ann Glusker, Research & Data Coordinator, University of Washington Health Sciences Library/NN-LM PNR

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Engage and Inspire Readers of All Ages with the BiblioCore Catalog
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Is your library considering BiblioCommons or already using it? Learn tips and ideas for leveraging the BiblioCore catalog to engage your community, distribute attention across your collections, and inspire readers of all ages. Bring your ideas and questions as we share best practices and provide an update on what's new and what's coming soon with BiblioCommons. Lunch will be provided. This event is full.

Speaker: Erica Reynolds, Director of Library Engagement, BiblioCommons

UW Tacoma Library-WLA Academic Library Division Reception
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to this reception co-hosted by the University of Washington Tacoma Library and WLA’s Academic Library Division (ALD). Hear from Tacoma preservationist and historian Michael Sullivan, as well as ACRL President-Elect and Director of UW Tacoma Campus Library, Lauren Pressley, and members of WLA’s ALD leadership.

Michael Sullivan has been a preservation professional and historian in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years, and has devoted himself to preserving the buildings and memories of Tacoma. Michael will share stories of the City of Destiny’s rich history, eclectic characters, and cultural landscapes.

Fund the Future 5k Run
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for the 4th Annual Fund the Future 5K Run! This year we’ll join the Tacoma Runners on their “Thursday Night Beer Run.” The “Beer Run” starts and ends at a different Tacoma watering hole each week. The Tacoma Runners welcome all paces and abilities – including walkers and those who opt to avoid the run entirely in favor of socializing at the bar.

Prizes will be given for best Wonderland-themed costume.

Not interested in the Run, but still want to help Fund the Future? You can still donate to the WLA Scholarship Fund by registering!

Annual Meeting of the Society Gaius Julius Solinus v. Washingtonius 
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the ad-hoc members of the oldest librarian-humor society in Washington State at our annual meeting & presentations of "scholarly" research into the foibles and fun of our profession. Sing-a-longs, humorous papers & sock puppets encouraged.

Friday, November 3

CAYAS Author Breakfast with Martha Brockenbrough
8:30 am - 9:45 am

The Origin of Stories: Do you ever wonder where stories come from and how authors pull them all together? For Washington State Book Award-winning author, Martha Brockenbrough, the alchemy bubbles up at the intersection of life and the library.  Martha wrote the award-winning novel The Game of Love and Death, a biography called Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, a picture book called Love, Santa and several other fiction and nonfiction titles for readers of all ages. A lifelong Washington state resident, she founded National Grammar Day and teaches MFA students at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Martha’s books will be available for sale and signing immediately following the event.

WLA Awards Lunch & Business Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

All attendees are invited to join WLA leadership for a delicious lunch to learn what our Association has accomplished in the last year and what is being planned for the next year. Help us celebrate the WLA members who make the Washington library communities so special. WLA Merit Award winners will be announced soon, so be sure to check back!

Special Libraries-Antioch-Emporia Reception
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Everyone is welcome to this reception co-hosted by the Special Libraries Association PNW chapter, WLA’s Special Library Division, Antioch University, and Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management. Remarks will be offered by the leadership of our sponsoring groups, and music performed by beloved literary sensation, the Bushwick Book Club!

The Mad Hatter's Feast with Marissa Meyer and The Bushwick Book Club
6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us for a night of merriment and music as we celebrate Libraries Through the Looking-Glass! As you reflect upon all you’ve learned at the conference, unwind with a delicious banquet and original Alice-inspired music from the Bushwick Book Club, along with Heartless author Marissa Meyer sharing insights she gained from writing about the Queen of Hearts. Sam Wallin will be our MC, appearing as the Mad Hatter himself. Dine with new friends and old while being entertained and educated! Book sales and signing will be available after the event.

*New this year, the main Banquet is included in your conference registration!


President's Reception
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

All conference attendees are invited to mix, mingle and enjoy a beverage and light snacks with WLA's President Brianna Hoffman and other WLA movers & shakers. Mock Turtle Soup will not be served.


 Saturday, November 4

School Library Summit Morning Keynote: Calling BS in the Age of Big Data
8:30 am - 9:20 am

The world is awash in bullsh*t. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Higher education rewards bullsh*t over analytic thought. Startup culture elevates it to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bullsh*t — and take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with even more. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullsh*t. We're sick of it. It's time to do something, and as educators, one constructive thing we know how to do is to teach people. Help students navigate the bullsh*t-rich modern environment by identifying it, seeing through it, and combating it with effective analysis and argument. 

Speakers: Carl T. Bergstrom, Professor, University of Washington Department of Biology; Jevin D. West, Assistant Professor, University of Washington iSchool

School Library Awards Lunch & Business Meeting with Coe Booth
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaking of her critically acclaimed first novel, Tyrell, Coe Booth says "I wanted to give readers a realistic portrayal of what it's like to grow up in hard circumstances, especially when you have only yourself to count on." Born and raised in the Bronx, Coe Booth has been writing since she was in second grade. "Of course, back then my novels were just loose-leaf paper stapled together," says Coe, "but the stories were mine and I was proud of them." While she was in college, Coe Booth held many jobs, among them teaching creative writing and video production to children and teens. "My favorite job at that time was teaching memoir writing to senior citizens," states Coe. "I loved hearing all about their lives: growing up in the Bronx back in the 30s and 40s, their first loves, and all about how they had to fight to overcome racial discrimination back then. They had real powerful stories to write about." After she graduated from college, Coe started working with teenagers and families in crisis. "A lot of the teens I worked with were homeless, involved with gangs, or addicted to drugs. Some were victims of child abuse and neglect. It was a tough job, but I was always impressed by the teens' survival skills." About her novel, Kendra, Coe says "I wanted to write about the complicated choices one teenager makes—and the lengths she goes to just to feel wanted." Coe Booth lives in the Bronx, New York.