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2019 OLA–WLA Conference

Mark your calendars for the joint conference with the 2019 OLA–WLA Conference!

When: April 17–20, 2019
Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington

The conference will bring together the Oregon Library Association (OLA) and Washington Library Association (WLA) for four days packed full of professional development opportunities and exciting networking events. 

The conference theme is “Charting the Unknown Together,” which reflects the current climate of change, injustice, and uncertainty that affects library professionals and patrons alike. Together, we’re hopeful that our collaboration and camaraderie can help us navigate these new waters.

 More details will be posted in the coming months.


Request for Proposals

Program proposals are now being accepted for the 2019 OLA-WLA Conference!

All proposals from academic, public, school, and special library staff and advocates will be considered, as will those from community partners. Please reach out to the dynamic presenters in your communities or share your own skills and experience by leading a session or workshop.

  • Proposals are due no later than 12:00pm, Monday, October 29.
  • The person who submitted the proposal will be notified of the outcome by November 19.
  • Programs may take the form of half or full-day preconferences, or 75-minute regular sessions.
  • Presenters should request approval from their employers to attend the conference before agreeing to serve as a program speaker.
  • To submit a program proposal, use this form. To submit multiple proposals, use a new form for each program.
  • Refer to "Tips for a Great Program Proposal" for recommendations on creating a successful proposal.

Please direct questions to the WLA office at [email protected] or (206) 823-1138; additionally, you are invited to reach out to either Chair of the Conference Committee if needed (contact information below).

On behalf of the 2019 Conference Committee, we look forward to receiving your proposals!

Lacey Legel (OLA) & Mark Pond (WLA)
2019 Conference Committee Program Coordinators

Brianna Hoffman (WLA) & Sue Ludington (OLA)
2019 Conference Committee Chairs