2020 WLA Academic Library Conference
Sponsored by CLAWS & ALD

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Save the date for the 2020 WLA Academic Library Conference!

When: March 20, 2020
Where: Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

CLAWS (College Libraries Across Washington State) and ALD (Academic Library Division) will come together with their first-ever conference for library workers in academic libraries. This all-day event will be held at on March 20, 2020 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.

The conference theme of "Deep Roots, New Growth" seeks to cultivate the fruit of academic library work while staying grounded in an ever-changing library environment. We find ourselves at a crossroads of new and emerging ways of accessing information in academic libraries and continuously challenging the library image on campus, while also staying connected to the bedrock principles of libraries. How do we remain responsive to a changing student population, as well as increasing focus on diversity and inclusion? How can we grow with the culture of our campus patrons and rise to meet the future needs of teaching and learning?

Meet our 2020 Academic Library Conference Committee!

Sponsored By

Central Washington University

Thank you to Central Washington University for hosting the conference at their Brooks Library!

WLA's CLAWS Section

WLA's CLAWS (College Libraries Across Washington State) Section, formerly CLAMS, serves as a hub for library professionals in the Community and Technical Colleges (CTC) system of Washington State.

WLA's Academic Library Division

WLA's Academic Library Division represents the nearly 300 members of WLA who work in universities, community and technical colleges, and other academic institutions across the state.


Registration is open now!


Early Bird
on or before 2/20/20

after 2/20/20
WLA Individual Member $150 $175
WLA Student/Friend/Trustee/
Retired/Unemployed Member
$125 $155
Non-Member $175 $210


Conference Schedule

The conference schedule is now live! Check it out here.


To encourage attendees to reduce carbon footprints, WLA will give a raffle ticket to those who travel to the conference by carpool or public transportation.

  • Public transitEllensburg Central Transit is a fare-free, 7-day-a-week (except holidays) public transit service provided by the City of Ellensburg.
  • Carpooling: A carpool spreadsheet will be shared to attendees in February to help coordinate carpools.
  • Parking: We anticipate plentiful parking at the Central Washington University campus (view parking map here). Lots P-8 and O-5 are closest to the Brooks Library. Parking on campus will be $5.00 for the day, and payment will be accepted at self-serve kiosks.


The following hotels are within three miles of Central Washington University.

Hotel Windrow
1.0 mile away
From $129/night
Offer: 15% discount for
conference attendees
Motel 6 Ellensburg
1.0 mile away
From $65/night 
Best Western Ellensburg
2.3 miles away
From $119/night
Red Lion Ellensburg
2.6 miles away
From $71/night
Holiday Inn Express Ellensburg
2.5 miles away
From $102/night


A deli buffet will be included in the price of registration. Buffet will include deli-sliced roast beef, turkey, and ham; Swiss, cheddar, and pepperjack cheeses; lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and hummus; with assorted specialty breads and dijonaisse. Also includes water, assorted soda, chef's choice salad, and Tim's Cascade potato chips.

Attendees may also go offsite or bring their own lunch. For a list of local restaurants, visit their tourism bureau at myellensburg.com.

Following the conference, attendees are invited to Dine Around Ellensburg! A dine-around is a pay-your-own meal event to encourage socializing, networking, and discussion. Participants sign-up in advance and join a group to a specific restaurant. 


Sponsor Opportunities

We expect to draw over 100 attendees from university, community college, and technical college library staff from across the state. We are pleased to offer vendors several opportunities to be a visible presence at this conference through exhibitor tabling, sponsoring, and advertising.

To register as a sponsor or advertiser, email [email protected] or call (206) 823-1138. Custom sponsorships are also available.



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