2020 WLA Academic Library Conference
Sponsored by CLAWS & ALD

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Update 3/30/2020: Recordings of all conference sessions are now available! If you missed the conference, you can still register to get access to all session content.

Update 3/13/2020: Due to the growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in Washington State, the WLA Academic Library Conference will be held online on its original date on March 20, 2020.

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.

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 

Steelcase Education

Steelcase Education works with educational institutions to create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring learning environments.  

 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.


Central Washington University

Thank you to Central Washington University for their offer of hosting the conference at their Brooks Library and their flexibility as we transition to an online conference!


This event has passed, but you can still register to get access to all sessions recordings.

We have taken into account the cost differential of moving online and will be offering deeply discounted rates for registration.


Early Bird
on or before 2/20/20

     after 2/20/20     
WLA Individual Member $150 $175 $35
WLA Student/Friend/Trustee/
Retired/Unemployed Member
$125 $155 $25
Non-Member $175 $210 $50

As the  Academic Conference evolves to a virtual event, we are excited to still be offering robust, diverse programming and dynamic keynote speakers! We have taken into account the cost differential of moving online and will be offering deeply discounted rates for registration.If you are currently a registered attendee planning to join us virtually, you will receive a substantial refund to make up the difference between what you paid and the new rates. 

If you have registered and will no longer be attending, we will not be withholding an administrative fee due to the outstanding circumstances, and you can anticipate a full refund. If you will not be attending the Academic Virtual Conference and would like to receive a full refund,
please complete this form by Wednesday, March 18 at 10am. Requests received after this date will receive partial refunds. Refunds will be issued beginning March 23rd to allow the WLA Office time to pull together the conference details and provide you with an exceptional virtual experience.

Conference Schedule

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

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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