2024 WLA Candidate Statements

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Candidates for WLA Leadership Positions were asked to answer four questions for their candidate statement:

  • What skills and experience would you bring to the position you are seeking?
  • What past involvement have you had with WLA?
  • Where would you like to see WLA and the Division/Section in the future, and what would you do to move it toward that vision?
  • WLA is committed to promoting EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) within the library profession, our association, and our communities. How do you see yourself upholding these values as a leader?

Voting is open to WLA Members Oct. 25- Nov. 17. Please review all candidates statements in their entirety before casting your votes.

Thank you to all of the 2024 WLA Elections Candidates!


Board Candidate Statements

Vice President/President-Elect

Rickey BarnettHeadshot of Rickey Barnett

I bring a combination of skills and experiences that I believe are vital for effective leadership. Drawing upon my extensive background as a public librarian and manager, as well as my previous work with WLA and contributions as an alumnus and volunteer with Leadership Snohomish County, I am well-prepared to fulfill the responsibilities of WLA Vice President/President-Elect. My leadership style is characterized by a forward-thinking approach, encompassing strategic planning, team building, and mentorship, all of which are crucial within library organizations. Advocacy is a central aspect of my experience, and I've had the privilege of engaging in advocacy efforts in my roles as a public librarian and manager, as well as through my previous work with the WLA Advocacy Committee.

Moreover, my ability to collaborate effectively with others, coupled with my unwavering commitment to continuous learning, ensures my capacity to cultivate a thriving organizational environment. This approach allows for active engagement with members and stakeholders, fostering teamwork and shared knowledge to propel our collective growth and success. Additionally, my strong foundation in project and resource management will be instrumental in enhancing operational efficiency. I firmly believe that these qualities position me to serve as an effective leader for WLA and to drive the association's enduring success and continued relevance.

My past involvement at WLA has included the following:

-Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee, 2019 – 2022
-Secretary, Public Library Division, 2021 – 2022
-Chair, Intellectual Freedom Section 2022 – 2023

I envision WLA as a forward-thinking, inclusive, and proactive organization that continues to be a valuable resource for library professionals and advocates throughout our state. My vision for WLA is to foster a strong, diverse, and well-connected library community to support libraries, staff, and the communities they serve. To achieve this, I would prioritize EDI efforts to foster a diverse and welcoming environment where everyone can thrive, and work to ensure that there are accessible professional development opportunities for all WLA members. Advocating for underrepresented communities, inclusive library spaces, and promoting equitable services will ensure we continue to work towards our vision as the leader for Washington libraires.

I would employ a collaborative approach to increase membership engagement and continue to grow WLA membership to ensure the resiliency and impact of WLA. Robust library advocacy and promoting intellectual freedom are also essential to my vision. My experience in these areas from serving on WLA committees and as a public librarian would help me realize these goals.

Promoting EDI is a fundamental value for me, and as a leader at WLA, I would actively uphold and advance these values through several key strategies. As a supervisor, leadership by example is something I believe in strongly, and that would extend to my leadership at WLA: I would ensure that I embody the principles of EDI, while also fostering an inclusive environment where diverse voices are supported and that advocacy continues for the expansion of equitable library services. Open communication with stakeholders and members will also be central to our commitment to advancing EDI within WLA and the profession. As a leader, I want to hear our members’ concerns and needs, and I value honest feedback so we can continually improve our work. Alongside this, I would promote continuous learning opportunities centered on EDI that are accessible and relevant to the current library landscape. Finally, advocacy, policy work, and partnerships are critical to upholding and furthering our commitment to EDI as a professional organization. As such, I would advocate for regular assessments of WLA’s progress in EDI and work to develop specific goals and strategies to make improvements. This would extend to other organizations we partner with and our legislative advocacy work.


Board Director, Public Library Division Representative

Jacob ColeHeadshot of Jacob Cole

I have had a fulfilling 22-year career as a Librarian, with experience spanning various roles, from reference librarian to department supervisor, manager, assistant director, and director. Over the years, I've actively engaged with the library community, contributing to the Florida, Alaska, and Washington Library Associations.

My extensive journey in the field has granted me a multifaceted perspective on the inner workings of public libraries and their indispensable role within our communities. I've consistently advocated for libraries, conveying their vital importance to both local and state representatives.

At the core of my passion lies a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. I firmly believe that by reducing barriers and increasing access, we can create a more inclusive and equitable library environment. I'm here to listen and ensure that every viewpoint is considered within our association, as your voice and insights are crucial in shaping the future of our libraries. Together, we can drive meaningful change and strengthen our community through the power of libraries.

I envision the Washington Library Association (WLA) taking a proactive stance in advocating for library workers and our core beliefs. This can be achieved through a two-fold approach:

Continuing Education: WLA should champion the professional development and growth of library workers. By providing robust continuing education programs, we empower our members with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their roles. These programs should be designed to keep up with the ever-evolving library landscape, including new technologies, best practices, and emerging trends. Ensuring that our library professionals are well-prepared is not only in their best interest but also essential to offering top-notch services to the communities we serve.

Lobbying Efforts: To truly support our core beliefs and advance our mission, WLA should engage in strategic lobbying efforts. We must actively work with local and state representatives to advocate for libraries and library workers. This includes pushing for necessary funding, policy changes, and legislation that align with our values, such as equity, diversity, and inclusion. By wielding our collective voice, we can make a substantial impact on the policies that shape our profession and impact our communities.

By integrating these two pillars into our strategy, WLA will not only advocate for the betterment of library workers but also play a pivotal role in strengthening libraries' role in the community, thereby fostering an environment of growth, inclusion, and opportunity for all. Together, we can realize our shared vision for Washington's libraries and the dedicated individuals who make them thrive.

I am dedicated to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within our organization. I believe that this commitment begins with active listening to a diverse range of voices. To further this goal, I am continuously learning to better understand how organizations can evolve and become more inclusive. I also stand as an advocate for anti-racism, actively working to break down systemic barriers that hinder progress.

These values are not just ideals, but integral parts of my approach. They are woven into the fabric of our organization's strategic plan, ensuring that equity, diversity, and inclusion are not just concepts, but tangible objectives. These principles guide our training initiatives, policy creation, and daily procedures, cultivating a culture of openness, acceptance, and equality.

I also proactively seek out and engage with individuals in our community who can offer valuable insights into the barriers that hinder access for disabled, neurodiverse, minority, mentally ill, and queer communities. Their experiences and perspectives are invaluable, helping us identify and address these challenges more effectively.

Together, we are dedicated to creating a library that is truly accessible and inclusive, where every individual feels welcome, valued, and heard. By making these principles a central part of our organization's mission, we are actively working to foster positive change and progress for all.


Carol EllisonHeadshot of Carol Ellison

I have proudly worked in public libraries for 25 years. I’ve served in different leadership capacities in WLA, including Vice Chair and then Chair for the Public Library Division at the start of the pandemic. Leading PLD in such a chaotic time, I quickly learned (and relearned!) effective ways to make connections, share resources, and support others during periods of immense change. I have an established working relationship with current PLD leadership, and I’m passionate about public libraries and the people who work in them.

I’ve been a member of WLA since 2005. I’ve volunteered for several WALE conference planning committees, WALE scholarship/awards committees, and volunteered at every WALE and WLA conference I’ve attended. I was elected WALE Secretary in 2013 and WLA Public Library Division Vice Chair/Chair-Elect in 2020. I received the WALE Outstanding Employee of the Year Award in 2016, and recently applied to the WLA mentorship program.

I would love to see WLA attract new members and incite enthusiasm for participation in committees, interest groups, and leadership. I’ve long been someone who works across departmental lines and actively works to bring seemingly dissimilar groups together. I think with some planning and creativity, we can bring in new voices and fresh perspectives to our organization.

I uphold EDI values as part of my day job as a circulation supervisor, and I would take a similar approach in this role. Strategies include: active listening; amplifying diverse voices; stepping back and encouraging others to share so that everyone’s perspectives have a chance to be heard; calling out microaggressions and problematic behaviors; revising outdated policies and procedures. We are strongest when we can create a safe environment where everyone is respected and heard. Thank you.


Board Director, School Library Division Representative

Ryan GrantHeadshot of Ryan Grant

I'm in my 23rd year of teaching, both as a classroom teacher (1st and 5th grade!), alternative learning, and a librarian for the past 5 years.

I'm the past chair of the School Library Division, the current chair of the Legislative Committee, and have also served on the ad-hoc Book Awards Committee and the Conference Committee.

The School Library Division has been doing some really neat things the last couple of years; lots of work in Olympia, working with the Washington State Library to sponsor learning for school librarians, and bringing the energy we need to move our profession forward.  Next year the President of the WLA will be a school librarian, and I'd be grateful for the chance to serve on the board with her.

Representation matters--I've lived it in my library, and I absolutely understand the need for it in our leadership, programming, and how we present ourselves to the wider library community.  As a cis white male I've got a lot to learn; I'm happy to listen.


Student Representative to the Board

Taylor HazanHeadshot of Taylor Hazan

As a first-year student in the UW MLIS program, serving as the Student Representative for the Washington Library Association would be a remarkable opportunity to broaden my education while actively participating in the conversations that library professionals are having. I have spent the previous four years working at a humanitarian nonprofit, where I played a major role in developing our organizational culture and communication between several international offices and programs. Additionally, I have previously served on two Boards. My classmates elected me to be the New Alumni representative on the Kenyon College Alumni Council, and the Council unanimously decided to extend my term for a second year (I served from 2019-2021). The Society for Humanistic Anthropology also asked me to serve as a student member of their Board in 2020/2021, and I took a lead role in mediating a conflict between journal editors. Because I bridge the Millennial and Gen-Z generations, I believe that my fresh perspective and curiosity has infused every group I’ve been a part of with a new sense of energy and creativity, and I would be overjoyed to bring that energy to the WLA Board. As a lifelong learner who trained in anthropology, I am an astute observer of culture and inclusion, and I am not afraid to ask questions about practices and norms that disrupt the flow of conversation and innovation. That curiosity, combined with my skills in communication and coordination would make me a perfect candidate for this position. 

As a new resident of Washington (I moved from Boston in mid-August!), I have only been a member of WLA for a short time. However, I did attend the Neurodivergence and Libraries Summit in early September and found it extremely validating and enlightening! 

 As a student member, I do not have any voting capability. Regardless, I believe that this position is a constant reminder of the future of the WLA. Library science students are the next generation of change-makers, and building a stronger connection between WLA and student populations is absolutely key. The mentorship program is already running, but I do think regular career talks and "day in the life" interviews (whether in written, audio, video, or in-person formats) would serve as a great tool for preparing students for their careers as library/information professionals. Now more than ever, libraries and their keepers must be united in the face of growing violence against libraries and their ethos, so I see the advocacy portion of the vision statement as even more important. Connecting library staff to one another can help build necessary solidarity and morality, and I look forward to participating in that community-building. 

Even more importantly, while I believe I would be a wonderful candidate for this position, my voice as a cisgender white woman from a middle class background is likely already well-represented in these sorts of places. If another student from an underrepresented background or perspective applies for this role, I strongly advise that you consider voting for them instead of me: I will personally cast my vote in their favor. Great leaders know when to elevate other leaders to higher positions, and I would not be upholding my EDI values if I took this role from another qualified candidate with a more important perspective to offer.

My first and central responsibility as a leader has always been to listen. EDI processes and practices demand listening, particularly from people in positions of power (whether hierarchically in WLA/library structures or by inheriting privilege of all kinds). I see that WLA is committed to doing EDI work, and I think it's absolutely important to keep those priorities front and center. As a student, I am continuing to learn about and center the underrepresented voices and perspectives in Washington and its libraries.


Division Candidate Statements


Academic Library Division/ACRL-WA Secretary/Communications

Daniel PringleHeadshot of David Pringle

I have worked in academic libraries since I was an undergraduate in the 1990s. My experience in different departments as a student worker, staff member, and now faculty member at public and private institutions in Washington has given me wide-ranging knowledge of how academic libraries operate and how a WLA Division can advocate for and support libraries and library workers. I attended the Pacific Northwest Library Association Leadership Institute in 2013 and recently completed a master’s degree in communication studies at Eastern Washington University. These experiences have shaped my skills and perspective on utilizing roles of influence in the interests of one’s constituents, which will inform my work as Secretary.

I have been a WLA member since getting my library degree from the University of British Columbia in 2010 and have attended two conferences (one the joint OLA-WLA conference). I served on the Marketing and Communications Committee in 2022.

ALD/ACRL-WA can support academic libraries as a collaborative and cooperative body that identifies and strengthens commonalities and shared interests for libraries and library workers. I’d like to see more professional development opportunities for academic librarians and more coordination of librarians in Washington as they address issues like the serials crisis/scholarly communication, textbook affordability, and Open Education Resources. I’d also like to see more support for research in the form of guiding librarians through the research process from identifying a research problem to collecting data to publishing/distributing their findings. I can move toward that vision by identifying resources for dealing with the issues I mentioned and sharing them out, locating and enlisting experts who also want to support research in the field, and really just working to start conversations that lay the groundwork for future collaboration.

EDI is an important value to me and one that I held before I started working in libraries. Once I started working in libraries, I found that library values like intellectual freedom and free and open access to information sprang from the same source as EDI, in that those values all share a concern for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. Therefore, I would uphold EDI values similarly to how I uphold library values: by treating each person as an individual with their own stories and experiences who has come to a place where some deficiency—either structural and systemic or as a result of limited experience or choice—results in them needing some extra help. As a person of privilege and a person with abilities as a librarian, I try to use that privilege and ability to serve the interest of the individual or group before me with empathy and understanding and always with their participation.


Academic Library Division/ACRL-WA Communications Manager

Leah CoverHeadshot of Leah Cover

I am able to draft clear and concise content for emails, newsletters, and meeting minutes. My experience serving as the ALD/ACRL-WA Communications Manager starting in January 2023 has helped me to become familiar with the steering committee processes and timelines. 

Following my move to Washington in July 2022, I stepped into my role as the ALD/ACRL-WA Communications Manager in January 2023.

I'm eager to see the continued sharing of ideas, projects, and collaborations between libraries within and beyond the division. As a part of the steering committee, I will facilitate the sharing of information via the semi-annual newsletter and monthly informal drop-in conversations on topics of interest to division members.

I will prioritize the accessibility of division communications and encourage conversations that allow library workers to reflect and act on inequities in our communities.


Academic Library Division/ACRL-WA Member at Large

Genoveva VergaraHeadshot of Genoveva Vergara

What I can bring to this position is my experience for more that 20 years in a university library. I have worked in different positions in the library, but the main has been services (online and in person) and as a liaison for education areas. 

I'm a new member at WLA, I have been a member for six months. I'm from Mexico City where I had my experience working in libraries. Now I'm living in Kirkland.
These months I have enjoyed the WLA communications and learning about many library topics and WLA activities. I wrote a short note for ALKI, which you can find linked here.

I would want to keep focusing on improving communication and collaboration among university librarians.

In terms of collections, I'm committed to curating diverse resources that cater to a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To create inclusive programs that address the needs of all individuals, promoting equity and accessibility.


Academic Library Division/ACRL-WA Positions

If you're interested in running for one of the following Academic Library Division/ACRL-WA positions, please contact [email protected].

Public Library Division - Secretary/Communications

Kelleen ThaxtonHeadshot of Kelleen Thaxton

I have many years of experience as an admin assistant, transcriptionist, proofreader/editor, teacher, and both Library Assistant and Collections/Technical Services specialist in a public library. I also am very active in online communities, both as administrator and coordinator of animal advocacy volunteer groups and active member of homeless assistance advocacy groups.

I was a member of the WLA 2022 Marketing and Communications Committee, and am currently a member of the WLA 2023 Advocacy Committee. I have attended a number of WLA conferences, and volunteered at the WLA 2023 conference at the WLA table and as a breakout room monitor.

I would like to see more / updated social media presence and advocacy, and more outreach to library employees who are not yet members of WLA. I would also like to see even more collaboration among public and K-12 school libraries. I plan to continue as a member of the WLA Advocacy Committee and to work to create more connections between public libraries and also between public and school libraries. 

As a leader and member of my public library community, I work to make connections with members of marginalized communities, and work to learn about the people I meet and the needs or challenges of their communities. I consistently offer my support through kindness, curiosity, and understanding, and make a point of engaging with my co-workers, peers, and patrons to ensure we all feel as though we belong and have value in our library environment. I also regularly remind myself to interact with each person as an individual, and to consider whether my responses are based on lack of knowledge or implicit bias. I also attempt to use my "place at the table" to highlight the needs/concerns of those whose voices may not be represented.

Public Library Division Positions

If you're interested in running for the following Public Library Division position, please contact [email protected].

School Library Division - Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Mahlon LandisHeadshot of Mahlon Landis

I am a tenacious and optimistic person who believes in the transformative power of libraries. If selected for the position of Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, I would bring sixteen years' cumulative experience working in public, academic, and school libraries. I have taken on a variety of project management and leadership roles during my career that require collaboration, advocacy, and community engagement efforts. For example, as a member of my school's School Design Advisory Team, I listened to community and constituent input regarding the new construction of our school's building. Using this input, I advocated for them while collaborating with a team of teachers, community members, and architects to determine the vision, philosophy, and goals that would guide the entire building design process. I believe these skills are transferrable to the role of Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, especially in the administration, development, and support of Division policies and advocacy.

As a relatively new member of WLA, I have not had much involvement with the organization. I have met members of WLA and discussed issues of their division, have participated in promoting WLA's various book awards to my students, and have used its positional statements and resources to further the mission, vision, and values of the two elementary libraries I manage. I also recently attended the Neurodivergence & Libraries Summit. 

In the future, I would like to increase participation in and advocacy for school library programs across Washington State, with concentrated efforts being targeted toward our state legislature. I am aware that this issue is already an objective of the SLD; however, to further our organization's work, I will propose and help administer specific efforts, such as seeking community testimonials and organizing an advocacy day or team to visit our legislature.

I would also like to see WLA's SLD offer additional professional development opportunities (and clock hours) to our members. If this is not currently an objective of the division, I will look at our budget, resources, and any past efforts to provide professional development to our members. If it is within the organization's ability, I will help create a network of librarians to offer these sessions and assist in promoting them to the WLA community.

In the role of Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, I will uphold EDI values by striving to create an environment where everyone feels valued, welcomed, and respected, regardless of their identity, background, or ability. I will actively promote equal opportunity for all members and ensure that all members can have their opinions heard and be included as active participants in decision making. I will seek out and apply methods to include the voices of community members who are not part of the decision making board, even if they cannot attend a meeting or townhall virtually. I will take and learn from feedback, live in discomfort, and speak to inequities in order to advance the mission of our organization. 


School Library Division Positions

If you're interested in running for the following School Library Division positions, please contact [email protected].

Special Library Division - Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Tien TriggsHeadshot of Tien Triggs

I am finishing my term as Student Representative to the WLA Board and have gained valuable leadership experience in that position. My WLA work reaffirmed my commitment to the mission of leadership, advocacy, education, and connection, and I hope to continue this work in the role of Vice-Chair of the Special Libraries Division. I have been fortunate to have worked with current and former leadership of this division during my six years of experience at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library and at the Washington State Library, and I hope to continue their foundational work in building a robust Special Libraries Division community. My greatest strength is my willingness to make connections with others, which I hope to translate into a division that represents the voices and welcomes the contributions of all special libraries in Washington.

I have been a member of the WLA since 2017, and I am currently serving on the Board as Student Representative. During that time, I have also been a member of the Merit Awards Committee and supported the work of other WLA members at conferences and in divisional roles with graphic design contributions.

My main goal is to increase participation among members! The Division must serve the needs of its community, and that work begins with reaching out to Special Library members and also to students in library degree programs. I would love to provide opportunities for students to see the diversity of special libraries, and I hope to increase representation of special libraries across Washington. Providing additional channels for communication, meetups, and outreach would help make this goal a reality.

As a person of color, an immigrant, and a naturalized citizen, I am deeply invested in connecting with underserved and underrepresented communities. Representation in libraries matter, especially when it comes to collections, programming, and staff who are knowledgeable about multicultural/multilingual resources. One of the projects that I worked on as part of DEIA in my library degree program was a website of language resources for libraries that also included recommendations for serving immigrant and refugee communities, supporting language revitalization, and educating staff about accessibility in library materials. I believe that language should not be a barrier to excellent library service, so I envisioned the project as a call to action for serving diverse communities better by prioritizing access to information as an issue of equity. Diversity, equity, and inclusion fit in naturally with the work of special libraries, and I hope to set goals that we can achieve as a Division to translate these values into action.


Special Library Division - Secretary/Communications

Irene MillerHeadshot of Irene Miller

I have experience creating structured meeting agendas, recording meeting minutes, organizing digital files, and handling multiple forms of digital communication systems.

I am a student member of the WLA and finishing my first year as a member of the Alki editorial committee. 

I would like to see increased visibility of the wide variety of fields in which librarians work in this state. To that end, I would explore the options available for promoting interest in and communicating with the WLA membership about the Special Library Division.

I believe that information should be preserved and transmitted in ways that make it accessible to everyone. I will work to ensure that in my role maintaining the records of the Special Library Division and communicating with division members that I am using best practices for accessibility.  


Section Candidate Statements


Children & Young Adult Services (CAYAS) - Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Eleanor Howell-ShryockHeadshot of Eleanor Howell-Shryock

As an early career Children's Librarian serving a rural population in a municipal library, I can bring a unique perspective to CAYAS. As the Children's Librarian at Burlington Public Library, I have had the opportunity to dip my toes into a variety of library responsibilities. I have experience in collection development, selection, outreach, building community partnerships, and programming. I have been most excited about my work expanding access to library and community resources through programs in partnership with our school librarians, local business owners, and STEM professionals. Our library serves a large homeschool population, and I've worked closely with these families to develop programs that connect children to local professionals in a variety of fields. I also serve on my library's Intellectual Freedom Committee. As a UW graduate, I have experienced WLA involvement from the student perspective and understand the role CAYAS can play in empowering current students and recent graduates.

In the 2021-22 school year, I served as UW Student Liaison to CAYAS. In this role, I attended regular CAYAS meetings, gave student-minded input, and presented at the 2022 WLA conference.

I am eager to see CAYAS become a place of increased resource-sharing, innovation, and connection-building for youth services staff. I've appreciated the events CAYAS hosted this year, including a Storytime Share, and would be eager to develop more opportunities for both events and physical resource sharing on the topics of story-time, programming, and community partnerships. CAYAS should also serve as a bridge between students, early career library workers, and more senior staff. I would be thrilled to work more closely with upcoming graduates and early career librarians to help connect them to beneficial resources and idea-sharing. It is important to give voice to small and rural libraries in order for these libraries to feel connected to and capable of implementing some of the ideas generated in larger or more well-funded systems. I'm eager to solicit more involvement from staff working in small and rural libraries and to create a space for discussing the challenges unique to these locations.

At a time when EDI values are increasingly under attack, CAYAS should serve as a space to remind youth services staff of the value of EDI work, embrace the diversity within our own communities, and share strategies to prepare for attacks on these values. By centering diverse voices and ensuring that we hear from library staff serving a greater diversity of populations, we can relate our work in CAYAS back to EDI and the communities we serve. I envision CAYAS as a valuable resource for librarians working in libraries with limited resources and staffing, allowing for staff statewide to share and deepen the impact of the existing EDI work.


Intellectual Freedom Section (IFS) - Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Tracey ThompsonHeadshot of Tracey Thompson

As the Director of Collection Management Services at the King County Library System, I chair the system Intellectual Freedom. We are launching a yearlong Celebrate Freedom to Read campaign with the goal to be proactive and to build community support. I am an active member of ALA IFRT, and I’m a member of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee Task force for the Freedom to Read statement. I have served in public, academic, and military libraries both stateside and abroad giving me a wide range of experiences.

While I haven't been heavily involved with WLA, and I have been involved in state library associations in previous states which I lived. I am actively involved in ALA on the IFRT and on the ALA Intellectual Freedom task force for the Freedom to Read Statement.

Intellectual freedom is a core value of libraries. While censorship and book challenges aren’t a new threat, we are experiencing a resurgence. The original Freedom to Read statement, written in response to McCarthyism, reads as if it was written today. My goal is to help build greater collaboration amongst all libraries in the state of Washington to support each other with intellectual freedom. As a state-wide organization, we have a continuing role to bring information about the legalities of Information Freedom to both our libraries and to our communities. I would support this continuing work.
DEI is embedded throughout Intellectual Freedom. As a leader for the organization, I would support the continuing work to address the systemic racism within our libraries. Supporting intellectual freedom means protecting the works of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC authors and protecting the truth in our history. We need to continue the conversations about impacts of censorship and the importance of providing our communities with access to books, movies, and other materials in which they can see themselves and learn about each other. 


Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) - Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Lindsay TebeckHeadshot of Lindsay Tebeck

Lindsay Tebeck is a high achieving information professional who is passionate about connecting Libraries to their communities through compassionate leadership. She currently works at the Walla Walla Public Library (WWPL) where she has had the great joy of empowering the Valley’s diverse population for over 7 years. Here, her leadership talents have been recognized with increased responsibilities like marketing management and program design.

At the University of Washington (UW) she was awarded "Husky 100," recognizing her as one of the highest achieving students in attendance for developing and implementing phenomenal community centered policies, programs, and collections. Tangible examples of her work include designing and presenting an instruction session for public library staff addressing the rise in book bans, composing the WWPL's empowering collections list “Diverse Voices,” and leading a social-media campaign for the Green Hill Academic School Library which added over 300 new materials to the collection - all requested by their incarcerated youth.

In an interview with UW iSchool Communications, Lindsay said:

“...I have been able to merge my past experiences as a freelance illustrator with my passion for advocacy work by designing materials that encourage, facilitate and empower a connection between the library and its people.”

...and she would love to bring this same moxie to the Social Responsibilities Round Table as Section Chair. Lindsay sees herself contributing to WLA by bringing further transparency to the Section to enhance member engagement and facilitate lively discussion and propel social action.

Lindsay has been a WLA member for a little over three years while simultaneously working in the library setting full time and pursuing her MLIS; within that time frame, she has attended numerous WLA conferences, contributed to the Alki, served on the WLA Marketing & Communications Committee, and scored applicants in WLA’s Washington Library Employees (WALE) Section as a Scholarship Assessor. She is a highly passionate and motivated individual, always looking for ways to engage with, encourage, and assist the people around her, as she has had the gratitude of compassionate leaders do for her.

Lindsay would like to see the SRRT flourish through enhanced transparency with accessible, scheduled meetings, recorded minutes, and by connecting with other WLA sections. She would like to propel the mission of the SRRT of adopting “...an action-oriented stance [for] services to minorities and the disenfranchised, and diverse collections and staff,” by investing time and energy inwards on WLA members themselves.

Specifically, Lindsay would like to explore ways to provide space for Neurodivergent library staff in the WLA and address burnout in the information setting through boundary building exercises. She would like to see the SRRT become a social hub for connecting over such issues through fun, inviting internal programs and actionable practices; some immediate ideas being book discussion groups featuring works by Neurodivergent authors, role-playing boundary setting in the information setting, and by fostering a creative digital landscape that members feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to.

Lindsay is deeply committed to promoting EDI within the library profession and the communities, which is why she would like to use the SRRT as a space to look inward on WLA members and acknowledge our Neurodiversity as an organization.


Washington Library Employees (WALE) - Secretary/Communications

Kelleen ThaxtonHeadshot of Kelleen Thaxton

I have many years of experience as an admin assistant, transcriptionist, proofreader/editor, teacher, and both Library Assistant and Collections/Technical Services specialist in a public library. I also am very active in online communities, both as administrator and coordinator of animal advocacy volunteer groups and active member of homeless assistance advocacy groups.

I was a member of the WLA 2022 Marketing and Communications Committee, and am currently a member of the WLA 2023 Advocacy Committee. I have attended a number of WLA conferences, and volunteered at the WLA 2023 conference at the WLA table and as a breakout room monitor.

I would like to see more / updated social media presence and advocacy, and more outreach to library employees who are not yet members of WLA and/or WALE. I plan to continue as a member of the WLA Advocacy Committee and to work to create more connections among library workers by celebrating and communicating the positives involved in our jobs and workplaces and encouraging dialogue.

As a leader and member of my public library community, I work to make connections with members of marginalized communities, and work to learn about the people I meet and the needs or challenges of their communities. I consistently offer my support through kindness, curiosity, and understanding, and make a point of engaging with my co-workers, peers, and patrons to ensure we all feel as though we belong and have value in our library environment. I regularly remind myself to interact with each person as an individual, and to consider whether my reactions or responses are based on lack of knowledge or implicit bias. I also attempt to use my "place at the table" to highlight the needs/concerns of those whose voices may not be represented.


Additional Section Positions

If you're looking to develop your leadership skills or provide members opportunities for connection and programming on a particular library topic, consider chairing a Section!

The following sections have openings in 2024:

  • CATS (Collection Development & Technical Services)
  • CLAWS (College Libraries Across Washington State)

  • LIFE (Leadership is For Everyone
  • LISS (Library & Information Student Section)
  • SAIL (Serving Adults in Libraries)
  • WALT (Washington Library Trainers)

  • WLFFTA (WA Library Friends, Foundations, Trustees & Advocates)