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Alki Nov 2018

Alki: Wrapping Up the 2018 Conference in Yakima

Life moves pretty fast in Library Land and last month's 2018 conference is already starting to seem like a distant memory. Never fear, the Fall/Winter issue of Alki will bring all those Yakima memories flooding right back. Our conference wrap-up kicks off with three first-time attendees reflecting on the pros -- and cons -- of coming to their first WLA. From there we take a look at talks by Ijeoma Oluo and Mitali Perkins, and sessions on leadership, virtual reality, feeding kids for free, and creating effective, professional signage. We learn about measuring outcomes with "The NUB," recognize the need for rural broadband action, and even say goodbye to Stan Lee. And of course, we check in on our regular features, "I'd Rather Be Reading," "Read This Book," and "Dispatches from Swellville." Enjoy all this and more in the new issue of Alki!

Overwhelm/Overcome: Alki Call for Submissions

Libraries, library staff, and our patrons are overwhelmed. Shrinking budgets, changing demographics, different expectations, political and social uncertainty, you name it. With the resurgence of movements like self-care, mindfulness, civic engagement and community activism in the zeitgeist, libraries are in a prime position to meet the challenges of a changing world, starting from within. How are we coping, and how are we facing these challenges head on? Has your library system found solutions when faced with differing sets of values, needs or constraints? Has your administration offered staff extra support or resources for growth? Have you creatively met the needs of your audiences with low-budget programming? Have you used data to improve the efficiency of your services? Are you re-imagining traditional library services or offering services that have never been offered before? Have you done programming around civic engagement or social or health issues that affect your community? If so, or if you have other examples of overcoming being overwhelmed, this is a chance to share your stories and strategies with colleagues throughout Washington. 
Please send your article idea(s) to [email protected] and include:

  • Your name and position/library
  • Description of the article
  • Suggested title
  • Estimated length (in pages); each page = 750 words (or fewer with graphics)
  • Intent to include graphics (photo, logo, other)
  • Contact information

The deadline to submit articles for the Spring issue is February 10, 2019. Please see the Instructions for Contributors for more details. Di Zhang, the editor of Alki, is happy to discuss ideas and expectations with you as well. We are also accepting articles that are not related to the theme but are of interest to the WLA community.


About Alki

Alki became the official print journal of the Washington Library Association (WLA) in 1983. Alki’s editors have each brought something different to the job and the intervening years have brought new production tech­niques, new ways of relaying content and new expec­tations. Alki’s originators wanted a journal that was broader in scope than other library association publications, a journal that published material other state library journals and periodicals would not and that encompassed diverse people and ideas within the library community. So, from the beginning, Alki’s offerings have included everything from scholarly historical pieces and conference session reports, to humor and philosophical pieces. Alki has had it all.
Alki, which took its name from our state’s motto, is published online three times per year in March, July and November. Traditionally, each issue centers on a theme selected by the Alki Editorial Committee with one issue per year dedicated to coverage of WLA’s annual conference.

Since 1997, WLA has posted issues of Alki on its website. In November, 2012, Alki became an online-only publication. WilsonLine and Ebsco also include the full-text contents of Alki and Library Literature indexes Alki fully, including back issues.

Purpose Statement
Alki’s purpose is to communicate philosophical and substantive analyses of current and enduring issues for and about Washington libraries, personnel and advocates and to facilitate the exchange of research, opinion and information.

The Washington Library Association (WLA) does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for errors or damages of any kind resulting from access to its journal or use of the information contained therein. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented as factual.

The statements, comments or opinions expressed by contributors to the journals are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Washington Library Association (WLA).