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November Alki: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Our latest edition of Alki focuses on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in libraries. When it comes to libraries, racial equity and social justice need to be front and center. In this issue, we set out to highlight some of the fantastic work that library staff and organizations are engaged in and also ways that we can challenge ourselves to do better and to think bigger. This is certainly not an endpoint, but rather a starting place to share ideas, tools, and perspectives on how to to be more inclusive, to share more power, and ultimately create a place of belonging for those that we serve. 

WLA is also looking for a new Editor for Alki in 2020. A minimum two-year commitment is requested, and the position will begin by March 2020. The Alki Editor is responsible for providing a balanced mixture of relevant and thoughtful articles and features on the interests, responsibilities, and concerns of all library personnel. The Editor receives a $3,000 annual honorarium to be delivered in three equal installments, plus approved expenses. Apply by December 17.


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).