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Download the July 2021 Issue: You Are Not Imagining It

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Juli Alki: You Are Not Imagining It

The July 2021 Alki offers a variety of stories across library types and from many different perspective. While libraries have a unique mission, we also face the same challenges and successes that any workplace does. This issue highlights reflections and contributions on experienced organizational culture, including low-morale experiences, vocational awe, reducing workload structurally, and more. Our articles offer rich examinations of integral library work, and how library workers experience working in libraries. Highlights include:

  • an groundbreaking qualitative study on low-morale experiences in our profession;
  • an examination of the importance of reflective habits during paid work time;
  • an article of how to simplify summer reading programs;
  • an exploration on whether the ideals in the library world are being upheld;
  • our annual legislative update;
  • and our usual columns, to name just some of what you'll find inside.

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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).