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Download the March 2022 Issue: Work in Progress

Cover image for March 2022 issue of Alki. The theme is Work in Progress and the cover image is a Peace Tree community art project where the leaves are colored paper plates. The colors for this issue are turquoise and green.

Call for Papers: Imagine New Horizons

The Washington library community wants to hear from you! Share your voice by publishing in Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal. We welcome content from all library workers, students, supporters, volunteers, and trustees. We publish peer-reviewed articles, opinion pieces, creative writing, and art.

Conference season is upon us, and Alki is looking for submissions inspired by recent conference events, including WLA, PLA, ALA, ER&L, MLA, and others. If you attended or presented at a recent conference, we want to hear from you. Consider the following questions and thoughts for inspiration:
  • Share a project, initiative, idea, or research you presented at a recent conference.
  • Explore ways presenters could collaborate to further their goals.
  • Tell us what it’s like to attend a conference for the first time or the 50th time. Do you have any tips and tricks to share about getting the most out of professional development?
  • Write a reflection on what you’ve learned, what you would like to implement, and how to build support for new ideas at your library.
  • Share your approach to professional development. How do you make a case to attend events, find funding, or create a community learning group at your institution?
  • Dream of a better way. How can we make conferences more equitable, inclusive, and accessible?
  • Get creative! Submit creative writing, photos, and art inspired by your conference presentation or attendance. 
Alki is a journal by and for the Washington library community. We accept submissions that may not fit our theme but are still important to our community. 

Email your submissions to [email protected] by June 8, 2022. Submissions should be in a separate, email attachment (.doc, .docx, or Google Doc format) and include the following:
  • Title
  • Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Short, third-person bio and headshot of author(s)
  • Text of article and citations using Chicago Manual of Style
  • Images in .jpg or .png format with accompanying captions (please consider accessibility when writing your captions)
  • Pull quotes or short selections of your article that you would like highlighted in larger print
  • Any specific formatting requests
Ray Zill, the current Alki editor, is available to discuss ideas and expectations. Reach out by contacting her at [email protected]. For inspiration, check out the past issues of Alki.



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).