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March 2019 Cover of Alki: Overwhelm/Overcome Issue

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Alki Call for Submissions: Literacy

It's time to submit article ideas for the next issue of Alki! The theme for Summer 2019 is “literacy.” Libraries have been in the business of building literacy for years... What projects, practices and programs have you worked on or want to work on to improve literacy in your libraries and communities? Do you have an innovative summer reading program to showcase? Are you working to reduce the digital divide? Perhaps countering misinformation with news and media literacy? What about game literacy or financial literacy? There’s so many types of literacy and we want to hear about which ones you’re passionate about! 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 Summer issue is June 28, 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.

March Alki: Overwhelm/Overcome

The March 2019 issue of Alki, the journal of the Washington Library Association, is now available!

Libraries, library staff, and our patrons are overwhelmed. Shrinking budgets, changing demographics, different expectations, political and social uncertainty, you name it. This issue of Alki is about how we cope, and how to face these challenges head on. We start things off with a look at the increasingly used e-collection at SPL, where budgets are struggling to keep up with demand. We also take a look at how the Bellingham Public Library responded to a shelter crisis with open arms. Further in, you'll find pieces on yoga, self-care, innovative programs, and much more. There's even a meditative poem! 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!

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).