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March Alki: Where We Are Now

The March 2021 Alki offers a variety of stories across library types and from many different perspective. Many of our articles are rich examinations of integral library work. Whether intentional or not, this issue's content shies away from centering COVID; perhaps we all need space to examine our well-being, our work, and catch a break from the ongoing pandemic. Perhaps we are not quite ready to center COVID, because it has been at the center of our existence for a year, alongside tremendous social reckoning and political turmoil and change. Highlights include:

  • an article about being a social justice warrior in libraries and the work that lies ahead;
  • an examination of bookmobiles and the role of professional staff in library programming;
  • a conversation with MLIS students about the state-of-the-field;
  • the Editorial Committees reflective work on reexamining our editorial policies for bias and committing to antiracism in the publishing of this journal;
  • 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).