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Download the Spring Issue: Keeping Count

Fall 2019 Cover of Alki: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries

March Alki: Keeping Count

Our latest edition of Alki is published during an unprecedented times for libraries: the Covid-19 outbreak has made us rethink many things, from electronic resources and Open Access, to remote research help, programming via Zoom, and more. Please know that the WLA is here to support you. Make sure to check out the letter from our Executive Director, Brianna Hoffman. We hope you are well and are taking care of yourselves and our loved ones.

The edition, largely written before the Covid-19 outbreak, focuses on the broad theme of Keeping Count.  As our library world continues to change rapidly, some of our efforts have remained the same.  We strive to protect patron privacy; we assess our work by tracking circulation statistics; we maintain databases and examine our budgets. In this edition, you will see explorations of themes surrounding keeping track of information and data.  Dig into an exploration of data privacy! Enjoy learning about the role of data-driven assessment! Delve into the work that libraries in Washington State are doing in preparation for the 2020 Census! Our usual wonderful columns and numerous other articles round out our March 2020 issue.

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).