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Alki : The Washington Library Association Journal (ISSN: 8756-4173) is published three times a year. Each issue centers on a theme selected by the Alki Editorial Committee. Themes for upcoming issues are announced on the WLA Web site and listserv or in the editor’s columns.

Download the Summer Issue 2020: Resilience & Resolve

Winter 2020: Call for Papers -- the Conference Issue!

The Washington Library Association’s Alki is seeking articles for its November 2020 Conference Issue! We want to hear from all library types and from all library workers, including students, staff, and those new to the profession!

Attending the annual meeting of the Washington Library Association? Consider sharing your experiences with the community and writing for Alki! The conference theme is 2020 Vision: Looking to the Future. Libraries of all types are facing challenges as we head into the future. While we need to hold these challenges firmly in our field of focus, we simultaneously need to be scanning the horizon for new opportunities. Did a presentation or a keynote spark a new project or connect with work you are already doing? Are there talks you attended that your colleagues need to know about?


As always, we are happy to consider articles that are not related to the theme but are of interest to the WLA community. Please send your article to [email protected] and include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • A brief, third-person bio that includes your affiliation and job title, if applicable
  • Any graphics (logos, photos, charts, etc.) in .jpg or .png format
  • A working title
  • Wordcount
  • The article as a word document or google document. Please follow this template.

The deadline to submit articles for the November issue is October 19th, 2020. Please see the Instructions for Contributors for more details. Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, the editor of Alki, is happy to discuss ideas and expectations with you as well. For inspiration, check out our 2018 Conference Issue.

Articles should be in-depth examinations of issues of importance to Washington libraries. All works should be original. Unsolicited contributions and off-theme articles are encouraged.  Articles should be written using Chicago style. Submissions are edited. The editor and the Alki committee make the final decision on any submitted material. Please direct queries to [email protected]

Format: Article text should be submitted as digital files in .doc or .docx format. Article text may be transmitted as an email attachment. Artwork and photos should be transmitted separately as .jpeg files, NOT incorporated into the document. Alki publishing requires high-resolution art and image files, preferably 300 dots per inch. Please include informative captions with artwork. We recommend that you contact the editor before submitting artwork. Artwork will be returned on request.

Typical article lengths range from one to three Alki pages, including artwork. A three-page article with artwork contains no more than 2,500 words.  Note: each page = 750 words (or fewer with graphics)

News items about personnel changes, professional organizations, awards, grants, elections, and facility moves or construction are included in the “Milestones” column as space permits.

Columns are regular features about library service or operations. Columns are typically pre-assigned to a designated person. Anyone interested in submitting material for a specific column should contact the editor. Columns include:  "Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion," "I’d Rather Be Reading," thematic book reviews, "Read This Book," targeted to school librarians, and "Dispatches From Swellville," library satire at its finest.

Alki retains electronic representation and distribution rights to its contents. Alki reserves the right to re-use text, photos and artwork in subsequent issues, with notification to the submitters, if possible. Otherwise, all rights revert to the authors.