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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

We called for an issue on Resilience & Resolve, and the deadline for submissions came at the end of May. Before the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Manuel Ellis, and too many others. The context of Black Lives Matter matters, and there will be future issues and ongoing conversations devoted to accountability and anti-racist actions in our libraries.

The articles you find here are primarily about COVID-19, and they center your experiences of resilience, resolve, but also struggle. Importantly, we are introducing a new anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion column, to keep these core values front and center in Alki. In creating a new column, we do not intend to limit the conversation to this space alone.

We examine the raw responses to lockdown and quarantine, examine disaster planning, look at health and equity, and how libraries might reenvision themselves. There is poetry, and there is emotion. The Alki Editor chose to let feelings speak for themselves, and too a very light hand to editing this issue.

Winter 2020: Stay Tuned for a Call for Papers

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.