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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 Winter Issue 2020: The Conference Issue

Spring 2021:
Call for Papers — Call for AEDI Contributors

Call for Papers

The Washington Library Association’s Alki is seeking articles for its March 2021 Issue, Where Are We Now. We want to hear from all library types and from all library workers, including students, staff, and those new to the profession! 

This journal is by and for members of the Washington State library community and is meant to reflect your experiences. In this issue of Alki, we are interested in hearing what 2020 was like for you, your library, your patrons. We welcome your experiences, both good and bad.

Here are some guiding questions:

  • What worked for your library? What didn’t work? What practices are you hoping to keep? Which need to be discarded?
  • What is being done to help the needs of library workers or students? How are you taking care of yourself?
  • What sort of advocacy are you seeing for libraries, library workers, and their communities that have been affected by COVID-19?
  • What programs are you excited about creating and growing as libraries are increasingly able to open because of increased vaccine distribution?
  • What does a transition back to being open to the public look like?

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
  • Word count
  • The article as a word document or google document. Please follow this template.

The deadline to submit articles for the March issue is February 22, 2021. Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, the editor of Alki, is happy to discuss ideas and expectations with you as well. For inspiration, check out some of our past issues!

Call for AEDI Contributors

Anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion (AEDI) work is a core, guiding principle for Alki and the Washington Library Association. In an effort to highlight AEDI, Alki now features a permanent column dedicated to these themes. In creating this column July 2020 and launching it in November 2020, we do not intend to limit the conversation to this space.

Each Alki issue is a dynamic collection of submissions from library workers and students across the state; the content is dependent upon those who choose to share their voices. Due to the justice-focused nature of libraries and library work, AEDI themes may naturally show up in the pieces we receive and believe that it will be reflected across many of the feature articles that are published. However, they are not always guaranteed. We, the Alki Editorial Committee, intend for this column to ensure that justice-focused work and stories are consistently elevated and that conversations are sustained.

We are energized to call on our entire community of library workers—in any role—to submit articles for this column by emailing [email protected]. Please include the article in your email and a brief biography. The deadline is rolling, and we will consider all articles that are submitted that address AEDI themes.

Articles can be about, but are not limited to:

  • Accountability
  • Equity and social justice
  • Anti-racism and combating white supremacy
  • Dismantling existing structures and examinations of power
  • Community-led engagement

Questions? Please reach out to the Alki Editor by emailing [email protected].