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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 website and listserv or in the editor’s columns.


Summer 2021:
Call for Papers — AEDI Contributors Milestones

Call for Papers

The Washington Library Association’s Alki is now accepting articles for its July 2021 Issue! We will want to hear from all library types and from all library workers, including students, staff, and those new to the profession! 

While libraries have a unique mission, we also face the same challenges and successes that any workplace does. This issue, entitled "You Are Not Imagining It," invites reflections and contributions on experienced organizational culture, including vocational awe, imposter syndrome, and more. It asks:

  • What workplace experiences are on your mind?
  • How does the library figure in the public imagination these days?
  • How is instruction/programming/assessment (etc.) different now from when you finished graduate school?
  • What do you do to battle exhaustion and low-morale experiences? How are you/are you being supported by your workplace?
  • How do others' and your own ideas of the LIS profession inspire support or create friction when it comes to your workplace culture, career trajectory, and aspirations?
  • What formal, anecdotal or experiential studies have you conducted on workplace culture and organizational management in your area of work?

This journal is by and for members of the Washington State library community and is meant to reflect your experiences. 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] by June 22 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.

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].


Call for Milestones

The Milestones section focuses on significant moments for libraries statewide — recognizing notable new hires, transitions, retirements, as well as remembrances of those who have passed.

Alki is looking for submissions, of approximately 250 words, that highlight notable accomplishments in the careers of those profiled. Photographs are encouraged.

Please get your Milestones submissions in for the July Alki issue by sending information to Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, Alki editor, at [email protected].