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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.

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Summer 2019:Literacy Issue

It's time to submit article ideas for the next issue of Alki! The theme for Summer 2019 is “literacy.” Libraries have been in the business of building literacy for years... What projects, practices and programs have you worked on or want to work on to improve literacy in your libraries and communities? Do you have an innovative summer reading program to showcase? Are you working to reduce the digital divide? Perhaps countering misinformation with news and media literacy? What about game literacy or financial literacy? There’s so many types of literacy and we want to hear about which ones you’re passionate about! Please send your article idea(s) to [email protected] and include:

  • Your name and position/library
  • Description of the article
  • Suggested title
  • Estimated length (in pages); each page = 750 words (or fewer with graphics)
  • Intent to include graphics (photo, logo, other)
  • Contact information

The deadline to submit articles for the Summer issue is June 28, 2019. Please see the Instructions for Contributors for more details. Di Zhang, the editor of Alki, is happy to discuss ideas and expectations with you as well. We are also accepting articles that are not related to the theme but are of interest to the WLA community.

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.

News items about personnel changes, professional organizations, awards, grants, elections, and facility moves or construction are included in the “Communiqué” 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:  “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.