CLAWS - College Libraries Across Washington State
(formerly CLAMS)

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In early 2019, CLAMS (College Librarians and Media Specialists of Washington) voted to dissolve and join WLA. They formed the following WLA Section: College Libraries Across Washington State (CLAWS). CLAWS now serves as a hub for library professionals in the Community and Technical Colleges (CTC) system of Washington State.

As of the Fall 2019 leadership elections, CLAWS is currently led by a steering committee: Heath Hayden, Greg Bem, and Rowena McKernan. Greg Bem is the current chair.

If you're interested in becoming a WLA member, you can join both CLAWS and WLA here. If you're already a WLA member, you can join CLAWS for free! Being part of CLAWS includes participation in an active email listserv, and the opportunity to develop professional development opportunities for CTC librarians and library workers in Washington.

The goals of CLAWS include:

  • Increasing quality of library services, as well as information literacy development and practices in instruction;
  • Promoting inter-library cooperation, idea sharing, professional development opportunities, and best practices directly benefiting student success;
  • Amplifying system-wide concerns to Library Leadership Council (LLC) and promoting integration and cooperation of library services into college programs;
  • Advocating for equity in higher education and the workforce while emphasizing the diverse and ever-evolving needs of our campus communities;
  • Seeking out innovative and sustainable initiatives that are open and equitable in developing quality library services, collection development, and user experience.

Thank you for your interest and involvement!


CLAWS Logo Contest

Want to be a part of history? Consider creating a logo for CLAWS (College Librarians Across Washington State). We are seeking a fun, claws-themed logo that can visually represent both "claws" and college libraries. All WLA members can submit.

Please have a logo submitted in a scalable format (PNG). Please submit in color and black and white, or only in black and white. Only one submission per entry is allowed.

The winner will be credited as the logo designed on the CLAWS page and in the announcement. The winner will receive free registration to the WLA Academic Library Conference or equivalent discount to the WLA Annual Conference.

The deadline for mock-ups is midnight, January 30, 2020. Voting will take place between February 1 and February 7. The winner will be announced February 14. Please upload entries to this Google Drive folder.


2020 WLA Academic Library Conference

On March 20, 2020, CLAWS will join forces with WLA's Academic Library Division to hold their first-ever conference for library workers in academic libraries. This all-day event will be held at on March 20, 2020 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.

When: March 20, 2020
Where: Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA