CLAWS - College Libraries Across Washington State
(formerly CLAMS)

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WLA is excited to announce that CLAMS (College Librarians and Media Specialists of Washington) has voted to dissolve and join WLA. They will form a new WLA Section with a catchy new name: College Libraries Across Washington State (CLAWS). CLAWS will continue to serve as a hub for library professionals in the Community and Technical Colleges system of Washington State. Let's give CLAWS a warm WLA welcome!

The conversation with CLAMS began in 2017, and since then leaders from WLA and CLAMS have worked closely to make sure both sides are fairly and clearly represented in a memorandum of understanding. During the April 17 board meeting at the OLA-WLA Conference in Vancouver, the WLA Board voted to approve both the CLAMS merger and the petition to form the new CLAWS Section.

Until the next WLA Elections, CLAWS will be led by a steering committee consisting of several members who petitioned to start the new Section: Heath Hayden, Greg Bem, Rowena McKernan, and Jessica Koshi-Lum.

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

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!