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!