2020 WLA Elections

Are you looking for leadership experience to help with your career? Need a reason to meet new library people and expand your network? Want to give back to Washington's library communities? WLA wants you!

2020 Elections Timeline

June 5 – Nominations open (may nominate self or others)
August 15  Nominations deadline
August 29 – Candidate statements due
September 3-30 – Online elections are open to all WLA members
October 2 – Winners announced in WLA Wednesday newsletter
TBD – Newly elected and outgoing leaders recognized
January 1 – New leadership terms begin

Nominations are open June 5 for all vacant 2020 WLA leadership positions, from the WLA Board of Directors to our Division and Section steering committees. If you have questions about any position, you may contact the WLA Office, or go the the current Board, Division, or Section roster to find contact information for the person that currently fills the position, or to whom the position reports. Updated position descriptions will be posted by Friday, May 17. Please note that WLA Committee Chairs are appointed by the Board President and do not need to go through this election process.

Terms of office begin January 1, 2020, and are one year, unless otherwise noted.

To nominate yourself or another WLA member, please fill out the nomination form by August 15, 2019, with the candidate's name, employer or connection to libraries, email address and phone number.

All nominees should email their candidate statements and headshots to [email protected] by August 29. Statements should be approximately 250 words and should describe how your skills and experience make you the best candidate for the position. You may want to consider these guiding questions:

  • What skills would you bring to the position?
  • What qualifications make you a viable candidate for the position?
  • Where would you like to see WLA and the Division/Section in the future, and what would you do to move it toward that vision?

You may refer to the candidate statements from the 2019 WLA elections as examples. Please also include a professional headshot for use on the WLA website.


WLA Board Positions

The below positions are open in 2020 and will be elected by the entire WLA membership.

  • Vice President/President-Elect (elected annually, serves later as President, then Past President, voting member)
  • Treasurer (two-year term, elected in even-numbered years, voting member)
  • Board Director, Public Library Division Representative (two-year term, elected in even-numbered years, voting member, candidates must be a member of the Public Library Division)
  • Board Director, School Library Division Representative (two-year term, elected in even-numbered years, voting member, candidates must be a member of the Sschool Library Division)
  • PNLA Representative (two-year term, elected in even-numbered years, non-voting/ex-officio member, candidates must be a member of the Pacific Northwest Library Association)
  • Student Representative (elected annually, one-year term, non-voting/ex-officio member)

WLA Division Positions

The below positions are open in 2020 and will be elected by Division members. Additional steering committee positions may be appointed by the incoming Chair. If you're interested in additional opportunities in a Division, view the Division Chair roster to contact the leadership of that Division.

Academic Library Division:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

Special Library Division:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

School Library Division:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

Public Library Division:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

WLA Section Positions

The below positions are open in 2020 and will be elected by Section members. Additional steering committee positions may be appointed by the incoming Chair. If you're interested in additional opportunities in a Section, view the Section Chair roster to contact the leadership of that Section.

CATS (Collection Development and Technical Services)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

CAYAS (Children's and Young Adult Services)

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)

CLAWS (College Libraries Across Washington State)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

IFS (Intellectual Freedom Section)

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

LIFE (Leadership Is for Everyone)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

LISS (Library and Information Student Section)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

SAIL (Serving Adults in Libraries)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

WALE (Washington Library Employees)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

WALT (Washington Library Trainers)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications

WLFFTA (Washington Library Friends, Foundations, Trustees and Advocates)

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (serves as chair in 2021)
  • Secretary/Communications