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The Washington Library Association leads, advocates, educates, and connects.


March Alki: Overwhelm/Overcome

The March 2019 issue of Alki, the journal of the Washington Library Association, is now available online!

Libraries, library staff, and our patrons are overwhelmed. Shrinking budgets, changing demographics, different expectations, political and social uncertainty, you name it. This issue of Alki is about how we cope, and how to face these challenges head on. We start things off with a look at the increasingly used e-collection at SPL, where budgets are struggling to keep up with demand. We also take a look at how the Bellingham Public Library responded to a shelter crisis with open arms. Further in, you'll find pieces on yoga, self-care, innovative programs, and much more. There's even a meditative poem! And of course, we check in on our regular features, "I'd Rather Be Reading," "Read This Book," and "Dispatches from Swellville." Enjoy all this and more in the new issue of Alki!


2019 WLA-OLA Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2019 OLA-WLA Conference! Registration is now open. 

When: April 17–20, 2019
Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington

The conference will bring together the Oregon Library Association (OLA) and Washington Library Association (WLA) for four days packed full of professional development opportunities and exciting networking events. 

The conference theme is “Charting the Unknown Together,” which reflects the current climate of change, injustice, and uncertainty that affects library professionals and the communities we serve. It also honors the spirit of exploration in the Pacific Northwest and the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Together, we’re hopeful that our collaboration and camaraderie can help us navigate new waters.

Our Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration is now open! We expect to sell out of booths quickly, so be sure to register early. 

On behalf of the 2019 Conference Committee, we hope to see you in Vancouver!


Celebrate Washington Library Snapshot Day April 7-20

Join the Washington Library Association and the Washington State Library in celebrating Library Snapshot Day, April 7-20, two weeks of advocacy for our libraries, archives and special collections across the state! Show us a “day in the life” at your library or repository! We want to see your programs, your collections, your people (with their permission, of course!), your catalogs, your shelves, your study spaces, your meetings… ALL THE THINGS shared in whatever social media format you choose. 

All you need to know to participate is found here. Remember to tag #LibrarySnapshot and @WaLibAssn in any posts so we'll be able to curate your photos and posts.

Got questions or want to help tell our Snapshot Story? Contact the WLA office or Craig Seasholes with any questions.


2019 WLA Board Meetings

The 2019 WLA Board meeting dates have been announced. Any WLA leaders or members are welcome to attend these meetings, and access information can be found in our WLA events calendar.

February 16, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 pm | online
April 17, 2019 | 2:30-4:30 pm | in person at Vancouver Hilton
July 29, 2019 | 9:30-11:30 am | online
October 23, 2019 | 3:00-5:00 pm | online


Congratulations to the 2018 WLA Merit Award Winners!

On behalf of the 2018 WLA Awards Committee, we're thrilled to award ten Merit Awards to the below recipients for their commitment to Washington libraries.

  • Hayden Bass – Outstanding Performance Award
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation – Friends/Foundation Award
  • Jeff Martin – Lifetime Membership Award: Emeritus
  • Kylie Fullmer – Advances in Library Services Award
  • Ann Crewdson – Candace Morgan Intellectual Freedom Award
  • Thom Barthelmess – CAYAS Visionary Award
  • Joe Olayvar – WALE Outstanding Employee Award
  • Julie Wasserburger – Supervisor of the Year Award
  • Dave Sonnen – Outstanding Teacher Librarian of the Year Award
  • Keven Wynkoop – Principal of the Year Award

2018 WLA Scholarship Winners Announced

On behalf of the WLA Professional Development Committee, we're excited to announce the winners of the 2018 WLA Scholarships!

  • Magenta Loera – Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Meredith Kostek – Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Andrea Alaniz – Hahn-Ahlers Continuing Education Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Dovi Mae Patiño – John Stanford Continuing Education Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Chimena Kabasenche – Denny Bond Library Paraprofessional Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Hillary M. Marshall – Sharon Bates Professional Growth Scholarship ($1,000)

New WLA Events Calendar

We're excited to announce the latest improvement to the WLA website: a meeting and events calendar! Here we will post any WLA meetings (Board, Committee, Section/Division, etc.), as well as other library events and association conferences. For online meetings, Zoom links are included in the description.

The calendar is available to WLA members after they log in to their accounts. We hope it will help members keep organized and also keep aware of the goings-on throughout WLA.

Have a meeting to add? Email the details to the WLA office and we’ll add it for you! Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for this new feature.


Have a question for WLA? Please contact us:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (206) 823-1138