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Washington Library Association organizational chart

WLA Groups infographic, created with online software Canva. Describes divisions vs. sections vs. committees of the Washington Library Association.


National Resources for Library School Students

Hack Library School: Blog run through WordPress by and for MLIS students worldwide. Topics discussed include conferences, curriculum, internships, job searching, work/life balance, and more. Writing for HLS can be great resume-material for MLIS students - your LISS leadership team will try to let you know when they’re recruiting!

ALA New Members' Round Table Resume Review Service: The New Members Round TAble (NMRT) offers two resume review services: one at the annual convention which is open to anyone, and one that’s conducted over email and is open to members. Learn what’s required to participate in the online service here. Membership in NMRT requires a small annual fee in addition to ALA’s membership fee; learn more about the benefits associated with NMRT membership, and how to join, here.

ALA organization chart: Copies of this handy chart outlining how ALA’s various divisions, offices, and round tables were distributed at ALA Annual in 2019. We have yet to obtain a .pdf version of this document, but will share it here if we do when we’re able.


WLA offers several memorial scholarships for WLA members pursuing a degree, certificate, or graduate-level study in the library or education field as well as scholarships towards participation in events and conferences in the library or education field. Click the link for further details.

Beyond WLA funds, here are some other ideas for financial support:


Homepage or Funding Page


American Association of Law Libraries

Grants, Scholarships

American Library Association

Conference Funding, Fellowships, Grants, Scholarships

Association of College & Research Libraries (Division of ALA)

Achievement, Grants, Publications, Research Awards

Association for Library and Information Science Education

Awards, Conference Funding, Grants, Research Competitions

Association of Research Libraries

Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Fund, Lecture, and Scholarship

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Attendance of 2021 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Council on Library and Information Resources

Fellowships, Grants

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Grants, Fellowships

Library and Information Technology Association (Division of ALA)

Awards, Scholarships

Special Libraries Association

Awards, Fellowships (must be a member to apply)

Other potential funding sources:

-GuideStar’s list of Library Charities and Nonprofit Organizations;
-Labor unions, e.g. AFSCME’s
UnionPlus Scholarship;

-Scholarship search engines, like FastWeb, Going Merry, Scholarship America,, and Unigo. **Note: many of these sites require you to create an account.**


Job Searching: Where to look and how to do it

PNLA: Library jobs in the Pacific Northwest

Check out the “Look Who’s Hiring” section in your WLA Wednesday email to learn more about job opportunities in Washington State

How to organize your job search, from Hack Library School

We are in the process of updating this library and will be adding information and  links as we discover them. If you have questions, ideas, or a resource to suggest/request, please email the WLA co-chairs.