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

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WLA2023 Request for Proposals

WLA is now accepting proposals for the 2023 WLA Conference, March 30-April 1, 2023 in Wenatchee, WA. On behalf of the conference committee, we invite you to submit a program proposal!

The 2023 conference theme is All In, Reach Out. Our experiences over the past few years have reinforced the importance of connection. We’ve adapted and learned new ways to connect with each other, to collaborate with community partners, and to meet the changing needs of our patrons and students. Join us at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers this spring, where we will explore our methods of connection and share the resulting innovations. By reaching out and breaking down silos, we can be all in for our communities.

Programs relevant to all kinds of libraries are sought! For more information and to access the the proposal form, please visit our conference website!

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Register for the WLA Accessibility in Libraries Summit

Registration is now open for the fall WLA Accessibility in Libraries Summit on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022!

This all-day virtual event will bring together library professionals from around Washington and the world to engage in topics on accessibility in libraries, from planning events to maintenance of electronic resources and more! Divisional round tables at the end of the day will allow attendees to connect and reflect on what they’ve learned.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]!

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2023 Election Nominations Open

Are you seeking leadership experience? Looking to meet new people in the library field? Passionate about advocacy for libraries and library professionals? You've come to the right place to get involved! Nominations for the WLA 2023 Election cycle are now open!

Whether you're a longtime member or new to the association, WLA invites you to throw your hat into the ring for a leadership position in 2023. There are many opportunities to get involved. Check out the elections timeline for 2023, and explore the variety of leadership roles that WLA has to offer at wla.org/elections.

If you have any questions, please contact the WLA Office at [email protected] or (206) 823-1138.

Statement on Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read

The Washington Library Association has released an updated Statement on Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read. Read the statement in full on WLA's Intellectual Freedom Section (IFS) site, and explore other free resources related to intellectual freedom and freedom from censorship.

Want to become a member of IFS? Joining the section is free with WLA membership. Add the section to your existing membership or request to join by contacting the WLA Office.

WLA Statement on Anti-Racism

The Washington Library Association decries the brutality Black communities experience from those charged to protect and serve. Libraries are providers of vital resources for historically underserved communities, and this work has never been more important than it is now. We are responsible for continuing to do this difficult, sometimes painful work that demands we address our biases and how they impact our ability to serve our communities equitably. We urge library professionals across Washington to fight for Black lives, actively oppose systemic oppression and police brutality, and prioritize anti-racism in all that we do. The WLA Board is committed to doing this anti-racist work within our association. To be silent is to be complicit.

For resources regarding anti-racism, click here.