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 Announcing the 2017 WLA Conference Theme

 WLA is pleased to share the news that the Conference Planning Committee has chosen a theme for the 2017 conference in Tacoma: “Libraries Through the Looking-Glass.”

Tacoma has a vibrant glass arts community, including the Museum of Glass in walking distance from the Hotel Murano, which itself has an impressive glass art collection on display throughout the hotel and conference facility. Also within walking distance is the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and an Alice in Wonderland public art mural. The committee also gravitated towards the idea of libraries reflecting back upon themselves, a core purpose of the annual conference. 

Pierce County Library System has generously offered the services of their graphics staff to work with the committee on a logo to illustrate the theme.


 Change in Election Cycle for 2018 Leadership Positions

WLA will be making a call for nominations in mid-June for all open Board, Section, and Division positions. Election nominations are due August 1, with candidate statements due by August 15th. The voting period will take place September 1-30, and winners will be announced by October 2nd. (Committee Chairs are appointed by the WLA President and do not go through this election process.)

Positions will run January-December, 2018. This change to the election cycle was made in part to align elected terms with WLA’s fiscal year. If you have questions, please contact the WLA office.


Nominations Are Open for WLA Merit Awards

There are some creative, resourceful and hard-working library staff in our state. Now is the time to show them your appreciation. All WLA awards nominations are now live. All nominations must be received by July 1. Visit the WLA Merit Awards page to learn more about our Association, Division, and Section awards and to find nomination forms and criteria.


Have a question for WLA? Please contact us:

Email: info@wla.org
Phone: 206-823-1138