The Washington Library Association (WLA) is a resource for libraries and the people who make them great! WLA is a vibrant and effective advocate for libraries, library professionals and library allies. It’s also a community where its members learn, grow professionally, develop strong relationships & have fun.

Register now for the 2017 CAYAS Winter Workshop

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Spanish Language Boot Camp for Youth Services Library Professionals
January 9, 2017, 10am - 3pm
Bothell, WA  

Kick off the year at this fun, interactive workshop designed to give you the confidence and vocabulary to talk to Spanish speaking patrons about why libraries matter to youth. This workshop was developed by a librarian for librarians who have little to no Spanish language skills. You will learn mini-conversations you can use as a starting point for outreach to patrons who may not be aware of the full scope of services your library offers. You will leave with a set resources to help remember what you learned, and tools you can use to continue learning Spanish on your own. Presented by Kathy Smargiassi, Children’s Librarian and Translator for Sno-Isle Libraries.

Announcing the 2016 WLA Maryan E. Reynolds Graduate Scholarship Winner

The Scholarship Committee is happy to announce that the 2016 Maryan E. Reynolds Graduate School Scholarship has been awarded to Sunny Kim. Sunny is a student at the University of Washington Information School and expects to graduate in Spring 2017.

The committee was impressed with Sunny’s active involvement in WLA as a member of the CAYAS steering committee and as a conference presenter. Sunny’s interests have focused on service to teens and on diversity and equality issues. Sunny expects to pursue a public library career focusing on teens.

Scholarship Committee members are: Kelly Evans, Marci Howells, Priscilla Ice (chair), Erin Krake, Valerie McBeth and Carolynne Myall. WLA awards one or more Reynolds scholarships up to $6000. Please visit the WLA Graduate Scholarships page to learn more.

Please help us congratulate Sunny on their accomplishments and thank the Scholarship Committee for all of their hard work!


The Fall Issue of Alki is now available

Alki November 2016

The November 2016 issue of Alki, The Future of Library Collections, has been published and is available for download. A diverse selection of articles, including "A Tale of Two Hotspot Lending Programs,"  "Digitizing Unique Local History: Washington Rural Heritage," an opportunity to meet our new State Librarian, as well as "Dispatches from Swellville, from the Desk of Agnes T. Gollywhopper," await you between its pages. On behalf of the Alki Editor and Editorial Committee, we extend our sincere gratitude to all of the contributors. 

Please visit the Alki homepage to learn more about WLA's professional publication and the Alki Archives to access previous issues.

 Save the Dates!

Library Legislative Day

On March 16, 2017, librarians, trustees and library supporters will gather in Olympia to visit with legislators and share their stories about how libraries support the educational attainment levels of Washingtonians and contribute to the health of local economies. Every voice is important and we hope you will join us on March 16th to tell your story!

Learn Local! Regional Days of Learning

The dates have been confirmed for WLA's three one-day conferences in April 2017. These will give WLA members more accessible, affordable options for professional development and networking with your regional colleagues. With multiple concurrent programs to choose from, you can attend one or all three events. Learn Local! will take place at:

  • Seattle Public Library on Friday, April 7
  • Yakima Valley College on Friday, April 28
  • Spokane Public Library on Saturday, April 29

These one-day conferences are in addition to the big 2017 WLA Conference in Tacoma, November 1-4. The request for program proposals for both spring and fall events will be released on December 12. We hope many of you will offer to share your skills and experience with our WA library communities!

Have a question for WLA? Please contact us:

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