WLA Mission

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


 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 patrons alike. Together, we’re hopeful that our collaboration and camaraderie can help us navigate these 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!


2019 WA Library Legislative Day

Join us in Olympia on February 6th for the WA Library Legislative Day, sponsored by WLA! This is a great opportunity to network with library supporters from around the state and meet with State Legislators and their staff to discuss the value of libraries and the impact laws have on them. This event will be free to attend. More information about this event will be available soon!


Overwhelm: Alki Call for Submissions

Libraries, library staff, and our patrons are overwhelmed. Shrinking budgets, changing demographics, different expectations, political and social uncertainty, you name it. With the resurgence of movements like self-care, mindfulness, civic engagement and community activism in the zeitgeist, libraries are in a prime position to meet the challenges of a changing world, starting from within. How are we coping, and how are we facing these challenges head on? Has your library system found solutions when faced with differing sets of values, needs or constraints? Has your administration offered staff extra support or resources for growth? Have you creatively met the needs of your audiences with low-budget programming? Have you used data to improve the efficiency of your services? Are you re-imagining traditional library services or offering services that have never been offered before? Have you done programming around civic engagement or social or health issues that affect your community? If so, or if you have other examples of overcoming being overwhelmed, this is a chance to share your stories and strategies with colleagues throughout Washington.
Please send your article idea(s) to [email protected] and include:

  • Your name and position/library
  • Description of the article
  • Suggested title
  • Estimated length (in pages); each page = 750 words (or fewer with graphics)
  • Intent to include graphics (photo, logo, other)
  • Contact information

The deadline to submit articles for the Spring issue is February 10, 2019. Please see the Instructions for Contributors for more details. Di Zhang, the editor of Alki, is happy to discuss ideas and expectations with you as well. We are also accepting articles that are not related to the theme but are of interest to the WLA community.


Alki: Wrapping Up the 2018 Conference in Yakima

Life moves pretty fast in Library Land and last month's 2018 conference is already starting to seem like a distant memory. Never fear, the Fall/Winter issue of Alki will bring all those Yakima memories flooding right back. Our conference wrap-up kicks off with three first-time attendees reflecting on the prosand cons—of coming to their first WLA. From there we take a look at talks by Ijeoma Oluo and Mitali Perkins, and sessions on leadership, virtual reality, feeding kids for free, and creating effective, professional signage. We learn about measuring outcomes with "The NUB," recognize the need for rural broadband action, and even say goodbye to Stan Lee. 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!


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