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Download the July 2022 Issue: Imagine New Horizons

Cover image for July 2022 issue of Alki. The theme is Imagine New Horizons. The cover is sky blue with brown. he cover art is a division of black and white with colored dots.

Call for Papers: Indigenous Librarianship

The Washington library community wants to hear from you! Share your voice by publishing in Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal. We welcome content from all library workers, students, supporters, volunteers, and trustees. We publish peer-reviewed articles, opinion pieces, creative writing, and art. 

For far too long, American libraries have had problematic interactions with local tribes, reinforcing destructive colonial relationships or helping to perpetuate the mythology that Native peoples are “disappearing.”  December’s issue of Alki will publish pieces that center indigenous voices in our community, consider our relationships with local tribes, and highlight the practice of indigenous librarianship. Indigenous librarianship prioritizes the interests, practices, needs, and support of Indigenous people and can be practiced by both indigenous and non-indigenous librarians. Submissions could include the following: 

  • Art, opinion pieces, or articles written by indigenous members of our community
  • Visual tours or spotlights on tribal libraries, museums, archives, or research centers
  • Pieces highlighting programming and/or partnerships between libraries and local tribes, tribal members that center tribes, or tribal revitalization efforts 
  • Theoretical pieces on how libraries could support tribal sovereignty efforts 
  • Reports on how libraries have worked with local tribes to feature authentic Native arts in their physical or virtual spaces 
  • Articles or research on integrating indigenous language, knowledge, and information sharing in your library
  • Research on critical concepts that non-Indigenous peoples need to know

Alkiis a journal by and for the Washington library community. We accept submissions that may not fit our theme but are still important to our community.  

Email your submissions to [email protected].org by October 15, 2022. Submissions should be in a separate, email attachment (.doc, .docx, or Google Doc format) and include the following: 

  • Title 
  • Author name(s) and affiliation(s) 
  • Short, third-person bio and headshot of author(s) 
  • Text of article and citations using Chicago Manual of Style 
  • Images in .jpg or .png format with accompanying captions (please consider accessibility when writing your captions) 
  • Pull quotes or short selections of your article that you would like highlighted in larger print 
  • Any specific formatting requests 

Ray Zill, the current Alki editor, is available to discuss ideas and expectations. Reach out by contacting her at [email protected]. For inspiration, check out past issues of Alki



About Alki

Alki became the official print journal of the Washington Library Association (WLA) in 1983. Alki’s editors have each brought something different to the job and the intervening years have brought new production tech­niques, new ways of relaying content and new expec­tations. Alki’s originators wanted a journal that was broader in scope than other library association publications, a journal that published material other state library journals and periodicals would not and that encompassed diverse people and ideas within the library community. So, from the beginning, Alki’s offerings have included everything from scholarly historical pieces and conference session reports, to humor and philosophical pieces. Alki has had it all.
Alki, which took its name from our state’s motto, is published online three times per year in March, July and November. Traditionally, each issue centers on a theme selected by the Alki Editorial Committee with one issue per year dedicated to coverage of WLA’s annual conference.

Since 1997, WLA has posted issues of Alki on its website. In November, 2012, Alki became an online-only publication. WilsonLine and Ebsco also include the full-text contents of Alki and Library Literature indexes Alki fully, including back issues.

Purpose Statement
Alki’s purpose is to communicate philosophical and substantive analyses of current and enduring issues for and about Washington libraries, personnel and advocates and to facilitate the exchange of research, opinion and information.

The Washington Library Association (WLA) does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for errors or damages of any kind resulting from access to its journal or use of the information contained therein. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented as factual.

The statements, comments or opinions expressed by contributors to the journals are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Washington Library Association (WLA).