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Download the the Summer Issue: Literacy In Libraries

Summer 2019 Cover of Alki: Literacy In Libraries Issue

November Alki: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

It's time to submit article ideas for the next issue of Alki! The theme for Fall 2019 is “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” In these challenging times, our profession has an opportunity and a responsibility to rethink how we engage communities that are using our libraries, and also those that are not. Many organizations and library staff are setting bold visions, policies, programs, and examples for creating spaces of inclusion, empowerment, and belonging for everyone, particularly those who are underrepresented and marginalized. This issue is devoted to this goal and the ongoing work needed to achieve it. If you or someone you know are doing this work, and would like to write about it, please consider sending 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 Fall issue is October 18, 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.

July Alki: Literacy in Libraries: Many Forms, Many Audiences, One Mission

The July 2019 issue of Alki, the journal of the Washington Library Association, is now available!

When we talk about literacy in libraries, it's more than just reading and writing. This issue is about the many (but not all) forms of literacy that libraries and librarians in Washington are exploring and co-creating with patrons. The world has shifted beneath our feet, and our profession continues to grow to encompass greater levels and types of expertise needed for 21st century challenges. In this issue, you'll likely encounter literacies that you never thought of as literacy, and that's great! Those light bulb moments are what make literacy so special. So, please celebrate and learn about literacy by reading our newest issue 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).