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Call for Papers: Accessibility Matters

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. 

This issue is all about putting the ‘A’ back in equity acronyms. We know that disability is a spectrum and accessibility benefits everyone. We want to know how the big ‘A’ has played a role in your work and life. We’re excited to announce that this will be our first text-based issue of Alki. Submissions could include the following:

  • Art, creative writing, opinion pieces, or articles written by disabled members of our community
  • Navigations through legal accommodations processes and how copyright got in the way
  • Programs, events, and partnerships that have enriched your library’s service to the disabled community
  • Assessments, audits, and renovations that have made your library’s physical (or virtual) space more accessible
  • Technical knowledge essential for making library catalogs, websites, software, hardware, and electronic resources more accessible to the print disabled
  • Virtual tours and spotlights on local organizations and institutions that center accessibility as their core mission
  • Research-driven and persuasive pieces on the importance of accessibility in libraries, schools, museums, archives, and other cultural institutions

Alki is 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] by February 8, 2023. 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 and alt text
  • Pull quotes or short selections of your article that you would like highlighted in larger print 
  • Any specific formatting requests 

The Alki editorial committee is available to discuss ideas and expectations. Reach out by contacting us 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).