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Alki : The Washington Library Association Journal (ISSN: 8756-4173) is published three times a year. Each issue centers on a theme selected by the Alki Editorial Committee. Themes for upcoming issues are announced on the WLA website and listserv or in the editor’s columns.

Spring 2023
Call for Papers — AEDI Contributors Milestones

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


Call for AEDI Contributors

Anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion (AEDI) work is a core, guiding principle for Alki and the Washington Library Association. In an effort to highlight AEDI, Alki now features a permanent column dedicated to these themes. In creating this column July 2020 and launching it in November 2020, we do not intend to limit the conversation to this space.

Each Alki issue is a dynamic collection of submissions from library workers and students across the state; the content is dependent upon those who choose to share their voices. Due to the justice-focused nature of libraries and library work, AEDI themes may naturally show up in the pieces we receive and believe that it will be reflected across many of the feature articles that are published. However, they are not always guaranteed. We, the Alki Editorial Committee, intend for this column to ensure that justice-focused work and stories are consistently elevated and that conversations are sustained.

We are energized to call on our entire community of library workers—in any role—to submit articles for this column by emailing [email protected]. Please include the article in your email and a brief biography. The deadline is rolling, and we will consider all articles that are submitted that address AEDI themes.

Articles can be about, but are not limited to:

  • Accountability
  • Equity and social justice
  • Anti-racism and combating white supremacy
  • Dismantling existing structures and examinations of power
  • Community-led engagement

Questions? Please reach out to the Alki Editor by emailing [email protected].


Call for Milestones

The Milestones section focuses on significant moments for libraries statewide—recognizing notable new hires, transitions, retirements, as well as remembrances of those who have passed.

Alki is looking for submissions, of approximately 250 words, that highlight notable accomplishments in the careers of those profiled. Photographs are encouraged.

Please send your Milestones submissions for inclusion in an upcoming Alki issue to [email protected]