Nicole Thode is PNLA’s New Vice-President/President Elect

The Pacific Northwest Library Association is happy to announce that Nicole Thode has been elected as their new Vice-President/President Elect.

Nicole Thode is in her 13th year of employment at Timberland Regional Library and is currently a Library Manager at the Tumwater branch.  She has experience in both academic and public libraries and has worked as a Children’s librarian and Teen Services librarian before switching gears into library management.

As a Library Manager, she has worked in small, medium and large libraries that have been located in very rural locations, such as the very small Waialua Public Library on the North Shore of Oahu, to larger cities, such as the Tumwater Timberland Library in Thurston County, WA.

From event planning, to striving for the perfect workflow, Nicole enjoys puzzling out the details and finding solutions that improve the lives of others.

Nicole Thode

Pacific Northwest Library Association is recruiting two positions

Professional growth, cross-border collaboration, camaraderie, a chance to give back to our profession… there’s a valuable opportunity we’re excited to tell you about!

The Pacific Northwest Library Association is recruiting two positions:

1. Vice President/President-Elect (3-year commitment)

  • Serves a one-year term as Vice-President starting in August 2020
  • Assumes as PNLA President after 2021 PNLA Conference (August 2021)
  • Serves on PNLA Board in past-President position after PNLA/MPLA joint conference (August 2022)

2. PNLA Treasurer (2-year term)

  • Serves as PNLA financial officer starting August 2020


Founded in 1909, PNLA is an international organization focused on building a community of librarians, library staff, and libraries staff from across the Pacific Northwest. Signature services include the Young Reader’s Choice Award, PNLA Job Board, Library Leadership (LEADS), PNLA Quarterly, and the regional PNLA Conference.

If you would like to nominate yourself for one of these wonderful service opportunities, please do so by Friday, July 3rd by emailing Ilana Kingsley, PNLA Second VP/ Membership Chair (

Please include a short bio. Nominees must be members in good standing of PNLA by the time voting takes place. If you need more information about these positions — please get in touch.

Call for Proposals for PNLA’s Virtual Poster Session

The Pacific Northwest Library Association invites proposals for its Virtual Poster Session, to be held August 4-7, 2020. Proposals are due June 12 22, 2020.

This online event will be free to all participants and attendees, and presentations will be given asynchronously.

Presenter names will be entered into a drawing to receive a free one-year PNLA membership. Up to 5 names will be drawn.

To learn about this virtual poster session, and to submit a proposal, see

PNLA/AkLA 2020 In-Person Conference Canceled

Out of care for the wellbeing of our members and concerns for the financial impact on the Pacific Northwest Library Association and the Alaska Library Association, the conference planning team has decided to cancel the in-person conference scheduled for this August. We are exploring possibilities for a virtual conference, so please keep an eye on this website.

Be well. Be careful. Stay safe.

AkLA/PNLA Conference Planning Team