Vote for PNLA Board Members

Please vote for the next Vice President / President Elect, 2nd Vice President and Secretary. Candidate bios are below. The link will take you to the poll. Polls close on July 5, 2019. 

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Thank you,

Jay Peters

Position:  Vice President/President Elect

The elected board member will become the Vice President following the August, 2019 Board meeting and become President in August 2020. 

Candidate #1:  Pam Henley

I have been working in the public library field for over 20 years; prior to that I spent several years in overseas school libraries. For the past 5 years I’ve been a consulting librarian with the Montana State Library, assisting public library directors and trustees with training, library standards and statistics, and any other issues that develop.

As a statewide consulting librarian I have the privilege of visiting public libraries around the state. Being a PNLA member has increased the opportunity to network with librarians in other states and provinces, sharing ideas across boundaries and learning from others. As VP-President Elect I hope to encourage this activity, both within the board and among members, through the use of available technologies while exploring new possibilities. I have been involved in conference planning for our state association and will bring that experience to this position as well.

Position:  2nd Vice President

The elected board member will become the 2nd Vice President in charge of memberships following the August, 2019 Board meeting.

Candidate #1:  Ilana Kingsley

As a new member of PNLA, I would be delighted to take on the role of 2nd Vice President. I am an Associate Professor of Library Science, and the Web Librarian for Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. With my extensive background of working with web applications and social media, I’d be the perfect fit for this position. I am familiar with the end-use interface of Wild Apricot (PNLA’s membership software) and with figuring out how to use the administrative-end of such software. At Rasmuson Library I am the sole person responsible for posting on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and have experimented with other applications (e.g., Snapchat, MeWe, Tumbler, etc.). Additionally, I have recently starting tweeting for @PNLA_Org, and have been the chair of the AkLA Social Media Committee for several years. I would be honored to serve on PNLA Board of Directors as 2nd Vice President. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have, email me at 

Candidate #2:  Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen

Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen is the director of the Portland Metro campus library at Oregon Institute of Technology where she has been since 2008. Prior to that, Dawn was at the Florida State University Libraries. She earned her MLIS from Louisiana State University in 2003. In 2000 she earned a BA in creative writing from Linfield College in McMinville, OR. Dawn has been involved in professional and personal associations locally, regionally, and nationally her entire career, including ALA and LLAMA. Dawn studies the language of questions including virtual reference and assessment. She has published articles on this and books and articles on leadership in libraries among other topics. Outside of librarianship Dawn likes to cook, garden, and is active in the local fiber arts and knitting communities.


I recently asked a business research class what they think of when they heard the word libraries. Books, quiet, grey hair, buns were all on the list of things they came up with. This is not the first time I have done this exercise, and the results are always along the same lines, libraries and librarians are seen as stewards of books. We need to break this mold. As library professionals we all know these ideas are outdated, and that libraries are so much more. No matter where the library is, the type of library it is, who the population being served is, libraries are much much more than the contents of the stacks.

From 2006-2008 I was the American Libraries association New Members Roundtable Membership chair. Part of those responsibilities were serving on the ALA membership committee. More than 10 years ago, membership was declining. In more recent involvement in similar activities I have seen survey results about why people are not involved. These two concepts and issues work together, as a profession, and as an industry, we have an image issue that needs to be addressed. I am interested in the second vice president position specifically because of the relationship to members and member services. I look forward to working with the membership, the non members, and the executive board in addressing these and other initiatives.

Position:  Secretary

The elected board member will become the Secretary following the August, 2019 Board meeting. 

Candidate #1:  Tania Harden

I am the Assistant University Librarian responsible for providing digital services and technology to the Idaho State University community. One of my main responsibilities is to ensure that ISU students and faculty can access our library resources from whenever and wherever they need them. The best part of my job is researching and determining the different technologies that the ISU community can use to be successful in their academic and professional pursuits.

I have a Master of Information Science (MIS) and a certificate in Digital Content Management from the University of North Texas and am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Instructional Design Technology from Idaho State University. I am passionate about professional development and am always looking for ways to become a better, more knowledgeable librarian and manager.

I am currently serving on the Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC) and would like to be more involved in other aspects of the profession. Serving as PNLA secretary will allow me to learn more about the organization itself as well as its members, meet new people, exchange ideas with other library professionals, and provide a useful service to my fellow librarians.

When not working or studying, you will find me spending time with my family, watching my kids play sports, or crocheting. All while listening to or reading a book, of course.

Candidate #2:  Erin Hvizdak

Thank you for considering me for the position of PNLA Secretary. I am excited about the position as I am looking for ways to become more involved in the profession regionally, and to connect library employees across the large geographical area that I have grown to love and call home. I currently work at Washington State University Libraries, where I have served as Reference and Instruction Librarian for four years and reference services coordinator for the last three of those; next year, I am transitioning into the role of Assessment Librarian. I have previously worked in public, community college, and special libraries in both urban and rural areas, and feel that my experience in these diverse settings would be beneficial to serving the many types of library employees that comprise PNLA. Most relevant to the PNLA Secretary position, I am currently the newsletter editor of the Women and Gender Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), which requires me to compile reports, articles, photographs, and announcements from the national membership, do editing and layout, and finalize the newsletter for publication by the specified deadline. This experience will translate nicely into accurately and efficiently compiling reports, recording and publishing minutes, and keeping the job board updated on a timely basis for PNLA. My previous regional service work included serving for two years as Member-At-Large on the Executive Board of the Washington chapter of ACRL, where I got a taste of working for a regional library association and which made the Washington library world feel like a tight knit community, despite my five-hour drive from Seattle. I am looking forward to building that same feeling of community as PNLA Secretary, as I work to ensure strong and clear communication between libraries and across borders. 

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The latest issue of PNLA Quarterly is available that is focused on Digital Equity, Access, and Inclusion. Full issue is available here:


Sarah Zhang
Heidi Young


Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen, Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy
Hannah McKelvey, Carmen Clark
Kellian Clink




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Full Conference Registration includes:

  • Wednesday (August 7th)
    • Access to free pre-conference sessions
    • President’s Reception
  • Thursday (August 8th)
    • Keynote speaker
    • Sessions & Programs
    • Young Reader’s Choice Award Buffet Lunch
    • Social events and networking
  • Friday (August 9th)
    • Lunch buffet & Speaker
    • PNLA Business meeting
    • Sessions & Programs

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Call for Participation PNLA 2019

Call for Participation

You are invited to submit program proposals for the 2019 PNLA Conference in Spokane, Washington on August 7-9th. The theme for the conference is Libraries Leading the Way. PNLA is seeking programming that focuses on:

  • Library leadership skills such as communication, conflict resolution, strategic planning, etc.
  • Outreach to diverse and underrepresented patron groups
  • Rural and small libraries
  • Young readers and community literacy
  • New library-related competencies and workplace skills
  • Technology and innovation
  • Information literacy and #CritLib
  • Equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • Reader’s Advisory
  • Sessions of interest to school, public, academic, and special libraries.

Program sessions will be either be 75 minutes, 45 minutes, or 10 minutes lightning talks. PNLA is also seeking proposals to be considered for longer pre-conference sessions as well. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019 and submissions will receive a response from the planning committee by March 31st, 2018.

To submit a proposal please visit this link.

You will be asked for program and contact information including a 100-250 word abstract.

If you have questions about the conference or are interested in being a vendor — please contact Rick, the conference chair

Hashtag: #PNLA2019

New PNLA Quarterly Issue Released

Check out the latest issue…



View or download the full issue FULL ISSUE



A Message from the President: Crossing Borders, an imperative for our profession
Jenny Grenfell
Editor’s Column
Samantha Hines
The Mentor: From Colleague to Supervisor
Tracy Bicknell-Holmes


Joey Going
Erika Nicole Lehtonen, Shalyn Rodriguez
Deborah Rinio
Jaci Wilkinson


Mattias Olshausen
Celine Gareau-Brennan
Roxy Garstad
Ilana Kingsley
Ean Henninger
Memo Cordova, Amber Sherman
Maureen Rust
Karina Smith, Cathlene McGraw, Amy Vecchione


Call for Submissions and Author Instructions
Pacific Northwest Library Association

2019 Nominees for Young Reader’s Choice Awards

Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

  • Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  • Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • It Ain’t so Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
  • Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
  • Pax by Sarah Pennypacker
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

Intermediate Division (Grades 7-9)

  • Booked by Kwame Alexander
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  • The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
  • Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • OCDaniel by Wesley King

Senior Division (Grades 10-12)

  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


More information on the Young Reader’s Choice Award is available here.