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



Coming June 1st — the PNLA Listserv will transition its listserv from Yahoo to Yahoo is no longer maintaining their listserv service. will allow for greater functionality for PNLA and its membership.

You will not have to do anything to remain on the listserv. We will take care of it for you. We will begin transferring over the PNLA listserv directory to the new platform in the coming weeks. PNLA assumes that by having a currently active listserv subscription that you want to remain on the PNLA listserv. If that is not the case let us know or to unsubscribe yourself, send and email to

Below are the new listserv email address functions.

And this is the new PNLA listserv homepage:

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PNLA Quarterly: Request for Editor Candidates – Extended to 3/8/2020

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January 2020
(Link to RFP PNLAQ Editor Winter 2020)

Request for Editor Candidates:
PNLA Quarterly (Journal of the Pacific Northwest Library Association) 

The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) is requesting proposals from individuals seeking consideration to become the next Editor of the PNLA Quarterly.

Current Overview:
PNLA accepts articles, reviews, programs, and presentation summaries specifically related to librarianship in the Pacific Northwest Region. Individuals submitting articles have the option to request peer review. Currently, there are 4 regular columns and rich article content from the Pacific Northwest region. The journal has migrated to its current digital home at Montana State University ( The journal has a small editorial board that has been involved in reviewing articles, generating calls for submissions, and writing columns. 

The current editor will work with the new editor(s) to ensure a smooth transition over the course of their first published issue.

Reporting Relationship and Term of Contract:
The Editor(s) reports to the PNLA Board. Editorship will be for a period of two years beginning Spring/Summer 2020. This term is renewable for an additional two-year cycle based upon approval of the PNLA Board of Directors at their Annual meeting in August of each year. 

The Editor(s) will receive a complimentary PNLA membership for the length of their tenure, as well as free registration at the annual PNLA conference.  Travel assistance to PNLA meetings and annual conference may also be available depending on funding availability. 

Preference will be given to those applicants in the Information Science Field, those working in the Pacific Northwest, and to past/ current members of PNLA.

The Editor(s) are responsible for the content of the Quarterly, and for maintaining and implementing a vision that will keep the publication relevant to members of PNLA as well as other library professionals working in the Pacific Northwest.  The Editor will be responsible for monitoring review comments and suggestions, making acceptance decisions in a timely manner, notifying authors, corresponding with accepted authors, and working with author submissions to the extent necessary in order to make the contributions of the highest possible editorial quality.  Reviewers for peer-reviewed articles will be selected from a pool of qualified PNLA members.

The Editor will be expected to deliver the content for each issue of the publication according to a mutually agreed schedule. The content will be delivered to the appropriate parties at Montana State University for publication on the Open Journal Systems site 

Must include: (1) cover letter, (2) brief resume/cv, (3) a narrative section (4)  links to any samples of your editorial work.

Recommendations: (5) It is also suggested but not required that applicants include 1-3 brief letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your abilities or editorial work.

The narrative section should be no more than three pages in length and should explicitly address the following:

  • Your overall vision for the PNLA Quarterly reflecting a clear understanding of PNLA’s history, purpose, and activities.
  • Projected timeline and plan for quarterly publication.
  • A discussion of optimal scholarly communication for the field of Information Science and key strategies for positioning PNLA Quarterly in that role.
  • Three measurable objectives for the journal during the initial term of service
  • A discussion of how you feel the editorial review process will work
  • A plan for encouraging submission
  • Other topics for discussion might include your views on electronic publishing, including audio and video components in the publication, or publishing suggestions for this rapidly changing publishing environment.

If you have served as an editor of other publications, please append a copy of, or link to, those publications.

Letters of Recommendations (not required but recommended):
This position requires the Editor to manage the submissions, reviews and the publishing of the journal.  The letters of recommendation should support your potential for the position of Editor of PNLA Quarterly with an emphasis on the quality of work you have performed in the past.

The Cover Letter, resume, narrative, three letters of recommendation and samples should be delivered to the following address via email attachment.

Deadline:  February 23rd, 2020– 11:59 PM Pacific  Standard Time — 


Submission Address:
Email proposals to Rick Stoddart Co-President of PNLA at 

Submitted proposals will become the property of PNLA.  PNLA will hold all responses in confidence within the applicant review process.

The PNLA Board will review all complete proposals.  After the initial review, interviews will be held before March 31st.  It is the intent of the PNLA Board to announce the selection of the new Editor by April 1st, 2020


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. 

Vote here (You will need to sign in)

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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How has the award changed?

A single award was given until 1991 when it was replaced by Youth and Senior divisions.

In 2002 three divisions were designated: Junior, Intermediate, and Senior divisions. The Young Reader’s Choice Award Selection Policy was revised by the Board of the Pacific Northwest Library Association in 2012.

The award program continues to change and grow to attract new supporters and participants. PNLA supports YRCA becoming a 21st-century reading program that will sustain current participation and expand to a new readership and participating libraries.

How do nominations work?

Nominations will be collected from students, librarians, teachers, and parents in the Pacific Northwest – Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Nominations will not be accepted from publishers.

Most importantly nominated titles must already be popular
with young readers.

Nominated titles must be published three (3) years before the award year (for example, for the 2022 nominees must have a copyright date of 2019), printed in the United States or Canada. Nominations may include fiction, nonfiction, and graphic format titles. Submissions of books that are a sequel or part of a series may be considered.

Nominated titles will be judged on popularity with readers. Other considerations will include reading enjoyment; reading level; interest level; genre representation; gender representation; racial diversity; diversity of social, political, economic, or religious viewpoints; regional consideration; effectiveness of expression; and imagination. Age appropriateness will also be considered for placement in a division.

The Pacific Northwest Library Association is committed to intellectual freedom and diversity of ideas. No title will be excluded because of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social view of either the author or the

*Updated* YRCA 2022 Nomination Timeline

  • October 15, 2020 – Nominations for YRCA 2022 are open.
  • November 15, 2020– Nominations for YRCA 2022 close.
  • November/December – All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by YRCA representatives and assigned to a division (Junior/Intermediate/Senior).
  •  January/February 2021 – YRCA 2022 Nominees

How do I nominate titles?

  1. If you would like to nominate a single title, please use this
  2. If you would like to submit a spreadsheet or list of titles,
    please include as much of the following information as
    possible and email your list to

When nominating a title, please include the following:

  •  Title
  •  Author
  • Copyright Date
  • Division, where you feel the title, is most appropriate and any other information you would like to add, like the popularity of the title.
    • Junior Division: Grades 4-6
    • Intermediate Division: Grades 7-9
    • Senior Division: Grades 10-12