The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) unequivocally condemns racism and endorses the statements made by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and other library allies to condemn and take action to dismantle “the systematic social injustices of Black people and People of Color”.
In solidarity with these efforts, PNLA is committed to examining its own practices and processes, as well as leveraging its network as a regional library association to engage the Pacific Northwest library community in critical conversations and programming on equitable access, diversity, and social justice topics.
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.
PNLA is a non-profit organization that is supported by its membership. Please consider supporting PNLA through your donations. You can target your donation to specific PNLA initiatives such as the Young Reader’s Choice Awards, PNLA LEADS, PNLA Quarterly, supporting the PNLA conference, or just PNLA in general. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Please use the form linked below to donate:
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.
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.