PNLA Stands in Solidarity

June 4, 2020

From PNLA Executive Board:

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.

Additional Resources and Statements  


PNLA Solidarity Statement

Request for articles: PNLA Quarterly Special Issue on COVID-19

PNLA Quarterly is publishing a special issue about the Libraries and COVID-19. PNLAQ would like to hear from you about your COVID-19 library experiences.

Email with your library reactions, responses, and reflections to the pandemic. Brief and long papers, essays, and writing are welcome.

PNLA Quarterly webpage: 


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

Announcement: YRCA 2020 Nominees

Ready, set, read! The 2020 Young Readers Choice Award Nominees are here:

Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

  • The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Restart by Gordon Korman
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
  • The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Intermediate Division (Grades 7-9)

  • Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Exo by Fonda Lee
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  • Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
  • The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturb

Senior Division (Grades 10-12)

  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Call for Nominations

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!

PNLA has 3 openings on the Board of Directors in 2019.  Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know.

The positions are:

1st Vice President / President Elect

  • Serves a one-year term and takes office at the 2019 annual conference
  • Assists the President in planning and arranging PNLA programs.
  • Assumes the office of President the following year, and becomes the Past-President the year after that.
  • Investigates annual conference location two years in advance of Provincial/State host rotation.  Facilitates president’s signing of contract.

2nd Vice President

  • Serves a two-year term, taking office at the 2019 annual conference
  • Maintains membership records and communication via Wild Apricot member management software
  • Collaborates in posting to social media on behalf of PNLA


  • Serves a two-year term, taking office at the 2019 annual conference
  • Takes meeting minutes and collects reports
  • Updates the PNLA Jobs webpage and other pages at, along with fellow members of the board, via WordPress.
  • Collaborates in posting to social media on behalf of PNLA
  • Updates the PNLA Board Handbook


The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2019. Nominees must be members in good standing of PNLA by the time voting takes place.


To make a nomination or for further details and information, contact Ree West, board secretary, at or (509)893-8412.

Donate to PNLA

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:


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