Inland Northwest Council of Libraries

WLA Is Now Accepting Proposals for the 2018 WLA Conference

YakimaProgram proposals are now being accepted for the 2018 WLA Conference October 17-20 at the Yakima Convention Center. This year’s conference theme, “Cultivating Communities, Harvesting Ideas,” honors the bridge-building and innovation happening in and outside of libraries, as well as gives a nod to Yakima’s autumnal agriculture.

Please share this REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS with your library-related networks, program partners, advocate organizations and with any colleagues who may not be WLA members.

All proposals from Academic, Public, School, and Special library staff and advocates will be considered, as will those from community partners. Please reach out to the dynamic presenters in your communities or share your own skills and experience by leading a session or workshop.

  • Proposals are due no later than Monday, April 16.
  • The person who submitted the proposal will be notified of the outcome by May 8.
  • Programs may take the form of 75-minute sessions or 3- or 4-hour workshops.
  • Presenters should request approval from their employers to attend the conference before submitting proposals.
  • To submit a program proposal, please use this form. To submit multiple proposals, use a new form for each program.

Please direct questions to the WLA office at or (206) 823-1138. On behalf of the 2018 Conference Committee, we look forward to receiving your proposals!

Free Financial Literacy Workshop – May 7, 2018

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Financial literacy may be a serious and stressful topic, and the Spokane County Library District partnered with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and designed a workshop that will make this topic less intimidating. The goal of this all day workshop is to provide Librarians with information and tools to inform our communities about free, unbiased financial information and referrals, build local partnerships and promote libraries as community resources for financial literacy education. We can help our communities learn to be more financially literate and take control of their money, connect them to valuable information about fraud prevention, savings and retirement planning, student loan repayment and financial caregiving.

This workshop is free and open to all librarians in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

Date: May 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Spokane County Library District—Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S Regal St, Spokane, WA 99223

Registration link:

Spring 2018 Workshop – Meetings That Work: How to Run Effective Meetings Every Time!

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Moran Prairie Library
6004 S. Regal St.
Spokane, WA

Managing or attending meetings is a universal experience for most library employees. This workshop will provide you with concrete skills to immediately improve meeting dynamics and productivity. Meetings That Work is highly participatory and practical. You will learn and practice skills that you can use immediately. You will also have a lot of fun! By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the “facilitator frame of mind.”
  • Develop an outcome-based agenda for your very next meeting.
  • Demonstrate at least five essential facilitator skills.

Presented by Guila MuirGuila Muir

Guila Muir and Associates LLC is Puget Sound’s premiere train the trainer and facilitation skills training company. Guila’s engaging, highly energetic style has transformed businesses and organizations across the United States and in Canada. Her clients include Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Premera Blue Cross, and many dozens of state agencies and associations.

Guila is a charter member of the International Association of Facilitators. She has worked as an adjunct professor in Seattle University’s Graduate School of Education, and published Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire in 2013. Since then, this text has become an essential tool to develop and deliver effective courses, training sessions, and Webinars.

Register for morning or afternoon session by Thursday, April 19th, with Lori Lewis,

Morning Session Registration: 8:30-9:00 am Workshop: 9:00 am -12:30 pm


Afternoon Session Registration: 1:00-1:30 pm Workshop: 1:30 – 5:00 pm

  • No registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
  • $25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students
  • Get library information at

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Fall 2017 Workshop – Developing Inclusive and Welcoming Libraries

Thursday, October 12thHands

Lewiston City Library
411 D St, Lewiston, ID
2nd Floor Meeting Room

In a diverse and changing culture, it can be challenging to imagine a community that is inclusive and welcoming for all. This workshop is designed to help participants engage biases and recognize how biases create both real and perceived barriers to welcoming all people to our libraries. Through the use of experiential exercises and facilitated discussion and reflection, we will cover foundational concepts of race, ethnicity, cultural diversity and identity, and critical information about culture and bias which will allow you to better integrate inclusive practices into the library and library programs.

Participants will:

  • Learn basic concepts related to race, ethnicity, cultural diversity and identity.
  • Understand the concept of identity development.
  • Practice partnering with others to create inclusive and welcoming communities.

Presenter:Richard Kim

Richard D. Kim (Masters in Divinity ‘11) is a husband and father. He currently works as the Intercultural Credibility Coordinator/Consultant at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, a unique role engaging categories of culture and identity in the formational development of pastors, therapists, artists, and leaders. He is also the owner and principal consultant for RDKim Consulting.

Register for morning or afternoon session by Thursday, October 5th, with Lori Lewis,

Morning Session Registration: 8:30-9:00 am Workshop: 9:00 am -12:00 pm


Afternoon Session Registration: 12:30-1:00 pm Workshop: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

  • No registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
  • $25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students Thanks to a professional development grant, this workshop is now FREE!
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  • Get library information at

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Spring 2017 Workshop – Making a Makerspace with Carson Block

Tuesday, April 4thmaker
Downtown Spokane Public Library
906 W Main, Spokane, WA 99201

Thinking of starting a makerspace? Or maybe enlivening one your library already has? Join us for an informative session with library technology advocate Carson Block who will discuss what a makerspace is and how to create your own to better meet the needs of patrons and students. Gain inspiration and tangible ideas for your own unique space, as well as share your experiences with making! This workshop is applicable to staff at all levels working in public, school, academic, and other libraries.

Carson BlockPresenter:

Carson Block has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 20 years. Carson brings a user-centered technological perspective, with an emphasis on solutions that are both transparent and powerful, with some “gee whiz” thrown into the mix. Carson Block has been called “a geek who speaks English” and enjoys acting as a bridge between the worlds of librarians and hard-core technologists. He has a passion to demystify technology for the uninitiated, and to help IT professionals understand and support the goals of libraries.

Register for the morning session or the afternoon session by emailing Tami Robinson,, by Tuesday, March 28th

Morning Session Registration: 9:00-9:30 am Workshop: 9:30 am -12:00 pm


Afternoon Session Registration: 1:00-1:30 pm Workshop: 1:30 – 4:00 pm

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*Note on parking: if you wish to park in the library’s parking garage, please go west on Spokane Falls Boulevard to get to the library. You will need to enter the parking garage ramp from the northeast corner of the library on Lincoln, where the road turns due to construction. You can read this City news release for more details –

Call for Proposals: 2017 Pacific NW Library Association (PNLA) Conference: Renew & Reimagine at Post Falls, Idaho

pnlaYou are invited to attend the 2017 PNLA Conference in Post Falls, Idaho on August 2-4th, 2017. Prepare to be soothed and delighted  at the Templin’s Red Lion River Resort on the Spokane River, just across the border from Spokane, Washington and a mere 10 miles from beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.  North Idaho and Eastern Washington feature spectacular sightseeing, fabulous restaurants, and amazing recreational opportunities making the 2017 PNLA conference a family destination event.

The PNLA planning committee is currently seeking program proposals for one hour presentations at the conference. To submit your proposal, send the following information to the conference committee chair (Bette Ammon) at

The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2017 and submissions will receive a response from the planning committee by March 15th, 2017.

Be sure to include the following information with your submission:

About you:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Position/title
  • Contact information: including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address
  • PNLA member?

About your program:

  • Program title
  • Program description (no more than 100 words)
  • Three Program goals or objectives
  • Program Format (single or double speaker, panel, hands-on, etc.)

Program Logistics:

  • Speaker needs (if any)
  • Equipment needs
  • Any other special requirements or additional information

Questions? Contact the program committee chair at

Important Dates:
Deadline for submissions: February 10
Submissions will receive a response by: March 31
Registration opens: April 18
Early Registration deadline: June 27
Regular registration deadline: Aug 2

Fall 2016 Workshop – It’s Not Your Mother’s Library: Strategies for Managing Patron Behavior

Thursday, October 20thincolfall2016
Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E Front Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Libraries reflect the communities and campuses we serve and sometimes that means navigating disruptive and unsafe behaviors. Join a Community Conduct Coordinator and a Public Library Manager as they share how policies, procedures, and guidelines can support a safe and welcoming environment for patrons, students, and staff. Participants will learn techniques for engaging colleagues in solutions, review facility considerations, explore community and police partnerships opportunities, take away ideas for training and resources, and practice de-escalation techniques. This workshop is applicable to staff at all levels working in public, school, academic, and other libraries.


Melissa Munn is the Community Conduct Coordinator for the King County Library System. After receiving a degree in Criminology, she worked for ten years performing social work in the juvenile justice system, foster care system, and with homeless young adults on the streets of Seattle and King County. She began working in libraries in 2012.
Angelina Benedetti is the Library Cluster Manager for the Burien and Southwest Seattle area of King County Library System. Before becoming a library manager, she worked as a Teen Services Librarian and has chaired ALA book selection and award committees.

Register for morning or afternoon session by Thursday, October 13th, with Tami Robinson, trobinson@whitworth.eduincolcdamap

Morning Session Registration: 9:00-9:30 am Workshop: 9:30-11:30


Afternoon Session Registration: 1:00-1:30 pm Workshop: 1:30-3:30 pm

• No registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
• $25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students
• Get directions at
• Free parking available in the lower lot south of the library at 8th Street and Young or Bancroft Avenues

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Job Re-Posting: Director of Library Services – Pend Oreille County Library District

Are you looking for an exciting library management role where you can put your exceptional skills and knowledge of public library services & community engagement to work developing and executing a new Library strategic vision? Embrace the northeast Washington lifestyle as Pend Oreille County Library District’s next Director of Library Services!  Work collaboratively with the five-member POCLD Board of Trustees and library staff to deliver superb services, outstanding programs, and exceptional customer service to a region with a strong sense of community and unlimited potential. Lead a library district committed to connecting the community to new and creative services in meaningful ways. Our thriving arts and humanities community inspires, entertains and awes and our rugged splendor of rivers, lakes and mountains feeds your spirit with a superb recreational lifestyle. If you enjoy solving complex problems and contributing to exceptional community services, this could be the position for you!

Serving 13,240 residents over nearly 1,400 square miles, Pend Oreille County Library District’s staff members support library operations in four branches:   Newport, Calispel Valley, Ione and Metalines.  The Director of Library Services reports to the district‘s five-member governing Board of Trustees which oversees the district’s $600K budget, and provides guidance for strategic and capital improvement planning.   Membership in the Cooperative Information Network (CIN) consortium effectively stretches our collection dollars and our libraries’ borders; CIN provides access to the 27 libraries’ physical collections and shares the cost of electronic media and the KOHA system.  The Pend Oreille County Community Network System that ushered in a state-of-the-art fiber optic backbone to the county allows us to offer 24/7 high speed Wi-Fi at each of our branches.

  • A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university plus three (3) years of progressively responsible public library experience including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity. A combination of education and administrative experience which demonstrates the ability to successfully meet the requirements of the position may be considered.
  • Washington State Librarian certificate (or obtainable within three months of hire)

Salary range starts at $58,000 yearly, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered.

Please visit to learn more about the library district the Director position and for more information about Pend Oreille County.  Resume with a POCLD Application   and letter of interest should be submitted to

Closing Date Extended to: August 31, 2016

Job Posting: Hayden Community Librarian/Manager

The Community Library Network in North Idaho has an exceptional opportunity for an experienced person as the Community Librarian/Manager of its Hayden Library. We are a district system with seven libraries and an outreach department.  The Hayden Library is one of two larger buildings with a service population of approximately 40,000.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA accredited institution and at least 3 years of public library experience, including two years supervising and evaluating a staff of ten or more.  The candidate should have knowledge of current library technology, including online database/Internet applications, extensive management experience, a strong public service commitment and the ability to work collegially and lead an established team. The successful candidate should be passionate about getting to know his/her community and have outstanding customer service skills.

This position is full-time, with an annual salary starting at $54,000 and an excellent benefits package. For more information contact Rebecca Melton, Administrator for Public Services (208) 773-1506 x 314. The position is open until filled.

To apply, go to