In an era marked by globalization and digitization, convergence is occurring all around us, and in many contexts. Convergence of economies. Convergence of previously distant cultures, both around the world and in local communities. Convergence of private and public enterprises, and of previously separate institutions. Convergence of previously distinctive formats of media, and of literary and performance genres. Convergence of information and advertising, of telecommunications and library collections. What benefits and what losses arise from such convergence? How much is significant, how much is trivial, how much is mirage?
The 2001 Annual Conference of the Washington Library Association explored these changes in many strong programs on specific topics ranging from electronic collections and resources, to storytelling, to open information and privacy, to library friends groups and trustees. In this conference number, Alki’s authors reflect on the issues and carry the discussions forward. They identify many questions, and provide some answers too. Photos by conference photographer Deb Cutler help convey the mood of the event
Alki Editor: Carolynne Myall
Alki Editorial Committee: Sue Anderson; Kathleen Ardrey, Chair; Tami Echavarria; Cheryl Farabee; Nancy Huling; Cameron Johnson; Eva-Maria Lusk; Carla McLean; David Hurley, intern; Cathy Brownell, Link editor
Photos by Deb Cutler.
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Published July 2001
by Tami Echavarria, Whitworth College Library
by Cameron A. Johnson, Everett Public Library
by Steward Robbins, Spokane County Library District
by Cindy Benson, Spokane County Library District
by Carla McLean, Kent Regional Library
by Jonathan Betz-Zall, City University Library—Everett
by Thom Barthelmess, Spokane County District Library
by Sue Anderson, Spokane Falls Community College Library
by Angelynn King, University of Redlands Library
by Judy T Nelson, King County Library System
by Carol Gill Schuyler, Kitsap Regional Library
by Carolynne Myall, Eastern Washington University Libraries
by Tom Reynolds, Edmonds Library
by Nancy Huling, University of Washington Libraries
by Nancy Pearl, Washington Center for the Book