Our Summer issue is usually dedicated to the annual WLA conference to give those who weren't able to attend a peek at the event. This year, however, we decided to expand the theme to encompass all of WLA goings-on, official or otherwise. Read on to experience some of the talks featured at the conference in Wenatchee, such as a deeply punny and soil-enriching how-to guide for building a seed library, and an inspiring tale of introducing virtual reality to patrons. Then, get an insider look into the unofficial meetings within the conference through Ekaterini Papadopoulou and Lizzie Brown's description of the Academic Librarians' Unconference, and Sandy Littletree and Cindy Aden's retelling of their gathering of tribal librarians. This issue also features witty commentary on the conference experience written by our new "A Day in the Fray" columnist, Neil McKay, Steve Bailey's Annual ALA Update, and a heart-warming letter to the WLA community from one of its newest members.
Alki Editor-in-Chief: Bethany McKinley
Alki Web Editor: Ray Zill
Alki Editorial Committee: Ann Dyer, chair; Mikayla Kittilstved, chair; Caitlin Wheeler; Traci Timmons; Irene Miller; Julie Graham; Melanie Smith; Rebecca Stewart
Cover photo attribution: From Littletree and Aden’s “Washington Tribes Gather at WLA to Envision the Future”: Mandi Harris as moderator with Patricia Cutright and Jennifer Himmelreich on stage at the WLA Annual Conference in 2023.