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WestPac members hail from academic, law firm, government, and other law libraries in the Western Pacific Region.

They represent libraries and related organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the U.S. Pacific Territories, and Western Canada, as well as other organizations outside the Pacific Northwest.

Upcoming Events

The WestPac Newsletter is published three times a year and can be found here. New submissions should be sent to the editors of the newsletters. Deadlines will be announced prior to publication.

WestPac Updates and Announcements

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  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you been intimidated by the publishing process or are you having trouble solidifying a concept to write about?

    If you have a scholarly writing idea or project that you would like to get off the ground but you’re not quite ready for the Boulder Conference… consider attending The Pebble Workshop! This informal forum allows participants to present scholarship ideas or works in progress and receive feedback. Along with the forum, published author Mari Cheney (Research Librarian at Perkins Cole LLP) will give a short presentation about the publishing process.

    Date: May 17, 2024
    Time: 12 – 2:30 PST
    Platform: Zoom

    Please register (; more information will be sent to registrants about the workshop process.

    Reach out to the WestPac Education Committee or WestPac VP Sara Archibald with any questions! We look forward to seeing you at The Pebble Workshop.

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2023 5:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AALL is accepting nominations for the Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes newer members who have made significant contributions to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing excellence.

    To be nominated, a nominee must:

    • be an AALL member in good standing
    • have ten years or less of law library experience
    • not have previously received an Emerging Leader Award
    • have made a significant contribution to the Association and/or the profession
    • have shown outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership (examples of his/her continuing activities must be provided)

    The nomination deadline is March 1st. Please email the nomination form and supporting documentation as a single PDF to Jennifer Wahl.

    Self-nomination by members is acceptable.

    More details on the award, including a link to the Nomination Form, can be found here.

    Please contact Darla Jackson if you have any questions about the award or the nomination process.

  • Monday, October 16, 2023 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The listserv has over 150 email addresses no longer associated with an active member of WestPac. I am beginning the process of removing these email addresses from the listserv member list.

    If you would like to rejoin WestPac and remain an active member of the listserv, please click the Join Us link above to resubscribe. 

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or the WestPac Treasurer, Lee Van Duzer.

  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Headed to Boston? With the support of Lexis and HeinOnline sponsorships, come enjoy food, drink, and camaraderie with your WestPac, LLOPS, NOCALL, and SCALL colleagues at our Joint Reception! 

    When: Sunday, July 16, 7-9 PM

    Where: Rochambeau, 900 Boylston St. (About mid-way between Dalton St. & Ring Rd.)

  • Sunday, August 14, 2022 3:12 PM | Anonymous member

    If your institution is strapped for cash and cannot send you to Reno, we understand, so the Executive Board created seven grants and scholarships to help get you there.  Please consider applying for them. . .very few of you have so far.

  • Monday, July 25, 2022 1:10 AM | Anonymous member

    Registration for the WestPac Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, is now open.  Share the news with your friends and colleagues and plan your experiences and excursions in the biggest little city in the world.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join WestPac for the Pacific Chapters Joint Reception on July 18 from 6:15 - 8:15pm at the Appaloosa Wright Room Grill in Denver, Colorado!

    Converse with your colleagues from across the Pacific region who may be attending the AALL annual conference and enjoy a delicious buffet of enchiladas, potatoes, salad, and more!

    The Appaloosa Wright Room Grill can be found at 535 16th St Mall #110, Denver, CO 80202.

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2022 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE: Thanks so much to all who attended!! Recording is available under Conferences and Events > Educational Series once you sign-in to your WestPac account.

    Please join us on Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. PT (11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET) for a discussion with Tawnya Plumb about her outreach project,

    Legal Research on the Road, an initiative to promote free legal resources and services to public librarians in Wyoming. She'll cover grant opportunities, successes, and failures. Tawnya is the Head of Collections at George W. Hopper Law Library, University of Wyoming College of Law.

    Zoom Link and passcode can be found here.

    Questions? Email Anna Blaine (
  • Friday, April 22, 2022 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WestPac is issuing a call for topics for educational programming at the Annual Meeting in Reno (Sept. 30-Oct. 1). We will have varied and flexible time slots accommodating programs of 30, 45, and 60 minutes but are willing to consider longer programs as well. If you are interested in presenting, please e-mail Anna Blaine ( with your name, title, organization, and one paragraph describing your potential program. All ideas are greatly appreciated.

    Deadline: July 8. 

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 4:56 PM | Deleted user

    The WestPac Grants and Awards Committee and the WestPac Board are delighted announce that WestPac will be offering three $500 travel grants to attend the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, in July.  We strongly encourage you to apply – no letters of recommendation are required!

    The form can be found HERE.

    The deadline for applications is Friday, May 6.  Please email Hilary Hardcastle if you have any questions!

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