Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2017 - March Update

Mar. 16, 2017
March Update - Jam Packed with Information 
March 15, 2015  
SLA 2017 Conference  
Early Bird Deadline extended to March 21
Join the Saskatchewan Library Association as we celebrate 75 years as an association at Elk Ridge Resort at Waskesiu Lake, May 3-5.
Early Bird Deadline has been extended to March 21, and registration closes on April 18. 
Visit the website for more information.

Accommodations are still available at Elk Ridge Resort but they are shared accommodations - townhouses or cottages.  Please ask for the Saskatchewan Library Association block when you call for reservations.  If you would like to share accommodations but need help to find someone to share with, please email
Park passes available
Going to the conference? You'll need a pass to enter Prince Albert National Park where Waskesiu is located. It's easy to get one - just drop in to any CAA Saskatchewan office to pick one up. (You don''t need to be a CAA member.) Or order it online. (this may take 6 to 8 weeks to arrive).  
One Book, One Province activities underway
One Book  One Province activities continue during March with author tours and other activities. Read more...  Events in Regina and Prince Albert drew a sizable crowed who joined the numerous people around the province now reading The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir.
Register your project here if you have not already done so.
2017 Saskatchewan Literacy Awards of Merit
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Saskatchewan Literacy Awards of Merit. and you can nominate a learner, project, professional, workplace, volunteer, or business.
Show your appreciation for the  hard work by  citizens and organizations in your community by downloading the nomination form, filling it out completely and submitting it to our office before the deadline of April 
5th, 2017.  
Willow Awards Steak Night in Regina
The Willow Awards Steak Night Fundraiser in support of children's reading and great Canadian literature will be held on 
Tuesday, April 4, at Bushwakker Brew Pub (no minors). 
Regina Public Library Writer-in-Residence
Regina Public Library is inviting applications from writers across Canada for a Writer In Residence for 2017-18. The successful candidate will provide aspiring writers with the opportunity to receive guidance and advice from an established Canadian writer. Deadline for applications is April 10. Information and the application form are available online.

Canada Council for the Arts - Arts in a Digital World Summit
Canada Council for the Arts live stream of the Arts in a Digital World Summit begins Thursday, March 16. Starting this Thursday, March 16, we will welcome close to 300 arts leaders, digital experts, and strategic thinkers from across Canada and abroad in a unique, two-day summit in Montreal. Tune in starting at 9:30 on March 16.
  Check the online catalogue for upcoming webinars for all types of webinars.  Be sure to indicate that you are from Saskatchewan.
Mark March 21  on your calendar for the MailChimp webinar - select either the English or French version.  
MDLP Free ' Literary Sources' Webinar 
Literary Sources allows researchers, teachers and students to search a wealth of primary and secondary sources. The database, part of the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP) collection, lets users cross-search and locate content from the Literature Resource Center, Twayne's Authors Series and Scribner Writers Online databases.
This webinar will be presented by Provincial Library and Literacy Office staff over Adobe Connect on March 22 from 1:30 - 2:15 pm. Contact Regan Gunningham for more information. 

Professional Development Resources
There are numerous professional development resources available - many for free. Check out the monthly newsletter "Professional Development Resources for Library Staff" and find opportunities to learn about volunteer engagement, surviving burnout, using vintage tech to engage teens, and so much more.
The Promise of Accessibility - a SaskBook PD session
Publishers are required to provide electronic files (or scannable physical copies) for use by readers with print disability. When you get the call from NNELS or CELA for your book, are you ready? Is accessibility already part of your work flow? How do you know if your content will be usable by assistive technology?

This workshop will include lots of here's-how-to-do-it information from Canadian expert Laura Brady, an ebook developer and the principal of Brady Type, an ebook design and conversion studio.
Saskatoon - Wednesday, March 29  9 a.m. to noon, Delta Bessborough, 601 Spadina Crescent East, Carlton Room
Regina - Thursday, March 30, Mosaic Tower III, 2010 12th Avenue, second floor boardroom
More information and registration are available online or contact Dan Parr at
ERENE-RISC Free Cybersecurity training resources 
Cybersecurity is an issue for everyone. The Smart Security Network (SERENE-RISC), is  a group hosted by the University of Montreal. 
With the support of Public Safety Canada, it has developed interactive training tools using leading edge Canadian research provided by a national network of academic, government and industry partners and are available free of charge to enable libraries and community centres across Canada to offer instruction to the public on the best practices for staying safe and secure online. Read more....
Canada Post Grants 
Canada Post offers grants for community programs for children. Information is available online.

Canadian libraries are Lending the Internet 
The New Brunswick Public Library Service would like to learn which libraries in Canada are offering their patrons the opportunity to borrow a mobile hotspot device to connect to the Internet using a cellular data plan.e are already aware that the following libraries are offering a similar service: Toronto Public Library, Kitchener Public Library, Edmonton Public Library, Wellington County Library and Pickering Public Library.
If you know of a library that offers a service of this type, please send  a brief message to
IFLA launches second call for examples 
In 2015, IFLA launched a survey to gather examples of how libraries contribute with the UN 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many contributions were received from all over the world and with this information IFLA published in June 2016 the booklet and handout "Access and Opportunity for all". This publication is a useful advocacy and awareness-raising tool to show how libraries drive progress across the entire UN 2030 Agenda.
IFLA has launched a second call for examples, to support the advocacy work done by the library community at national, regional and global levels. Data and examples are key to show policy makers how libraries are already supporting development through their programmes, products and services. Therefore, this survey aims to gather examples that will be used for the advocacy work done by IFLA, its members and the broader library community related to the UN 2030 Agenda.
IFLA invites you to submit examples of library programmes, products or services from your country that are clearly linked to one or more SDG(s). Ideally, examples will be from different types of libraries, ensuring a good representation of countries and regions, so we really encourage you to contribute!

Let's Move! Libraries
Faculty at the Library and Information Studies Department at the University of North Carolina are researching movement-based programs in public libraries. The project is called "Let's Move! Libraries." At the project website - - you will find information on movement-based programs in public libraries throughout North America. The overall goal of this project is to strengthen work already underway in public libraries that seeks to get our communities up and moving.
If you work in a public library, please consider taking a few minutes to fill out the short survey about any programs or services your library provides, has provided in the past, or is planning to provide in the future. Survey Link:
The results of the survey will be shared on the project website in fall 2017.

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