SLAte - November 1, 2017

Nov. 1, 2017









ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 3 Issue 11

November 1, 2017




Letter from the President

Board News

Program News

Comings & Goings
























I attended, for the first time, the third annual Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference in Saskatoon October 11-12. It was organized by the United Way of Saskatoon and there were more than 500 delegates. The conference theme was Leadership in Reconcili-ACTION and it was a transformative experience for me. I gained a greater understanding of what reconciliation means and that Saskatchewan (and Canada) is in the nascent stages of beginning a journey of healing and building a relationship of mutual respect and trust. Many interesting speakers made engaging points and all conference sessions were tied to a specific national Truth and Reconciliation Committee Call(s) to Action.  


Photo Credit: J. Michael Shires

I had two takeaways from attending the conference. The first was to have your own personal call(s) to action. They can be as large or small in scope as you feel. The second was to try and learn to be comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations about reconciliation with Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) and non-Indigenous people in your workplace, home, and socially. The next Wicihitowin Conference is scheduled for October 17-18, 2018 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. Registration was reasonably priced (early bird rate was $150.00) and included a hearty breakfast and lunch on both days. I highly recommend attending the conference next year!

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Congratulations to the SLA Award winners.  Neither were able to be present at the SLA conference.  


SLA Frances Morrison  Award


Photo Credit: Kate-Lee Nolan

Ruth Barker was presented the award at a South East Regional Library staff workshop on September 25, 2017.  Michael Shires and Judy Nicholson attended to present the award and to provide a brief presentation to the staff about SLA, the benefits of membership, and a tour of the resources available on the website.  Read more about Ruth and her contributions to library services in Saskatchewan.   Ruth forwarded this comment, "Thank you to both you and Michael for coming to Weyburn and sharing about SLA as well as the award presentation.  I feel very honoured and I thank  you and the SLA committee for all of the work you do." 




SLA Honourary Life Membership


Audrey Mark was selected as the Honourary Life Membership recipient for her contributions to SLA over the years as a member of the association.  Read more about Audrey and her contributions, and her letter of thanks.


Call for Nominee as CFLA-FCAB Prairie Province Representative

The Federation's Nominations Committee (NC) is currently seeking the SLA nomination for the 2018 CFLA-FCAB Board of Directors.  The Federation's Board of Directors will be elected by the Members at the annual general meeting (AGM) on January 31, 2018.  The nominee  is eligible to stand for election on January 31, 2018 to begin a 2 year term as a Director of the Corporation.  Read the Call

Eligibility: According to SLA's Terms of Reference [see website] to be eligible the nominee needs to:

  • be an individual member in good standing in SLA;
  • have significant knowledge of the work and issues related to SLA
  • have library experience,
  • meet the nomination criteria as set out in Article 32 of CFLA-FCAB bylaws
  • be available for all CFLA-FCAB board meetings and possibly some ad hoc committee meetings
  • be able to provide reports as required on a regular basis
  • be available for SLA and MLA AGMs

 To be nominated please submit the following Nomination Form   (both sides) and forward to the SLA Executive Director no later than November 17, 2017.  You will be notified within the week if you name has been endorsed by the Board of Directors Selection committee. 




Great Prizes!!! Supports One Book One Province project!

Enter for your chance to win one of five prizes in the Saskatchewan Library Association Raffle!  Up for grabs is:

  • a Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet,
  • a Bose SoundLink Mini Wireless Speaker and
  • one of three portable battery chargers. 

The raffle will opens on November 1st, 2017, and closes at noon on Friday, December 8, 2017. Winners will be randomly drawn after noon on December 8, 2017, as soon as all entries are confirmed.  Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20.   


Anyone who purchases at least two tickets and shares on Facebook (Saskatchewan Library Association) or Twitter (@Sklibrary) tagging the raffle #sasklaraffle will receive a complimentary entry*.

Proceeds go towards 'One Book One Province 2018'.

Review the Contest Rules  and   enter the online raffle





Mark your calendar for Happy Hour on November 2, 2017!!


The 4th Annual Saskatchewan Libraries Happy Hour will be held on November 2, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at locations around the province.

  Regina: Mr. Mike's (east) - Prince of Wales Drive

  Saskatoon: Amigos - 806 Dufferin Ave,  

  Moose Jaw: Brown's Social House, 11 River St W  

  Coronach Public Library:Rustic Tavern,Coronach

  Dysart Public Library:Dysart Dugout on Main Street,  

  Avonlea: Blue Hills Motor Inn  

  Yorkton: Tapp's Brewing Company, 69 Broadway Street W








Continuing Education

The next deadline to submit applications for Continuing Education Grants is February 15, 2018.   Applications can be submitted for all 3 categories, read the eligibility criteria carefully.  More information can be found here.


Education Institute

There are two more months, right up to December 21, of webinar choices for a variety of library workers and varied interests.  Check them out on the EI calendar and see if any of them meet your needs.




Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2018

May 3-4,2018

Regina, Saskatchewan



Please submit using the online submission form! by December 1, 2017


In 2018 the Saskatchewan Libraries  Conference is being held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Regina Saskatchewan on Thursday May 3rd and Friday May 4th as part of a week-long convergence of national library leaders: 

  • Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Members Meeting - May 1st
  • Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) Meeting - May 1st
  • Canadian Federation of Library Associations/ Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothéques (CFLA-FCAB) National Forum - May 2nd
  • SLA Conference - May 3rd and 4th

The theme, Libraries! Convergence Under Living Skies speaks to the opportunity for libraries of all types and from many places to work together. 

SLA along with all provincial, territorial, and regional library associations are members of CFLA-FCAB.  


Please find all the Guidelines for Presenters in the attached document.


If you have questions,please contact: 

Executive Director, Saskatchewan Library Association 

by email at or by phone at: 306.780.9413




Saskatchewan Library Week has come to an end. Thank you to all the libraries who participated and planned some great projects. You certainly proved that Libraries Matter.The Final Reports are due January 8th, and the form is here.


Culture Days Final Reports are due November 17, 2017. The forms are here.



Name: Lukas Miller


Title: Client Services Librarian at the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region Library & Archives (soon to be the unified single provincial health authority!)

Photo credit: Carolyn Doi


Professional career and activities:

I'm a clinical health sciences librarian. Most of my day-to-day work involves helping medical professionals and researchers find the information they need to do their job. From pointing people to the right book or website, to creating a complex and thorough MEDLINE literature search, our aims in the library are to save our users' time so they can focus on what matters most: the patient.We also conduct outreach, education, and manage a collection (now mostly online) of helpful resources and reference material for use by medical practitioners and students. Working in healthcare is a rewarding experience, and I'm proud to be part of a great team of librarians and technicians who recognize the value of our work.Read more




Jack Ma has been appointed to the position of Accountability & Assessment Officer at Provincial Library and Literacy Office in Regina.

Regan Gunningham will assume the role of Administrator of the Multitype Database Licensing Program and also continue in the position of Secretariat to the Multitype Library Board.

Carol Todd working as SLA Communication Assistant, has concluded her contract.  Thanks to Carol for her support in keeping the website updated, and the mid-month update prepared, as well as other contributions.  All the best in  your ongoing work!






  • The Manitoba Libraries Association has issued a call for proposals. For more information please visit their website.
  • The Saskatchewan Legislative Library is hosting a Saskatchewan Book Awards reading event on Nov. 1. Please see the poster here.
  • The Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédérationcanadienne des associations de bibliothèques is pleased to be invited to join the conversation on how public libraries can partner in Community TV. Read more.
  • Ladies Book Tasting Evening a Savory Success at Debden Public Library.
  • The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is hosting @RiskNorth, which will give attendees an opportunity to discuss at a strategic level the state of shared print preservation programs in Canada and beyond. For more information or to register, please visit their website.
  • The SLTA Fall Newsletter can be found here.
  • 455 new titles have been added to NNELS.
  • In 2018, the Canadian Association for Information Science/L'Association canadienne des sciences de l'information Conference will be held in Regina as part of the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Their Call for Proposals can be found here.
  • IFLA is delighted to announce that online registration booking is now open and attendees can register via the Congress website. The 2018 Congress is being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.















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The deadline for receipt of submissions for SLAte is the 25th of each month.


Everyone, Including Culture, Wins When You Buy Lottery Tickets

 The core funding that SLA receives through SaskCulture is part of the Lottery Trust where a percentage of every lottery ticket sold goes to support sport, culture and recreation groups within Saskatchewan. It appears that recent lottery sales are not meeting expectations, which will not have an immediate effect on SLA. However we encourage you to remind audiences and arts council members that buying lottery tickets benefits the entire community.  Saskatchewan Lotteries has also launched an app that you can download  in the App Store or Google Play. More information is available on the Saskatchewan Lotteries website.






The Saskatchewan Library Association gratefully acknowledges the support of our funding agencies.








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