SLAte - March 1, 2018

Mar. 2, 2018





ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 4 Issue 3

March 1, 2018




Letter from the President

The Partnership

Education Institute

2018 Conference

Program News

One Book, One Province

Comings & Goings


























This is the time of year where winter doldrums are at their height but the start of spring is only a few weeks away. What better way to kick off the month of March than to celebrate SLA's second One Book One Province Saskatchewan program! Details of the month-long program are here and I invite libraries in the province to participate and share with SLA what programs were offered in your communities. Then they can be promoted online.


My institution, University of Regina Library, was a participant in the 2018 Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month in February. The program has been running for many years courtesy of the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) and I invite all libraries to consider applying for grants next year. It's a great Reconciliation opportunity.
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Attention all members!

Did we do something good or need improvements on certain areas? We value your opinions and want to know what you think about SLA. Let us know what you think by filling out our membership survey and help us improve! This survey will assist the board in the review of SLA's strategic plan. 

Please respond by March 16th Take the survey








 Level of racism in Saskatchewan should concern everyone

The ongoing dialogue in the media and on social media channels, prior to, during and after recent legal cases in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, has irrefutably exposed the high level of racism in this province. This concerns us all.


SaskCulture believes that cultural diversity benefits this province. From the original inhabitants of the land - First Nations and Métis peoples - to those that settled, and the newcomers that followed, we have all contributed to the cultural fabric of what Saskatchewan is today. However, it is evident that we need to acknowledge that the ongoing impacts of colonization and racism in this province are real and continue to stigmatize and dehumanize entire groups of people. Until these issues are reconciled, we are impeded in our collective progress and unity. 

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Call for Submissions for the Partnership Journal


The Partnership Journal, The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research is issuing a call for submissions for Vol. 13.1. The deadline for deadline for peer-reviewed sections is March 31.  Deadline for non peer reviewed sections is April 30.  Details are here



Call for EI webinar presenters for summer 2018 

The deadline is March 31. More information is available here. 





SLA will participate in Life Cycles Capacity Building Program

SLA is fortunate to be selected as a participant in a capacity building program that is sponsored by SaskCulture. The program will use the Non Profits Life Cycle model and through a series of facilitated sessions with a consultant we will have the opportunity to complete a self-assessment of our organization and develop a capacity improvement plan based on the assessment. The model uses life cycle developmental stages as a framework for assessment and planning recognizing that the experiences of nonprofit organizations vary throughout their development. The assessment will include an examination of management, governance, financial resources, and administrative structures.

Along with three other non-profit organizations SLA selected board members and staff will participate in the program over a fifteen month period. The timing of our involvement is opportune as we explore strategic and operational planning that may include: review of the current Strategic Plan (2015-18), advancing diversity, examining committee structures, ongoing engagement with our membership, ensuring relevant programming, building and sustaining awareness of the value of libraries. In these and other key areas we will benefit from an outside lens and a structured approach to organizational assessment and development. As we move through the process we will provide updates.

Dorothea Warren

Executive Director











MAY 1 - 4, 2018




The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is inviting you to participate in the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference and CFLA-FCAB National Forum at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Convention Centre, Regina SK on Wednesday, May 2nd to Friday, May 4th, 2018.  Plan to attend the Welcome Reception on Tuesday May 1st from 7:30 pm to 10 pm in the lobby at the DoubleTree.

BREAKING NEWS:  Program information and Delegate Registration is posted on the website. 

Planning and preparations have been underway for some time BUT now it is time for you to get involved. We invite you to participate in this milestone event! Read more:


The Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture Speaker has been announced

Mohamed Fahmy is a multi-award winning Egyptian-Canadian author and journalist, speaking on topics such as freedom of expression, militant Islam, terrorism, human rights, corporate media responsibility, journalism in conflict zones, extremism, and Middle East politics.

Fahmy escaped from Kuwait with his family during the first Gulf War in 1990. He entered Iraq on the first day of the war in 2003 with the Los Angeles Times. He spent 15 years reporting from the Middle East and North Africa for CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera English, and completed a one-year stint in 2007 with the International Committee for the Red Cross protecting the rights of political prisoners, the missing, and refugees in Beirut. Read more
A more extensive biography is here


Attention Volunteers!

SLA 2018 is looking for volunteers to support an assortment of activities at this year's conference. We need charismatic speakers to introduce our wonderful presenters, tech-savvy minds to provide AV and technology support, and friendly faces to staff the registration table. We're also looking for gregarious guests to coordinate some of our social events, and creatively-inclined individuals to photograph the conference. Great volunteers help to make a conference fantastic, and it takes a range of talents to get the job done. As well, participating as a volunteer will help you to get the most out of your conference experience by placing you in the thick of events and activities. For more information about the conference, please visit the  SLA website.

Please contact Fabian at sign up. We look forward to hearing from you soon!







 Several SLA FTRW grant recipients are planning interesting projects. Have a look.     




Celebrate One Book, One Province in March

This year, for One Book, One Province, we are encouraging everyone to join us in reading Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens by Amy Jo Ehman. This book examines the diverse history of our province through the photos, stories and recipes of the people who first lived here. First Nations and Métis people and the early immigrants from Europe, Asia and the United States were creative and resourceful, using what they had to invent new recipes and recreate familiar foods from home.The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan is the program's Honorary Patron.

"The One Book, One Province initiative is a fabulous way to connect people across Saskatchewan," said Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield.  "The 2018 book selection - Amy Jo Ehman's Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens is a beautifully-written, engaging book that tells fascinating stories about our food traditions.  As a book that appeals to all ages and people of diverse backgrounds, it is a perfect choice for this exciting program.  I am grateful to the Saskatchewan Library Association and their partners for celebrating our multiculturalism and for promoting understanding.  I also wish to congratulate and thank the talented Amy Jo Ehman for her delightful and meaningful book."

Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens combines archival photos, old recipes and history lessons that provide a fascinating glimpse into the ways people connected over food in the early days of this province. What is your story? Do you have similar photos or recipes in your family? Share them with us! We'd love to hear how One Book, One Province is sparking conversations in your community.


To learn more about this program and to find ways to participate, find us @OneBookSK on Twitter and onebooksk on Instagram. Search for us on Facebook (One Book One Province Saskatchewan), or on the web at


For a list of suggested reading, please go here. For additional copies of the poster please go here.





Welcome to the new staff at the Provincial Library & Literacy Office:


Provincial Cataloguing Coordinator:

Devon Lemire will be starting on February 20th. She holds an MLIS from McGill University and has recent cataloguing experience from the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal. She also has additional archival metadata experience from the Whistler Museum and Archives in British Columbia. In addition to her cataloguing background, she also has excellent research skills developed through a Masters and Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of Alberta. She further enhanced her research skills through an Internship at the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC where she worked on collecting standardized data on current work procedures. 


Public Library Coordinator:

Shaun McMullen will be starting on March 5th. He holds an MLIS from San Jose University and a BA from University of Calgary, and is coming to us from Hinton Public Library in Alberta. He is currently working on a MSC in Management of Library and Information Services at Aberystwyth University. His portfolio at PLLO will include summer reading working group and early years.


Literacy Office Program Manager:

Merla Parker started as Literacy Program Manager with the Branch on Monday, Feb 5th.  Merla comes to PLLO from the Early Years Branch, also in the Ministry of Education, where she was managing the Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP), and the Child Nutrition Program.  Prior to joining this Ministry in 2013, Merla spent many years putting her Bachelor of Social Work degree to work in Child & Family Services with Social Services.





News from Regina Public Library:

Over the last few months at RPL, we have worked hard to introduce several exciting changes to our leadership team. This February, we are pleased to welcome a group of talented new managers. Further, we are excited to see several of our current leaders move into new positions, which will enable them to put their skills and talent to even greater effect.


The changes in the leadership structure will help us better serve our customers and deliver on our strategic plan.


We have created five Branch Manager positions, designed to bring management level decision-making duties closer to day-to-day operations. By embedding managers in each library branch, we plan on understanding and meeting community needs more readily, to ensure library customers are provided with the best possible service - just as they deserve.


We have also introduced two Department Head positions, who will play a significant role in the continued development of Regina Public Library's programs and services, as well as review and consider trends, patterns, common concerns and other information that could warrant changes in overall procedures, policy, direction, and staffing.


Aidan Meegan will join us as Collections Manager. Kim McDonald has stepped into the role of Branch Manager, Central Children's. Amber Christensen will return to RPL into the role of Branch Manager at Sherwood Village. Christine Pinkney will join RPL as Branch Manager at George Bothwell and Regent Place. Jessie Morris will join RPL as Branch Manager, Central Adult. Anthony Woodward will join RPL as Branch Manager at Glen Elm Branch.




  • News from CELA is here.
  • Museum Hack is coming to Saskatchewan.
  • Have a look at the Spring 2018 SLTA Newsletter.
  • Information on the C-EBLIP Spring Writing Retreat April 9 - 13, 2018 is here.
  • Shortlist Announced for 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards
  • SCAA is holding a workshop on March 07th, Respect and Relationship, with speaker Eugene Arcand in the morning,  and a Blanket Exercise in the afternoon. More information can be found here.
  • SaskCulture has produced an Introduction to Project Funding webinar. It can be viewed here.
  • SUMA passes resolution in support of Public Libraries.
  • The Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) is seeking submissions for their 2018 Awards.









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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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