SLAte - November 2018

Nov. 1, 2018









ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 4 Issue 11

November 1, 2018




Letter from the President

Board News & Executive Director's Report

Call for Submissions

Happy Hour

Comings and Goings

Program News

























The SLA Board met in Regina in mid-October to have a lively discussion and debate about the state and future direction of our organization. The board table is always alive with questions and challenges for one another, for the organization, and for the environment in which we live.


I had the privilege of being a guest on the CBC Radio show, Blue Sky, on October 16th.   It was a great opportunity to talk about libraries publicly, as well as to hear from people around the province about their own experiences visiting their local libraries.

Strategic Planning is well underway and the board is beginning to piece together results of assessments that have happened as a result of the Lifecycles Capacity


photo credit: Anita Retzlaff

Building program.


I look forward to the Saskatoon Happy Hour on November 8th. All the best with Happy Hours around the province.


Alison Jantz

SLA President





Executive Directors Report

Fall is a busy time at SLA as in most other workplaces. In addition to the programs that are supported and delivered, Committee and Conference planning work ramps up. This year we have the added projects associated with Life Cycles Capacity building, the Public Library Engagement and supporting SLAs broader strategic directions.


1. Life Cycles Capacity Building Project: SLA received support from Sask Culture and the project leaders to assist with transitioning some administrative support functions in-house. B- Creative has and continues to provide an invaluable service and we expect to have an ongoing working relationship. The Life cycles project identified some advantages to building in- house administrative capacity and broadening the current role.  

Read more.







Saskatchewan Library Association Research and Administrative Assistant Job Posting

SLA is seeking a part time Research and Administrative Assistant.

For more information please visit the SLA website







CFLA-FCAB is looking for your participation

Now in its' third full year, CFLA is looking for your comments.

The CFLA-FCAB Strategic Planning Survey is here.


The Ontario Library Association will be administering the new Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program for publicly-funded libraries and not-for-profit library organizations that support publicly-funded libraries across Canada. To learn more about this initiative, please click here.











The Saskatchewan Library Association has issued

Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2019

Libraries Transform

Call for Submissions





The Education Institute Fall 2018 Calendar is here.





Join us for Happy Hour

The Saskatchewan Library Association's Board of Directors would like to invite you to attend a Happy Hour at a location close to you.

For more information, please visit the

SLA website.







  • SLA welcomes new member Rachel Kotei who is employed with the Horizon College & Seminary at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Rachel is also serving as a member on our Advocacy Committee. 






Thank you to all the libraries who participated in Culture Days events. Next year, Culture Days will be celebrating 10 years. The dates will be September 27, 28 and 29 2019. Watch for more information in 2019.


Saskatchewan Library Week has just concluded, the Book Spine Poetry Contest is ending and projects have been completed. For those who weren't able to listen, CBC's Blue Sky program featured an hour of discussion and Questions and Answers about how Libraries Transform. Carol Cooley from SPL and Alison Jantz, SLA's President discussed the changing roles of libraries. You can listen to the broadcast here.

Thank you to all those who participated and for the amazing support from our cultural colleagues.


 Mark Your Calendars!

Freedom to Read Week 2019 is February 24 to March 2, 2019.

SLA is once again offering 10 $200 grants to libraries planning special projects. This is a perfect opportunity for Academic  Institutions to take advantage of grants for special projects. The application form is here.  There is also a dropbox full of graphics, including a web banner, that are free to use.  

The link is here. More ideas and resources are on the FTRW website.



Congratulations to Lisa Bird-Wilson, winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award which was presented at the 2018 Saskatchewan Arts Awards on October 25th.


Plans are ramping up for One Book, One Province 2019. So far four libraries are confirmed hosts, with another three larger events in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.Our thanks to SIGA for sponsoring the provincial events.  


His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan has agreed to be the Honorary Patron to the project.


"The Saskatoon downtown library was formative in my early years as my brother and sisters and I regularly attended the children's story-time.  Libraries are an important and even life-changing resource. I am very pleased to serve as Honorary Patron of the one book one province initiative, and I applaud the Saskatchewan Library Association and their partners for bringing us together through this shared experience.  I am a fan of author Lisa Bird-Wilson's work and I look forward to reading Just Pretending."


We are anticipating holding the launch event at Government House on February 28th.


More details will be announced soon.







 Calls for Proposals:

  • WILU Conference 2019 will be held at the University of Winnipeg May21-24 with the title "Engaging Place and Practice". Hosted jointly by Red River College Library, the University of Winnipeg Library, and the University of Manitoba Libraries. The conference committee is accepting proposals. For more information
  • Library Publishing Forum 2019 May 8-10, Vancouver BC. Accepting proposals: Deadline: November 2018 For more information



Learning Opportunities:

  • Twayne's & Scribner databases webinar

The Twayne's Author and Scribner Writer Series are literary databases which provide in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.  In this session, you will learn how to explore the content in the Twayne's Author & Scribner Writer Series and how to best utilize all the tools available within the resources.


If you are a librarian or teacher-librarian working with high-school and post-secondary students, and/or adults, this webinar could be of interest to you.


This webinar will be presented on November 7, 2018  2:00 - 2:45 PM  Please register for this event at   


For more information, please contact: Teresa Wright Eastley, 306-787-2980,


  • The Saskatchewan School Library Association is hosting author Ruth Culham on April 11, 2019 in Saskatoon and on April 12, 2019 in Regina. Please refer to their website for more information. 


Other News



Newsletters from other cultural organizations












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SLA reserves the right to change or edit any submission or to refuse publication in its entirety.

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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