ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 3 Issue 12
December 1, 2017

I am very pleased to announce that after a thorough search process,  Dorothea Warren has been appointed as SLA's next executive director. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the association and I look forward to working with Dorothea. Judy Nicholson's last day is December 8 and she will work closely with Ms. Warren until then.  Read the official announcement. I am very grateful to have worked closely with Judy and I have learned much.   All the best in your well-deserved retirement Judy!

Thank You from Judy Nicholson:
Thank you to the members, stakeholders, and many others for four great years in the role of SLA  Executive Director! This has been an excellent experience for me both professionally and personally.
It takes many players to make a team! I appreciate the contributions and support of the staff and board to the work of the association over my tenure. This helped make my job productive as we continued to move toward the renewed vision of the association after the governance review of 2011. As a team we have initiated new programs and services, revitalized existing programs and services, and maintained many others.

Education Institute

There are still a few webinars in the month of December and the new catalogue/calendar will be available soon for another term of interesting and educational webinars.  In December consider such options as:   Customer Privacy and Digital Collections and Services, Long Time Worker, First Time Manager, Blockchain and Libraries, and several more.   Check them out!


CFLA-FCAB is seeking individuals to serve on our new Intellectual Freedom Committee.
They are looking for broad national representation from different library sectors for individuals who value the principles of intellectual freedom and will actively participate in the work of the committee. Read More  
Feature Article

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Canadian Children's Book News and is reprinted with permission of the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

More Than Words: Translating a Path to Global Awareness
There is an Italian adage, traduttore traditore, which means something close to translator is traitor. It's funny because, aside from the questions it raises about the fidelity of translation, it puns on the similarity of the words. Translated to English, of course, the pun disappears. On the other hand, it becomes an autology - a perfect example of itself.
You can learn a lot about a culture by how they tell a story. However traitorous it may be, translation offers a glimpse into cultures and viewpoints that would otherwise remain unavailable. If we in Canada truly value diversity and inclusivity, books (and particularly those for children) must be important early exposures to the spectrum of cultures, values and storytelling.
To find out more about contemporary considerations of picture book translation, Canadian Children's Book News spoke with the following publishers, rights directors, editors and translators. We discussed books translated for the Canadian market (buy-ins), Canadian books translated abroad (selling rights) and what it takes to be a great book in translation (that can travel).

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 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.

Accommodation information will be available on the website on December 1, 2017. 

If you have questions, please contact:  
Executive Director, Saskatchewan Library Association 
by email at or by phone at : 306.780.9413

What My Library Does for Me! 
A Teen Essay Contest 
Saskatchewan Library Week - October 15 - 21, 2017

First Place - Hanna S.
Hanna is a Grade 11 student attending Ogema School. She is the daughter of Curt and Candace along with her younger sister. Hanna has two dogs, a cat, and a fish and in her spare time she enjoys caring for animals, learning new things, and creating art pieces.
Second Place - Sierra H: Sierra is a 16 year old student living in the small town of Ogema, Saskatchewan. She enjoys being as involved in her community and school as she can be. She is on the school SRC. She works at the town's daycare and loves working with kids!
Third Place - Kelsey A.: Kelsey is a 16 year old student from Ogema, Saskatchewan. She is an avid reader, and enjoys popular fantasy novels, as well as science fiction, mystery, and various other YA genres.
To see the entire list of entries, please visit the SLTA website. 
The results of the SLTA Library Week contest are   here   

Winners of the Book Spine Poetry Contest have been announced! Congratulations to the winners and all those who submitted poems.
The winning poems are here:

Freedom to Read Week grant applications are now on the SLA website in both a WORD document and PDF. For project ideas, please visit the FTRW website
The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.
We are pleased to report that, after a very successful inaugural year, SLA's One Book, One Province program will be back next year! In March 2018, SLA invites everyone in the province to read Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens, by Amy Jo Ehman, published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.  
In this book you will be introduced to Saskatchewan's rich food and cultural history and you may discover a few new recipes as well. Read together, cook together, get together!
We are starting to add information and build a collection of resources  to help you prepare to celebrate One Book One Province in your library during March 2018. Also watch Facebook (One Book One Province Saskatchewan).


Name: Katelyn Haskell
Title: Library Technician
Born and lived: Born in Kelvington, SK., raised in Preeceville, SK. Living in Saskatoon currently.
Early Life: I grew up in a small town and always had a love for reading and books, however at that time, the public library and school library in my town were in desperate need of resources. It wasn't until after moving to Saskatoon that I truly saw what a library could be.
After high school I went to the University of Saskatchewan where I completed my B.A. in Religious Traditions. After that, I immediately enrolled in the SIAST (now known as Saskatchewan Polytechnic) Library and Information Technology program. I received my diploma and went to work
After 6 years as the Literacy and Learning Partnerships Coordinator at the Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Catherine Howett will be taking up a new position Dec 4, 2017 as Senior Program Analyst with the Ministry of the Economy in the Apprenticeship and Workforce Skills Branch. Her new focus areas will be Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy and training programs. Catherine bids a fond adieu to the Summer Reading Working Group and wishes them all the best with their STEAM programming in Summer 2018.
Happy Retirement 
Lane Jackson, Operations Manager will b e retiring from Lakeland Library Region after over 15 years of service. During this time-frame, Lane has worked in a variety of different roles, including supervising the rural library branches, helping with collection development, supporting regional programs such as the TD Summer Reading Program and taking a lead in new programming offerings such as the ever popular Lakeland Summer Players.       

Calls for Proposals:
  • Young Patron Raises Money, Buys Books, Donates to Library.
  • Vancouver's LGBT library gets new home at UBC. 
  •  LAC migration to OCLC is underway. Read more
  • Continuing Education Grant applications are due by February. 15. Category 1,2 and 3 Grants are available.
  • Media Release regarding Saskatoon Public Library's 2018 Budget is here.
You are invited to a free EBSCO webinar 

The EBSCO eBook collection includes book titles for children, teens and adults. Locate fiction, non-fiction, encyclopaedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Users can:
*            Download titles to mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android Devices;
*            Save, print, or email chapters or sections;
*            Link to books or book chapters for easy reference or social sharing; and,
*            Generate or export citations to bibliographic management tools.

This free webinar will be presented by an EBSCO trainer on December 6, 2017 2:00 - 2:45pm. Please register for this event

For more information contact: Regan Gunningham, 306-787-3953,

RPL's Regent Place Branch Partners with SLA for 
Library: Behind the Scenes

SLA is very excited to be the community partner of the Regent Place Branch for their "Library: Behind the Scenes" event on Saturday December 9 from 1-4pm and located at 331 Albert St. in Regina in the Market Mall.

This interactive, educational event will help to showcase all the things that help make a modern public library so much more than books - CD's, DVD's, magazines, video games, programs, computer access, community outreach, meeting spaces, cutting edge technology like 3D printers and digital media studios and much much more. 

Please see the map for the location. The poster is here. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for this fun, exciting event! Everyone is welcome.

The University of Regina will host the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences . The 87th annual Congress will take place May 26 to June 1, 2018. More than 7,000 attendees are expected at Canada's largest academic gathering. Over 70 scholarly associations will hold their annual conference, have presentations, etc.
Library workers in Saskatchewan may be interested to know that four library sector societies will be at Congress:
Bibliographical Society of Canada  (Michael Shires, local arrangements coordinator )  
All four local arrangement coordinators work at the University of Regina Library and they can be contacted with questions about their respective society/association. Updates about planned activities and dates will be available in SLAte leading up to the start of Congress.

Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is currently accepting proposals for its annual conference at Congress 2018 at the University of Regina on May 29-30, 2018.  Attached is the BSC's first call for papers in English and French.

Saskatchewan Library Association
15-2010 7th Ave.
Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Phone: 306-780-9413 or 306-780-9409
Fax: 306-780-9447
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.