ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 4 Issue 10
October 1, 2018

Fall Greetings from SLA!

September has flown by in my work at the University of Saskatchewan. The flurry of excited and anxious students has calmed to quotidian routine. In other words, reality has sunk in!
The programs of SLA are in full swing and committee members are busy planning and organizing.
Many thanks to those who have events planned for Saskatchewan Library Week. This is a very important opportunity to profile libraries and engage communities and stakeholders.
SLA Happy Hours will take place on November 8th at various locations around the province. Mark your calendar and stay tune for details.
The members of the board will come together in mid-October to address the business of the organization. This meeting will follow up on discussions and planning from the Board Retreat held at the end of August. The retreat provided the opportunity to examine the current Strategic Plan and discuss priorities going forward. Board meetings are always fruitful in addressing the organization's business and ensuring a common focus and direction.
The upcoming provincial Government's Engagement with Public Libraries has been keeping our attention on communicating with our members and stakeholders. When faced with the task of
Photo credit: Anita Retzlaff
articulating value and participation in the life of a community, priorities are lifted up and it becomes a good exercise in evaluating and prioritizing. SLA is anticipating an active role in the engagement and as the process unfolds, we will communicate with you to the extent possible.
Alison Jantz
SLA President

Executive Directors Report - October 1, 2018
Life Cycles Capacity Building - Update
SaskCulture brought the LifeCycles Capacity Building Teams together on September 23, 2018 to meet with the lead consultant Steve Schack from the Life Cycles Institute. At this point in the process, each team has completed a thorough organizational self-assessment and improvement plan aimed at building organizational capacity.   The teams made presentations on their assessments and go-forward plans. There was also group discussion and reflection on the process and next steps for implementation. It is a great opportunity for SLA to participate in the inaugural Life Cycles Project initiated and sponsored by SaskCulture.   Thank you to Alison Jantz, Linda Winkler, Michael Shires and Lukas Miller for contributing their time and insights to this important project. Read more.

SLA 2018-2019 Board of Directors
Photo credit: Anne Pennylegion


The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is pleased to accept applications for the Maureen Woods Education Bursary. This bursary was made possible with the generous donation from the Saskatchewan Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and through the efforts of the Multitype Library Board and SLA. The bursary was established to promote the continued growth of professional librarianship in the province of Saskatchewan. The bursary is administered by the Saskatchewan Library Association. SLA is offering a single bursary in the amount of $5,000.Deadline for applications is October 30, 2018.
For more information, please visit the SLA website.


Applications for Continuing Education Grants Due February 15, 2019
Have a great idea for a workshop for library staff? Interested in attending a conference, workshop, or professional development opportunity?  SLA offers Continuing Education (CE) grants to provide and support relevant educational opportunities for its members.  Applications for CE category one, two, and three grants are now being accepted.  All applications are due by February 15th, 2019.  Details are available on the  website.

The Education Institute Fall 2018 Calendar is here.

The date for the fall Happy Hours has been set for November 8, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at all locations. If your library is interested in hosting a Happy Hour, please contact Dorothea Warren, SLA Executive Director at (306) 780-9413 or by email at
An invitation to help improve access to legal information for Saskatchewan residents
Saskatchewan library staff are invited to participate in the next phase of the  Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project (the SALI Project)
As you may be aware, the objective of  the SALI Project
 is to increase access to legal information for Saskatchewan residents through a collaboration between justice and library stakeholders in Saskatchewan. The SALI Project partners hosted a conference on October 20-21, 2017, during the Second Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week. The primary purpose for the event was to bring together a large number of public library representatives from rural, remote, and small urban centres in Saskatchewan as well as experts in the topic area, to further address how greater access to legal information can be achieved through partnering with libraries. Read more 
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Name: Nina Verishagen
Title: Marketing Librarian
Photo credit: Nina Verishagen.
Born and lived: Dundurn, SK (age 0-8); Saskatoon, SK (8-23); Montreal, QC (23-25); Saskatoon, SK (25-present)
Early Life: Before becoming a librarian I lived the life of a perpetual student. My undergraduate degree is in History and I completed my MLIS at McGill University.
Professional career and activities: My position at Sask Polytech Library has two parts, I am the Marketing Librarian for the entire Sask Polytech Library system - in this role I plan events, work with the institution's C&M department to develop promotions and oversee communications. My other role is that of liaison to specific programs in Saskatoon, including Adult Education, LINC, and the Library Technician diploma program. In this role I provide students and faculty with the tools they need to be successful educators and students. Providing these supports manifests in a variety of ways, one example is library instruction. Read more 
  • For the second time, the Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association (SLTA) is partnering with SLA during SLW.  They will be holding a teen writing contest during Saskatchewan Library Week (SLW). For details on the contest, please click here.



The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed October 14-20 Saskatchewan Library Week:
Saskatchewan Library Week is almost here!
For a list of projects happening across the province and a map of their locations, please visit the SLA website 
After a few technical difficulties, the Book Spine Poetry Contest is back up and running!
And don't forget to visit the dropbox for additional marketing materials.

The theme for the 2019 TDSR Club has been chosen. Read more. 


  • The Multitype Library Board September 2018 communiqué is now available on the Board website. The communiqué includes information about the upcoming Community Meeting, April 2018 MDLP annual general meeting and Saskatchewan library news.  Read the communique now!
  • Read the Heritage Saskatchewan newsletter here.
  • You can read the North Battleford Monthly Newsletter here.
  • The University of Regina blog yoURARCHER has been reborn.
  • The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is happy to announce that all of their back issues of Saskatchewan History magazine (1948-2017) are now available as free PDF downloads.  Visit their website  to access all 182 available issues.
  • Research Outreach would like libraries to know that They are producing 4 journals per year, with each edition focusing on a range of world-class research projects and innovative initiatives.For more information visit their website.
  • Call for Submissions: Saskatchewan Book Awards
    Submissions are now open for the 26th Saskatchewan Book Awards! Books that were published by Saskatchewan authors or publishers on or after November 1, 2017 and no later than October 31, 2018 are eligible, except in the case of the Young Adult Literature Award, which is open to books that were published on or after November 1, 2016 and no later than October 31, 2018. Please consider applying online through their website at The award categories include: Book of the Year, Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Scholarly, Indigenous Peoples' Writing, First Book, Young Adult Literature, Regina Book, Saskatoon Book, Prix du livre français, Publishing, Indigenous Peoples' Publishing, and Publishing in Education.If you have any questions, please contact the SBA office ( , 306-569-1585).
    Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Library and Archives Canada newsletter: Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World is here.
  • Why School Librarians Matter read the article here.
  • October 22 is School Library Day! Read more here.
  • Technology hasn't killed Public Libraries. Read the article in full.
  • Award winning writer Shelley Leedahl would like to arrange readings in Saskatchewan Libraries to promote her newest book. For more information, please contact Shelley directly at or by phone at 250- 714-5142.
  •  The Museums Association of Saskatchewan newsletter is  here.


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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.