ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 7 Issue 1
January  8, 2020

Happy New Year! I hope that 2021 is a much better year for everyone. I also hope you were able to take a bit of a break over the holiday season. It is time to get back to business. We have a Board meeting later this month and committees have meetings in the next few weeks.

The Conference committee will be starting their work in earnest this month. There is still time to
Photo credit: Andrew Marshall
 volunteer if you are interested in helping out with this exciting venture between SLA and MLA. It is sure to be an engaging and exciting process.
The Education committee has been working on the development of a bursary in response to a resolution made at the 2020 AGM. This is an ongoing process and has been interesting so far. Please reach out to us if you have thoughts and ideas. We are currently doing a survey to see what else is out there and how they are managed.

Thank You

To both Judy Nicholson and Mary Chipanshi for their recent generous donations. Donations like these fund valuable educational opportunities and awards for SLA members.

Unfortunately, in error last month we incorrectly noted that Marilyn Jenkins had been Provincial Librarian. In fact, as an employee of the Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Marilyn was the Director of Public Libraries. Thank you Marilyn. 

To make a donation to SLA, please visit the SLA website. 

Continuing Education Grants: Applications Due February 15, 2020

Have a great idea for a workshop for library staff? Interested in attending a conference, workshop, or other 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.

Details are available on the  SLA website.

Please submit applications to or mail to Dorothea Warren at 10-2010 7th Ave, Regina SK S4R 1C2 by February 15, 2020. 

Mary Donaldson Award of Merit
Photo courtesy Saskatchewan Archives Board. #55-446-01

Applications are invited for the 2020 Mary Donaldson Award. The Mary Donaldson Award of Merit was established in 1977 to provide a bursary to a full-time or part-time Saskatchewan student enrolled in a library and information technician program. The award will be presented during the annual Saskatchewan Library Association Conference in May. Please note the deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.

Click here to learn more.

Exciting Learning Opportunities from SLA!

Please plan to join us for a new Learning Opportunities Series with speakers featured one per month  January - April 2021. Each session will be 45-50 minutes, with time for a Q&A and/or facilitated discussion.

January 27, 2021 from 12:00-1pm
Speaker: Danielle Bitz, University of Saskatchewan
More than words: LIS and meaningful engagement with contemporary Indigenous communities
This presentation will consider different strategies for building relationships and engagement between libraries and Indigenous communities.

February 24, 2021 from 12:00-1pm
Data Literacy in Everyday Media - To be confirmed.

March 24, 2021 from 12:00 -1pm
Abby Wolfe, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan
The ABC's of Dementia Friendly Libraries - Explores how libraries can become more inclusive, supportive & accessible for people affected by dementia.
April 28, 2021 from 12:00 -1:00
Helen Power and Chau Ha, University of Saskatchewan & Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Creating a Library Community of Practice - Discussion on determining scope, facilitation & assessment, based on literature review & presenters experiences

For more information or to register, please contact Leslie Charlton at All sessions are free to attend.

Conference 2021-Stay Tuned

Manitoba Library Association and Saskatchewan Library Association are partnering to host a joint conference in 2021. Planning is underway for a virtual conference the week of June 13. More information to follow.


Freedom to Read Week
February 21-27 2021

Reminder: Deadline to apply for grants is January 15th. SLA is offering 10 grants of $200 to libraries who are successful in their applications. The application form can be found here
The Book and Periodical Council provides fabulous promotional materials to support programs. Please visit 
Test your skills with this Freedom to Read puzzle

CFLA has created a revised form for reporting challenges to intellectual freedom in libraries. For more information, please see the attached document

Plans for OBOP Programs are almost complete. SLA will create videos of four readings and four zoom readings for distribution to libraries. There will be four different videos, with a different chapter being featured in each one. Libraries will be able to build programs/discussions/book clubs around these videos. All of the proposed videos will be free of charge.

Posters will be sent to you soon along with Freedom to Read posters. Web banners and facebook headers will also be available.

In the meantime, for more information about Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun or Paul Seesequasis, please visit or The Bukowski Agency

Be sure to have enough copies on hand. 
For more information about One Book, One Province please contact:

Want to win a Skype visit with Snow and Diamond finalist author Colleen Nelson? Find more information and how to 
enter here

Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence program introduced at the 
U of S Library 
For more information please visit

Library Journal's Top Ten Stories of 2020 

TWUC invites submissions for the Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. For information about regulations and to apply please go to the
 TWUK website

Mark your calendar for February 1, 2, 3, and 4, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm for LA FOIP Foundations: Access and Privacy Tips for Local Authorities - a webinar series designed for local authorities. The cost is free! Form more information please go to The Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner


Call for Nominations
Nominations are now open for the Heritage Saskatchewan Board of Directors. Deadline: February 11th.
The Heritage Saskatchewan AGM will be held virtually on February 25th. Nomination package is here

Newsletters from other cultural organizations

Saskatchewan Library Association
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Phone: 306-780-9413 or 306-780-9409
Fax: 306-780-3633
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.