ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 4 Issue 9
September 1, 2018

It was wonderful to get together with fellow SLA members at the Saskatoon Summer Social. We enjoyed another small gathering at Amigo's. Thanks to those who came on August 22. It was great to connect with people from a couple of different library environments.  
The Board met at St. Peter's College for our annual Retreat that focused on preparation for the coming year. We held a short board meeting to deal with the business of the organization and then headed into a day and a half of strategic
Photo credit: Anita Retzlaff
planning. The time together as a board was fruitful, rejuvenating, and exciting, as we made remarkable initial strides toward the development of our new strategic plan. It is a privilege to gather at St. Peter's in a relaxed atmosphere that allowed for not only restoration but also focused, undistracted concentration on organizational planning for the coming year and beyond.
All the best as you prepare for the September onslaught of a new school year, program planning, and service delivery!

Alison Jantz
SLA President

Executive Directors Report
Summer Social
Thanks to all who were able to join the Summer Social on August 22, 2018 at the Fireside Bistro in Regina. The group included attendees from Dr. John Archer Library, Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Legislative Library,Retired library workers and SLA board and staff. It was a great opportunity for those attending to catch up as well as meet new people.
November Happy Hours will be held November 8, 2018. Stay tuned for more details.
Committee Memberships
Many thanks to all of those who have stepped up to participate in Committee work. There are a few members to yet to confirm before we post the Committee lists. If anyone is interested it's not too late. The majority of Committee work begins in September and we always welcome new participants!  


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.


The date for the fall Happy Hours has been set for November 8, 2018. 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

Jian Wang has left his position as Coordinator, Multilingual Library Services at the Provincial Library and Literacy office, and has assumed a new position at Saskatoon Public Library as Senior Manager, Welcoming Initiatives. Congratulations, Jian and best of luck.
SLA President Alison Jantz has a new position: 
"I am the Branch Operations Manager for the University Library at the U of S. My responsibilities involve operational oversight of 6 of the libraries focusing specifically on human resources, facilities, and procedural systems and tasks of the libraries. I began this new job on August 1 and am thrilled to dive into the opportunities and challenges of this new role."

Saskatchewan Library Week 2018 is October 14-20, 2018
Posters and other materials are on their way to every school and library in the province, and a dropbox containing some materials that you can use is linked here.

Packing of SLW materials is always an adventure!
Photo credit: Dorothea Warren

For the second time, SLTA is partnering with SLA during SLW. They will be holding a teen writing contest during SLW. For details on the contest, please click here.

The American Library Association has created a Libraries Transform newsletter.


The National 2018 Culture Days Programming Theme is

Culture Days
is coming soon: September 28.29 and 30, 2018 
There is a a new contest-Play OnBeat 
To see a map of the Culture Days projects funded in part by SLA grants please click here.


The One Book, One Province Committee has chosen a theme based on identity: Who do You think You Are?.   
Just Pretending writer Lisa Bird-Wilson will be visiting seven libraries across the province and will be joined by other Indigenous readers along the way.
Photo credit: Coteau Books 
Watch for more news about OBOP 2019 in March 2019. 
Photo credit: Coteau Books


International Literacy Day - A Conversation about Literacy and Skills Development
To coincide with International Literacy Day each year, the Regina Public Library hosts an event to draw attention to the work being done in our community to support literacy and lifelong learning.

In partnership with the University of Regina, this year's event, entitled "International Literacy Day - A Conversation about Literacy and Skills Development," features a conversation between Regina Public Library Director and CEO Jeff Barber and the University's new Dean of Education, Dr. Jerome Cranston. Hosted by local author Ed Willett, the casual conversation will focus on how institutions like universities and libraries are approaching literacy in an increasingly digital world.

The event will conclude with a reading by Ed Willett from his latest book as well as a musical performance by Ava Wild. A catered reception will follow.

Admission is free and all are welcome.
The event takes place:
Thursday, September 6, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Regina Public Library
Central Branch
2311 - 12th Avenue
Mezzanine Level
For more information, please contact Megan McCormick with the Regina Public Library at (306) 777-6109 or  
Marcelin Public Library Celebrates 50 Years and New Facility Expansion
June was celebration month at the Marcelin Public Library as it observed both its 50th anniversary and the opening of a newly renovated facility expansion.
Opened in the spring of 1968, the library was established in space added on to the Marcelin Town Office building to specifically accommodate the library. The Town Office recently moved to a new location, and reallocated its portion of the building to the library, more than doubling available space. The new space houses an expanded children's section, with activity tables and a cozy reading nook.
Marcelin and Wapiti celebrated the official anniversary and expansion grand opening on June 21, 2018. Members of the Wapiti Regional Office team, including Regional Director Tony Murphy, joined in the festivities and visited with local library board members and library patrons while exploring the new space.
Marcelin Library board members and staff prepared and served an outdoor supper complete with celebratory cake and ice cream.
Patrons and staff alike are excited about the expansion that will enhance and uphold the library's long tradition of providing services to the community and surrounding area.
The Canadian Museum of History is currently inviting members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to contribute their stories and oral histories to an upcoming exhibition about the international experiences of Indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Stories Beyond Borders (the exhibition's working title) will highlight the perspectives of groups and individuals that have travelled the world as diplomats, warriors/soldiers, performers, artists, scholars and athletes, over many centuries.
They are seeking the help of individuals and organizations in reachingout to members of the community who would be willing to share their story for possible inclusion in the exhibition.
More information can be found at: 
The Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network Mentorship Program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 session! This mentoring session will run from October 1st to November 30th. To apply as a mentor or mentee, please fill out the mentor application form or mentee application form.
*** Applications will close on August 31, 2018 ***
About this program
The Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network recognizes the need to help visible minority librarians, especially new librarians and new immigrant librarians, develop their professional careers, as well as the need to encourage and guide visible minority library students with career planning. The 2018 ViMLoC mentoring program will recruit experienced visible minority librarians as potential mentors, as well as facilitate the matching of potential mentors to mentees. ViMLoC membership is NOT required to participate in this program, however, you are encouraged to sign up for ViMLoC membership. Please visit for more information.
Should I apply?
This program is open to visible minority librarians at all stages of their career, and visible minority library students. We need mentors with all kinds of experience and skills. In recognition of your contribution to the mentorship program, we would be happy to provide mentors with a reference letter upon request. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as "persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour". Currently, the visible minority population in Canada consists mainly of the following
groups: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Arab, West Asian, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Latin American, Japanese and Korean.
Applicants to the program are expected:
·   To commit to the full term of the session;
·   To keep in touch with their mentorship partner a minimum of twice
per month (by email, phone, Skype or other means of communication upon mutual agreement);
·   To complete an exit survey (online) at the close of the session.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
  • Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to provide you with the latest news on  Voilà, Canada's National Union Catalogue. 
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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.