ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 3 Issue 3
March 1, 2017

Hello everyone,
I experienced mixed emotions with writing this month's letter. In the midst of our association planning exciting anniversary events and programs, two very special people passed away in February.
It is with profound sadness that I announce the sudden passing of Sara Roberts on February 13th. She was a colleague of mine and was a User Services Assistant at the University of Regina Library. Sara held individual SLA membership, was a member of the association's Membership Committee, and was the recipient of SLA Continuing Education Grants. She was also a graduate student at the University of Alberta's School of Library and Information Studies online program. Sara's obituary is here.

I was also very saddened to learn of the passing of Augie Merasty on February 27th. After a difficult and tormented life, Augie had recently reunited with his family recouned his story in his very powerful memoir. The Education of Augie Merasty,:A Residential School Memoir was chosen book for the One Book One Province Saskatchewan program, The Education of Augie Merasty A Residential School Memoir. On behalf of the Saskatchewan Library Association, I offer my sincere condolences to his family.
Judy Nicholson, SLA's Executive Director, and I were in Toronto Jan.30 to Feb. 4 to participate in The Partnership Winter Retreat and attend the Ontario Library Association's SuperConference. We  attended the Canadian Federation of Library Association's (CFLA-FCAB) first AGM on Feb.1. At this historic meeting I was very privileged to hold a sacred Maori Stone from New Zealand. Camille Callison,
Photo credit: Kevin Brennan.
CFLA-FCAB Board of Directors member and Chair of the federation's Truth and Reconciliation Committee, had brought the stone, which is soon to be repatriated,as part of her committee and library work.
Read more 

Energize Your Library Advocacy!  News from the SLA Advocacy Committee
We tend to think advocacy means protests and placards. Rather, advocacy "is a deliberate, planned, and sustained effort to develop understanding and support incrementally over time" (Ken Haycock, 2006). Library advocacy is a community-centred approach
based upon building relationships of credibility and trust between libraries and the communities they serve, identifying their needs, wants, and expectations through these relationships, and addressing their priorities. Advocacy involves targeted approaches to potential supporters based upon stories of success from your communities.

At the 2017 Conference, your Advocacy Committee will present a session on creating a sustainable advocacy plan for your libraries. Learn how to identify clear deliverables, create clever strategies, and demonstrate accountability to your supporters and the communities you serve. The Committee will provide several useful tools, resources, and ideas you can implement when crafting your action plan. Collectively, we will see how far we have gone and on which aspects we need to work going forward before meeting again in 2018!

SLA Continuing Education Committee Announces CE Grant Recipients
On Friday, February 17, 2017, the CE committee met and adjudicated the grant applications.
These recipients received approval for the following grants:

Category 1: Deborah McConkey (to attend Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2017
& Colin Evans (to attend Access 2017
Category 2: Rachel Sarjeant-Jenkins (to help organize a conference based upon an event in Fall 2016 titled
The Role of Legal Information Providers and Public Libraries in Promoting Access to Justice

Category 3: Tawn Marshall & Jesse Labelle (both for First Time Attendance at the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference)


The latest issue of Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research has just been

Build Your Tech Toolbox - Bit by Bit
We've got you covered with the latest and greatest tech! Don't miss out on what's coming up at the Education Institute.
Enroll now! Space is limited.
Download the EI Winter 2017 Calendar here

Here are the winning entries in SLTA's Libraries Matter Contest




  • May 4-5, 2017: The Saskatchewan Libraries Conference at Elk Ridge Resort.
Name Ann Liang
Photo credit: Ann Liang.
Title: Instructional Librarian at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus
Born and lived: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Family & Early Life: I am the youngest of three kids (as in 10 and 11 years younger than my siblings), so I spent a lot of my early life terrorizing my siblings and making them seem "uncool" in their teen years. The majority of my family is still in Saskatoon, so I do make frequent trips back to Saskatoon to visit.
Professional career and activities: I started out as a student assistant in the Science and Health Science libraries at the University of Saskatchewan during my undergrad (where I studied Biology and Archaeology). It was at this position that I found my love of libraries and I decided to pursue an MLIS with the help and advice of Dede Dawson! I completed my MLIS in 2015 at Western, and as luck would have it, I managed to come home to Saskatchewan when I was hired on with Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Read more

Conference 2017 - What's New?
SLA 2017 is looking for volunteers to support an assortment of activities at this year's conference. We need charismatic speakers to introduce our wonderful presenters, tech-savvy minds to provide AV and technology support, and friendly faces to staff the registration table. We're also looking for gregarious guests to coordinate some of our social events, and creatively-inclined individuals to photograph the conference. Great volunteers help to make a conference fantastic, and it takes a range of talents to get the job done. As well, participating as a volunteer will help you to get the most out of your conference experience by placing you in the thick of events and activities.

Please contact tasha. to sign up. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

  • The delegate information form is here 
  • The Exhibitor final deadline is March 1st.
  • Accommodations: Conference rates are available until April 10, 2017. 
Questions?  Contact the SLA Office.

  • New Literacy grants for nonprofits
  • Join SALT for a night of trivia, food, drinks and fun as we celebrate 40 years!
    Saturday, March 11, 2017
    7-10 pm
    AKA Artist Run Event Space
    424 20th St. W, Saskatoon
    $10 at the door (cash/cheque accepted)
    RSVP to before March 6th
    or visit our Facebook event to respond:  Everyone is welcome. Please share with your colleagues.
  • Access 2017
    September 27-29, 2017 in Saskatoon
    Access is Canada's premier library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies.  
  • Canadian School Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of the website, L'Apprentissage en tête:  
  • Librarians take up arms against fake news
  • The SLTA Spring 2017 newsletter is available here


It was 2001 when Augie Merasty wrote a letter to the University of Saskatchewan asking for some help in recording his memoir. David Carpenter spent the next decade exchanging letters with Augie and slowly gathering pages of his childhood memories. Together the two men produced a remarkable book that will be read by even more people this month as the inaugural One Book One Province selection. Read more  


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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.