Welcome New Members!
Membership with SLA helps support Saskatchewan Library Association programming and offers many benefits for members.
See information on the types of membership with SLA here.
Application for individual membership.

The Saskatchewan Library Association is very pleased to welcome the following new individual member:

Kathy Gaynor - Saskatoon Public Library
Introducing New SLA Board Members
Tasha Maddison, VP of Advocacy and Development
Tasha Maddison is a Librarian at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, specializing in copyright, open access and academic integrity initiatives. She completed her M.L.I.S. at Wayne State University in 2012, focusing on instruction in academic libraries. Her research interests include distributed and online learning, information literacy instruction and information discovery. Tasha is active in the library community, serving on many committees for the Saskatchewan Library Association.
Tasha Maddison
Photo Credit: Tasha Maddison
Oksana Moshynska, Member at Large
Oksana Moshynska is bringing several decades of experience and education in health sciences and research administration and management. She completed her doctoral degree in biological sciences in Ukraine and is an alumni of the University of Saskatchewan where she completed her post-doctoral fellowship in molecular pathology and genetics. Oksana worked at the University of Saskatchewan first as a researcher and later as a grants specialist and research programs advisor. She is currently working on her Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) degree through the USC Marshall School of Business

Oksana Moshynska
Photo Credit: Islgor Moshynska
Deborah Pelletier, Member at Large
Deborah brings about 20 years of experience in the education, library and archival fields and more recently in information management and record keeping. 
She has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Library and Information Services. Her roles in the library field include working at the National Library of Canada, teacher librarian at the Campbell Collegiate Resource Center in Regina, and a secondment to Saskatchewan Learning Ministry as a consultant in the Aboriginal Education Unit. 
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2021 MLA-SLA Joint Conference Recordings
A reminder to all attendees of last June's 2021 MLA-SLA Joint Conference that session recordings are available on the conference's website, https://pheedloop.com/mlaslaconference/.
Please note that due to technical difficulties, Dr. Murray Sinclair’s keynote talk is not available but many other sessions from the conference are accessible to anyone who attended. To access these recordings log in to the conference's Pheedloop page using your original conference username and password.

Applications Open for SLA Student Bursaries and Awards

Maureen Woods Education Bursary
The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is pleased to accept applications for the 2022 Maureen Woods Education Bursary until October 31, 2021. The bursary was established to promote the continued growth of professional librarianship in the province of Saskatchewan. It is open to all students enrolled in or accepted in an ALA-accredited graduate degree program in library and information science or equivalent at the time of the award.
Full details and application requirements can be found here

Indigenous MLIS Student Education Bursary
This year the Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is introducing the Indigenous MLIS Student Education Bursary. This bursary was established to promote the continued growth of professional librarianship and is open to any person of Canadian Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) who is enrolled in or accepted in an ALA-accredited graduate degree program in library and information science or equivalent. Applications are accepted until October 31, 2021.
Further information and application requirements may be found here
 Applications Open for SLA Continuing Education Grants

The deadline to submit applications for Saskatchewan Library Association Continuing Education Grants has been extended to September 11, 2021. The following grants are available:
1. Grant to an individual for attendance to any continuing education opportunity (conference, workshop, etc.).
2. Grant to an individual or institution for organization and promotion of a continuing education opportunity (conference, workshop, etc.).
Full details including Guidelines for Continuing Education Grants and Application Form can be found on the SLA website. .
Saskatchewan Library Association Program News

Saskatchewan Library Week is October 17 - 23, 2021
Culture Days is September 24 - October 24, 2021
Planning is well underway for Saskatchewan Library Week. Our theme for 2021 is Saskatchewan Libraries: Rise Above.  This theme reflects the flexibility and commitment of libraries to evolve and adapt to changing times. Whether in response to a pandemic, technological advances, educational and labour force needs or advancing cultural awareness libraries rise up to the challenges and opportunities presented.
SLA is creating six artist and writer videos that will be available free for public viewing on our website and social media. Libraries are welcome to use them to help facilitate Saskatchewan Library Week events, either virtual or in-person. These videos may also be used for organizing Culture Days events. Details about the launch of the videos in early September will be publicised via newsflash and SLA social media.

The Book Spine Poetry Contest will run September 7 - November 1, 2021. All details can be found on the SLA website

SLA Program Coordinator Anne Pennylegion is currently away on leave. Any programming enquiries can be directed to Leslie Charlton, SLA Communications Coordinator at slacomm@sasktel.net.

Call for SLA Committee Members

Thank you to all 2020-21 Committee Members who indicated a willingness to serve on committees again in 2021-22. We are now inviting interest from additional SLA members to serve on internal SLA committees. Please refer to the link below for Committee descriptions and express your interest to slaexdir@sasktel.net . If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us by email or phone.

Thank you for supporting your association .
SLA Developing Prison Library Literacy Committee

Preliminary exploration has begun for the creation of an SLA Prison Library Literacy Committee. While developmental work is underway, this is a year to finalize planning, including collaboration with the "The Book Project". There will be a drop off for book donations in Regina on September 11, 2021 for this worthy cause.

"The Book Project" Project!
“The Book Project” is an initiative of Saskatchewan’s Chief Justice and some of his colleagues, providing books to provincial jail inmates in order to make their time in custody more tolerable and improve and encourage literacy. Normally the Book Project collects many of its books as a donation from the Big Book Sale.
The Ex Libris Association (ELA) and the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) invite applications for the W. Kaye Lamb Award.
Saskatchewan Multitype Library Services is offering a free professional development opportunity for SLA members. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation is a self-paced, three-hour, multi-media course that provides introductory, foundational knowledge on truth and reconciliation that nearly all Canadians missed during their education journey. It is intended for Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.
Registration info here
CFLA-FCAB statement regarding Users' Rights and Fair Dealings. 
Treaty 4 Gathering Student Activities sub committee is coordinating with RPL to organize two free online author talks in September for individuals living in Treaty 4. Details with a downloadable save the date poster can be found here
The University of Regina is hosting "Virtual Career Day" in lieu of the in-person Careers Day job fair. This event runs on Wednesday, September 22nd from 9am-4pm. For the first time, we will be using the Virtual Career Simplicity platform to host Career Day! Exhibitors can once again gain access to the nearly 16,000 full-time students attending the University of Regina! Meet the best and brightest students and alumni from the University of Regina, showcase your organization, introduce students and alumni to the potential careers available with your organization!
An Open Letter to the CFLA Board on Intellectual Freedom can be read here

Read the latest news from The Willow Awards.
Update for University of Regina Co-op and Internship employment opportunities for employers can be found here
Registration is NOW OPEN for Stronger Together, a virtual library conference hosted jointly by Parkland Regional Library System, Peace Library System, The Alberta Library, & Yellowhead Regional Library.
Latest Newsletters and Programming from Libraries & Other Cultural Organizations
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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.
The Saskatchewan Library Association gratefully acknowledges the support of our funding agencies.