ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 3 Issue1,
January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!
It's going to be an exciting year for SLA and many celebratory activities are being planned to mark our association's diamond anniversary. To start, the One Book One Province Program has developed a wonderful page on SLA's site at . Watch for further announcements about this and forthcoming events on SLA's various communications channels!
I'm thrilled to announce that boards from both SLA and the Manitoba Library Association (MLA) officially endorsed Alix-Rae Stefanko to be the first elected representative to hold the shared Prairie Provinces seat on the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) Board for a one year term. The endorsement was communicated to CFLA-FCAB in December 2016 ahead of its first AGM and first elected board on February 1, 2017 in Toronto. Alix-Rae is the President of MLA, Secretary of the CFLA-FCAB Executive, and has been the Prairie Provinces Representative on the federation's interim board. SLA's Board has drafted guidelines for inclusion in the association's handbook to address filling the new CFLA-FCAB shared seat and responsibilities of the position. It will be SLA's turn to elect an individual from its membership for a two year standard term starting in 2018. Read more

Acknowledging the Accomplishments of Colleagues
The SLA Frances Morrison Award is an award of merit for outstanding service to libraries given in the name of one of Saskatchewan's exceptional librarians. This award is open to all, individuals or institutions or groups, and is not restricted to professional librarians or SLA members.  It is an honour to have one's work recognized by colleagues. Think about who you could nominate. Read the criteria and application process and consider making a nomination no later than March 1, 2017.  
An Honourary Life Membership  is awarded to a current SLA member who has made a substantial and recognizable long-standing contribution to SLA and/or library service in Saskatchewan. As a member of SLA for life, the recipient has full voting privileges, does not pay annual dues, receives all Association publications, and may serve on committees.  Read the criteria and application process  and consider making a nomination no later than March 1, 2017.

Continuing Education
Applications for Continuing Education Grants in all 3 categories are now being accepted.  All applications are due by February 15th, 2017.  Details are available on the website .

The Education Institute is looking for speakers for the webinar programs.  Also the Bright Young Minds (BYM) series is open to student presenter and provides an honourarium.  If you have a presentation for either the regular series or BYM, please contact:
Annesha Hutchinson
Communications & Project Officer
Ontario Library Association (OLA)
2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON     M5C 2B6
t: 416-363-3388 ext. 231 or 1-866-873-9867
f: 416-941-9581 or 1-800-387-1181


  • January 9, 2017: Freedom to Read Week grant applications are due.
  • January 10, 2017: SLW final reports are due.
  • February 15, 2017: Next Continuing Education Application deadline.
  • Heritage Week: February 20-24, 2017!
    Mark Your calendar! For more exact information, please visit the website
    Tuesday, Feb 21: Yorkton Film Festival event
    Wednesday, Feb 22: Heritage Regina Lecture at  Government House, Regina
    Thursday, Feb 23: Fundraising Workshop at Government House, Regina
    Friday, Feb 24: Heritage Sask Engagements session and Annual General Meeting, at Government House, Regina. 
  • May 4-5, 2017: The Saskatchewan Libraries Conference at Elk Ridge Resort.

Name : Jennifer Hall
Photo credit: Burnie Hall
Title:  Acting Library Coordinator, Campion College
Born and lived: Born in Regina.
Early Life:  I grew up in Dysart, a small farming community northeast of Regina.   After graduating from high school in Dysart, I attended the University of Saskatchewan where I obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in palaeobiology.
Professional career and activities: Before beginning my library career, I held positions at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, The Saskatchewan Science Centre, and Canadian Blood Services. I began working at the University of Regina Library as a Reference Assistant in 2004.   In December of 2016, I began a term position as the Library Coordinator at Campion College. Read more 

Conference 2017 - What's New??
  • Bill Waiser has been confirmed as the 2017 Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecturer. His most recent book, A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905, won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction.  
  • Presenter Confirmation will be going out to those who submitted proposals for the conference this week.
  • The Exhibitor, Advertising, and Sponsorship Prospectus has been distributed.  To get a copy go to the website.  Early bird applications are due by February 25, 2017.  More information is available here.
  • Accommodations: Conference rates are available until April 10, 2017. 
Questions?  Contact the SLA Office.

  • Free MDLP webinar!
    Canadian Major Dailies provides access to more than 20 of Canada's national and regional newspapers. This database provides students and researchers with timely coverage of national and regional events.
    Canadian Major Dailies is part of the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP) and is available to all Saskatchewan residents. The webinar will be presented by Michelle Giese, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian, at the Saskatchewan Legislative Library.  Michelle will share searching tips, will discuss how and why teachers and students might use this database, and will explain the differences between this and the other newspaper database in the MDLP collection, PressReader.
    Connect with Michelle over Adobe Connect on January 25, 2017 from 1:30pm - 2:15pm. Please register for this event
  • Read the Multitype Library Boardcommuniqué. To view previous Board communiqués or meeting minutes, visit the Multitype Library Board website.
  • Public Lending Right budget increases. 
  • New York Public Library and Macmillan team up to publish books.
  • There's a new bookstore in Regina!
  • The top 10 books of 2016 from Toronto Public Library
  • The Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists is hosting a Digital Preservation workshop.
  • Order a pass to visit National Parks free this year.
  • The Saskatchewan Book Awards have announced two shortlist events. Details are here and here.


  • The deadline for SLW final reports is January 10, 2017. The application form is here
  • SLA is once again offering ten $200 grants to libraries offering special programming or projects for Freedom to Read Week. The application form is available on the SLA website. Be sure to register your projects Please note the deadline for grant applications is January 9, 2017.
  • FTRW posters will be shipping soon, and you should have them by the end of the month.





Plans for an author tour are underway. Stay tuned for more details.

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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.