ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 2 Issue11, November 1, 2016

I'm looking out my sixth floor office window and there is still some greenery despite the cold and snowy weather Regina has experienced. SLA's Board of Directors' meeting in La Ronge in early October  was great. Many of us had not been there befor
Lac La Ronge at dawn
Photo credit: Michael Shires

e. It was my first time and the northern most point in Canada I have ever visited. The scenery was spectacular! Many thanks to PNLS Director James Hope Howard for hosting our board meeting! The road trip was long but the conversations were fun (six of us traveled together).
Statue in downtown La Ronge Photo credit: Michael Shires

It's with mixed feelings that I announce the departure of Anastasia Gould, Vice-President of Membership and Publications. She recently relocated to Ottawa, ON. Anastasia's inquisitiveness and thoughtful comments at meetings were enlightening. To that end, SLA's Board of Directors will discuss next steps on filling the vacancy at its upcoming meeting in Manitou Springs on November 14.  Read more 

Name: Joseph Cliff
Title : Library Technician
Born and lived: Before moving to the Treaty 4 - Regina,
Photo credit: Chloe Tiroux 
Saskatchewan in September I have been living in Treaty 7 - Calgary, Alberta since 2011. I was born in the Treaty 6 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and have spent time living on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia.  
 Early Life: I grew up a prairie punk. I played in loud angry bands, lived in dingy unkempt houses, rode my bicycle year round and published poorly written fanzines.
 Professional career and activities: As of mid- September, I am the new Library Technician at the First Nations University of Canada's Regina campus library. The position is quite new to me so I am wide eyed and excited about what possibilities and challenges the future will hold.   
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For our October meeting,  the SLA board journeyed to La Ronge to join SLA board member, James Hope Howard (PNLS Director). Our visit provided a snapshot of the world in which James works as we visited the PNLS Headquarters and met several of the staff, including Assistant Director, Harriet Roy. Harriet, who is also  chair of the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal People (LSSAP), joined the board  for  dinner.Finally, we stopped at Elk Ridge Resort near Waskesiu to preview the facility for the 2017 Conference and are very excited to be hosting the 75th anniversary party at such a beautiful location. 

Judy Nicholson 
Photo credit: Judy Nicholson 
The SLA Board has been investing time on governance learning activities as part of the Price Waterhouse Cooper Leadership Grant.  Read more

The Partnership is offering special pricing for institutions to access Education Institute (EI) Webinars and the Continuing Education Certificate for their staff learning needs. Find more information here.

Happy Hour Announcement and Poster
Members, non-members, library stakeholders, and friends: all are welcome to join the Saskatchewan Libraries Happy Hour, November 3rd from 5 - 7 p.m.  Locations and hosts are listed on the poster.  Print a poster and share with your colleagues. 

  • November 3, 2016: SLA's Happy Hour. Please see the poster above for locations.
  • November 18, 2016: Culture Days Grant final reports due.
  • February 15, 2017: Next Continuing Education Application deadline.
  • May 4-5, 2017: The Saskatchewan Libraries Conference at Elk Ridge Resort.
Photo credit: Michael Shires

  • New York Public Library's beautiful reading room.
  • Library & Archives Canada is ready to meet its public.
  • OLA announces 2017 Forest of Reading nominees.
  •  Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation has published a Grants and Funding Guide which may contain some opportunities for libraries.
  • The 2016 Governor General's Literary Awards are in accessible formats. Read the News Release.
  • Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More grant possibility.
  • New York Public Library's Human Google Is here.
  • Rick Hansen's Access4All grant possibility 
  •  You are invited to an eLibrary Canada webinar.
    This free 30 minute webinar will demonstrate a new database in the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP) collection. eLibrary Canada is an online general reference database for Canadian K-12 schools and public libraries. It contains over 2,500 full-text titles, 9,000+ research topics and over 7 million maps, photos, graphics, and websites.
    eLibrary Canada can be accessed through most public libraries but it is not available to schools through Blackboard. If you have questions, you are invited to check with your local public library.
    The Provincial Library and Literacy Office is offering this introductory webinar through Adobe Connect on November 16, 2016 from 1:30pm - 2:15pm. Please register for this event by November 15, 2016, email:



  • We hope that you enjoyed a successful SLW. Final Grant Reports are due January 10, 2017. 
  • Meadow Lake Library celebrated their 70th Birthday during SLW and were featured in their local newspaper, Northern Pride.

One Book, One Province news: 

In March, 2017, as part of the Saskatchewan Library Association's 75th Anniversary celebrations, we will be introducing a province-wide reading initiative that encourages Saskatchewan residents to read, discuss, and engage in programs around our selected title, The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir written by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter, published by the University of Regina Press. One Book, One Province will bring Saskatchewan residents together to create community around reading and libraries, and prompt discussions on the history of residential schools in this province.

The essence of the project is to encourage Saskatchewan people to read the same book during the month of March, 2017. The theme guiding the book selection was Tolerance and Understanding. In adopting this single title as our focus, one of our goals is to encourage Saskatchewan readers to learn about Augie, and participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in our communities, libraries, book clubs, art galleries, museums, and anywhere people may gather to express their thoughts and ideas about the issues raised by the book.

We will be updating the SLA website with new information about upcoming projects and partners on an ongoing basis.

For more information please email

CODE's 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature
The Burt Awards presentation Photo credit: Michael Shires

David Carpenter, Shelagh Rogers and Mark Dockstater Photo credit: Michael Shires

Photo credit: St. Thomas More College
The Shannon Library at St. Thomas More College is currently undergoing a renovation to house the library collections on one floor. The library has the preeminent Catholic college collection in Western Canada and excels in materials relating to Catholic writers, church history, Shakespearean and Victorian literature, classical and medieval studies, as well as emerging contemporary approaches to social justice.
While t he new space will be primarily dedicated to movable book-stacks, it will feature seating along a vast floor to ceiling expanse of
Photo credit: Brad Klebaum 
north facing windows, as well as a fire-place. It will be based in contemporary bronze tones but maintain an old world library feel featuring large pieces of sculpture such as a remarkable three foot bust of Constantine the Great, as well as iconic feature lights. It will have on permanent display an Aboriginal art collection, which is the private collection of the Library Director, Dr. Donna Brockmeyer. The renovation will occur in phases and is part of a larger college expansion featuring student lounge space. The first phase should be completed by the summer of 2017.
Ultimately, Brockmeyer hopes that Shannon Library will become a signature library in Saskatchewan. 

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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.