ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 6 Issue 1
January 8, 2019

Letter from the President
Happy New Year! It finally occurred to me over the holiday break that we are not only entering a new year, but a new decade.
I am looking forward to the upcoming year and the exciting work that SLA will continue to undertake to best meet our members' needs. We have established a committee to recruit new Board members for the 2020-2021 year. I encourage you to consider joining the Board and helping to continue building a strong, member-driven SLA.
Photo Credit: Andrew Marshall
Please feel free to contact any current board member or SLA staff if you would like more information.
We have an SLA Executive meeting today (January 8) and are preparing for the next Board meeting on January 17. We continue to work in areas such as communication, diversity and more.
Dorothea and I are getting ready for the Partnership meeting to be held in conjunction with the OLA Super Conference in Toronto. 

Read more.
Continuing Education Grants: Applications Due February 15, 2020

Have a great idea for a workshop for library staff? Interested in attending a conference, workshop, or other professional development opportunity? SLA offers Continuing Education (CE) grants to provide and support relevant educational opportunities for its members. Applications for CE category one, two and three grants are now being accepted.

Details are available on the SLA website.

Please submit applications to or mail to Dorothea Warren at 10-2010 7th Ave, Regina SK S4R 1C2 by February 15, 2020

SLA Frances Morrison Award

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 not restricted to professional librarians or SLA members.  It is an honour to have one's work recognized by this award. Please think about who you could recognize and consider making a nomination no later than March 1, 2020. More information is available on the SLA website.

Mary Donaldson Award of Merit

Photo courtesy Saskatchewan Archives Board. #55-446-01
Applications are invited for the 2020 Mary Donaldson Award. The Mary Donaldson Award of Merit was established in 1977 to provide a bursary to a full-time or part-time Saskatchewan student enrolled in a library and information technician program. The award will be presented during the annual Saskatchewan Library Association Conference in May. Please note the deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.

Click here to learn more.

Nominations for Honourary Life Membership

An Honourary Life Membership  is conferred upon 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. As well, this membership entitles the recipient to discounts at all SLA functions and workshops.

If you would like to nominate an SLA member for an Honourary Life Membership, please read the guidelines and complete the application form by March 1, 2020.

More information is available on the SLA website.

Freedom to Read Week
Freedom to Read Week 2020 will be held February 23-29. Once again, SLA is offering 10 grants of up to $200 for libraries planning special events or programs featuring Freedom to Read Week. The deadline to submit your application is January 12, 2020.
Click here for more information.

It is already the New Year, and we are getting close to the start of One Book, One Province, Saskatchewan month.
Recently, Candace Savage, our OBOP author penned an article for Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild. The article is attached here, and can be distributed to any libraries or museums that you wish. For libraries hosting small events or book clubs, the article might form points for discussion. A fillable poster can be found here for anyone wishing to participate.
One of our project partners, the Museums Association of Saskatchewan (Em Ironstar) have generously offered to film a reading by Candace Savage. The reading will be illustrated by photos from Saskatchewan History and Folklore featuring the works of Everett Baker and Adrian Paton, and will occur at the Legislative Library at the end of January. The film will then be distributed to libraries and museums province wide in order to encourage discussions. Thank you to everyone who is making this happen. For anyone who is interested, Saskatchewan History and Folklore offers a wealth of photographic history of Saskatchewan, and it is well worth a visit to their website.
With nine library events happening around the province, SLA is pleased to support an event at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on March 12th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the theatre and lobby of the museum. Co-sponsored by Regina Public Library and the Museum, the event will feature a reading by Candace Savage as well as a talk by Jean Francis Oakes from the Nekaneet reserve. There will also be a display of photos by Adrian Patton.
Lastly, the month of March will officially be proclaimed One Book, One Province, Saskatchewan month!
Be sure to visit the OBOP webpage as events and information have been updayed.
Thank you again to all of our partners and sponsors, and everyone who has contributed to the project so far.
Last Chance to Submit a Proposal

The deadline to submit a proposal for the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference is January 13. The Conference will take place on May 7 and 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre Regina. Click here for more information.
TD Summer Reading Club is now accepting orders for TD Summer Reading Club 2020 program materials. Here is how to get your free materials:
1. Complete the  order form .
2. Send your completed order form to your provincial /regional coordinator by January 27, 2020.
3. If you are an independent library, send your order directly to by January 27, 2020.
Click here for more information.
2020 Theme: Unexpected Intersections
In 2020, Culture Days invites event organizers and the public alike to view arts and culture programming and participation through the thematic lens of Unexpected Intersections-encouraging creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning, and expression.
Call for Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for Concordia University Library's 18th Annual Research Forum. This year's Research Forum will be held on Friday, April 17th, 2020, at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre in Montreal.  

Saskatoon Central Library

Saskatoon is getting a new central library! The Saskatoon City Council approved borrowing for a new central library. The new central library is planned to open in 2026 and will blend traditional library service with new and innovative spaces, programs and partnerships.

Click here to learn more.

#1Lib1Ref Campaign

Wikipedia  is one of the first stops for readers and researchers.
Wikimedia Canada invites you to join the global #1lib1ref campaign from January 15 to February 5, 2020, and contribute to the largest free online encyclopedia created and edited by volunteers. This campaign is part of the Wikimedia Foundation's GLAM outreach strategy to involve and train librarians in the improvement of Wikipedia.

E-books at libraries are a huge hit, leading to long waits, reader hacks and worried publishers

Read this article on the Washington Post website .

Update: #winwithWILLOWS Skype Contest
There has been some uncertainty about who can enter the #winwithWILLOWS Skype Contest and The Willow Awards have changed the wording to clarify.
The contest is open to residents of Saskatchewan, 18 years and older who are entering on behalf of youth readers in their school or library community with a limit of one entry per person with readers in grade 6 and up. More than 1 teacher is welcome to tweet from individual schools.

The Young Canada Works 2020 under way!

The Canadian Council of Archives is pleased to announce that the 2020 campaign for the program Young Canada Works (YCW) in Heritage Organizations is underway. This program is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage in support of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
Libraries operating in English are now able to apply online for both summer projects and internships via the YCW official web site. Please note, the YCW website has not yet been updated by Canadian Heritage but it will be soon.

Poetry Contest

Pandora's Collective International Poetry Contest is open for submissions until January 15, 2020. Visit their website to enter.

Newsletters from other cultural organizations

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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.