ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 3 Issue 2,
February 1, 2017

Hello everyone!
Despite it being the middle of winter there are signs that we are inching closer to spring.  I've noticed this week that there are a few extra minutes of daylight each day.  This was particularly noticeable on January 23 when I was carpooling back to Regina after the SLA's Board meeting in Saskatoon. Read more

Come to the SLA Mid Winter Social!

The Mid Winter Social will be held on Wednesday February 15, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in Regina and Saskatoon.

The Regina location is La Bodega (2228 Albert St.) in the Upper Floor room.

The Saskatoon location is Amigos Cantina (632 10th St. East)

Acknowledging the Accomplishments of Colleagues

Congratulations to Jeff Barber, CEO/Director of Regina Public Library the recipient of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Leadership which will be presented at the 2017 OLA Super Conference. Read more

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 three categories are now being accepted.  All applications are due by February 15th, 2017.  Details are available on the website .
Do you have some spare time? Interested in meeting new people?  
Are you passionate about libraries and interested in contributing your ideas?

Please consider serving your Association through one of these positions on the SLA Board of Directors, or encourage a colleague to be nominated. Service in each of these positions begins at the changeover meeting in early June. Nominations will close February 28, 2017.  Elections will be held in March if necessary.  The results will be reported at the AGM, which will be held at Elk Ridge Resort, Waskesiu, Thursday, May 4, 2017. 

  • The Resolutions Committee volunteers are Alison Jantz and Alan Kilpatrick 
  • Call for Volunteers: The AGM Registration Table will need volunteers.  Please let the office know if you are interested in volunteering as soon as possible. 
  • Due March 15, 2017: Call for a volunteer for the SLA Representative to the University of Regina Senate following the completion of Cara Bradley's term. The next term runs from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2020.  You must submit a letter to the Executive Director ( by March 15, 2017 including: name, mailing address, email address, telephone (residence, office, fax) and academic/professional qualifications. The Board of Directors will select the representative by the end of March.  Thanks to Cara for her three years of service!
2016 Resources and Policy Challenges Survey
The Canadian Federation of Library Associations-Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques is asking or your help in completing a survey regarding  book, Internet, or other access challenges in 2016.
The survey in English is here and in French here.



Heritage Week: February 20 to 24, 2017 Please visit the website for more information.  

  • 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.


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. 
  • The delegate registration form will be available February 21st
  • The Exhibitor Earlybird deadline is February 15th
  • The Exhibitor final deadline is March 1st.
  • Accommodations: Conference rates are available until April 10, 2017. 
Questions?  Contact the SLA Office.

  • Free database webinar!
    CPI.Q indexes more than 1,300 Canadian periodicals in both English and French, newspaper articles, reference books, images and video clips. This database includes:
    • a wide range of topics and issues related to Canada, including current events, health, technology, and the arts;
    • a bilingual interface (English and French); and
    • more than 70 French language titles.
    This one of the optional databases is a part of the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP) collection.
    This webinar will be presented by Provincial Library and Literacy Office staff over Adobe Connect on February 22, 2017 from 1:30 - 2:15pm. Please register for this event.
  • Saskatoon Public Library is addressing issues of reconciliation with a community collaboration approach.  Read more about it in the January Library Journal. 
  • News from Rick Hansen's Access4All Canada 150 projects.
  • Fire up a free Canadian film for National Canadian Film Day 150. 
  • News from NNELS. 
  • Clever Browser Extension Helps You Find New Library Books  On Amazon. 
  • Librarian for a day.
  • Sâkêwêwak Artists Collective is holding their annual Storyteller's Festival next week. For a complete schedule of events please visit their website.

Freedom to Read Week posters and One Book, One Province posters will be on their way to you soon.

Remember to register your event or project.


  • A reading tour with David Carpenter has been planned for Meadow Lake, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina, Estevan, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Maple Creek and Shaunavon
  • Is your library planning a special One Book, One Province project for the month of March? If you are, please send us your plans and we will promote them through our communications channels.
  • Information for libraries can be found here.
  • If your library or region needs more copies of The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, please see the information sheet about how to order.

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Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Phone: 306-780-9413 or 306-780-9409
Fax: 306-780-9447
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.