The Newsletter of the Saskatchewan Library Association
March 2014

In This Issue:
  • A Letter From the President
  • Greetings from the Executive Director
  • Who's on Board
  • Conference News
  • Calls for Volunteers
  • Call for Nominations
  • Programming News
  • Contact Us

A Letter from the President


Welcome to the first issue of SLA's new newsletter, SLAte!

The SLAte is the name selected by the Publications Committee from amongst more than 30 entries.

The winning entry was submitted by Elaina St. Onge from the Library at Luther College, University of Regina. Elaina is the lucky recipient of an iPad Mini. Congratulations Elaina, and thank you to everyone who submitted their ideas.

We hope that you will find the newsletter both informative and entertaining. Just as SLA is the voice of Saskatchewan's libraries, we envision a newsletter that provides a vehicle for your news, your stories, successes and ideas.

In the upcoming months SLAte  will also include event listings as well as relevant provincial, national and international stories.

Please feel free to send us your information and photos as well as your suggestions. Submissions can be sent to [email protected].
We'll look forward to hearing from you!

Robert G. Thomas
President, Saskatchewan Library Association


Greetings from the Executive Director !


Being selected as the new Executive Director for SLA is a challenging and exciting opportunity for which I am honoured and grateful.  I bring to the organization commitment and experience as I have long been a library supporter, deeply immersed in school libraries, and connected in many ways to the broader library community. Over the next several months I hope to meet and work with many of you at meetings, conference, and through other opportunities.  My thanks to the many colleagues who have sent their greetings and congratulations for my new role.


Judy Nicholson, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Library Association


Who's on Board
The work of the SLA is guided by a board of directors.  Find out more about the 2013-14 Board here:

Back row: Deborah McConkey, Michael Shires, Robert G. Thomas.

Front row: Colleen Murphy, Gillian Nowlan, Kimberley Hintz, Tara Wong, Blanche Bird.


Robert G. Thomas has been involved with the Saskatchewan Library Association since 2011 serving first as Vice-President and since 2012 as President.  Originally from Ontario Robert received his MLIS from the University of Western Ontario in 2008 and has worked as research services librarian at the University of Regina since 2009. Presently, he also serves SLA as the 2014 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference chair.  You can reach Robert at [email protected].

Colleen Murphy is completing her two year term as Vice President for Membership and Publications.  She has been active in the association since the mid 1980's, serving in many different roles from editing the newsletter, to chairing the conference planning committee, to being president.   A graduate of McGill, she began at the University of Regina Library in 1985 where she is currently the Associate University Librarian, Academic Liaison and User Services. She feels privileged to have been able to participate in the evolution of the library world in this province over the last 30 years and is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for it!! Feel free to contact her at [email protected].

Gillian Nowlan has been with the SLA for two years, first serving as a member at large and currently as Vice President of Advocacy and Development. She has been a librarian for three years and is currently working at the University of Regina Library as a Liaison Librarian for Education, Music, and Media Production & Studies. Within the SLA Gillian is responsible for running the Advocacy Committee, Publications Committee, SLA social media, and SLA website. Gillian can be contacted at [email protected].

Deborah McConkey is serving her second year on the SLA Board.  She has been a librarian for 7 years now.  She is currently the librarian at Horizon College and Seminary in Saskatoon which is one of the 4 colleges which make up the Saskatoon Theological Union.  Her duties with the SLA include serving on the Executive as Treasurer, as well as serving on the Programming (ie. Saskatchewan Library Week), Advocacy, Finance and Fundraising Committees, and attending regular meetings of the board.  She can be contacted at [email protected].

Michael Shires is the Collection Development & Liaison Librarian for Economics, Indigenous Studies, and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at Dr. John Archer Library, University of Regina. His previous work experience was teaching library instruction sessions, providing reference service, and collection development in public and academic libraries in Florida and the United Arab Emirates.  Michael is in the second term of a two year Member at Large position on the SLA Board.  He is a member on the 2014 conference planning committee and has been involved in the 2012 and 2013 conference planning committees. Get in touch with him at [email protected].

Blanche Bird is in her second year of a two year term as Member at Large on the SLA Board where she sits on the Programming Committee and attends regular meetings of the board. She has been the school librarian at Montreal Lake Public Library/Senator Allan Bird Memorial School Library in Montreal Lake for 17 years and brings the unique perspective of working ina school/public library setting to her work with the SLA.  Blanche can be contacted at [email protected].

Tara Wong is  currently serving her first year of a two year term as a Member at Large. She is currently a Manager, Public Service Units at Regina Public Library. She previously worked at Ottawa Public Library for 7 years and served as both webmaster and Member at Large for LANCR (Library Association of the National Capital region). Her duties with the SLA include serving on the Advocacy Committee and attending regular
meetings of the board.  She can be contacted at [email protected].

Kimberley Hintz is serving her first year of a two year term as a Member at Large.  She has been a librarian for 13 years having worked in Alberta and British Columbia before returning to Saskatchewan in 2011.  She is currently the Public Library Coordinator with the Provincial Library and Literacy Office in Regina.  Her duties with the SLA include serving on the Conference Committee, working on the newsletter as a member of the Publications Committee and attending regular meetings of the board.  She can be contacted at [email protected]

Conference News

Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2014

Learning for Life

May 1-3 2014, Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and Resort 




Calls for Volunteers
Do you have a little (or a lot) of time to help us?

The Saskatchewan Library Association is seeking volunteers to assist at the annual Saskatchewan Libraries Conference at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw, May 1-3, 2014. There are a wide  range of volunteer opportunities, and  some benefits to volunteering. For more information, please contact Tasha Maddison at [email protected]

SaskCulture seeking volunteers for Board of Directors

Positions to be filled include one, two-year term as President and one, two-year term in each of Arts, Cultural Industries, First Nations, Heritage, Métis and Multiculturalism. Elections will be held June 13, 2014 at the SaskCulture Annual General Meeting. Application packages for the SaskCulture Board are available on the SaskCulture website.

Call for Nominations
Do you have some spare time? Interested in meeting new people?
Are you passionate about libraries and interested in contributing your ideas?

The Saskatchewan Library Association is a volunteer run, non-profit organization mandated to further the development of library service in Saskatchewan.

The SLA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the following positions:
President (two year term)
Vice President for Membership and Publications (two year term)
Member at Large -two positions available (two year term)

The Nomination Form is published here
The descriptions for each Board position are available at:
You may also contact current board members at:

Please direct any nomination forms to:
Nominating Committee 2014
Saskatchewan Library Association
#15, 2010-7th Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan S4R 1C2
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: (306) 780-9447

Please consider serving your Association through one of these positions, or encourage a colleague to be nominated. Service in each of these positions begins at the changeover meeting in early June.

Nominations will close March 31.  Elections will be held in April.  The results will be reported at the AGM, which will be held at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and Resort, Friday, May 2, 2014.  The 2014 Nominating Committee thanks you for your consideration of these opportunities!

The Frances Morrison Award 2014

Nominations are being accepted for The Frances Morrison Award for 2014. 

Do you know of an individual, institution or group who should be recognized for outstanding service to libraries?  If so, consider nominating them for the Frances Morrison Award. The deadline for applications is March 30th, 2014. 
The 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 outstanding librarians. This award is open to all, individuals or institutions or groups, and is not restricted to professional librarians or SLA members. It is presented annually at the Saskatchewan Libraries Annual Conference.  The 2014 conference, Learning for Life, will be held in Moose Jaw at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa on May 1-3.


Frances Morrison
Frances Morrison joined the staff of the Saskatoon Public Library in 1943 and was the Chief Librarian from 1961 to 1980. During the time she was with the library, she saw the library staff grow from 13 to more than 90. As Chief Librarian she directed the construction of two new branches, including the branch that bears her name. In 1981 she was awarded the Canadian Library Association's Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award. In 1999 she received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit for her contributions to library services in Saskatchewan. In 1982, Frances Morrison joined with the Saskatchewan Library Association in creating this award.


Nominations should be sent in a letter format, and include biographical and/or professional background/history of the nominee and the reasons for the nomination.
Nominations should be sent to:
SLA Frances Morrison Award Nomination Committee
c/o Saskatchewan Library Association
#15-2010-7th Avenue
Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Fax: 306-780-9447
E-mail: [email protected]
Deadline: March 30, 2014
For more information contact the SLA office or visit 

Programming News
Plans are well underway for the 2014 TD Summer Reading Club. The orders are in, and  illustrator John Martz, has created some  interesting artwork. As you can see the theme is Eureka!

For more information about the 2014 TDSRC please click here

Contact Us 

Saskatchewan Library Association

15-2010 7th Ave.

Regina, SK S4R 1C2


Phone: 306-780-9413 or 306-780-9409

Fax: 306-780-9447

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]



The Saskatchewan Library Association gratefully acknowledges the support of our funding agencies


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