The Newsletter of the Saskatchewan Library Association
April 2014

In This Issue:
  • A Letter From the President
  • Conference News
  • Calls for Volunteers
  • Call for Nominations
  • For Your Information
  • SSLA Needs You
  • Survey on Provincial Library Association Member Discounts

  • Contact Us

A Letter from the President


Although some days it seems like spring will never arrive, we at SLA are looking ahead to the month of May, and the 2014 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference "Learning for Life".


The office is busy with preparations as we try to make sure that your conference is both informative and fun. Information is being updated constantly, and I would encourage you to visit the SLA website often for more information. I'd also like to remind you that several deadlines are approaching: the Earlybird registration deadline is April 1st and the conference hotel, Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and Resort will only be holding our block of rooms until April 1st.


Can you help us? The volunteer committee is looking for people to help with a variety of tasks at the conference. And if you have a little more time to spare, please consider being part of our Board of Directors. 


The 2014 Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Barbara Arrowsmith- Young whose personal journey through multiple learning disorders led her to pioneer remarkable discoveries.


The lecture will be followed by the President's Reception and I sincerely hope that many of you will join me as we renew old friendships and make new ones.


See you soon,

Robert G. Thomas.

President, Saskatchewan Library Association


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]

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!

For Your Information


 SSLA needs your input!


As a valued member of SSLA, we need your voice to direct the Association's upcoming professional development opportunity. SSLA envisions the provision of a professional learning opportunity in which participants earn self-chosen digital badges through learning about digital tools and skills, and then applying the learnings purposefully to instructional practices.  Digital badges offer participants the opportunity to pave their personal learning pathways and leverage the potential for mastering digital age skills embodied in the ISTE Standards and Saskatchewan's Technology in Education.


The survey results will determine which digital skills and technologies the professional development opportunity should be the focus.  Please add your voice by completing the short survey. An estimated time of five minutes is required to complete the survey.


To complete the survey online, please click on Digital Skills Survey or the URL (


The survey is now open and will close April 25, 2014.  Answers are confidential. Responses will not be individually reported, but rather compiled in a summary format and stripped of identifying information.


Thank you in advance for your participation in this important project. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Saskatchewan School Library Association at [email protected].


More information regarding the professional development opportunity will be presented at the SSLA Conference on April 11th.



Carlene Walter
Saskatchewan School Library Association


The Partnership


The Partnership is Canada's national network of provincial and territorial library associations. The Partnership meets twice a year to collaboratively develop services and programs for members of their respective associations. More than 7,000 people who work for or with the library and information management sector belong to the associations of The Partnership. If you're receiving this email, your library association is one of them! The Partnership's initiatives include: The Education Institute, a continuing education program offering webinars and online courses for library information workers; Jobsite, a listing of positions in the library and information sector in Canada; Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research; and recently the national Continuing Education Certificate Program. For more information visit:




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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