February, 2015
The Partnership

Dear Colleagues, 

The days are getting longer again, thank goodness.  Here at SLA, we are looking forward.

We are looking forward to new member involvement at the Board level - thank you so much to the people who put their names forward for Board positions.  After a moment of panic two days before nominations closed, it sounds like we now have candidates running for all Board positions, and perhaps even elections!!!  This tells me that our organization is thriving, and that it is an exciting time to be working together.

We are looking forward to the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference, which will have lots of great sessions about service to diverse communities, as well as sessions where you can learn about cool things that are happening in libraries near and far.  The Conference Committee and the Office are working hard to bring you something sensational.  Make sure that you take a moment to thank them for their work, when you talk to them.

We are looking forward to participating in the building of a new national library federation.  In the short survey two weeks ago, you told us resoundingly that we should get out there in the middle of those conversations.  Saskatchewan libraries have a very long history of working together to build good things; we will take that heritage with us to the national table.

We are also looking forward to next year.  A few years ago, the SLA Board Governance Task Force built a vision for SLA that we the members endorsed shortly afterward.  A piece of that vision was that in the middle of the sitting President's term, the membership would be asked what the Board should work on in the second year.  I am asking you now in this letter, and we are also asking you more broadly in the membership survey that is in your inbox.  Thank you for filling out the survey; it helps us to solidify ourselves as a member-driven organization.

And if you missed the survey?  There will be a one-hour session at the SLA Conference, where all of us can look at the initial survey results and crunch the data a bit to set priorities.  All of this formative work will be used to build the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan for SLA. We look forward to having those member-driven discussions with you.

I have a few things in mind for next year that I would like to talk to you about sometime soon.  One is 'bracket creep'.  When I first became a member of SLA, my membership was $60.00 per year.  This was an accessible fee for a starting library professional with student loans and a crappy car.  These days, a starting librarian gets a salary that doesn't go much further than it did 20 years ago, but it is high enough to kick her straight into the $90.00 SLA membership category.  The cost of living has gone up, but the wage scales for the SLA memberships have not been adjusted to keep pace.  We should consider a study of salary levels, to make sure that starting professionals can afford to be SLA members and reap the benefits of our esteemed company.  In the context of a possible new national library federation and the funding around that, it would seem prudent to talk about our own 'bracket creep' situation at the same time.

The second thing I would like to talk to you about is the Mary Donaldson Trust.  The Trust is a separate charitable financial entity within SLA's books that funds the Mary Donaldson Lecture, the Mary Donaldson Award, and the printing of the MD Lectures.  The funds in the Trust are dwindling, despite past Board efforts to build them up.  It is time to make a bold move.  The Board is looking at the Trust, to see if we can close it out and yet continue to do the Lecture and give out the Award in more flexible ways using our other existing committee structures.  We could achieve the same goals without having to do CRA reports on two separate charitable numbers each year.  Some of you feel very strongly about the Trust, so we would not make this move without consulting you.  Think about whether you value the Mary Donaldson Trust itself, or whether you value the Mary Donaldson Lecture and the Mary Donaldson Award, and then we can talk together about what happens going forward.

I want to commend the Board and Staff for the hard work they do on our behalf; they are a thoughtful and passionate group.  As always, it is a pleasure to work with them and with all of you for the betterment of the library community in Saskatchewan.

Respectfully submitted,
Gwen Schmidt

The Partnership - What is it?

Canada's national network of provincial and territorial library associations. The Partnership meets twice a year to collaborate and to develop services and programs for members of their respective associations. More than 7,500 people who work for or with the library and information management sector belong to the associations that make up The Partnership.

The Partnership does not have a formal structure and does not answer to another organization. It specifically provides benefits to the members of all participating library associations in Canada. All the programs, while beneficial to members, also provide revenue for each association.  So when you put money into The Partnership initiatives, a percentage will eventually come back to SLA.  The Journal is the only initiative that doesn't have a revenue stream. The benefit, of course, is an opportunity for members to contribute articles to The Journal and to access the information.

The programs available to SLA members include:   the Continuing Education Certificate, Education Institute, The Journal, the Job Board, and OLA Store discounts. Find out more on The Partnershp website. http://www.thepartnership.ca/web  Institutional/group subscription options are being developed for both EI and CE.  Please contact the SLA office if you are interested.
*    Continuing Education Certificate (CEC)
The Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) (http://www.cec.laa.ca/default.aspx) has been running for 18 months. For a $40 fee you can keep a record of your professional development activities. Points are awarded for various types of learning activities and the certificate is granted when the person earns 120 points over three years.
A CEC poster session will be on display at SLA Conference.

*    Education Institute (EI)
The EI winter calendar is available on The Partnership website: (click here)  Check out the offerings in March such as Copyright on March 20, After Hours Programming on March 26, and many others.
On March 10, 2015 Gillian Nowlan & Barbara Nelke will present Marketing Library Collections Through Pinterest. The next set of proposals is due on March 20.

Are you interested in buying banned book notebooks or library card socks? Get these items and more at a special rate-just for members of The Partnership.


Use promo code PART15 to receive 10% off your order from the Featured Products (for The Partnership) section of the store. Discount will be applied at checkout. When you get to the "cart" you may need to set you an account - it provides them with your shipping address.  No credit card is required until you get to check-out.  

The OLA Store is a web-based retailer that provides professional development resources and book-themed goodies of interest to persons in education and library related fields. Shop our entire catalogue here.


The Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice 

and Research invites submissions for the Spring 2015 issue.

Submission deadlines are:
Peer-reviewed sections: March 1, 2015
Other sections: March 31, 2015

If you have any questions about the submission process, or would like to discuss a future article for publication, please do not hesitate to contact one of our editors. The Partnership is a broad-based, open-access, practitioners' library journal. We welcome contributions from all library sectors on any topic in the library and information sciences that will be of interest to our readers. For more information, please contact:
Robin Bergart, Editor-in-Chief by email at [email protected] or by phone at 519-824-4120 ext. 54094 or visit the website at http://www.partnershipjournal.ca/ 



Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2015
Saskatchewan Libraries: Open to All
May 7-9 
at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel 
and Conference Centre

SLA is holding a great conference on May 7-9, 2015 and we want you all there! Saskatchewan Libraries: Open to All will:

  • explore themes to make libraries relevant to the emerging demographics of our province,
  • celebrate the unique opportunity for all types of libraries to share this experience and work collaboratively
  • provide interactive sessions with board members, presenters, vendors, networks, and annual general meetings
  • offer interesting speakers, entertainment, and more!
  • allow you to make connections with vendors and their products.
  • expand your interests by joining an existing network or collaborating to set up a new one!


The Conference website http://saskla.ca/slaconference/2015-conference now provides information for registration, hotel block bookings, program descriptions as the presenters confirm, and exhibitor information. You need to keep coming back because the information will be refreshed on an ongoing basis.


We continue to welcome sponsorships and have several opportunities still available.


Door prizes make a conference fun and we welcome any donations of prizes. If your institution offers promotional items, we would take 150 items to put in the delegate bags.


Early Bird Deadline is March 17, 2015.
 More Info

Volunteers Wanted for Saskatchewan Libraries: Open to All  
2015 Conference.
*    Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture (First Nations University of Canada)  
Two people to help with set up and hosting/usher type duties (6:15- 6:45 p.m. Thursday FNUC)  
*    Registration Desk: alongside other volunteers. These shifts are generally 2 hours. 
*    Photographer: SLA needs good quality photos that can be submitted electronically in a jpeg format and reproduced in the newsletter SLAte, and on the website.  Photos needed on Thursday night at the Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture, during the conference, at the AGM, and during the banquet - specifically of the award winners.  
*    SLA AGM: Register delegates for the SLA AGM on Friday morning, 7:30 - 8:30 
*    Session Conveners: introduce the speaker(s) at individual sessions, expresses thanks at the end, and handles any needs that come up. Make also act as recorder. There are 18 sessions all together; for the 3 Spotlight On sessions the convener will need to be a timekeeper/ moderator type to keep things moving and do the Q & A at the end 
*    Poster session convener(s): This convener will help get everyone set up and ready to go.  A plan will be in place.  (Friday 4:00 - 5:30 for set up, session convener and take down) 
*    SLA Award Banquet Ticket Takers:  2 people to take tickets at the door prior to the banquet. (Friday 6:15- 7:00)  
*    Session Recorders: write a summary of conference sessions. This is a great opportunity for those already attending sessions. A session recorder take notes and writes a summary about the session after the conference. 
*    Lightning Round Convener: Introduce the exhibitors who have applied for this session and be a timekeeper to keep things going.  (Friday 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon)  
*    Technical Support: sets up laptops and projectors for presenters. They are generally "on call" to troubleshoot. Only needed briefly on Friday morning from 7:30 -8:30, and to do a quick check on Saturday morning.

Please consider volunteering at this year's SLA conference. Your help would be appreciated. 
Please Contact: Tasha Maddison at tasha.maddison@usask.ca or Elaina St. Onge at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering. 

Honourary Life Member Nominations

are due March 30, 2015.  


Read more 


Mary Donaldson Award of Merit - Applications for this award are for students in the Library and Information Technician Program at Kelsey, SaskPolytechnic. Please find information on the website. Read more The deadline has been extended to March 25, 2015.




  • Mark Your Calendars: Saskatchewan Library Week will be held this year from October 18-25th


  • Freedom to Read Week was celebrated in many Saskatchewan Libraries this week. Here are just a couple of their projects:

FTRW Dinner  




  • The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Conference originally planned for April 17, 18, and 19, 2015 has been postponed until April 2016.  The Annual General Meeting will proceed on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and will include a presentation on the Organization Review.   More information about the 2016 Conference will be posted when it becomes available.
  • In Praise of Libraries Read more
  • 9th International Indigenous Librarians' Forum (IILF) Call for Presenters
  • IILF Save the Date Read More
  • Council of Canadian Academies has published a report Read More
  • The Canadian Library Association and the Ex Libris Association have issued a
    call for nominations for the W. Kaye Lamb Award for innovative library services to seniors. Read More
  • The Canada Reads 2015 broadcast details are available here
  • SaskBooks is holding their Spring Professional Development Sessions. Read more
  • The Awasis Education Conference is being held April 29 to May 1 2015. Read more
  • On March 13 there will be an e-learning professional development opportunity. Read more

Regina Public Library will be holding a Readers'  Summit in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Book Awards:

The Saskatchewan Book Awards will be held in Regina on  April 25th, 2015 




Access 2015 

Access is Canada's premier library technology conference, bringing together librarians, technicians, developers, and programmers to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. This is the 22nd year of Access and we're thrilled to bring the conference to Toronto, Ontario! AccessYYZ will be held at the beautiful Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library from September 8-11, 2015.


To apply, please fill out the form here
by March 20, 2015. If you need some extra inspiration, you can check out the 2014 conference program here
. Make sure you take a gander at the Code of Conduct too, so you know what'll fly.

If you have any questions, check out our site at

accessconference.ca or send them an email at [email protected].




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]

Web:  saskla.ca



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 25th of each month