April 2015
Letter from the President
Board News
2015 Conference
The Willow Awards
TD Summer Reading Club
Dear Colleagues, 

The SLA Conference is just around the corner as I write this, but that's not the only thing going on!

I just got back from two days in Toronto, where I was helping to negotiate the design of a national federation, along with committed colleagues from CLA and other provincial associations.  We are getting to a good design that makes me feel very hopeful for the future.  A lot of hard work is being done, and we hope to have something great for you to look at in coming months, if you are following this development.

Last night I had a talk with some folks from SALT about working together inside our own Province on initiatives between our two associations.  There are lots of opportunities for collaboration and mutual support, and it sounds like there is good energy in both organizations right now.  It's an exciting time to be involved in association work.

Thanks to everybody who ran for the SLA Board, and to all who voted in the election.  Your input is crucial, and once again, we've put together a dynamic team.  Next we need to fill the committees.  If you haven't picked something to be involved in, I would encourage you to think about it.  We need new faces and we need experienced faces on committees, to help us go forward and to know where we came from.  If you're not sure how to get involved, call me (306.290.9509) and I can help you find a good fit.

When I say 'strategic planning', other people either say 'gesundheit' or get instant narcolepsy.  Stay awake for this next paragraph!  We are going to have big fun with the member consultation at the Conference.  I promise.  I have personally crafted a fortune cookie with a message just for you.  Don't miss it.


You will also have received the package for the Annual General Meeting (Judy sent out an e-mail newsflash to all members on April 17th).  Of note, we will be having a discussion about the future of the Mary Donaldson Trust.  Please read the MD Trust report that came with that April 17th message, and come with your thoughts.
And, at last, the Conference!!!  We are going to learn new things, think new thoughts, meet new folks, see old friends, and party like it's 1999.  See you there.


Respectfully submitted,
Gwen Schmidt, 2014-2016 President 

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

The Annual General Meeting of SLA will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in the Swift Current Room of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre, Regina.  Find documents on the website.   Please  follow these links to the Agenda and Annual Report

Creative Collaborations Network
Please contact Judy Nicholson ([email protected]) to register if you are attending this session on Saturday May 9 at 12 - 1:00 pm in the Qu'Appelle Room

New for 2015 Conference

  • Lightning Rounds - 5 Exhibitors will provide a 5 minute product pitch from the podium in the Qu'appelle Room on Friday May 8 from 11:15 -11:45.
  • Renewed Poster Session - take in 12 Posters in one hour - lots of information on May 8, 2015 from 4:15-5:15 in the Prince Albert Room.
  • Membership Consultation - fun and rousing exchanges in the Qu'appelle Room on May 8 from 5:15-6:15.  Appies and cash bar.
  • The full conference program is now posted on the SLA website 
  • Please find documents for the "Great Minds, Great Ideas " membership consultation posted on the Program page
  • Dine Around for Thursday May 8 at 4:30 - 6:30 - sign up for one of many local restaurants to share a meal with other conference attendees.   Deadline extended to May 5, 2015.  All are welcome and it is a great opportunity to meet others if you are attending alone. Go to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dinearound2015 to register.


The 2015 Willow Awards


Dear Members and Friends of SYRCA,


We are pleased to announce that the SaskEnergy Willow Awards Gala, to announce the 2014 Willow Awards winners, will be hosted this year by Assiniboia Park Elementary School in Weyburn.  Once again this year, we hope to have the event live-streamed.  Please check our website (www.willowawards.ca) for details on how to access this event, which will take place on Thursday, May 14 - from approximately 1:00 - 2:00.


You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards "The Willow Awards" Inc. to be held Saturday, May 23, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at École Henry Kelsey School, 16 Valens Drive, Saskatoon.


 At this meeting we will present the 2014 Annual report and elect members to the Board of Directors.   There are 4 vacancies on the board:  President, Treasurer, and 2 Directors at Large.  If you are interested in filling a vacancy, please send a short biography to me at [email protected] and plan to attend the AGM.


Thank you for supporting The Willow Awards.


Ruth Garnett, President, SYRCA  "The Willow Awards"


TD Summer Reading Club
Although the Summer Reading materials haven't been shipped to you yet, SLA has had samples of the materials sent to us ahead of time, so that those of you who are attending the conference will get a sneak peak in your conference bags.

You are invited to WILU 2015!
We are delighted to invite you to the 44th annual WILU (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use) conference, taking place in St. John's, Newfoundland from June 15-17, 2015! Registration is now open:  https://wilu2015.wordpress.com/
Registration is now open! Hope to see you at WILU 2015 in St. John's, NL in June!

Please visit   https://wilu2015.wordpress.com/
Video link:   https://youtu.be/_1qhULD8r80 



Changes to Feliciter

Feliciter Council and Communications Standing Committee Chair have had lengthy discussions on the alternatives going forward and plan to introduce a new online platform that will continue to provide our membership and others in the community a means to learn, be informed and engage each other. Moving forward we will continue to solicit articles and news worthy items from the community. We appreciate your patience as we go through this transition. The best is yet to come...a new platform and format for Feliciter and Digest is an article within

This will be the final issue of Feliciter in this format. The CLA Executive  this issue that further explains our intent.                                           


As such, we hope that you enjoy perusing this issue and thank you to all the contributors

as well as our guest editors, Norene James, Katherine Koch and Lisa Shamchuk as well as our liaison, Jim Bennett.

The Feliciter is currently available in pdf format for your convenience; 


 Volume 61 Issue 1 PDF ( 2MB )


News from the Saskatchewan Archives Board: 

Annual Conference
Association of Canadian Archivists  2015: Perspectives on the Archival Horizon
Regina, Saskatchewan
June 11-13, 2015


The Association of Canadian Archivists invites you to the 40th Annual Conference "Perspectives on the Archival Horizon" June 11-13, 2015 in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Under the prairie's big sky, archivists from around the world will cast a critical eye over the wide-open archival horizon. Like the intersection of earth and sky, our horizons are where hopes, expectations, and archival dreams meet the realities of archives in the digital world.

Visit the ACA website and view the Conference at a Glance for a 4-page conference schedule. Click on the "Program" in the navigation bar at right for full descriptions of all conference sessions or the "Social" for descriptions of these activities.

Regina extends a warm welcome to all archivists, national and international. 



                                                             OLA Super Conference 2016

January 27 to 30, 2016



The 2016 theme is Library Lab: The Idea Incubator 



New ideas and theories are everywhere. In the right conditions, they percolate, bubble, germinate, coalesce and congeal. They get tested, shaped, molded and evaluated until they flourish into existence.

This year's theme explores the unique position of libraries to harness creative energy and incubate ideas. Our communities are brimming with fresh ideas, entrepreneurial start-ups, and experimental partnerships. Libraries serve as environments that catalyze exploration, breed experimentation and encourage curiosity.


Submit your proposal here. The submission deadline is Tue May 19 2015



CLA Responds to Federal Budget 2015 - Please click on the News Release for more information  of interest to the library community.



Also of interest: 




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