ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 2 Issue 9   

September, 2015
President's Message
Feature Article
A letter from CLA
Continuing Education Certificate Program
The Partnership Calendar
Save the Date
Conferences, Workshops and Learning Events
Program News
Comings & Goings NEW!

SLA President's Message - September 2015

Hello Everyone,

It is a busy time here at SPL, and probably at all public libraries in Saskatchewan, with the advent of the new Polaris integrated library system.  I will keep this short.

Your Board and the Staff are working hard on your behalf.  We have just finalized the 2015-2018 SLA Strategic Plan, which will be released to the world shortly.  We have approved former President, Robert Thomas', project to publish a second volume of Mary Donaldson Lectures.  We are seeking a new auditor for our books, digging into the plan to wind down the Mary Donaldson Trust, and cleaning up a bunch of background policy language.

We have approved two Continuing Education Grants. One grant will fund an archives workshop at Horizon College and Seminary Library at the end of October. The workshop is open to all SLA members, and I encourage you to consider taking part.

I am looking forward to the second annual Saskatchewan Libraries Happy Hour on November 5th.  We have plans in place to have parties in six different locations across the province that evening.  Take a moment to tell everyone in your workplace to save that date for some fellowship and fun.

Culture Days is starting up as I write this.  It will be over by the time you read my message.  I hope your experience with art, culture, and the sharing of creativity that is Culture Days in Saskatchewan was a great experience.

Respectfully submitted,
Gwen Schmidt
2014-2016 President

Feature Article

Aspirations and Opportunities:  
Advocacy for School Library Programs
by Anita Brooks-Kirkland 
This article first appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Canadian Children's Book News and is reprinted with the permission of the Canadian Children's Book Centre. 

Anita Brooks Kirkland served for 12 years as Consultant for K-12 Libraries at the Waterloo Region District School Board. She is an instructor in school librarianship for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She was the 2014 president of the Ontario Library Association. Her website is

At the recently held [OLA Superconference], I made the argument that we can get hung-up on the money when it comes to learning commons spaces. But it is first about mindsets - we need to embrace new ways of learning and find ways for our space to reflect these changes and be the gathering places for all our learners.  The thinking around the learning commons is symbolizing the shifts we are seeing with learning throughout our schools.

-Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools / CEO, West Vancouver School District, British Columbia

There has never been a more exciting time to be a teacher-librarian. The foundations of teacher-librarianship have never been more closely aligned with the aspirations of today's education leaders and governments. New thinking about the school library as a learning commons, where collaboration and innovation drive learning within today's complex information environment, has particular relevance for today's learners.

I say all of this, fully realizing the challenges of advocating for school libraries in Canada. Too often, that advocacy dwells on crisis thinking, unwittingly creating a sense that it's all too little, too late. Frequently, advocacy for school libraries draws on nostalgia and the outdated notion that libraries are sacred and deserve to exist, just because. Today's libraries exist to help realize the aspirations of their constituent communities. Libraries in all sectors, including K-12 education, are reinventing themselves in powerful ways. School library advocates need to take their cue from current innovations in practice in order to make a strong case for the positive impact of libraries on learning.

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A Letter from CLA

The 2015 Federal Election is well underway and with the vast majority of candidates now nominated this is an excellent time for you to let your future representatives know how library issues affect you and the community you live and work in.  The Canadian Library Association has created a microsite: where you can not only learn about some key issues that affect all Canadians, but also submit a letter to local candidates in our handy election campaign tool!
The issues that CLA is highlighting were chosen by public survey to the membership. We recognize that the library community advocates for much more than the issues identified, but we wanted to make sure we were sending a clear, concise message to candidates that highlights some of the top priorities affecting our community today. CLA will continue to advocate for all library issues during and after the campaign. It's really important that you make sure your voice is heard too!
The Federal Election will take place on October 19th and all signs point to a minority government, but the polls are too close to determine who will form government. Therefore, using the campaign tool, your letter will be sent to the most prominent party candidates in your riding. CLA has the opportunity to make sure libraries are a priority in every community in Canada, but we need your help! Make sure to share this with your colleagues, friends and family. A few clicks will make a huge difference.  Also remember to tweet and share these messages on social media using the hashtag #votelibraries2015.
If you require more information, please contact: [email protected]
Valoree McKay, CAE
Executive Director / Directrice générale
Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques
E: [email protected]

Over the past year, SLA has revitalized the continuing education grants available to our membership. We are pleased to announce the two most recent recipients. In category 1 a grant of $500 was awarded to Sarah Roberts, who is taking a course through San Jose State University this fall. A category 2 grant of $1,000 was awarded to Horizon College & Seminary for the hosting of "Preserving the Past," an archives workshop for librarians. The workshop is open to anyone and will take place in Saskatoon on the Horizon campus October 30, 2015 with guest Andrea Abernathy. Get more information on the SLA website.

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The Partnership Retreat Summer 2015
The October Partnership calendar is now online

Conference 2016
  Saskatoon May 5-7 - watch for upcoming details.

  • October 30 - deadline for Maureen Woods Education Bursary
  •  October 30 - Archiving Workshop at Horizon College (contact [email protected]) $60 for full day plus lunch.
  • November 5 - Happy Hour 2015(more details in the next couple of weeks) 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Locations below:
  • Moose Jaw: Brown's Social House, 11 River St. W 306.691.2055 website 
  • Regina: Cultural Exchange 2431 8th Ave 306.780.9494 website 
  • North Battleford: venue TBA
  • Saskatoon: venue TBA
  • Creighton/FlinFlon: venue TBA
  • Prince Albert: venue TBA


Conferences, Workshops and Learning Events
The 2016 ALA Conference is currently planning
The PLA Annual Conference is April 5-9, 2016
The ACRL is hosting a number of events

The 2016 APLA Conference will be held in Halifax May 29-June 1. For more information visit their website

October 14, 2015 C-EBLIP Fall Symposium: Librarians as Researchers visit their website

TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards introduce $10,000 first prize in 2015!

Interested in great rewards for your public library?
If your library offered the TD Summer Reading Club in 2015, be sure to submit your application for the Library Awards by November 2nd.
First prize is now $10,000!

The eligibility criteria and 2015 application form are on the website

Saskatchewan Library Week 2015
October 18-24, 2015

By now, you should all have received your SLW materials-bookmarks and posters. We still have plenty of posters and bookmarks left, so if you would like more, please contact the SLA office.

There are many interesting activities happening throughout the province. For more information about the projects receiving SLA grants, please look here

Lastly, the Book Spine Poetry Contest has now begun.  Contest information and online entry form can be found here

Regina Public Library is celebrating SLW with A Writers' Life -- with friends from Weyburn to Dog River to Seattle Tuesday, October 20, 2:00-3:00 pm
atCentral Library,2311-12th Avenue, 306.777.6120

Jean Freeman, Actra's Woman of the Year for 2014, will discuss both her acting and writing careers, with readings from the memoirs of her friends Florence James ("Fists Upon a Star") and Kay Parley ("Lady With a Lantern'). Refreshments will be served; please pre-register.

As always, please contact the SLA office if you have questions or need assistance.



Comings and Goings is a new section of SLA's newsletter called SLAte.  I would like to tap into SLA's membership and have everyone know a bit more about our colleagues.  You are free to use any of the questions below and be as long or brief as you'd like.   A photo would also be recommended but not necessary.   Let me know if you have questions.  Please return to Michael Shires [email protected]  Thanks!

Name: Alison Hopkins
Title and contact:
Government of Saskatchewan
Provincial Librarian/Executive Director
Provincial Library & Literacy Office, Ministry of Education
409A Park Street
Regina, Canada  S4N 5B2
Bus: (306) 787-2972
Cell: (306) 519-6115

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Brendan Edwards, MA, MLIS, PhD, Librarian at First Nations University of Canada (FNUC)  in Regina is leaving his position Sept. 30, 2015.  He has accepted a position as Department Head of Library and Archives at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.  Brendan was at FNUC for three years and replaced Phyllis Lerat who had retired.  He was also a member of SLA's Membership Committee in 2014-15.  We wish Brendan well!