ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 2 Issue 11

November 30, 2015
Table of Contents
Hi Everybody,

I don't know about you, but for me November has been a blur.  It began with laughs and a delightful exchange of information at Happy Hour drinks, and coasted to a close with a great Board meeting in Manitou Springs with your hard-working Board.  Having Saskatchewan Libraries Happy Hour hosted in so many communities was really great, and from the feedback, it sounds like you had a wonderful time together out there.  I want to take a minute to commend all of you who volunteer with SLA this year and participate in our events - there's so much great stuff going on, and such great energy.  Thank you for giving of your time and ideas.

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Continuing Education Grants are reviewed twice a year.  The February 15 deadline is for applications in all 3 categories.  Find more information on the website

The SLA Board is now accepting nominations for both the SLA Frances Morrison Award and Honourary Life Member Award.   Guidelines and nomination forms are found on the website. Nominations must be submitted by March 1, 2015.

SLA elections will be held in March 2016. At a recent board meeting, Gwen Schmidt and James Hope Howard volunteered to participate in the Nominations Committee.  Two additional members are needed.  If you are interested see the Terms of Reference in the Governance Handbook, Section 5.9  or call the office to get more information. We would like to have these positions filled by December 14, 2015 so the preliminary discussions can start prior to the call for nominations.  Please email your interest to Judy Nicholson, [email protected]

What are SLA Networks?
SLA Networks are a way to connect members who have shared interests.Currently there is one Network, the Creative Collaborations Network, which is interested in collaborative efforts among library sectors.   You can find out more about networks here, or contact the SLA office for more information.

Saskatchewan Libraries Happy Hour - November 5, 2015
105 people attended the SLA Happy Hour around the province. Attendee feedback was very positive and encouraged us to continue these in the future. Thanks to all who attended for making this a great networking event and celebration of the workers in libraries! A big thank you to organizers and hosts Cindy McLean (Flin Flon Public Library - Creighton), Arwen Rudolf, Tina Dolcetti and Gwen Fisher (Moose Jaw), Eleanor Crumblehulme (North Battleford), Tony Murphy and Greg Elliott (Prince Albert), Michael Shires and Judy Nicholson (Regina), and Theressa Slind and Jenny Ryan (Saskatoon).

Feature Article
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Canadian Children's Book News and is reprinted with permission of the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

We Have Diverse Books
Let's recognize and support them
by Gillian O'Reilly
We have diverse books. The hashtag and US-based campaign of "We need diverse books" has captured a lot of attention over the last year - for good reason. Stories about a wide range of people, histories, experiences and viewpoints help readers to see themselves in the world, experience other people's lives through literature and, generally, keep them open to the world. And there is a need for more stories about and by a diverse range of people. Read more

2016 Conference - What's New ?
Theme: "Cooperation Saskatchewan Style: 20 Years of Success"  honours the 20th Anniversary of the Multitype Library Board (MLB). 
Date & Location: May 5-7, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon. 
Keynote Speaker: on May 6 (9:00 a.m.) is Joseph Boyden.    Let us know if your organization wants to find a way to participate.  
Submissions for Presenters due by November 30!
Exhibitor, Sponsorship, and Advertising Prospectus is now available!
Registration for Delegates will begin toward the end of February.  

Conference 2017 - What Already?

2017 will be a very special conference.Besides being the 150th anniversary of our great country, 2017 is also the 75th anniversary of SLA and the 50th anniversary of the Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture.  In anticipation of this event we had a call for submissions for possible locations and both Southeast Regional Library and Pahkisimon Nuye?h Library System responded with thorough submissions.  After great deliberations by both the sub-committee and the board, the Pahkisimon Nuye?h Library System was selected to host the 2017 conference at the Elkridge Resort outside of Waskesiu.  In the spring we will be issuing a call for the 2017 conference chair along with other committee positions.  Please consider volunteering for this unique conference.

CLA has released the 2014 Annual Challenge Survey Report. 
Below are the links to the various associated documents. 

Saskatchewan Library Week final reports are due by January 4, 2016

The winners of the Book Spine Poetry Contest have been chosen. Congratulations to the winners, and a special thank you to he contest jurors. The winning entries can be seen here

  • Read the IFLA Statement on the Library of Ukrainian Literature raid in Moscow and arrest of its Director
  • IFLA Application for Congress Fellowship is available here
  • New Family Literacy Day resources available for download! Read more . Register your Family Day Event here
  • The Multitype Library Board Communique is available here


Library and Archives Canada wants your input to assist in developing a strategic plan for the next three years. This survey is being conducted by Nanos Research and is registered with the national survey registration system. By participating in this survey you will help us to improve our services. Your responses will remain confidential and protected. Please complete the survey here

Hilary Morgan
[email protected] / Tl : 613-894-4087
Director, Stakeholder Relations and International Affairs
Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada

Loan Stars is the new readers' advisory service that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming books. Using CataList, the online catalogue tool available free to libraries, library staff can nominate their favourite picks, the most popular of which will be marketed to libraries and library users alike. Loan Stars takes its lead from the US libraries and their Library Reads initiative.
Please see the attached flyer for more information and instructions on how to sign up to receive notifications.  More information will be shared as we move closer to the launch in January 2016

Name Colleen Murphy    
Title: Acting University Librarian, University of Regina    

Born and lived: I was born in Regina and, apart from a couple of years in France, a couple of years in Montreal, and a year in Saskatoon, it has been my home.

Early Life:  My early life was pretty unremarkable, but I did have a bookmobile across the street from my house and I LOVED going there!  I was fortunate to spend summers at a lake where I learned how to be really free (getting my own 2 hp motor boat at age 6) and how to make my own fun. I was the younger sister of two sports-obsessed older brothers.  Somehow, I never acquired their love of team sports.  My appreciation had to come much later when I was the mother of a sports-obsessed boy.

Professional career and activities:  I have spent over 30 years at the University of Regina Library.  I started out as Fine Arts and Humanities Librarian.  Since then I have held various positions from French and French Education librarian, Head of Collections, cataloguer, Head of Access Services, and most recently Associate University Librarian, Academic Liaison and User Services.  So, though I haven't gone far geographically. I have travelled a lot within the organization.  I have been a strong believer in the importance of professional association work holding several positions in the Canadian Library Association, the Saskatchewan Library Association and the Partnership.  Currently I am on the Executive of the Canadian Library Association and I am SLA's representative to the Multitype Library Board.  

Family:  My family consists of my husband who is originally from France and my two children who are both far away following their own paths.

In my spare time:  At first I thought this might be a trick question! Haha.  I like reading and knitting - nothing too exciting!  I also like travelling especially cycling and skiing trips with friends.  Good food and drink shared with people I love would also rank high on the list.

Favorite books: Now this is a tough question! There are so many and it sort of depends on what period of my life I am thinking about. But, here are a few:  The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguru, The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagen, The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers, Stoner by John Williams, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, anything by Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Miriam Toews, Henry James, and Patricia Highsmith.  

I'm currently reading:  Soumission by Michel Houllebecq

Pet peeves:  When they change the cover of books to a scene from the movie!!

Philosophy:  Oh my.  How about Don't be afraid to walk through that door that just opened, especially when you are feeling like one just closed and, be kind.  

Most memorable career achievement:  The most memorable achievement would have to be when I was nominated by my colleagues for a CLA mentorship award.  I didn't get the award, but it was enough to know that the people I worked with and who were just starting out in the profession appreciated what I had been doing for them.  It was pretty unexpected and totally fulfilling.

Long-term career goals:  Again, I think this might be another trick question!  In fact, I have never really had any concrete career goals.  I call myself the "accidental librarian".  I have simply been very fortunate in my career to have had fabulous opportunities offered to me.  I have always given 110% and I guess my goal would be to continue to do so for a while longer.

How/where do I see the library industry in five years:  We have seen incredible technological change over the past thirty years .  When I started at the University of Regina Library, the main floor was covered by a huge card catalogue.  We thought microfiche was quite the thing!  Our collections were predominantly print. Again, microfiche was seen as quite the space saver!  Today, though much of our collections and research tools are online, our buildings are fuller than ever with...PEOPLE!  They crave social interaction, a safe place to gather and work, a place where everyone is equal.  They still need our guidance and the collections, digital and physical, still need our protection.The more things change, the more things stay the same.  Librarians have always had a sort of old fashioned, nerdy image, but they are in fact some of the most broad-minded people around.  Their core values that maintain the importance of such things as equal access to information, confidentiality and privacy, diversity, education and lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, preservation, and service will continue to apply in the future.