ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 3 Issue 2
February 29, 2016


Dear Colleagues,
It's Freedom to Read Week (FTRW) while I write this.   I have been seeing some really great FTRW campaigns going on in libraries across Saskatchewan - well done, you!  It is easy for people to forget the rights that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees them.  Positive and insightful campaigns like the ones you are running now are important for the cultural fabric of our communities.  I got a call from a reporter with the Humboldt Journal, and we had a great talk about Freedom to Read Week, intellectual freedom, access to ideas and information, and all those good things.  I hope I represented you well in that discussion.  We shall see.

*****Deadline Extended****

The Board of Directors has issued a call for nominations for the SLA Frances Morrison Award and Honourary Life Membership.  Both these nominations are now due on March 4, 2016.  Please go to the website for more information.





About the Education Institute

The Education Institute is a continuing education program for library information workers developed by The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada. The program offers webinars and online courses for for the public, academic, school and special library sectors. Provincial and territorial library associations receive monetary compensation for each registrant from their particular organization on a quarterly basis.

To browse our upcoming sessions, view by calendar or browse by topic category. To see the full offering for this season, download the current catalogue. For technical assistance or to suggest a session topic or host, please contact us.

Please note: Connection and follow up emails are frequently caught in junk folders/spam filters. If you register for a session, please add [email protected] to your address book/white list to ensure that you receive these emails. For more information, please visit the Partnership website

SLA VP Membership & Publications Michael Shires ad Executive Director Judy Nicholson attended The Partnership 2016 Winter Retreat on January 26, 2016 followed by the Ontario Library Super Conference

 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2016
Cooperation Saskatchewan Style:
20 Years of Success
May 5-7, Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre Saskatoon

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 the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon May 5-7, 2016. There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities:
*    Registration Desk: alongside other volunteers. These shifts are generally 2 hours.
*    Photographer: SLA needs good quality photos that can be reproduced in the newsletter SLAte, and on the website.   
*    SLA  AGM:  Register delegates for the SLA AGM on Saturday morning, 7:30 - 8:30 May 7th.
*    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.
*    Session Conveners: introduce the speaker(s) at individual sessions, expresses thanks at the end, and handles any needs that come up. May also act as recorder.
*    Technical Support sets up laptops and projectors for presenters. They are generally "on call" to troubleshoot.  

Please consider volunteering at this year's SLA conference. Your help would be appreciated.

Please Contact: Regan Gunningham, [email protected]
Please indicate if you have a preference for a particular task, date or time of day.

For further information about the conference, please visit the conference web page
The deadline has been extended
Saskatchewan Library Week Theme Contest

Use your imagination and suggest a theme for Saskatchewan Library Week (October 16-22, 2016). Make it:  
*    short,
*    catchy,
*    appealing, and
*    representative of  all library types in Saskatchewan.
The successful entry will be used on all of our promotional materials.

SLA Board, staff, and committee members are eligible to submit entries, but are not eligible to win the prize (a $50 Chapters gift certificate).

Deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. March 14, 2016

Please email your entry or question to Anne Pennylegion, Program Coordinator at  [email protected] or by phone at (306) 780-9409

Hannah Promotions has created some fun items to accompany the TDSR Club. The deadline to order is March 15, 2016.  To see some of these items, please visit their website.

  Voices for School Libraries
Do we need a new national school library association in Canada?

Over the past decade, there have been ever increasing challenges in sustaining a cohesive school library network across Canada. We arrive in 2016 at a point where what remains may cease to exist entirely, with the impending dissolution of the Canadian Library Association (CLA).

Initial discussions about the possibilities for a new national school library association took place on January 30, 2016 at Treasure Mountain Canada 4. The consensus of that meeting was to put the question to leaders, associations, and the community of school library supporters across the country. A broader base of support may provide the groundwork for proceeding with a formal proposal for a new association.

We have now created a survey to gather input from across the country.


We respectfully request that you take part in the survey, either personally or on behalf of a group or association. Please reply no later than April 30, 2016.

If you are aware of others who you think should participate in this survey, please feel free to forward this message.

  • The Digital Library Federation announces an updated calendar for all things related to digital libraries & archives, Digital Humanities, museums & cultural heritage, data curation, open science, digital publishing, and more! For more information, please visit the website
  • Pahkisimon Nuye?áh Library System is looking for a new Director The complete job description is here
  • Science Literacy Week is September 19-25, 2016. For more information on how to participate, please visit their website
  • The Library Toolshed provides a space for library staff to share, download and comment on library training, programming and promotion resources. It is a joint initiative of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan libraries.The Winter 2015 newsletter is available here
  • REEL Canada sponsors National Canadian Film Day on April 20th. More information is available here
  • Announcement from the ABC Life Literacy Canada Read more
  • The University of Regina welcomes former Provincial Librarian Brett Waytuck as the new University Librarian
  • The Canadian Library Association, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council have jointly prepared a statement in response to the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read more.
  •  The February Multitype Library Board Communique can be viewed here.

Name : Anastasia Gould    

Title: Resource Librarian, Learning Resource Centre, RCMP Academy

Professional career and activities: As a newcomer to librarianship, I enjoyed working as a Scholarly Communications Librarian in an academic setting, where I coordinated the author visit for the library's inaugural One Campus One Book initiative.This included launching the library's Twitter account and populating it throughout the day and evening, hosting a contest for lunch with the author, and arranging two readings-one on campus and another off campus as part of a local literary festival. I then volunteered with ask ON as a Virtual Reference Librarian serving patrons and students of participating public and college libraries throughout Ontario. Following graduation I worked as a Reference Librarian in a science library, where I learned about rocks, minerals and meteorites. Last fall I moved to Regina and 'joined' the RCMP as Resource Librarian at the Academy's Learning Resource Centre.
 Read more

Saskatchewan Library Association
15-2010 7th Ave.
Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Phone: 306-780-9413 or 306-780-9409
Fax: 306-780-9447
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 the25th of each month.

Everyone, Including Culture, Wins When You Buy Lottery Tickets

 The core funding that SLA receives through SaskCulture is part of the Lottery Trust where a percentage of every lottery ticket sold goes to support sport, culture and recreation groups within Saskatchewan. It appears that recent lottery sales are not meeting expectations, which will not have an immediate effect on SLA. However we encourage you to remind audiences and arts council members that buying lottery tickets benefits the entire community.  Saskatchewan Lotteries has also launched an app that you can download  in the App Store or Google Play. More information is available on the Saskatchewan Lotteries website.


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