ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 2 Issue 3 March 31, 2016


Dear Colleagues, 
Spring is in the air, and we're gearing up for the Saskatchewan Libraries Multitype Celebration 2016 Conference. We are seeing strong sponsorship support, great speakers, people stepping up to volunteer, and a great showing of exhibitors for our trade show.  If you have not registered yet, please take some time to look over what we have to offer.

SLA always has its Annual General Meeting at the same time as the Conference, and that is booked for 8:30 a.m. on the Saturday.  I will be there, with a strong cuppa in hand, excited to tell you about what your Board has achieved this year.  You will hear follow-up on discussions from last year, a motion to adjust membership fee brackets and rates modestly, and a proposal to go forward with a review of how our institutional memberships are structured.  I hope that you can join us there for these important discussions.  I will again attempt to make it peppy, and there will be the free AGM breakfast to help us all along. ('Bacon' is the subliminal message here - did you hear it?) (((Bacon))) Read more

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.

Call for committees
There have been some great responses but we need more committee members - we want to fill the spots before the end of April so we don't need to tap shoulders at the conference.
Conference 2017 Chair position is filled. Thanks, You know who you are.

The Board of Directors has purchased two tickets to the Saskatchewan Book Awards gala on April 30 in Regina.  A draw for these tickets is being held for INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS only.  Please enter by April 15 to have a chance on winning. Enter here

The Board has been discussing Networks and we're seeking answers to these questions: 
  •  do members know what Networks are and how to get involved?
  •  do Networks provide a space for members to work together on interest areas?
  • do we need to change, or eliminate Networks from SLA ?
We value your opinions  please provide feedback for the Membership Committee as they investigate this area and make recommendations for the future.  contact
[email protected].  Subject Line:  Networks

SLA Summer Socials The Membership Committee is promoting the idea of Summer Socials  on July 6 and August 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..  It would be similar to the Happy Hours but very informal.  We would need a contact in each city or town or region where library workers and supporters can be found who will name a place and be prepared to be there to mark the spot for people who are interested in gathering for some cool ones in summer to visit, talk, and enjoy the connection with library folks.  Mark your calendars, send in your name with a designated spot, and we will communicate to the membership.  Names are needed by early June for the posters that will be prepared for you to post in your workplaces.

Annual General Meeting of the Saskatchewan Library Association will be held at 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday May 7, 2016.  The annual report, agenda, resolutions, and minutes of the 2015 AGM will be posted around April 15, 2016. 

Kimberley Hintz has developed the 2nd Conference app that will include information on all the sessions including places and times, biographies of presenters and much more.  Please add it to your smart phone and try using it this year - it can be very useful and kind of fun.  You can see it   

Thank you to Southeast Regional Library for sponsoring the Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture. Congratulations are in order as they celebrate their 50th Birthday!

Thank you to Saskatoon Public Library for sponsoring the President's Reception which will follow the Lecture.
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

Early Bird Deadline is April 4, 2016, and registration Closes on April 25, 2016.   
Pre-Conference Registration is separate and free of charge. A limited number of seats are available, so register soon!  Descriptions are posted on the website. Delegates are responsible for their own lunch. More information about parking will follow.

Full conference registration
includes one banquet ticket; single day registrations do not include banquet tickets.  Day rates  display if you select the "None of the above.  I will select a day rate" from the registration options. Delegates may register at:

Please contact Gloria Bearss at [email protected] to register
more than 4 delegates with a single payment option and group invoicing.
One Awards Banquet Ticket is included in a full registration, and up to four (4) can be purchased as part of the registration. Please click to purchase Banquet tickets in addition to full conference registration, for day registration,  or for those only attending the awards banquet.

The draft program is attached as an  At A Glance. 

For more information please go to the SLA website 

The TD Summer Reading Club announces two new features:
Read all about their new serial story feature and save the date for national TD Summer Reading Club Day!
The deadline for Freedom to Read Week final reports is April 15th. Please contact Anne at the SLA office [email protected] or 306-939-4442 with any questions
 Meadow Lake  Library
When did the branch open: The Meadow Lake Stagettes opened a juvenile library in 1946, which evolved into an official library over the years.
Library milestones: We are celebrating our 70th anniversary this year!
Building/renovation history: The Meadow Lake Library is currently in the former School Board Office, our fifth location since 1946.
Number of staff: There are five of us: full-time Branch Manager and Programming Clerk, a part-time Materials Clerk and two Pages.
Description of community served by the branch:
served by the branch: We officially serve the City of Meadow Lake, the R.M. of Meadow Lake, and Flying Dust First Nation, though we of course have users from all over the area! Read more 



  • First Nations Knowledge Services Without Borders Institute:Organizations have and are developing services for their indigenous clientele. Find out what we can learn from these successful examples and learn about new opportunities to engage your audiences. Join a conversation about cultural protocol and how to respect and incorporate indigenous ways in your work. The complete registration package is here.
  • March 2016 SLTA Newsletter is here.
  • University of Saskatchewan University Library Aboriginal Internship Opportunity Read more.  
  • Access 2016 Program Committee invites proposals for participation in this year's Access Conference, which will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of New Brunswick in the hip city of Fredericton, New Brunswick from 4-7 October. More information is available here.
  • The latest issue of the Partnership Journal is now available. Of special note is the article on the Multitype Library Board by Michael Shires. You can read it here.
  • Vancouver Public Library welcomes the unwelcome. Read more.
  • Read the announcement from the National Reading Campaign.
  • SALT Newsletter - Issue 3, Spring 2016 See it here
  • Saskatchewan Literacy Network call for nominations is here
Name: Erin Langman
Title: Librarian
Born and lived: I was born in Prince Edward Island, and grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia. I've also lived in Sackville, New Brunswick and Colchester, England.
Professional career and activities: My background is in Art History, but as an undergraduate student I worked at the slide library in the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University, which piqued my interest in librarianship. I moved to Regina after completing my MLIS at Dalhousie University in 2010 to take a position at the MacKenzie Art Gallery Library. I have also worked for the Regina Public Library, and started working at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library in 2013. I recently came back to Saskatchewan Polytechnic in September of 2015 after being on maternity leave, and am currently the Liaison Librarian for the School of Nursing. 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 the 25th 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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