ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 2 Issue 4

 April 30, 2016


Board News
Save the Date
Program News
Comings and Goings

Dear Colleagues, Letter
Dear Colleagues,

It is mere weeks until the Conference, and I look forward to connecting with all of you there again.  We have great registration numbers, reflecting the multi-sector participation that this conference is about - and the anniversary of the Multitype Library Board in Saskatchewan.

In conjunction with our Conference, we will once again be holding the SLA Annual General Meeting (AGM) along with complimentary breakfast.  I urge you to read the annual report, the agenda for the meeting, and all the related documents beforehand, so we can have a rich yet speedy conversation.  We got lots of work done this year on your behalf, and are eager to tell you all about it.  See you there!

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The Board of Directors of SLA Announce
the Annual General Meeting of the Saskatchewan Library Association

Saturday May 7, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Michelangelo Room, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon

Please find the pertinent documents listed on the AGM page on the SLA website.
Registration for the AGM  is between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. during the breakfast.
Institutional members must submit changes of the voting delegate to the SLA office prior to the conference.  [email protected]  
Resolutions must be submitted to the Resolutions Committee before the beginning of the AGM. Guidelines and forms available on the website and also at AGM Registration. 
There are still a few webinars left in May. Take a look. There's something for every type of library: public, academic, and read alouds for pre-school and elementary students. Check them out here!
CLA Forum 2016
CLA Forum 2016 Early Bird Registration ends on May 1!  This conference will be the last hurrah for CLA - the big send off - and will provide a Forum for national dialogue, excellent speakers, and looking toward.
There will be an important keynote speaker Chief Wilton Littlechild of the TRC and an incredible digitization panel for the closing luncheon, curated by Dr. Berthiaume of LAC. It really does promise to be a special event.
Conference App
Download the Conference App and start planning your Saskatchewan Libraries Conference experience today! The App displays the conference schedule in an easy to navigate, colour coded format allowing you to view events by venue, type and date. You can bookmark the site on your phone to have the schedule at your fingertips. Sign up for a free personal account to customize your schedule. Please visit

The Saskatchewan Library Association and the 2016 Conference Planning Committee would like to acknowledge and express our gratitude for Kimberley Hintz's hard work on this project for the second year.
Continuing Education Grant Recipients
SLA would like to congratulate the recipients of SLA Continuing Education grants. We appreciate your interest in the conference and hope you enjoy the learning and the opportunity to network with the library community of Saskatchewan. The next deadline for Continuing Education Grant applications is August 15. Please go to the website for more information. The recipients are:
  • Category 1 Attending a Conference - Harriet Roy, Lukas Miller
  • Category 3 First Time Conference Attendance 
    • Lindsay Baker,
    • Amber Boddy,
    • Colin Evans,
    • Anastasia Gould, and
    • Sarah Roberts.

Call for Committee Members
Join the TEAM  
Why does SLA want you?  Your involvement ensures that SLA remains member-driven going forward. Help us to be the recognized voice of and support to Saskatchewan's library communities. No travel required.
Committee Positions Needed for 2016-17
The information below will highlight the key work of each of the committees and the time commitment. For more information please refer to the Committee Structure segment of the Handbook
  • 4 Members - Advocacy Committee  ONE MORE NEEDED
  • 2 Members - Fundraising Committee ONE MORE NEEDED
  • Maureen Woods Education Bursary Subcommittee FILLED
  • 2 Members - Membership Committee ONE MORE NEEDED
  • 2 Members - Resolutions Subcommittee ONE MORE NEEDED
  • 3 Members - Programming Committee ONE MORE NEEDED
  • One Book One Province project FILLED 
  • 3 Members - Publications Committee ONE MORE NEEDED
  • 2 Members - Nominating Committee ONE MORE NEEDED
  • 2 Members - Continuing Education Committee FILLED
  • 5 Members - Conference 2017 Chair & Committee Volunteers (Elkridge Resort, Waskesiu - May 3-5, 2017)
  • Chair - FILLED, Committee - More Needed

SLA Representatives to Other Organizations (one volunteer for each of the following)  

  • Saskatchewan Book Awards - one year term on Board of Directors FILLED
  • Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Awards Inc - The Willow Awards - One year term on SYRCA Board of Directors FILLED
Please go to the Wufoo form to apply.                        
For more information about the positions please go to the SLA website


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

Announcing the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club Theme!
In celebration of Canada's 150 birthday, the National TDSRC committee has chosen "Canada" as its theme. For more information, please click here


TDSR Club is having a Get Your Summer Read On Day Read more 

The theme for SLW Oct 16-22 2016 has been chosen:
Explore and Discover Saskatchewan Libraries. The winner is:
Linda Kimball
Branch Librarian
Carnduff, SK


  • Call to action half of Newfoundland Public Libraries to be cut RRead more.
  • Invitation to participate in the Partnership Journal survey Read more.
  • SSLA news is here.
  • The MLB April Communique is here.
  • The Access 2016 Conference is being held in Fredericton N.B. October 4-7, 2016. Please visit the website for more information. 

Audrey Mark, Director of Pahkisimon Nuye?ah Library System for 25 years will retire on May 31 2016. She has worked very conscientiously in carrying forward the needs, wants and roles of the Pahkisimon
Nuye?ah Library System not only in the North but also within the whole Saskatchewan Library community. Enjoy your retirement Audrey, we'll miss you.

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Saskatchewan Legislative Library Comings & Goings

Assistant Legislative Librarian, Pat Kolesar, retired at the end of April 2016 after 32 years of service with the Legislative Library.  The Legislative Library benefited greatly from Pat's knowledge, experience, and commitment. We are grateful to her, and we wish her the very best in her retirement!  

In February, the Legislative Library welcomed Andy Fowler who joined our team as Reference Librarian, replacing Cameron McKay, who left his Reference Librarian position last fall.  Andy brings over 6 years' experience with the Legislative Library of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as 12 years' experience with the Memorial University Library. We are pleased to have Andy as part of our team.

Name: Dr. Jean McKendry
Title: Rural Branch Manager and Interim Director of Chinook Regional  Library
Born and lived: Born in Saskatoon, lived in Melfort and Vancouver
Early Life: skiing in the winter and camping in the summer
Professional career and activities: MLS and PhD at SLAIS at UBC; worked in public and academic libraries
In my spare time: I spend time in the Cypress Hills
Favorite books: Swallows & Amazons by Arthur Ransome, The Curve of Time by Muriel Wylie Blanchet
I'm currently reading:
Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond    
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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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