ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 2 Issue 6 June 30, 2016


Hello SLA Members,

I am honoured to be your new President for the next two years.  To learn a bit more about me please read my profile in the Comings and Goings section. I would like to thank outgoing President Gwen Schmidt for her hard work with guiding us through SLA's new governance model and with her diligent work on the Federation of Library Associations Working Group.  Appreciation also goes to outgoing Member at Large Eleanor Crumblehulme and incoming Members at Large Alan Kilpatrick and Tasha Maddison.  Finally my sincere thanks to SLA's office staff: Judy Nicholson (Executive Director), Anne, Pennylegion (Program Co-ordinator), and Gloria Bearss (Admin. Services).  Our association could not function without them.Read more 


The Saskatchewan Library Association would like to thank all
committee members and volunteers for their contributions.  
August 15, 2016 : Continuing Education Grants for Category 1
and Category 2 are due.  Category 2 is to support the
presentation of a workshop and will require some significant
preparation. Please find all the relevant information and application forms on the SLA website. .

Comments from some of the 2016 grant recipients can be read here.

At the recent Saskatchewan Libraries Conference, awards
were given to the following:

Catherine Hana: The Maureen Woods Education Bursary Recipient 2016.
Catherine Hana is a prairie girl at heart - born in Winnipeg and raised in Brandon. She just completed the MLIS at Western University and is particularly happy to have been offered (and accepted) a position at the Qu'Appelle Health Science Library. She is committed to working within the Saskatchewan library community and taking on a role in the Saskatchewan Library Association.Read more.

Brittany Pickering: The Mary Donaldson Award of Merit
The Mary Donaldson Award of Merit was established in 1977 to recognize library support workers and the essential services that they perform in Saskatchewan libraries. The Mary Donaldson Award of Merit is an award given annually since 1977 to a graduating Library Technician student enrolled at a library education institution in Saskatchewan.

This year's recipient, Brittany Pickering, is completing her final year in the Library and Information Technology Diploma Program at Kelsey  Saskatoon Campus of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Brittany has maintained grades in good standing, has worked in a post-secondary library setting as a casual employee over the last two years and at the University of Saskatchewan as a research assistant and teaching assistant, has a Bachelor and Masters' degree in English, and has been involved in as a volunteer in various research projects. Read more 

Profiles of your new board members, as well as your new President Michael Shires:
Name: J. Michael Shires
Pat Ross
Title: Collection Development and Liaison Librarian, University of Regina
Born and lived: Childhood spent in Edmonton, AB.   Also lived in Red Deer, AB, St. Albert, AB, Spokane, WA, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Professional career and activities: I have worked in public and academic libraries in the United States and the United Arab Emirates.  My work has included teaching information literacy, providing research and liaison services, and collection development.  I have published 3 peer-reviewed journal articles. I was SLA's representative to the Multitype Library Board 2011 to 2015 and I have been on SLA's Board of Directors since 2012.
Family: Wife Darcy, who is also a Librarian, and a daughter Sophia who is 6. 
In my spare time:  Practicing Iyengar yoga, exercising at home, and trying to catch up on my recreational reading and podcast listening.Read more
Alan Kilpatrick
is a reference librarian with the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library.  Alan has a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vancouver Island University.Alan has worked with the Transport Canada Library in Ottawa, the Graduate Resource Centre at the University of Western Ontario, the Hippocampus Reading Foundation in India, and the Saskatchewan Legislative Library.He is the Social Media Coordinator for the Canadian Association of Law Libraries and a Member-at-Large for the Saskatchewan Library Association.

Tasha Maddison is the Copyright Consultant Librarian (North)
Photo Credit: Shannon Lucky 
Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  She holds a Master degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.  Tasha also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan.Tasha has worked for Red Deer College as an instructor in their Theatre Program; as a trainer for ProQuest and more recently at the University of Saskatchewan as both a branch supervisor and as a librarian.  Tasha is a member-at-large for the Saskatchewan Library Association.
Anastasia Gould works as a Librarian at the Learning Resource Centre of the Academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She is a graduate of the University of Western's Master of Library and Information Science program. Anastasia has worked as a Reference Librarian at the Geological Society of Canada, and as a Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick. She brings experience with another non-profit board to her new role as Vice-president of Membership and Publications on the SLA Board. In that capacity, Anastasia will chair the membership committee (including the sub-committee for the Resolutions submitted at the AGM), and serve on four others-the sub-committee for the Frances Morrison Award, plus the publications, finance, and executive committees.

Saskatoon Public Library Branch in Stonebridge
Name of library:  It's so new, it doesn't have a name yet! (For the purposes of this profile, we will refer to it as 'The branch in Stonebridge').
Library profile :This new branch is planned to open in November 2016, having been an exciting SPL project for over three years. Located on the main floor of a seniors' retirement apartment complex, it's surrounded by complimentary neighbourhood services and businesses. The library will employ seven full-time equivalent staff and serve the largest neighborhood in Saskatoon with its diverse mix of people, including young families, newcomers to Canada, and seniors. A new P3 school is also being built within a few blocks of the library.  The library will also serve other nearby neighbourhoods. We expect to be busy!
Recent challenge the library has overcome: Because the neighbourhood is expanding so quickly, SPL took advantage of a recent opportunity to increase the square footage of the branch from the initial design.
Describe new successful services or initiatives: The library will be home to some of the most current trends in library technology and services including RFID, Google Chromebooks,a maker space, a dedicated video games room, and a children's area with doors and ample stroller parking.
Where do you see your library/branch in fifteen years: Integral to the community, a creative and collaborative welcoming space, reflecting neighbourhood interests and meeting neighbourhood needs.
Challenges your library is facing: This community continues to grow so fast. As our current and future communities grow and change, we are working to continue to meet the needs of Saskatoon!
Opportunities your library has identified: We aim to work alongside the new neighbourhood schools (currently under construction), the many seniors' residences in the area, and the people of Stonebridge and surrounding areas, to develop programming and services of value to our patrons.
We can't wait to be part of the Stonebridge community!  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates about what's happening at SPL, and for the latest updates on the Stonebridge branch opening.

LaRonge Public Library has recently changed their name to The  Alex Robertson Public Library. Read more about the man for whom the library is named.   

  • Learn about Cruise Ship Libraries here 
  • Children's librarians are essential in building the next generation of library patrons. Public libraries provide access to recreational and informational materials, plus the experiences vital to a child's enjoyment of reading and lifelong learning.  The Marion Sherman Bursary for Children's Librarians was established to encourage library science students to study children's librarianship.  This challenge is particularly acute for Saskatchewan libraries that have no library school from which to draw "home-grown" children's librarians. The $750 Marion Sherman Bursary for Children's Librarians is awarded annually to a library science student in an accredited Canadian graduate school of library or information science to assist with tuition expenses.The successful applicant should have a demonstrated commitment to children's librarianship. Wapiti Regional Library Board administers the Marion Sherman Bursary for Children's Librarians. Please see the poster  here and the application form here. The documents can also be found on the Wapiti website The deadline for completed applications is Monday, October 10, 2016.  
  • Northern Exposure to Leadership nomination invitation is  here.
  • July 31, 2016 applications for Culture Days grants are due.
  • Loan Stars: Librarians pick their favourite upcoming July titles.  Read more 
  • Briarpatch Magazine is in danger of shutting down. Read more 
  • Public Libraries Can Help Syrian Refugees. Read more 
  • This is the Final CLA Digest  
  • A new grant possibility from The Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP)
  • The latest edition of the SALT newsletter  has been published.


  • September 30-October 2, 2016: Culture Days. You can register your program and find promotional logos here..
  • October 30, 2016  Applications for the Maureen Woods Education Bursary are due.  Find information and applications for MLIS students on the SLA website .
  • October 16-22, 2016 Saskatchewan Library Week celebrates 40 years. 
  • May 4-5, 2017 The Saskatchewan Libraries Conference will be  held at Elk Ridge Resort, Waskesiu Lake.  If you are planning your vacation around the conference, Tourism Saskatchewan has produced Discovery Guides.

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. We can no longer publish photos without appropriate permissions or photo credits.
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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