ISSN 2369-4939
Volume 2 Issue 8
August 1, 2016


Hello SLA Members,
Summer is in full swing and I hope that everyone is able to spend some quality leisure time. I will hopefully be able to tent camp with my family a couple of times in July and August in Southern Saskatchewan. We are also planning our annual road trip to Alberta to visit family and friends in Calgary and Edmonton.
Speaking of Alberta, I came across an old article that I had written for my graduate library school newsletter at the University of Alberta. It's on page 5 and the title is Libraries and Star Trek . You can probably tell that I'm a TOS (Star Trek: The Original Series) geek.  

Continuing Education Grants Applications Due August 15, 2016
The Saskatchewan Library Association strives to provide and support relevant educational opportunities for its members. These two grants are currently available:
  1. Grant to an individual for attendance at any continuing education opportunity (conference, workshop, etc.).
  2. Grant to an individual or institution for organization and promotion of a continuing education opportunity (conference, workshop, etc.).
  • Grants will not be awarded if suitable candidates do not apply. Preference will be given to those who have not had a grant before.
  • Category 1 and 2 Grant Applications will be accepted until February 15 and August 15 annually.  
Please find all the relevant information and application forms here.

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

Applications for the Maureen Woods Education Bursary are due October 30, 2016
The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is accepting applications for the Maureen Woods Education Bursary, which was made possible with the generous donation from the Saskatchewan Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and through the efforts of the Multitype Library Board and the Saskatchewan Library Association. The bursary was established to promote the continued growth of professional librarianship in the province of Saskatchewan. The bursary is administered by the SLA. The SLA is offering a single bursary in the amount of $5,000. Find information and applications for MLIS students on the SLA website.

Call for Program Chair for Conference 2017
The 2017 Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is developing a handbook with guidelines for the various roles and tasks involved in planning a conference. The CPC will meet later in the summer to begin the planning process for the 2017 conference at Elk Ridge near Waskesiu.  An SLA member from one of the more northern regions might find this to be a great opportunity to work on an SLA committee.  Please contact the SLA Executive Director, Judy Nicholson  [email protected]  to find out more about the role of the program chair.  Read more 


The Education Institute 
The Education Institute is currently accepting proposals for the Fall Semester! Please see attached.

Name of library: North Battleford Public Library
When did the branch open: We opened in 2016.
Library milestones: We'll be celebrating 30 years in our current building this coming December.
Building/renovation history: In 2016 we're also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the North Battleford Library. We will be having a big, weeklong 100th anniversary celebration during Library Week in October. Our original location, a Carnegie library, is now the home of the Allen Sapp Gallery.
Read more

The Library Bicycle
photo by Amanda Foster 
The Mushroom table
photo by Amanda Foster 

Feature: Sarah Bonish
photo credit: Jessica Cammer 

Name: Sarah Bonish
Title: Special Projects Librarian at Regina Public Library
Professional career and activities: I am a relatively new Librarian; I graduated from McGill's MLIS program in June 2015. During the summer of 2014, I returned to Regina to work as a Research Assistant at the Saskatchewan Legislative Library, researching conference topics and compiling the information into kits for the MLAs. While at McGill, I completed a practicum at Centennial Academy (a private school in Montreal); I worked in their school library where I catalogued new books, created book displays, and provided readers' advisory and reference services to teachers and students. I was an executive member of the Canadian Library Association McGill Student Chapter where I organized and coordinated events that gave students to the opportunity to network with Information professionals working in and around Montreal. As the Special Projects Librarian at Regina Public Library, I create system-wide teen programs including a Reading Buddies program that pairs high school students with children in grades 1-3. I am a member of the Saskatchewan Library Association's One Book One Province Committee. Read more

Congratulations to:
James Hope Howard! Read more about his  recent promotion
Michelle Wagner will be taking over as Library Coordinator of Luther College Library. 

Carla Flengeris she will be taking a 14-month parental leave, returning to work November 1, 2017.Michelle can be reached at [email protected] or 306.585.5030. 
Brett Waytuck On July 1, 2016 he was appointed to a five-year term as University Librarian at the University of Regina.  He joined the Provincial Library and Literacy Office in 2007, and as Provincial Librarian supported the development of the National Network for Equitable Library Services, Saskatchewan History Online, northern summer literacy camps, and Student First.  Throughout his career, Mr Waytuck has been active in a variety of provincial and national associations and advisory bodies including the Provincial and Territorial Public Library Council, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies Advisory Committee (Council of Ministers of Education Canada), the Multitype Library Board, Saskatchewan Information and Library Services Board, the Saskatchewan Library Association and the Canadian Library Association e-book task force.  Additional information can be found
  • August 15, 2016: Applications  for Continuing Education Grants Category 1 and 2 are due.
  • August 26, 2016: Saskatchewan Library Week grant applications are due
  • September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016:  Culture Days 
  •  October 16-22, 2016: is Saskatchewan Library Week
  •  May 4-5, 2017: The Saskatchewan Libraries Conference at Elk Ridge Resort, Waskesiu Lake

Library PressDisplay News

The current Library PressDisplay platform will be disabled on September 1, 2016, and the access to the content will be switch to the PressReader platform. The new platform will allow users to customize some features according to their personal preference and provide unlimited access to the content. The platform migration for the MDLP will happen before the end of August so Provincial Library is working with ProQuest to smooth the transition.  
ProQuest has arranged free online webinars for MDLP library staff to demonstrate features of the new platform during the week of  August 8 and August 15.  Each session is about one hour and covers the same content to accommodate various staff schedules. Detailed participation information for each session can be found here.  Please distribute  to your library staff, so they can attend one of the sessions. 
Please note: The time listed is Central Time, so there is one hour difference from Saskatchewan (11 am Central Time = 10 am Saskatchewan Time). For more information, please contact Jack Ma by email  [email protected]  or phone at

Saskatchewan Library Week Grants (SLW)

Need help funding your SLW Program? The SLAis offering twenty - four $250 grants to member libraries to help celebrate (SLW).

This year marks the 40th anniversary of SLW. Our theme this year is "Explore and Discover Saskatchewan Libraries." Please try and incorporate the anniversary and theme into your projects. Applications will be juried by members of the Program Committee - all decisions will be final.

The deadline for applications is August 26, 2016.

For more information or to apply, please visit the SLA website.

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.