Committees & Networks
SLA is a member-driven organization with volunteers elected to roles on the Board of Directors. Additional volunteers join committees to work with the board on the events, activities, and initiatives of the organization. Information on committee structure, duties, and responsibilities is found in Section 5 of the Governance Handbook. The Board of Directors continually reviews the Terms of Reference of the committees to ensure that the strategic directions and Strategic Plan will be actualized.
Committee members must be SLA members, whether through an individual membership or through their employer’s institutional membership.
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the SLA office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of Committees
Information below will highlight the key work of each of the committees and the time commitment. Committees normally meet virtually via Zoom for 60-90 minutes every 4-8 weeks depending on the matters on the agenda and objectives for the year. There is occasional work to take on between meetings.
Monitors societal issues impacting libraries in Saskatchewan and advocates on behalf of libraries.
Communications & Engagement Committee
Broadens membership base and encourages networking and synergy through developing and reviewing a membership plan. This committee also develops, reviews, and maintains a communications plan.
Conference Planning Committee (CPC)
The Executive Committee of the CPC consists of the Conference Chair, the Local Arrangements Coordinator, the President, and the Executive Director. The Committee Chairs include: the Program Chair, the Communications Chair, the Volunteer Chair. All committee members will work with these standing committees. The Conference Planning Handbook provides guidance for the work of the committees and will be updated in advance of each annual conference.
Conference Program Committee
Develops the program for the Conference and is responsible for adjudicating submitted presentation proposals, recommending keynote speakers, and organizing conference schedule.
Continuing Education Committee
Develops ideas for continuing education for the membership, promotes The Partnership initiatives, and selects recipients for SLA’s Continuing Education grants.
- The Continuing Education Committee includes the Awards Sub-Committee, which selects recipients for SLA’s various awards and bursaries.
Prison Literacy/Library Sub-Committee
A new sub-committee established to explore a role for SLA in providing books to correctional facilities.
Develops, reviews, and maintains a fundraising plan.
Determines open Board positions, calls for nominations, facilitates applications, and explains volunteer positions to prospective candidates.
One Book One Province Committee
Coordinates the One Book One Province Saskatchewan program.
Helps direct SLA programming opportunities, with the input from membership.
Calls for resolutions in early spring and supports the handling of resolutions at the AGM in May.
At the 2014 AGM, SLA added Networks to its Articles of Continuance and Bylaws (2014). This allows members to form groups around issues, topics, programs, and other themes. More information is available in Section 3 and 6 of the SLA Governance Handbook.
Criteria to form a network:
- A written request must be submitted by voting members of SLA to establish a network to meet SLA member needs.
- A moderator will be selected, and will prepare Terms of Reference in consultation with the Executive Committee of SLA.
- The network’s Terms of Reference must be ratified by the SLA Board of Directors.
SLA Representatives to Other Organizations
- Canadian Federation of Library Associations – 2 year term rotates with the Manitoba Library Association and the board position represents both associations
- Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) Committee
- Multitype Library Board – 2 year term appointed by the Minister of Education
- Saskatchewan Book Awards – 1 year term on the SBA Board
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library and Information Technology Program Advisory Committee -3 year term
- Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award, Inc. (SYRCA) – “The Willow Awards” – 1 year term on the SYRCA Board
- University of Regina Senate – 3 year term
- University of Saskatchewan Senate – 4 year term