Saskatchewan Libraries Conference
Mark your calendar! The 2024 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference will take place May 1-3, 2024 in Regina, SK.
The Saskatchewan Libraries Conference is an annual event that provides the premier professional development opportunity for anyone working in library and information services in Saskatchewan.
The 2023 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference took place at the Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre on May 3-5, 2023 and was a huge success! Nearly 150 delegates took in a wide variety of sessions, with topics ranging from family literacy to reconciliation to increasing your library’s accessibility.
The theme for the 2023 conference was “Libraries Expand Horizons.” This theme invited us to reflect on the many ways that libraries serve, support, and enhance their communities. Here are just a few ways SLA sees libraries expanding our horizons:
- Creating inclusive and equitable environments that reflect our province’s diversity
- Providing services that expand individual opportunities and ways of thinking
- Supporting intellectual freedom and the right to read
- Offering diverse collections, both in topic and format
- Gathering community in reconciliation and decolonization initiatives
Our 2023 Speakers
We are honoured to welcome Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, as our 2023 keynote speaker!
Leslie Weir was appointed to the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada in 2019 for a four-year term, and is the first woman to hold this position. Before being appointed to Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Weir served as the university librarian at the University of Ottawa for 15 years.
Leslie Weir’s presentation will be on the morning of May 4, 2023.
Mary Donaldson Lecture
SLA is pleased to announce John Lagimodiere, President of Aboriginal Consulting Services, as our 2023 Mary Donaldson Lecturer.
Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Saskatoon’s Living in Harmony Award, John Lagimodiere is a dedicated community builder and entrepreneur. President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services, he has been delivering Indigenous awareness seminars since 1997 while he built a 25-year career in the media as Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News and as a regular contributor to CBC, where he was host of the award-winning national show, As If, on CBC Radio. Lagimodiere is also the recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award for Aboriginal Business. His Métis roots are in the Red River, and he is a citizen of the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. John’s straight forward and humorous delivery are why he is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and facilitator.
John Lagimodiere’s lecture will be on the evening of May 3, 2023 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
The Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture established in 1967. Learn more about the Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture.
Closing off our conference with a bang will be Shawn Cuthand, Writer and Producer at The Feather Entertainment Inc.
Shawn Cuthand is a Cree and Mohawk stand up comedian living on Treaty 6 territory. He is also a writer, filmmaker, producer and actor. He is a part of The Feather News, a fake news comedy series which is making it’s premiere on APTN Lumi in February 2023. For the past 2 years he has also acted in the GTNT annual christmas plays. Stand up comedy is his passion and he has performed all over Saskatchewan as well as Winnipeg, Ottawa and Edmonton. For the past two years he’s been a part of the YXE Fringe with Danny Knight showcasing their open mic comedy show The Funny Bone Schomedy Zone which they have just been confirmed for a third year.
Shawn Cuthand’s presentation will take place in the afternoon on May 5, 2023 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.
Our Sponsors & Exhibitors
SLA deeply appreciates the important contributions of our sponsors and exhibitors to our conference.
Our sponsors are:
OUR EXHIBITORS ARE:
- Canadian e-Resource Solutions Inc. / Britannica
- Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)
- Dyslexia Canada
- EBSCO Information Services
- Elections Canada
- Gabriel Dumont Institute – Métis Culture & Heritage
- Law Society of Saskatchewan
- Library Bound Inc.
- McNally Robinson
- Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Citizenship Registry
- National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
- Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC)
- Provincial Library & Literacy Office (PLLO)
- Saskatchewan Archaeological Society
- Saskatchewan Council for Archives & Archivists
- Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation
- Saskatchewan Literacy Network
- Shadowpaw Press
- TD Summer Reading Club
- The Trojman Corporation
- United Library Services (ULS)
- Wintergreen Learning Materials
Archived Conference Presentations
Governance Basics in a Non-Profit Organizations, presented by Dawn Martin
The Road to Digital Citizenship, presented by Nina Verishagen
SALI: Listening and Acting on Your Feedback, presented by Alan Kilpatrick
Accessible Library Service 101 and Early Literacy Strategies for Children with Print Disabilities
Bibliocon! 2017: How We Hosted a Mini Comic Con at the Library
Breaking Trail: New Directions for the MDLP
Building Academic Skills: Integrating Student Services at the University of Saskatchewan
Indigenization in Libraries Panel
It’s the Little Things: Practicing Decolonization
Online Academic Profiles: How Popular Are They?
Online Andragogy: Designing Information Literacy for ATL
Open Access Statistics about Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Plan for Emergencies Involving Physical Collections
Practical User Experience: Collecting, Interpreting and Using Data from Library Users
Qualitative Research Interviewing as a Method to Explore Local Music Collecting and Collections in Canada
Refreshing Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Copyright Web Presence
Research that Goes Bump in the Night
Social Media at the Academic Library
Team Structure: Broadening your Research Range by Diversifying your Team
The Future of Voilà: Our National Union Catalogue
The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few or the One
2018 SLA Conference Evaluation Report
It takes a province to save a library system
Our journey towards reconciliation
Indigenization in Saskatchewan Libraries
2017 SLA Conference Evaluation Report
Library Advocacy- You Can Do It! (2)