Saskatchewan Libraries Education Bursary

Bursary
The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is pleased to accept applications for the Saskatchewan Libraries Education Bursary. This bursary 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 Saskatchewan Library Association. The SLA is offering a single bursary in the amount of $5,000.00.

Eligibility

This bursary is open to all students enrolled in or accepted in an ALA accredited graduate degree program at the time of the award (usually November of the award year) in a Master of library and information science or equivalent. Applicants must be willing to take residence and employment in Saskatchewan for a period of at least one year following completion of their MLIS program. Applicants must not have received this award in the past. Preference will be given to Saskatchewan residents but the bursary is open to anyone willing to fulfill the Saskatchewan professional employment requirement.

Applications

To apply for this bursary please submit the completed Saskatchewan Libraries Education Bursary application form along with a letter of application which highlights your interest in professional librarianship, any library or related experience, your interest in pursuing your professional career in Saskatchewan, and any academic achievements or relevant professional pursuits. Please have all transcripts of your post-secondary educational achievements and two letters of references sent directly to the SLA office. For more information about this bursary please contact the SLA office by phone at (306)780-9413 or via email at slaexdir@sasktel.net

Guidelines and Criteria

Application

Deadline for applications: September 30 (annually)

Applications should be sent via mail, fax or email to:

Saskatchewan Libraries Education Bursary
Saskatchewan Library Association
#15-2010-7th Avenue
Regina, SK S4R 1C2

Fax: (306) 780-9447
Email: slaexdir@sasktel.net

For more information about relocating in Saskatchewan, job opportunities, economic conditions and social and cultural amenities please visit Saskatchewan Industry and Resources.

Professional Environment

Saskatchewan has an active community of library and information professionals working in a variety of sectors. The province is home to more than 300 public libraries, hundreds of school libraries, and more than 40 post-secondary and special libraries. Saskatchewan offers many opportunities for library professionals to pursue their professional interests both at work and through participation in association activities. The close-knit professional community provides important support networks and enables many of the province-wide co-operative and multitype library initiatives. Saskatchewan also offers an active continuing education environment for information professionals with local conferences, workshops, and educational opportunities delivered virtually.

For more information about the library community in Saskatchewan please contact any of the following organizations:

Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA)
Saskatchewan Libraries website
Special Libraries Association, Western Canada Chapter
Saskatchewan School Libraries Association
Saskatchewan Health Libraries Association

History/Background

The Saskatchewan Libraries Education Bursary was initiated by the Multitype Library Board in 1999 in response to a concern about recruitment that was becoming an increasing cross-sectoral library issue. There was an urgent need for recruitment, particularly in the rural and academic library settings. Subsequently, the Multitype Library Board formed a Public Relations Committee, led by Audrey Mark also heard from the library community that recruitment and retention was an important issue for all sectors. Action needed to be taken immediately, and work on the Saskatchewan Libraries Education Bursary began. The Multitype Library Board asked the Saskatchewan Library Association to partner with them. SLA agreed to administer the bursary. The Provincial Library, a branch of Saskatchewan Learning, contributed funding to establish the bursary, and it became a reality in 2002. The first bursary was offered in 2003, and a second in 2004. Since then, the bursary has become an annual event.

Recipients

2011: Justina Datta
2010: Zhizhong (Jack) Chang

2009: Shannon Lucky
2008: Shauna May
2007: Kendra Bender
2006: Christine Varnam
2005: Kelly McIvor
2004: David Bindle
2003: Lorraine Salt
2002: Christina Petrisor