Continuing Education Grants

The Saskatchewan Library Association strives to provide and support relevant educational opportunities for its members. Three categories of grants are available:

  1. Grant to an individual for attendance to 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.).
  3. Grant for first time attendance at the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference.

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.  Category 3 Grant Applications will be accepted until February 15 annually (unless otherwise posted).

Guidelines for Category 1, 2, and 3 Grants:  Conference Grant Guidelines

Application for all Categories of Grants:   Continuing Education Grant Application

SLA Approved Expense Rates: Receipts to be submitted with Expense Claim

Hotel per night  $175
Breakfast (per day) $12
Lunch (per day)  $14
Supper (per day) $22
Mileage (per km) $0.42

All applications are to be sent to the SLA Executive Director slaexdir@sasktel.net

Category 1:Grant for an individual to attend any continuing education opportunity

This grant is intended for individuals seeking assistance with attendance at a continuing education opportunity (conference, workshop, etc.) of their choosing.

Coursework in a university or college that leads to a degree or after degree diploma (e.g. American Library Association accredited graduate program, library technician program students are not eliglible) does not qualify. Please refer to SLA’s Student Awards and Bursaries for details http://saskla.ca/continuing-education/bursary-and-award  .

Application deadline: February 15th or August 15th

Amount: All eligible expenses up to $500. Eligible expenses include registration fees, travel, accommodation, meals (as per SLA’s official expense rates), equipment, and books/supplies.

Eligibility: Must be an individual member of the Saskatchewan Library Association prior to applying.

Criteria: Application to contain the following:  

  • description of activity, conference or event
  • logistics (dates, location)
  • proposed budget
  • one paragraph rationale statement stating the intended impact of the event  for you  and may include: relevance to current work, limited access to professional development due to geography, limited access to financial supports. Preference given to those who have not previously received a continuing education grant.

Disbursement of funds: Submit final report and receipts to SLA to be reimbursed.

Reporting: Provide a 1-2 page report describing the event and the impact it had on the applicant’s professional development, within two months of event attendance. The report may be published in whole or edited and posted in SLA communications (e.g. newsletter, newsflash, website, etc.).o an individual for attendance to any continuing education opportunity

Category 2:  Grant for an individual or institutional member for organizing and promoting a continuing education event

This grant is intended for any individual or institutional member seeking assistance with the planning and promotion of a continuing education opportunity to be held in Saskatchewan and open to all SLA members.

Application deadline: February 15th or August 15th

Amount: All eligible expenses up to $1000. Eligible expenses include guest speaker expenses, room rental, food, advertising, equipment, and books/supplies.

Eligibility: Must be an individual member of SLA or covered by an institutional membership of SLA prior to applying. In cases where any resources of an institution/employer are implicated in the application, a letter of support from the official voting delegate or another appropriate representative of that institution should accompany the application.

Criteria:

Application to contain the following: 

  • description of activity, conference or event
  • logistics (dates, location)
  • proposed budget
  • one paragraph rationale statement stating the intended impact of the event  for you  and may include: relevance to current work, limited access to professional development due to geography, limited access to financial supports. Preference given to those who have not previously received a continuing education grant.
  • support letter(s) if applicable as outlined above
  • commitment to make the workshop open to all SLA members

Disbursement of funds: Submit final report and receipts to SLA to be reimbursed.

Reporting: Provide a 1-2 page report describing the event and the impact it had on the library community, within two months of event attendance.

The report may be published in whole or edited and posted in SLA communications (e.g. newsletter, newsflash, website, etc.)tegory 2: Grant to an individual or institution for organization and promotion of a continuing education opportunity

Category 3: Grant for first time attendance at the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference

This grant is intended for any person who has not previously attended the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference, is currently working in a Saskatchewan library, and is seeking assistance with attendance at the Conference.

Application deadline: February 15th

Amount: All eligible expenses up to $750. Eligible expenses include registration fees, travel, accommodation, meals (as per SLA’s official expense rates).

Eligibility:  Must hold individual individual membership in SLA or be covered by an institutional membership of SLA prior to applying.  In cases where any resources of an institution/employer are implicated in the application, a letter of support from the official voting delegate or another appropriate representative of that institution should accompany the application.

Criteria: Application to contain the following:

  • description of current employment activities
  • one letter of reference supporting the value of event in relation to current activity
  • one paragraph rationale statement stating the intended impact of the event  for you  and may include: relevance to current work, limited access to professional development due to geography, limited access to financial supports. Preference given to those who have not previously received a continuing education grant.
  • a budget to include: registration, travel, accommodations, and meals (as per SLA’s official expense rates)
  • support letter(s) if applicable as outlined above

Disbursement of funds: Submit final report and receipts to SLA to be reimbursed.

Reporting:  Provide a 1-2 page report describing the event and the impact it had on the applicant’s professional development, within two months of event attendance. The report may be published in whole or edited and posted in SLA communications (e.g. newsletter, newsflash, website, etc.).

 

Continuing Education Grant Recipient Testimonials

Over the past few years many library workers in Saskatchewan have applied for and received grants to further their professional development.  Below are a few of their testimonials.

Category 1 CE Grant Recipients

  • “I would first like to thank and acknowledge the SLA’s Continuing Education Committee and the SLA Executive for their support of my professional development. The opportunity provided by this grant has led to new insights and knowledge that will be helpful in my career as a librarian.”
  • “Thank you for allowing me to experience this conference.”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions that I was able to sit in for and learned more about these organizations at the sessions then I would have if I just reviewed their web sites. It was also great to be able to put names to faces from these organizations.”
  • “The conference allowed me to meet new contacts in the organizations that deal with the libraries [in] both public and school libraries. Many times we feel that we are working in isolation and knowing that there is places one can call to ask questions is a helping tool.”
  • “This class has been tremendously beneficial to me in my work. . . . The class covered topics and issues such as the reference interview, virtual reference delivery, the evaluation of reference sources, search strategies, and the future of reference services including discussion on search tools such as Google, roving reference, and 24/7 remove virtual reference. Much of the discussion served to inform me on current trends in offering these services and provided knowledge as to the perceived best practices, benefits, and drawbacks of emerging reference services.”
  • “the course assignments provided practice skills in reference delivery which greatly furthered my knowledge.”
  • “These assignments provided me with practical skills that have already been beneficial in my job.”
  • “Most importantly, I want to thank the Saskatchewan Library Association for awarding me the Continuing Education Grant and the help that this grant has provided me in continuing my graduate studies.”

Category 3 CE Grant Recipients

  • “I would like to open this report with gratitude. In my Cree language, the word for thank you is kinanâskomitin. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn, and to model for my young children that learning does not end after high school or university.”
  • “Walking my path of libraries and education is allowing me to see the wonderful work done, and to make note of works in progress. Walking my path is showing me that there is still so much I need to learn. I am grateful for professional development and networking opportunities, such as this conference, because there are no other outlets or opportunities like this in [my community].
  • “My goals are to take what I learned, and use them at the local library branch level.  I also plan to use what I’ve learned in the development of CALS initiatives, as well as the OTC/PL implementation plan in the coming months.”
  • “I would like to thank the SLA for their generosity in allowing me to attend the SLA Conference. It was my first time attending a large library conference in a professional context and I relished the opportunity to meet both my colleagues in the public library sphere as well as other working professionals from different library settings.”
  • “During the reception, I was able to meet and network with a variety of colleagues from different regions.”
  • “I anticipate that the lessons learned in this seminar such as the importance of obtaining community partnerships to obtain your goals can be transferred to my position.”
  • “It was an . . . opportunity for idea sharing and I valued the time meeting with colleagues from Regina and Southeast Regional in particular. I was able to take ideas and implement them at our region.”
  • “I felt that my time spent at the conference was very worthwhile. As outlined above, there were numerous occasions where I was able to network, build professional ties and learn new ideas. I found the conference refreshing and I left feeling excited about the changes I could make in my region. I highly recommend anyone to go!”
  • “Thank you, once again, for accepting my grant application. As a grant recipient, I was able to attend and participate fully in the conference. This report presents an overview of my experiences from the perspective of a newcomer—to the profession, region, and conference.”
  • “Taken together, the range of sessions I attended reflected all areas of my role . . . and provided a wealth of resources for ongoing professional practice and development.”
  • “As a newcomer to Saskatchewan and the library profession, I welcomed this opportunity to meet and network with peers, possible role models/mentors, and library leaders from across the province.”
  • “These encounters increased my enthusiasm for these projects while providing insight that left me feeling more confident and better prepared to contribute going forward.”
  • “This opportunity to represent my organization increased my sense of belonging to the profession.”
  • “Thanks to the generosity of the Saskatchewan Library Association’s Continuing Education Committee I was able to attend my first Saskatchewan Libraries Conference.”
  • “Attending the conference allowed me to meet many of my Saskatchewan library colleagues who I had previously not met, or met only via teleconference, and gain valuable information and inspiration from them and the sessions I was able to attend.”
  • “These sessions gave me a lot of valuable information to bring back . . . and share with our Executive, staff, and branch libraries in the coming months.”
  • “Being able to talk to staff at libraries who have implemented makerspaces will help me make recommendations to our member branches how they could best adopt makerspace projects regardless of their branch size.”
  • “One of the best parts of conferences is the ability to meet with fellow professionals to share knowledge and inspiration. I have met a number of libraries from Saskatchewan’s public libraries through committee work, but had met very few of them in person. Being able to meet and talk with my counterparts in similar positions . . . was especially valuable, since we have similar experiences and responsibilities and can share and learn from each other. Discussions at meals, during breaks between sessions, and at evening social events were great opportunities to trade business cards, ask questions about their work, and make plans for future communication.”
  • “Attending the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference was a valuable professional development experience which allowed me to develop new relationships with vendors, fellow libraries and information professionals, and gain fresh inspiration and knowledge to bring back to my region.”
  • “The conference provide me with: an introduction to new ideas, technology and practices; exposure to professional librarianship; and opportunities to network with other library staff.”
  • “The Spotlight On and Concurrent sessions introduced me to new ideas and gave me practical examples of ideas that I have learned about in my MLIS classes and other reading.”
  • “The conference also provided me with time and opportunity to meet other library staff in the province and better get to know some of my co-workers. This networking opportunity was really wonderful and will allow me to be more engaged with the library community in the province.”
  • “I would not have been able to attend this conference without the financial support from the SLA. I want to think the SLA for providing me with this opportunity.”