Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2017

Celebrating SLA’s 75th Anniversary!!


May 3-5, 2017

Elk Ridge Resort, Waskesiu, SK

Refunds are subject to a $25.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after April 18, 2017. Please contact the SLA Office at 306.780.9413 if you have any questions.

The resort has four kinds of accommodations (lodge, cabins, townhouses, cottages). Reservation details at

Be sure to request SLA Conference Rates and to be added to the Rooming List.

TwitterTwitter conference hashtag is #saskla2017

Read about the interesting development of multi-sector library cooperation in Saskatchewan and the establishment of the Multitype Library Board in a Partnership Journal article titled Celebrating Co-operation among Saskatchewan’s Libraries: The Multitype Library Board, 1996-2016.

Delegate Registration and Draft Program

The 2017 Conference Planning committee is excited about the conference and the line-up of speakers, presenters, and social events. Please join the Saskatchewan Library Association as we celebrate 75 years as an association together at Elk Ridge Resort at Waskesiu Lake, SK.

Early Bird Deadline is March 21,2017, and registration Closes on April 18 , 2017.   Elk Ridge Conference Rates available until April 10, 2017.  Information is on the website.  Individual rooms in the lodge are now filled.  Please contact the SLA office to find out how to get into a shared accommodations with other conference attendees.

Full conference registration includes one banquet ticket; single day registrations do not include banquet tickets.  Day rates  display if you select the “None of the above”  from the registration options. Delegates may register at:
Payment can be made by paypal, credit card, or cheque.

Please contact Gloria Bearss at to register more than 4 delegates with a single payment option and group invoicing.

The SLA Annual General Meeting   is Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.  and SLTA will hold their meetings as follows:  Thursday May 4 at 8:30 a.m., and Friday, May 5 at 8:30 a.m.

An Awards Banquet Ticket is included in a full registration, and up to four (4) can be purchased as part of the registration. Please click to purchase Banquet tickets  for day registration,  or for those attending  only the awards banquet.

The updated draft program is attached as an 2017 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference Program Draft_03.03.17 with additional information to be up-dated as it becomes available.

Conference Committee

Co-chair  – Conference Manager – William (Bill) Sgrazzutti
C0-chair – Local Arrangements Coordinator – James Hope Howard
President – Michael Shires
Volunteer Coordinator  – Tasha Maddison
Finance – Brad Doerksen / Judy Nicholson
Program Chair – Regan Balfour
Program Committee – Nancy Kennedy (SLTA), Ann Liang,  Lindsay Baker,
Conference App. Developer – Kimberley Hintz
Communications Chair – Carrie-Anne Prefontaine
Communications Committee – Catherine Hana
SLA Office – Judy Nicholson, Anne Pennylegion, Gloria Bearss, Carol Todd

Graphic Artist for Program Design, Posters, and Signage – Jeannie Straub (ODIDODI Designs)

CONFERENCE PLANNING HANDBOOK-Aug09 Revised Conference Planning Handbook 2017

Conference Organizing Timeline (Appendix D)

Accommodation Information


Elk Ridge Resort is the setting of the 2017 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference.  A beautiful setting to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Library Association and an opportunity to experience the environment of the northern libraries of the province.

To reserve a room – contact Elk Ridge, elk-ridge-resort-three-bedroom-cabin-2identify yourself as an attendee of the SLA Conference by April 10, 2017  for conference rates.

You have the option to book one of the limited rooms in the lodge, a cabin with 2 or 3 bedrooms, or a townshouse with 2 or 3 bedrooms.  The cabins and townhouses are an economical way to share a space with colleagues.


Presenter Information

contact Judy Nicholson,

Executive Director, SLA



Major Sponsor

TD Bank Group

Platinum ($4,000 and up)

Bronze ($1,000 to $1,999)




Anniversary ( $500 to $999)


Friend (Up to $499)

Exhibitor, Advertising, and Sponsorship Prospectus

The Exhibitor, Advertising, and Sponsorship Prospectus is now  available.  You should find answers to all your questions, if not please contact the SLA Office.  All exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors must submit their agreement with appropriate supports (i.e. logo)  no later than March 15, 2017.

Agreement only

Exhibitor, Advertising, and Sponsorship Prospectus

Register online:

Archive of Presentations from 2016 Conference

Pre-Conference – Library Advocacy:  Train the Trainer
Wendy Newman

Howett&Gray- Engaging with Families SLA2016
Michelle Grey &  Catherine Howett

Tinker, Maker, and Learn Fostering Creativity/ Makerspaces, Coding, and Other Creative Spaces
Jana Scott Lindsay & Megan Hemberg

Kate Cushon & Gillian van der Ven
Melissa Bennett, Melanie Hodges Neufeld & Colleen Murphy

Past Conferences

Past Conference Programs