Position Statements

In the event of a major incident that may impact libraries and the greater information provider community, the SLA Board of Directors will investigate, and if appropriate, coordinate drafting a position statement.  Please find attached Guidelines for Drafting Position Statements positionstatement_guidelines. Below are chronological lists of position statements.


Saskatchewan Library Association voices concern about funding cuts to libraries
March 23, 2017

The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is very concerned about targeted reductions in funding to libraries in the tabled 2017-2018 provincial budget and the implications to the residents and communities of the province.

The Ministry of Education reported that operating grant funding of $1.3 million for municipal library systems in Regina and Saskatoon will be eliminated. Seven of eight regional library systems will have a reduction of $3.5 million (58%) to $2.5 million in operating funding. Fortunately, funding for the Pahkisimon Nuyeʔáh Library System (PNLS) in Saskatchewan’s North will remain unchanged at $974,000. (Source: Ministry of Education Budget Backgrounder http://finance.gov.sk.ca/budget17-18/BG-Education2017-18.pdf) However, total cuts to municipal and regional library systems will be $4.8 million.

SLA is also concerned with a 5% reduction in provincial operating grants to universities, technical institutes and regional colleges. (Source: Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 17-18 http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget17-18/2017-18Budget.pdf) This action will potentially affect the operations of post-secondary libraries.

Michael Shires, President of SLA, stated, “Libraries play a critical role in life-long learning and enhancing the quality of life for citizens of all ages. Libraries matter because they are fundamental to the cultural, educational, recreational, economic, and political well-being of communities and the people of Saskatchewan.”

Libraries in Saskatchewan have been successful collaborators with many community and cultural organizations for decades. All residents of Saskatchewan must continue to have equal access to a variety of public library programs and resources.

Libraries are also much more than just bricks and mortar buildings. Online services (electronic journals, books, streaming music and video) can only be made available by having a physical building with trained staff.

Libraries offer a safe space and are often the only place where the general public and students can get a reliable Internet connection. Libraries are a key component in supporting needs of communities and these targeted cuts will be detrimental to all citizens of Saskatchewan.

“SLA will continue to gather information from the regional and municipal libraries on the full impact of this funding reduction and the implications for their patrons. It can be surmised that there is no way that cuts of this magnitude can be absorbed without it affecting library service to our communities,” Shires said.

Additional responses to the budget reductions for regional and municipal libraries and the impact across the province will continue to be compiled and relayed. SLA will continue to advocate for adequate library funding and to support library workers. SLA calls on the provincial government to find alternative solutions for keeping libraries sustainably funded.

For more information, please contact President, Michael Shires at (306) 585-5418 or email Michael.Shires@uregina.ca

For more information, please contact Executive Director, Judy Nicholson at (306) 780-9413 or email slaexdir@sasktel.net

Saskatchewan Library Association
15-2010 7th Ave.
Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Phone: 306-780-9413 or 306-780-9409
Fax: 306-780-9447

Email: slaexdir@sasktel.net or slaprograms@sasktel.net
Web: saskla.ca
The Saskatchewan Library Association gratefully acknowledges
the support of our funding agencies.

SLA voices concern about funding cuts to libraries



November 7, 2014
SLA Supports CLA Response to Regarding Cuts to Statistics Canada

CLA responds: Cuts to Statistics Canada are Harming Canadians
In response to an article published by MacLean’s, The case of the disappearing Statistics Canada data, The Canadian Library Associations makes a statement urging the government to return Statistics Canada to its status as one of the world’s most respected National Statistical agencies.

President Gwen Schmidt and the Advocacy Committee prepared the following response Stats Can Letter.


June 26, 2013

The Saskatchewan Library Association fully supports the position taken by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to ensure that individuals unable to use print materials because of a disability have access to print materials via alternate means.

The SLA also calls upon the Government of Canada to support an international treaty that would ensure materials of this nature are provided in a format that is accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities that limit their ability to work with and use print mediums.

We echo the recommendations made by IFLA and restated by CARL that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaty should:

  • Ensure efficient cross-border transfer of works
  • Uphold the right to read for the world’s print disabled people ─ regardless of format
  • Recognise the role of libraries in providing accessible format works
  • Promote the public interest as central to the balance in copyright law

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The Saskatchewan Library Association has endorsed the joint statement from Canada’s archive and library communities on the qualities of a successful Librarian and Archivist of Canada. As the Canadian government seeks to replace Daniel Caron with a new leader for Library and Archives Canada we believe that there are a number of important factors that should be taken into consideration. By doing so the government will ensure that LAC continues to fulfill its mission to preserve Canada’s documentary heritage.

SLA President Robert G. Thomas has sent a letter to this effect to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable James Moore.



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