The purpose of the Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians is:

To promote the value of Library Technicians throughout the province of Saskatchewan.

To encourage and provide continuing education in the field of library technology.

To foster the exchange of ideas and information between Library Technicians.

Library Technician/Assistant of the Year Award

June 1, 2017

SALT is proud to announce our new award to recognize Library Technicians/Assistants in our Province. We encourage library professionals and/or members of the public to nominate a Library Technician, Library Assistant, Page, or Clerk that has contributed substantially to their library community or workplace.

The Library Technician/Assistant of the Year Award is to be presented to a Saskatchewan Library Technician or Library Assistant who has made a notable contribution to their library of employment or the library field. Nominations are open to all library technicians and or assistants in the province of Saskatchewan. We will not accept applications from nominees with MLIS degrees as this is to support workers in the roles of Library technicians/clerks/ pages/etc. Current SALT Executive members are ineligible. The nominee/nominator do not have to hold SALT memberships. The nomination must be accompanied by an outline of the nominee’s achievements or contributions to the library field as well as a short biographical sketch of their library work history and/or education.

Deadline for nominations: July 31, 2017

The winner of the award will receive free admission to the 2017 Fall Workshop, a 1 year SALT membership, and will be presented a certificate at the 2017 SALT Fall Workshop/AGM.

Please submit the completed form, biography, and any additional information/documentation before July 31 by email to sasksalt@gmail.com or by mail to:

Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians
Box 24019
Saskatoon, SK S7K 8B4

Truth & Reconciliation Committee’s Report and Recommendations

May 1, 2017

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) has released their Truth & Reconciliation Committee’s Report and Recommendations. You can find it here.

Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians Responds to Provincial Funding Cuts to Saskatchewan Libraries

March 27, 2017

The Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians (SALT) is concerned by the $4.8 million in cuts to funding libraries in the 2017-2018 provincial budget. Our organization is also concerned about the 5% reduction in grants to Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions. Public and post-secondary libraries are at serious risk of seeing operations drastically impacted or ended.

For over 40 years, SALT has advocated on behalf of Saskatchewan’s library technicians and library support workers. We emphasize the vital role libraries play in communities and the impact they have in various sectors, whether it be public, school, post-secondary, health, or special libraries. Libraries support Saskatchewan residents in their cultural, educational, professional, and personal endeavors. They support new Canadians, children, seniors, students, the disabled, and the disenfranchised. There is a place for everyone in a public library, and these spaces provide much more than book lending. We cannot stress enough how critical it is that our Government continue to recognize the special place that libraries have in Saskatchewan.

We urge the Provincial Government to work with our regional library systems to find an alternative funding solution.
SALT encourages our members to write to their MLAs, Premier Brad Wall, and Minister of Education Don Morgan to express your concern about the future of our libraries. You can find contact information for your local representative here.

In addition, please continue to voice your concerns on social media, through letter writing, and through involvement in your library organizations. We ask that our members show continued support for their local libraries by advocating for and accessing their programming and services.

Please view SALT’s letter to Premier Brad Wall here.

For more information, please contact SALT at sasksalt@gmail.com.

Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians
Box 24019
Saskatoon, SK S7K 8B4

Cheers to 40 Years!

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate SALT’s 40th anniversary!

Saturday March 11, 2017 at the AKA Artist Run Event Space
424 20th Street West, Saskatoon