Category Archives: Library

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – The More Things Change… (June 2010)

Quite often, to pick out a Throwback Thursday picture, I’ll look through my photo library to the same month but a few years back (I have photos going back to 2006 when we got our first digital camera and a few that had been digitized when we got film developed before that.  So I can […]

Throwback Thursday – Some Random Thoughts on the Last Day (?) of STC #skpoli

Yesterday was the last day of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company which was shuttered as part of the Sask Party’s extreme cuts in their last budget. Founded in 1946 by Tommy Douglas’ CCF government as a way to connect and serve a widely distributed and (at the time) mostly rural province, STC hit highs for ridership in the […]

Canada Gains Library Talent From Trump’s America

I did a post a while back about the debate many Canadians are having about whether to travel to Trump’s America or not. The reverse is true too – in libraries and other sectors, Americans are looking to move to Canada to raise their families and live in a more fair, equitable and understanding society. […]

Music Monday – “There are places I’ll remember/All my life, though some have changed/Some forever, not for better/Some have gone and some remain” (4000th Post Milestone!)

It’s pretty hard to believe but today marks the 4000th post this blog since I started it over a decade ago on February 25, 2006, a couple months after starting the Masters of Library Science program at the University of Western Ontario. I had always been into computers and technology from banging out programs in […]

Mixing Libraries and Politics Old School

One interesting thing I learned at the Sask Library Association conference this past weekend was that Carlyle King, who was influential in a number of areas including academia, the arts and also in libraries as a long-time Board Chair of Saskatoon Public Library and as President of the Saskatchewan Library Association (and who has an SPL […]

Regina Public Library Hosts Mental Health Trade Show

A very innovative program was held at Regina Public Library’s main branch on Saturday. Program lead for the event, Alejandra Cabrera, said she was pleased with the turnout of people both looking for and offering support. “Sometimes, people don’t know where to start, so if we just offer something that’s casual or drop-in for people, […]

Saturday Snap – #saveSKLibraries Panel at #saskLA2017 Conference

It was a fairly last minute decision but after debating back and forth for the past couple months, after library funding was restored, I decided to apply to attend the Sask Library Association conference in Waskesiu. (I know the conference location was probably picked 18-24 months ago but the optics of having a conference at a […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Sask Library Association Conference (somewhere between 1997-2001) #saskla2017

I’m at the Saskatchewan Library Association Conference in Waskesiu right now. It’s the 75th Anniversary of SLA and as part of the anniversary celebration, they have a photo album which includes this photo of me on a panel discussion at a previous SLA. This would have been when I worked for the Sask Publishers Group. […]

10 Reasons The #SaveSKLibraries Campaign Was Successful #skpoli

So, during the fight against the library cuts over the past month, one of the things I wanted to do was try to compile some of the best approaches and strategies that I’d learned in an Advocacy class while doing my Masters of Library Science, various tips from many of the very experienced library leaders across the country […]

Saturday Snap – Me at @saskbookawards 2017 (and Some Random Thoughts On The Awards, Life, and How I Got There)

So, I once again attended the Sask Book Awards tonight. Here are a few random thoughts… Was flying solo tonight as Shea decided to take advantage of the great weather and her parents (her mom works shift work) being off to take the kids and go to Weyburn for the weekend. Yes, I wore an olive […]