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MLA has a number of committees that current MLA members volunteer to sit on each year.  Below you will find a list of the active committees and information about them. Terms of reference for each committee are available below.


Advocacy Standing Committee

The mission of the Manitoba Library Association is to provide leadership in the promotion, development and support of library and information services in Manitoba for the benefit of MLA members, the library and information community and the citizens of Manitoba.  As such, the MLA is primarily an advocacy organization.  The Advocacy Standing Committee is the lead body with respect to the advocacy initiatives of the MLA.  Its intent is to advocate on behalf of Manitoba libraries, library workers and all Manitoban regarding issues relevant to library and information services.

Communications Standing Committee

This committee oversees communications activities carried out by the Manitoba Library Association via its website, the MLA News email list, social media platforms, and other means of communication. Its intent is to disseminate news, events, issues, and any other items that express the activities and interests of the MLA to all members, to the library and information community in Manitoba, and to all Manitoba citizens.
MLA members can contact to learn more about getting involved with this committee!

Finance Standing Committee

The Finance Standing Committee is responsible for the finances of the Manitoba Library Association, proposing its annual budget, reporting on income and spending, and building revenue sources to ensure its fiscal stability and long-term economic health.


Prison Libraries Committee

The Prison Libraries Committee (PLC) of the Manitoba Library Association (MLA) is a volunteer group that provides collections, programming and library awareness for incarcerated and reintegrating men and women in the justice system. 


Scholarships & Awards Standing Committee

The Manitoba Library Association administers the selection of candidates for the John Edwin Bissett Memorial Fund (bursary) and the Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship. These scholarships provide funding assistance to Manitobans attending library school. The Winnipeg Foundation holds the funds in trust and handles all financial aspects. MLA provides the selection committee.  Its intent is to select suitable candidates to receive two graduate library bursary/awards held in trust at the Winnipeg Foundation.