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The MLA Submission to Imagine. Creative Manitoba!

on June 30, 2017 - 2:42pm

The MLA submission to the Government of Manitoba review of cultural policy is attached as a PDF below. This document outlines our responses to the three questions pertaining specifically to libraries. To learn more about this initiative, visit http://www.mblibraries.ca/your-voice.html

Our introductory statement is included here:

 

Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this important consultation process. The Manitoba Library Association is pleased to offer the following submission in regard to the consultation currently being undertaken towards a new Cultural Policy for Manitoba.

The role and value of public libraries is vital towards a vibrant and healthy Manitoba. Libraries are positioned to bolster a diverse cultural landscape and strong creative economy. Public libraries are destinations which can serve as our largest, most inclusive community hubs. Open to all, libraries offer programs, services, and endless discovery opportunities that shape lives, families, and communities.

Public libraries are unique within the province's cultural landscape in that they are both a cultural entity valuing and promoting equity, diversity, intellectual freedom, innovation and inclusion; and a cultural catalyst, sparking, supporting and helping to spread the cultural expressions of multiple sectors and communities.

As community hubs, libraries provide creative and cultural opportunities for all Manitobans by offering venues to create, showcase, and enlighten citizens. Furthermore, library staff is trained to promote 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thought. When citizens exercise and engage with these skills, opportunities are opened and quality of life is improved.

Programs and services offered at public libraries spark ideas and provide a free and open space for learning, understanding and ongoing community dialogue.

The primary focus of our submission is access. When all Manitobans have access to quality library spaces and services, culture within our communities is significantly strengthened. We would like to emphasize the following themes throughout this submission:

  • Indigenous Library Services
  • First Nations’ Libraries
  • Rural and Remote Libraries (North)
  • Newcomers
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Children and Youth
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • 21st century Learning Skills

 

Public libraries in Manitoba are authentic community hubs with a focus on partnerships, creativity, technology, learning, and supporting the cultural development of all citizens. Libraries play an important role in ensuring the economic and social development of our community.

We thank the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage for the opportunity to participate in this important consultation process. We believe that the library community can be a key partner in supporting the development of a new cultural policy and we encourage ongoing consultation throughout its development.

 

 

Our full submission is available in PDF format below.