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MLA Supports and Endorses the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report

on April 26, 2017 - 12:08pm

The CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations are now available. The Manitoba Library Association recognizes MLA members Michael Dudley, Stan Gardner and Monique Woroniak who were nominated to participate on the national committee on behalf of MLA. Camille Callison, MLA member and Past President chaired the committee and is the Indigenous representative to the CFLA-FCAB Board.
The Manitoba Library Association looks forward to continued work with CFLA-FCAB’s Indigenous Matters Committee, MLA’s Indigenous Interest Group and the library community at large on its path forward for respecting Indigenous culture and increasing access to traditional Indigenous knowledge.
The Manitoba Library Association Board of Directors supports and has endorsed 10 recommendations presented in the Canadian Federation of Library Associations-Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations:
1. As CFLA-FCAB is a national voice with the ability to influence national and international policy regarding issues of importance, we request the CFLA-FCAB create a permanent Standing Committee on Indigenous Matters utilizing the medicine wheel framework developed by the Truth & Reconciliation Committee;
2. The T&R Committee supports and endorses the CFLA-FCAB Position Statement on Library and Literacy Services for Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) Peoples of Canada;
3. Encourage libraries, archives and cultural memory institutions to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 94 Calls to Action, several of which have been identified as having a direct impact on libraries and archives and are prioritized in this report, and to implement a status report on a yearly basis to monitor their implementation;
4. Ensure accessibility moving forward by continually reminding stakeholders that material produced and programming planned in the future should be accessible to all Canadians. CELA (the Center for Equitable Library Access) and NNELS (the National Network for Equitable Library Service) are positioned to support these efforts.
5. Decolonize Access and Classification by addressing the structural biases in existing schemes of knowledge organization and information retrieval arising from colonialism by committing to integrating Indigenous epistemologies into cataloguing praxis and knowledge management;
6. Decolonizing Libraries and Space by recognizing and supporting Indigenous cultures, languages and knowledges through culturally appropriate space planning, interior design, signage, art installations, territorial acknowledgements of geographic-specific traditional territories and public programming in collaboration with local Indigenous stakeholders;
7. Enhancing opportunities for Indigenous library, archival and information professionals as well as the inclusion of Indigenous epistemologies in the Canadian library and archives profession through culturally appropriate pedagogy, recruitment practices, professional and continuing education and cross-cultural training in collaboration with local Indigenous stakeholders and partners;
8. Recommend the implementation of Indigenous Knowledge Protection protocols and agreements with local and other Indigenous groups who have holdings in libraries, archives and/or cultural memory institutions to respect the Indigenous cultural concept of copyright with regard to Indigenous history or heritage, which is often located in but not limited to oral traditions, songs, dance, storytelling, anecdotes, place names, hereditary names and other forms of Indigenous knowledges; recommend that CFLA-FCAB actively participate in reforming the Canadian Copyright Act to include protection of Indigenous knowledges and languages while advocating for changes to include traditional knowledge as outlined and recommended by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore ( We join the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to call upon Library and Archives Canada to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action #69 (Appendix D) by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Updated Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through Action to Combat Impunity (2005), more commonly known as the Joinet/Orentlicher Principles;
9. Establish an online database of “living documents” to highlight existing Best Practices of Indigenous Services in libraries, archives, and cultural memory institutions that will serve as a foundation to help disseminate those best practices and for this “living document” to be updated preferably on a quarterly basis but minimally semi-annually;
10. Maintain a database of Indigenous organizations or groups committed to preserving cultural memory primarily, but not limited to, libraries, archives, language preservation, cultural history/museums to build relationships; to support the development of an Indigenous association of library, archives and cultural memory institutions; and to support in principle the National Aboriginal Library Association (NALA) regarding their stated intent of developing First Nations public libraries on reserves.

New Cultural Policy Process Underway for Manitoba

on April 25, 2017 - 12:05pm

The Government of Manitoba is consulting broadly with cultural institutions and the public on the development of a cultural policy for the province. Insight and perspectives from library trustees, library staff and library users is very important to capture through the cultural policy consultation process. For detailed information about the consultation visit
All submissions are to be received by June 30, 2017 and there are several ways in which you and your communities can participate:

  1. When was the last time you participated in an arts event in Manitoba? What was it and where did it take place? How much did it cost?
  2. How can the province encourage people of all ages, ethnicities, incomes, and cultures to participate in arts and culture?
  3. What is Manitoba currently doing well to support Arts and Culture in Manitoba? What would you like to see changed?
  4. What changes do you expect to see in the future Arts and Culture landscape in Manitoba?
  5. What can be done to strengthen and grow culture and creative industries in Manitoba so that they continue to support our social and economic well-being?
  6. Are there leading practices or innovative models that Manitoba could learn from?
  7. In a time of limited resources, what key priorities should Manitoba support? 
  1. What can be done to maximize the role and contributions of libraries to the well-being of all Manitobans?
  2. How should the cultural policy address the challenges currently impacting the public library system?
  3. How can libraries play a role in celebrating and promoting culture in your community?

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    • Emails – send an email – or adjust and forward this one – to all of your networks;
    • Newsletter/Blogs - include a paragraph or two in your next newsletter/blog or any newsletters/blogs you can contribute to;
    • Website – post information about the consultations on your website;
    • Social media – retweet Imagine Creative posts on Twitter @MBGov or share our posts on the Manitoba Government Facebook.

Library Budget Cuts in Saskatchewan

on April 6, 2017 - 7:53pm

The Manitoba Library Association has issued a statement to the Premier of Saskatchewan regarding the drastic budget cuts to public library funding in the province.

On March 23rd, the Saskatchewan Government announced the elimination of an operating grant of $1.3 million for municipal library systems in Regina and Saskatoon and a 58% ($3.5 million) reduction in operation funding for 7 out of 8 regional library systems.

As Saskatchewan Library Association President (SLA), Michael Shires, astutely 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… These targeted cuts will be detrimental to all citizens of Saskatchewan.”

The Saskatchewan library community is known nationally for its innovation, cooperation, and cost-efficiency. The work of the Multitype Library Board (MLB) and the Saskatchewan Information and Library Services (SILS) Consortium has enhanced professional development, enabled resource sharing, and streamlined user-access amongst all Saskatchewan libraries. The budget reductions jeopardize these initiatives and their benefits for Saskatchewan’s citizens.

In unity with our colleagues in Saskatchewan and across Canada, MLA urges the Saskatchewan Government to reconsider these reductions.

For advocacy updates, media releases, statements in response to the cuts, and more, visit SLA’s information page:

Manitoban Libraries Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

on March 6, 2017 - 9:33pm

This February 26th to March 4th, libraries across Manitoba supported Freedom to Read Week 2017. The annual week-long celebration is held in support of intellectual freedom, a right we are all guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Check out some of this year’s displays!

For more information about Freedom to Read Week, visit:

MLA Endorses ALA Defense of Core Library Values

on February 28, 2017 - 12:31pm

The Manitoba Library Association supports the American Library Association (ALA) and our library colleagues in the United States in defense of core library values and social justice. In a statement released January 30th, 2017 ALA opposes recent administrative changes in the U.S. that contradict the core library values of access to information for all individuals, the right to privacy, and freedom from discrimination. Libraries are spaces of inclusivity and safety. We stand together in championing social justice, equity, diversity, and freedom of expression. MLA endorses this statement in unity with the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA/FCAB) and the British Columbia Library Association (BCLA).

Read the ALA statement and core library values.
Read statements of support from CFLA-FCAB and BCLA.

Volunteer Opportunities Available with the MLA

on February 16, 2017 - 4:38pm

Advocacy Committee

MLA is currently looking for 3 members for its Advocacy Committee. 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 Manitobans regarding issues relevant to library and information services. For more information, see the Committees webpage or email

Manitoba Libraries Journal

We are also seeking members who have an interest in joining the editorial board of the Manitoba Libraries journal. Peer reviewers, members with experience using Adobe InDesign or similar programs, and members interested in contributing photography for upcoming issues are all welcome. For more information, see the Manitoba Libraries webpage or email

Freedom to read week / Semaine de la liberté d'expression: February 26 - March 4, 2017

on February 3, 2017 - 10:31am

The Manitoba Library Association encourages you to celebrate Freedom to Read Week (February 26th to March 4th, 2017) by putting up a poster in your Library or community or hosting a display or event in support of intellectual freedom.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event and chance to renew our commitment to intellectual freedom. It is led by the Book and Periodical Council, with sponsors including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, and more. Around the country, gatherings and exhibits are organized to highlight books that are currently banned or have been banned before. You can find an event calendar, ideas for how you can celebrate, and order additional Freedom to Read Week materials at the official website:

Banners and clip art are available from the event's website:

The Manitoba Library Association is currently helping distribute over 1000 Freedom to Read Week posters across the Province. If you wish to share a photo of your Library’s Freedom to Read Week display, please email it to It will be sent to the Book and Periodical Council and highlighted on the Manitoba Library Association website and newsletter. You can also share your events and displays on social media (#FTRWeek or @Freedom_to_Read), or submit an event on the Freedom to Read Website.

MLA AGM - December 13, 2016

on November 24, 2016 - 10:14am

The 80th Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba Library Association will be held on Tuesday December 13, 2016.

The AGM will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Carol Shields Auditorium, 2nd Floor,  Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Doors will open and light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Details: You must me an MLA member to participate (voting) in the Annual General Meeting. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page for more information.

Skype: For those members unable to be in Winnipeg, a Skype connection will be facilitated. Please email MLA Professional Development Director - Cody Fullerton if you wish to connect via Skype. Sype contact will be cody.fullerton.

2016 Agenda
2015 AGM Draft Minutes
2016 Auditor's Report and Financial Statements
2016 President's Report
2016 Board of Director's & Other Reports
Resoution: Re-structuring of the Manitoba Library Association and amalgamation to include divisions.
MB Libraries Working Group Final Proposal


Supporting University of Manitoba Librarians and Professors

on November 7, 2016 - 9:15am

Supporting University of Manitoba Librarians and Professors

As of 12 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, members of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association are on strike. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, U of M offered a settlement to UMFA and the association will respond today - Monday, November 7.

Key bargaining priorities relate to the way the University of Manitoba - including its libraries - are managed. Key issues for UMFA are:

  • Forbidding any further increase in teaching loads unilaterally imposed by deans/directors and admin staff support for new guidelines, policies, procedures, etc. that will increase/have increased Member’s workloads;

  • Protection of Instructor and Librarian job security;

  • Increasing the collegial power of UMFA Members, relative to the power of the administration, in developing or changing new policies affecting UMFA members’ work;
  • Preventing the administration’s use of performance indicators to evaluate the work of UMFA members;
  • Making the administration exercise its management rights fairly, reasonably, and equitably.

(UMFA bargaining update #6 and UMFA Bargaining Newsletter, October 2016)

Library workers in Manitoba may be aware of the recent high number of library assistant lay-offs at the University of Manitoba Libraries. While these individuals did not belong to UMFA, the scale of the job losses was felt across the organization - including by UMFA librarians. University of Manitoba President David Barnard shared the following thoughts on the layoff of 40+ part-time workers:

"Our business is changing, just as everyone's."

Barnard said that there have been significant changes to university libraries. When he was a student, everything was stacked on shelves, and if he needed a book not available, he'd have to wait for an inter-library transfer.

Now, "It's possible for a student sitting with a laptop" to access almost instantly information which no longer requires the assistance and expertise of a librarian."

(Winnipeg Free Press, June 10, 2016: U of M, union disagree strongly on library cuts)

This is the climate under which bargaining and the strike are taking place.


The Manitoba Library Association would like to highlight the following scheduling information. All supporters are welcome to walk a picket line in solidarity with striking UMFA members.  Many of these lines will include librarians. UMFA Librarians serving as picket captains have provided the following information about locations and scheduling. They very much look forward to any support we can give them.

This information is subject to change.  Librarians' participation is also not limited to the mentions below.  They may be present on other lines and at other times.

There are 5 picket locations.  All run Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. When arriving at any picket line please ask to speak to a picket captain before joining the line.


Picket Locations

Fort Garry Campus - Chancellor Matheson Rd @ Pembina Hwy  

This is expected to be a very busy line. Several librarians are scheduled for duty there on the 7am-9 am shift.  On 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the picket captain is a librarian.

Fort Garry Campus - University Crescent North

Fort Garry Campus - University Crescent South

Fort Garry Campus - King’s Drive

Bannatyne Campus - outside the Brodie Centre (727 McDermot Ave.)

Bannatyne Campus will have the most librarians of any of the lines, with several scheduled to be there for the 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 9 a.m.-11 a.m. shifts.


General info:

Read more about UMFA bargaining priorities:

Learn about other ways you can support UMFA members:

MB Libraries Working Group Town Hall - September 20 2016

on September 12, 2016 - 2:33pm

On September 20, 2016 the Manitoba Libraries Working Group will hold its final Town Hall to present its proposal on a new united Association and to discuss the work of the group since the May 5, 2016 Town Hall. A streaming opportunity through Adobe Connection will be available for those groups or individuals that cannot attend the Town Hall in person.

The Working Group has established a website where you can find more information and help better prepare you for the Town Hall event.
The Working Group welcomes your questions, comments and feedback to the form found on the site.

Please forward this invitation on to your colleagues and networks – the Working Group is seeking broad participation and input.  Please join this discussion and assist in creating a stronger library community in Manitoba. 

RSVP your intention to attend the Town Hall (in person or through Adobe Connection) to

Full PDF invitation is below.

Manitoba Libraries Working Group Town Hall

Date:        September 20, 2016

Time:        7:00 pm
*Town Hall will start at 7:00 pm.

Location:  Université de Saint-Boniface [see attached map]
                   200, avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg, MB
                   Salle académique

                   Room 1531

Parking:        Free after 5 pm in the Université de Saint-Boniface parking lot (Entrance is from Despins Street)

Streaming: Streaming participants can access the Town Hall through the following information:

To participate in the Town Hall :

Enter as a Guest - simply type in your name and click on the Enter Room button.