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Join us for the 2018 MLA AGM!

on May 29, 2018 - 4:27pm

This will be our first AGM as a new united library association, together with the Manitoba Association of Library Technicians (MALT) and the Manitoba Library Trustees Association (MLTA). Come and celebrate this special occasion with fellow colleagues and find out what the next year holds for MLA. We will also reserve some time for comments, questions, and discussion with our members.

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 7:30 am to 8:45 am
Location: Charleswood A Room, Delta Hotel, 350 St Mary Ave, Winnipeg

Note that you do not need to register for the conference in order to attend the AGM. However, to participate in the AGM, you must be registered as a member of MLA. Learn more about membership at 

MLA Prison Libraries Committee and Bar None Prison Rideshare: Book & Bake Sale!

on May 15, 2018 - 11:04am

It's that time of year again! Bar None Prison Rideshare and our Prison Libraries Committee are preparing for their annual book and bake sale.

Date: Saturday, June 2nd
Location: 823 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg


Thanks to everyone who has donated books to the book drive so far!

Curious to learn more about our Prison Libraries Committee? Check out our latest info posts on Facebook and Twitter! Thanks to all who share and retweet this content, and help us to spread awareness about the work done by this committee.

Call for Nominations to the MLA Board of Directors

on May 11, 2018 - 9:02am

The Nominations Committee of the Manitoba Library Association (MLA) is currently seeking nominations for committed library leaders to join its Board of Directors.  The current call for nominations is for the following Board positions:

  • Website Director (2 year term)
  • Advocacy Director (2 year term)
  • Treasurer (2 year term)
  • Vice President (1 year term followed by 1 year President term)

Visit the website at for information on positions.

Nominations should be submitted by May 25, 2018 to   Elections will be held at the MLA Annual General Meeting on June 1, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 am at the Delta Hotel (Charleswood A Room), 350 St Mary Ave., Winnipeg.

Additional information is provided in the attached PDF.

Federal Copyright Review - Open Town Hall This Thursday

on May 7, 2018 - 3:37pm

This year, Parliament is conducting a Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. While often invisible, the Copyright Act touches on many aspects of Library work, and we encourage our members to get involved.


The Committee will be visiting Winnipeg this Thursday, May 10. There will be an open town hall event, where individuals can present a 2 minute position to the Committee. This will be held 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m., at the Radisson by Canada Inns, 288 Portage Avenue, in the Ambassador A Room. To speak, it is suggested you arrive at least 30 minutes early in order to register. It will be first come, first served.


CFLA has worked hard to prepare briefs on areas of copyright that touch on libraries, including the current possibility that license contracts can override our rights under the Copyright Act, the importance of Fair Dealing for libraries serving patrons' needs, ways that Indigenous knowledges can be better protected, and the unfair restrictions placed on the legal use of materials with Technological Protection Measures.


Beyond these specific issues, the Review is also looking at larger issues of supporting the Canadian publishing industry, and these are also issues that Libraries can speak to. You do not need to be an expert in the field to speak to the Committee - they are interested in hearing a range of voices and perspectives from Canadians.  


If you, or your institution, have any questions, Brianne Selman at the UWinnipeg Copyright Office has volunteered to be available to discuss how to get involved in the process, and the various issues at stake. You can contact her at . Written submissions for the Review will also be accepted, until the end of the year.

MLA Scholarships and Awards: Now Accepting Submissions!

on March 9, 2018 - 9:53am


Are you currently enrolled in a graduate level program in library and information sciences?  Have you heard about the Manitoba Library Association’s Scholarships?  Consider applying today!

The Manitoba Library Association administers 2 scholarships on an annual basis. 



Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship - Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Available to eligible applicants who have worked in a Manitoba library and who choose to further their career by pursuing a graduate program in library and information science. Applicants must have been engaged in recent library work in Manitoba for twelve months.


John Edwin Bissett Scholarship - Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Available to eligible undergraduates of the University of Manitoba who are pursuing a graduate program in library and information science. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba.


Please circulate this information to any students you think might be interested in applying!

For additional details and information about applying, please visit the Scholarships & Awards page at




Do you work with an outstanding colleague worthy of recognition?  Were you recently impressed with an innovative program or service implemented and delivered at your local library?  Consider nominating them for a Manitoba Library Association Award!

The Manitoba Library Association administers 2 awards on an annual basis. 



Manitoba Library Service Awards - Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

The service awards honour people - librarians, library workers, trustees, volunteers - who have made an important contribution to the development of libraries and library services in our province.


Library Innovation of the Year Award - Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Manitoba Library Association's Library Innovation of the Year Award is given to libraries who through innovative thinking have created or demonstrated improvements in library services.


Winners will be presented with their awards at the 2018 Manitoba Libraries Conference.

Please circulate this information widely!

For additional details and information about the awards, please visit the Scholarships & Awards page at .

Recent Features of the MLA Prison Libraries Committee

on February 27, 2018 - 4:03pm


Our Prison Libraries Committee is currently featured on the Human Rights Hub! This in-depth interview is a great introduction to the work accomplished by the volunteers on this committee.


This year's Freedom to Read Review also features an article by MLA Prison Libraries Committee Chair Kirsten Wurmann, "The Right to Read: A Prison Story". The article is accompanied by the full text of the Prison Libraries Network statement on The Right to Read.

The full text of the article is available as a PDF below. You can also read the full Review here.


If you're interested in the work of this committee, you can learn more about it on their section of our website, or contact

A big thank you to all our volunteers, book donors, and, of course, the people we serve.

Manitoba Library Association Advocates for Provincial Support of the Centre for Equitable Library Access

on January 17, 2018 - 9:47am

On January 11, 2018, the Manitoba Library Association’s Board of Directors unanimously endorsed a letter written to the Government of Manitoba advocating for the provincial support of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2018, in order to provide CELA services to all Manitoba public libraries. Access to CELA ensures that persons with print disabilities throughout Manitoba have access to the materials and services they need.

CELA is a national non-profit organization founded on the principal of publicly-funded support of equitable public library service to Canadians with print disabilities. Since its launch on April 1, 2014, CELA has solidified its place as a sustainable and necessary public service component of its member libraries. The Government of Manitoba is one of three provinces and territories that do not currently fund CELA.

In Fall of 2017 the Nova Scotia Government announced that they will fund access to the Centre for Equitable Library Access(CELA) beginning October 1 2017. The Nova Scotia Provincial Library also provides access to accessible format collections for Nova Scotians with print disabilities through membership in the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS).

The Manitoba Library Association urges the Government of Manitoba to take the appropriate action towards ensuring equitable access to public library materials for all Manitobans by funding this important organization.


The full letter is available in PDF format below.


If you have any questions or comments please contact MLA President, Alix-Rae Stefanko.  

Prison Libraries Committee: PLC Libations This Saturday!

on January 16, 2018 - 2:53pm

Interested in prisons, literacy, and libations? The Prison Libraries Committee is gathering Saturday, January 20th at 4 pm at the King’s Head Pub to discuss just that! If you’ve been curious about the work we do and would like to chat – please join us.


Contact Kirsten to RSVP:



MLA AGM - December 14, 2017

on November 23, 2017 - 4:43pm

The 81st Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba Library Association will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

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.

Adobe Connect: For those members unable to be in Winnipeg, Adobe Connect will be facilitated. Please email Alix-Rae Stefanko if you wish to participate via Adobe Connect. 


We encourage all members to attend - your vote towards the newly amalgamated MLA with Trustees and Technicians Divisions is needed!


2017 AGM Agenda and Resolutions are available in the files linked below.


Our first Annual Report can be viewed online below, or downloaded in PDF format using the link at the bottom of the page. The Annual Report includes all reports from the MLA Board of Directors.




MLA Professional Development Opportunity: Accessibility in Libraries

on October 6, 2017 - 4:42pm

Accessibility in Libraries: Everything You Need to Know 

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law in December 2013 and a truly inclusive Manitoba means we must achieve significant progress by 2023.  The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service is the first of five standards of the Act and it requires that public sector organizations be compliant by November 1, 2017.  Is your library compliant-ready? 

The Manitoba Library Association (MLA) invites you to join your colleagues from the Manitoba library community on November 20, 2017 to learn more about the AMA and the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service and steps you can take to ensure ongoing compliancy.  

Participants will gain a better understanding of the Act and the customer service standard and, specifically, the impact it has on libraries, information professionals, library staff and clients.  Participants will learn firsthand what people with disabilities experience and the challenges they face in our community.  Panelist speakers will share information on accessibility initiatives in their organizations.  Coffee and (optional) lunch time will provide participants with further opportunities to network and share stories and information with others from around Manitoba. 


When:  Monday, November 20, 2017 


Gaynor Family Regional Library, 806 Manitoba Avenue, Selkirk, Manitoba R1A 2H4
Click here for directions on Google Maps 


9:00 am - 9:30 am - Arrival and coffee 
9:30 am - 10:00 am - AMA & Customer Standard Introduction / Yutta Frike, Executive Director, Disabilities Issues Office, Province of Manitoba
10:00 am - 11:00 am - Digital Accessibility and the AMA / Lisa Snider, Senior Consultant and Owner, Access Changes Everything (Website:

This session will focus on basic concepts and tips on how to make your websites, apps and other digital materials more accessible for your staff and patrons, including those with different disabilities. The information presented in this session will help when working with vendors, and the AMA Customer Service and Information and Communications Standards. Read more about Lisa Snider below.

11:15 am - 12:30 pm - Panel Discussion / Various Speakers (see below) 
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch (Note: an additional $15 will be added to your registration fee) 

A tour of the Gaynor Family Regional Library will follow lunch. 


$12 for MLIS/MLS/Lit Students (proof of status required) 
$15 for MLA Members
$20 for non-Members
Add $15 to your registration rate should you wish to join us for lunch following the session.  

Please note that pricing is based on cost recovery for putting on the event. 

Register by November 14, 2017: Click here to register.

Please direct questions about this event to Kerry Macdonald, MLA Vice-President at  



More Information On Our Speakers

Lisa Snider

Lisa Snider is the Senior Consultant and Trainer in her company, Access Changes Everything.


Since 1999, Lisa’s passion in life has been to make the digital world more accessible for people with disabilities in different North American settings and contexts. She shares this knowledge through training, seminars, user testing, accessibility audits, remediation and facilitation for a wide variety of North American organizations, governments and businesses, such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, University of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and Government of Manitoba.


Lisa specializes in digital accessibility, which includes: websites, documents, audio, video, email, electronic signage, social media content, apps and computers. She is a nationally recognized digital accessibility advocate, and an internationally recognized archival accessibility expert.


Lisa is the Chair of the Province of Manitoba’s Information & Communications Standard Development Committee, Stakeholder in the new W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Silver Task Force (WCAG 2.1), and is a member of the Microsoft Office Accessibility Group and the Microsoft Mac Outlook Accessibility Group, collaborating with Microsoft to improve the accessibility of their products.

Lisa also has a digital archivist background. She has worked in archives such as: Brock University, the Harry Ransom Centre at the University of Texas at Austin and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. 


Panel Speakers

Denise Weir is the Regional Library Consultant at the Government of Manitoba’s Public Library Services Branch (PLSB). PLSB is proud to support NNELS – the National Network for Equitable Library Service. It is a repository of content owned and sustained by Canadian public libraries. NNELS makes copies of books in accessible formats available to readers in Canada who have print disabilities. 

Ken Kuryliw is the Director, Library Services at the Gaynor Family Regional Library in Selkirk.  The new library in Selkirk was build to be barrier free and to exceed the standards set in the Accessibility Act to ensure it's a welcoming community hub for all.  Mr. Kuryliew has a 25 year history in serving all Manitoba library user needs through innovative technology, training and quality public library service. 

Carolyn Minor is the Section Head of the Special Services department at the Millennium Library.  Along with access to NNELS, Winnipeg Public Library also offers access to CELA (Center for Equitable Library Access), formerly CNIB Library Services. Winnipeg Public Library also recently began loaning DAISY readers to customers with print disabilities.