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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.  


Canadian Library Month 2017

on September 6, 2017 - 9:38am

October is Canadian Library Month! Your library can celebrate the valuable role of libraries in Canada by having a Canadian Library Month display or event, or spreading the word using posters, bookmarks, and more.

Canadian Library Month is an annual event and chance to raise awareness of the importance of libraries in the lives of Canadians. Around the country, gatherings and exhibits are organized to highlight the many ways that libraries help Canadians. This year, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) has created several Canadian Library Month resources, including: posters, bookmarks, social media images, buttons, and more. The materials are free to use and can be downloaded here

If you wish to share a photo of your library’s Canadian Library Month display or event, please email it to It will be highlighted on the Manitoba Library Association website and newsletter, as well as the website.

IFLA Global Vision Workshops: Upcoming Local Events!

on August 15, 2017 - 4:37pm
*NOTE*: The workshop originally scheduled for Thursday August 24 has been postponed. We have decided to move this event to a date later in September, in an effort to make it more accessible to a larger number of people. Check back soon for a finalized date!

Join us in Winnipeg to be part of the IFLA Global Vision discussion. During the meeting, we will be discussing a vision for libraries and the challenges and opportunities that libraries face now and that they will be facing in the future. Our meeting will be highly interactive and we will provide participants the opportunity to voice their opinions and contribute to shaping the outcomes of the meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Additional details are forthcoming.

Location: TBA

Date: TBA, in late September

Registration: Email, or let us know you're coming on the Facebook event page!

If you can't make it to the Winnipeg workshop, the Education Institute is also offering these workshops via webinar. The next workshop will be held on Monday, September 11, 2:00 – 3:15 EST (Register here)

Another date will be added if there is demand. Each session is limited to 20 registrations. Participants are encouraged to register as a site (a group of people in one room) so that you can have local discussions. We will provide an opportunity using a shared platform such as google docs to capture ideas and discussion.

Learn more about this initiative at

Announcing the Recipients of the 2017 MLA Scholarships

on July 26, 2017 - 3:54pm

The MLA is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Scholarships!

The Manitoba Library Association administers two scholarships on an annual basis. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients for the Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship and the John Edwin Bissett Scholarship.

Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship

The Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship is open to Master’s of Library and Information students (MLS/MLIS) who have worked in a Manitoba library (past 12 months) and who choose to pursue a graduate degree in library and information science.

  • Justin Fuhr
  • Meg Ellen Antoine      


John Edwin Bissett Scholarship   

The John Edwin Bissett Scholarship is open to Master’s of Library and Information students (MLS/MLIS) who completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba and are now pursuing a graduate degree in library and information science.

  • Ashley Saird Panagapko
  • Felicia Pulo
  • Richard Bruneau
  • Sam Frederick

We wish all of the recipients a successful year as they work to complete their MLS/MLIS and we look forward to welcoming them into the Manitoba library community.

Recognition of the award winners will also be granted at the Manitoba Library Association Annual General Meeting held in late 2017. 

At this time we would also like to thank those individuals from the Manitoba Library Association Executive and from the library community who served on the 2017 Scholarships & Awards Committee: Alan Chorney, Kirsten Wurmann, Kathleen Williams, Svitlana Maluzynsky.

For additional details and information about applying, please visit our Scholarships webpage.

For additional information regarding Scholarships and Awards, please contact Kerry Macdonald, MLA Vice-President and Chair, Scholarships & Awards Committee at or 204-474-7842.