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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.

CFLA-FCAB Website Live

on May 26, 2016 - 4:05pm

The website for the Canadian Federation of Library Associations is live!


Library Closures in Newfoundland and Labrador

on May 18, 2016 - 7:27am

The Manitoba Library Association has issued a statement to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador regarding the announced closures of 54 public library branches in the province. 

If you are opposed to the announced cuts to the public libraires in Newfoundland and Labrador, check out NLLA's Take Action to express your opinion to Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dale Kirby. 

Listen to Anna Maria Tremonti for CBC's The Current, discuss the relevance and impact of public libraries in the digital age with Paul Takala, CEO of Hamilton Public Library, Beth Jefferson, co-founder and CEO of Bibliocommons in Toronto and Bruce Fiske, Social Worker at Winnipeg Public Library.