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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.


AGM 2015

on November 23, 2015 - 11:15am


The Manitoba Library Association is holding it’s Annual General Meeting!

When: 6 pm on December 3, 2015

Where: Assiniboia Room, Delta Hotel 350 St. Mary’s Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2


This is a great chance for MLA members to meet the new President, run to become a board member, receive information about the activities and successes over the past year as well as be informed of the exciting plans for the coming year - our 80th as an association!

Members will also be updated at the AGM on the Manitoba Libraries Working Group and the Future Federation of Canadian Library Associations (formerly the CLA—Canadian Library Association).

Minutes from last year's AGM and an agenda for the upcoming AGM will be sent out in advance to the MLA listserve. 

Please join us!

Camille Callison, President
Manitoba Library Association


2015 MLA Awards Announced

on October 30, 2015 - 1:45pm

The Manitoba Library Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Awards. These awards are administered on an annual basis and recognize impactful service. Congratulations to the 2015 Award recipients! The Awards will be formally presented at the Manitoba Libraries Conference, May 4-6, 2016 at the Delta Winnipeg. The All Delegates event will take place on the evening of May 5, 2016. 

Manitoba Library Service Awards 

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. There are two awards which recognize those acting in a professional or a voluntary capacity.

Professional category – This award recognizes exemplary service over a long period of time by a salaried employee in the library field in Manitoba, or, a significant or extraordinary contribution by such an employee within a shorter time frame.

2015 Award Winner
Darlene Dallman, Head Librarian, South Interlake Regional Library


Darlene Dallman was nominated for the Service Award (Professional) for her exemplary service to the South Interlake Regional Library and the greater Manitoba Library community. Darlene’s leadership and dedication has impacted the South Interlake Regional Library and broader community in a meaningful way. 

Volunteer category – This award recognizes a significant contribution to the operation or development of library services in Manitoba by those who have donated their time as a trustee, fund-raiser, or volunteer worker.

2015 Award Winners
Kirsten Wurmann, Monique Woroniak and Kathleen Williams


Kirsten Wurmann, Monique Woroniak and Kathleen Williams were nominated for the Service Award (Volunteer) for their exceptional leadership and dedication to the Prison Libraries Committee. Their work has initiated the Prison Library movement in Manitoba and has impacted the lives of inmates and the broader community in a meaningful way. Their dedication to developing and offering high quality library services is deeply appreciated by many and the MLA is honoured to recognize their achievements and exemplary service.

Library Innovation of the Year Award 

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.

2015 Award Winner
Winnipeg Public Library 


Winnipeg Public Library has been awarded the Manitoba Library Innovation of the Year Award for the Innovation: Integration of Makerspace Philosophy in Programming and Service Delivery at WPL.

This award identifies and celebrates innovation in library services in Manitoba. The Integration of Makerspace Philosophy in Programming and Service Delivery at WPL has the potential to be adopted by other libraries in Manitoba and demonstrates new and innovative ideas in delivery of services and programs in the province. The depth of the project is impressive. It is evident that there is a long-term commitment to evolving community needs, library spaces and dedication to staff engagement and training.