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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. president@mla.mb.ca