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Survey – Manitoba Libraries and Serving Those Experiencing Homelessness

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development


In January 2022 Manitoba Library Association was invited by Manitoba Department of Families to review the discussion paper Developing Manitoba’s Homelessness Strategy and attend a strategy call. MLA provided feedback to the Department of Families on the role that libraries play as community hubs for connecting all users, including users experiencing homelessness, to information resources that they require to support their cultural, social, and economic well being. The Department of Families has since developed the What We Heard report from their consultations.

The MLA Board, in discussing this government consultation effort, acknowledged that the Association has gaps in how we ourselves understand our members’ and member institutions’ experiences serving users who are experiencing homelessness. With a mind to understanding these professional experiences as an Association, and with a potential outcome of improving our professional development offerings on the topic of serving users experiencing homelessness, we have developed the following survey. We would like to thank members of the Prison Library Committee for their support in developing this survey tool.

Participation in this survey is voluntary and individual responses will be kept confidential. This survey tool does not collect personal information from respondents, nor does it request any personal information pertaining to users. Responses will be aggregated and compiled by MLA Board members, resulting in a written report to be shared with the MLA membership and the librarianship community. We encourage all interested library community members to respond. The survey will close June 15, 2022.

Click the image above or follow the link here to fill out the survey!