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Announcing AGM 2023

Posted in AGM, Board, and Membership

As announced at the Manitoba Libraries Conference, the Manitoba Library Association is pleased to invite members to its Annual General Meeting:

Tuesday June 20, 2023, 6:00 PM Central Time, online over Zoom

This meeting will be followed by a meeting of the incoming and outgoing Board members at 7:00 PM Central.

Please register for receipt of AGM package and Zoom link. Only registered members are able to vote, please visit our website if you need to renew or purchase membership.

We will be electing for the following Board positions:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Director
  • Director At Large – Website
  • Director At Large – Professional Development
  • Library Technician Divisions Chair

MLA Continues Advocacy in Response to Calls for Censorship

Posted in Advocacy, and Intellectual Freedom

Manitoba Library Association has continued its work responding to calls for censorship in Manitoba libraries through the month of May. Our board and staff have worked hard on these responses and we would like to express sincere thanks to our members and partner organizations for their collaboration – without your active engagement, these responses would not have been possible.

Intellectual Freedom Toolkit

Posted in Advocacy, and Intellectual Freedom

Manitoba Library Association continues to express its ongoing concern regarding book censorship efforts in the province. As recently as this week, Brandon School Division was approached by a delegation suggesting the banning of books from school libraries.

In response to these matters, MLA is announcing its release of the

Public Libraries Intellectual Freedom and Anti-Censorship Toolkit

Message to Members

Posted in Uncategorized

The following message was sent to MLA members on April 1, 2023.

Good day MLA Members,

The MLA Advocacy team has continued to follow matters relating to censorship and defunding challenges in Manitoba Libraries, which emerged in September 2022 and have been escalating since. While primarily these challenges pertain to efforts to censor materials, harass and discredit library professionals, and eliminate municipal funding at South Central Regional Library, we are aware that Winnipeg Public Library and other regional systems are being targeted by agitator interests.

News – Censorship in BC

Posted in Advocacy, and Intellectual Freedom

RCMP Confirms Censorship Attempts Were Unwarranted at BC School Libraries

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CFLA/FCAB Press Release
14 March 2023, Canada

Libraries continue to defend students’ freedom to read in the face of increased censorship
A recent RCMP investigation found that items in Chilliwack, BC school libraries – while they
may be deemed inappropriate or concerning to some people – do not contain child
pornography. The investigation was in response to a complaint from a member of a Canadian based group which is actively trying to have certain titles – primarily those with LGBTQA2S+
content – removed from libraries. Read the full press release here.