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Value Statement and Code of Conduct approved by the MLA Board of Directors

Posted in Board, and Membership

At the February 15, 2024 meeting of the Manitoba Library Association board of directors, there was a motion to approve a value statement and code of conduct for membership. The motion was approved unanimously.

When applying for or renewing MLA membership, members will now need to accept the value statement and agree to the code of conduct.

You can read the value statement and code of conduct here.

Manitoba Libraries: Supporting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Workshop Series

Posted in Board, Library Technicians, Membership, Professional Development, and Trustees

Attention members! Another great training opportunity for you!

These workshop sessions will be presented by Laurelle Harris, Equitable Solutions

March 4, 2024 (10 am – 12 pm via Zoom) Introduction to +Anti-racism and Equity

March 18, 2024 (10 am – 12 pm via Zoom) The Library as a Site for Social Justice – Putting It All Together: Supporting Equity

Training is FREE for MLA members – there is an option to sign up for membership to get the training for free – otherwise it is $20 per person/per session.

Attendance at both sessions is *strongly* encouraged.
Register here: https://forms.gle/Z9tGaetXKVo5QnH78

*Financially Supported by:

Manitoba Library Worker Profile: Sarah Lee

Posted in Board, and Profiles

To showcase the interesting and important work being done by libraries across the province, each month the Manitoba Library Association will be interviewing one library worker about the unique ways that they deliver library services to Manitobans. To start, this month we have current MLA President Sarah Lee!
In addition to being our board’s president, Sarah Lee is an Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Manitoba and has been working in libraries for 7 years. Check out the Q&A with this born and raised Manitoban and avid Tolkien fan below!
 

Can you tell us a bit about your library system or branch? Is there anything unique or unusual about it?

I work in Elizabeth Dafoe of the University of Manitoba Libraries. So, as you can guess, this system is for University of Manitoba students, faculty, and staff. Something interesting about Elizabeth Dafoe library is that it is the largest academic library in the province.

I did my undergrad at the University of Manitoba and have a nostalgic connection to Elizabeth Dafoe. I spent many hours reading and working here as a student. I suppose I’ve come full circle from student life to librarian life, since I now spend many hours reading and working here again.

What is one thing you wish more people knew about your work?

One thing I wish more people understood about my work in Electronic Resources, is that the process of acquiring, licensing, providing access, maintaining, troubleshooting, analyzing, and evaluating (hey it’s a life cycle!) requires an entire team of folks to keep those eBooks, journals, streaming videos, and articles running. Perhaps some people think that everything you need is “on the internet” but the availability of desirable content and reliable information shouldn’t be taken for granted. What most people never see is the many folks working behind the scenes that keep those resources at your fingertips.

What is something happening at your library that you’re excited about?

Something I’m excited about at UM Libraries is the Indigenous librarian internship. As a proud Métis librarian and someone who’s worked in libraries before earning their MLIS, I can attest to the benefits that working experience has on your learning experience. Peer and financial support sure help too! And so, I love this opportunity for up-and-coming Indigenous graduates!

For information, the Indigenous Internship is an opportunity for two Indigenous graduates to work in UM Libraries while pursuing a Master of Information and Library Studies degree through the University of Alberta’s online program.

By chance, if you know of anyone who may be interested, please visit the UM website for more details!

What are you reading/watching/playing right now?

When I find some quiet time between work, MLA, gardening, and home renovations, I find myself hooked on Stardew Valley. It’s one of those “cozy games” based on farming. I’m slightly obsessed with my virtual farm; it makes up for the limitations of my real-life homestead.

We’re always looking for more library workers to feature each month! Are you doing something interesting at your library that you want to share, or you know someone in the province that is? Reach out to us at communications@mla.mb.ca

REMINDER: AGM is next week!

Posted in AGM, Board, and Membership

The Manitoba Library Association Annual General Meeting is next week!
Tuesday June 20, 2023
6:00 PM Central Time, online over Zoom

These are important and challenging times for libraries in Manitoba – we need you! Get involved as a member by putting your name forward for the board, by joining a committee, and/or by supporting the work of the MLA as we continue to promote and support our incredible libraries and library staff members in this province.

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 the following board positions:

Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Communications Director
Director At Large – Website
Director At Large – Professional Development
Trustee Division Chair
Library Technicians Chair

Hope to see you there!

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

Call for Nominations – Manitoba Library Association Board Positions

Posted in Board

Being a member of the MLA Board provides excellent opportunities to:

  • meet and network with others in the community,
  • gain valuable skills,
  • build your professional portfolio, and
  • contribute to your profession.

The Manitoba Library Association welcomes nominations for the following positions on the Board:

Vice President

Membership Director

Communications Director

Library Technicians Division Chair

Trustees Division Chair 

Position descriptions are available online.  Additional information on position responsibilities, expectations or benefits of serving on the Board is available by emailing president@mla.mb.ca.

Nomination Process:

You may nominate someone who is willing to stand as a candidate for an above position, or you may nominate yourself. Please send an email to president@mla.mb.ca and include:

  • Name of nominee
  • Contact information of nominee

Nominations close March 1, 2021.

Election Process:

Elections will take place at the Association’s Annual General Meeting on March 3, 2021.  The roster of nominees will be presented to members and there will be a call for additional nominations from those present at the meeting.  Voting will take place after which the Association’s members will accept the slate of new Board members.