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MLA-SLA Joint Conference, June 14-16, 2021

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MLA/SLA Joint Conference logo and link to conference webpage

The theme of Libraries: Better Together reflects the essential role of libraries in building and promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equity and providing space for cultural and public engagement. Libraries are a proactive, future-oriented force in life-long learning, innovation, social connection, and the economic well-being of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The conference will offer a range of sessions that will be of interest to libraries of all types and all sizes in all sectors (academic, public, school, special). To access the Conference website, please click here.

MLA/SLA Conference 2021 Volunteer Opportunities Call for Expressions of Interest

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We are partnering with the Saskatchewan Library Association to plan and host a virtual conference in June 2021!

This will be a different experience for both attendees and organizers. A virtual conference will require a different approach, and in many respects a different skill set. The following is a preliminary list of roles, recognizing that changes may occur as we proceed.


If you have experience/interest in the above roles, please provide your name, contact information, and area of expertise/interest by January 8, 2021.

Please note that we may not be able to accommodate everyone, as we expect fewer volunteers will be required compared to an in-person event.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Conference Co-chairs,

Kerry Macdonald, MLA

Michael Shires, SLA

Cancelled: CFLA-FCAB National Forum & Manitoba Libraries Conference April 6-8, 2020

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The Canadian Federation of Library Association and the Manitoba Library Association have made the decision to cancel the upcoming National Forum and Manitoba Libraries Conference, April 6-8 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

On March 11, COVID-19 was assessed and declared a global pandemic by theWorld Health Organization (WHO). It is understood that mass gatherings pose a great risk. It is with sadness, that we are obligated to cancel this event as scheduled.

We will provide further communication early next week outlining the steps that will be taken in terms of dealing with reimbursements.

Please see the CFLA-FCAB website to read the full press release.

Information about the CFLA-FCAB National Forum and Manitoba Libraries Conference related to COVID-19

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Dear Members and Delegates,

This message has been prepared for those attending the Manitoba Libraries Conference and the CFLA-FCAB National Forum April 6-8, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Regarding COVID-19. 

The well-being and experience of delegates is our top priority. We appreciate that many delegates are joining us from out of province for this event. To date there are no confirmed instances of COVID-19 in Manitoba. The risk of acquiring COVID-19 in Manitoba remains low and Manitoba officials are working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the situation.

Updates from the Government of Canada and Provincial and Territorial Updates including prevention, risks, and travel advice have been collected on

Together, MLA and CFLA-FCAB will continue to discuss and monitor this situation while planning for the best possible experience for all delegates.  If there are any notable changes to our conference schedule or plans, we will provide expedient updates.

We look forward to hosting you in just 4 weeks in Winnipeg, Manitoba April 6-8.

Please contact us at if you wish to discuss further or have questions.


Kerry Macdonald
President, Manitoba Library Association
Chair, Manitoba Libraries Conference 2020
Co-Chair, CFLA-FCAB National Forum Program Committee

Julie Mckenna
Chair, Canadian Federation of Library Associations
Prairie Provinces Representative (Manitoba & Saskatchewan)

Call for Session Proposals for Manitoba Libraries Conference, April 6 & 7, 2020

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We are excited to announce that the Manitoba Libraries Conference 2020 will take place on April 6th and 7th at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel.

The Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal showcasing your ideas, research, and library initiatives. Proposals are being accepted for 50-minute sessions and 10-minute lightning talks. Lightning Talk proposals should fit into a broad theme of advocacy, programming, and/or partnerships.

Proposals that appeal to the cross-section of attendees are encouraged; however, all proposals will be reviewed and considered by the Program Committee.

The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019. You will receive a response on or before January 10, 2020.

Submission Form:

Do you have questions?  Please email the Programming Committee or Conference Chair at

MLA is beginning to plan for the next Conference and we want you!

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The Manitoba Library Association is seeking volunteers to work on the 2020 Manitoba Libraries Conference (MLC).  This will be an especially exciting conference, as MLC will be held in conjunction with the 2nd CFLA-FCAB  2020 Forum.  It’s also Manitoba’s 150th birthday.   It’s sure to be a memorable event that will draw library professionals from across Canada!

Possible positions for the conference include:

Conference Chair/Co-Chair
Registration Coordinator
Volunteers Coordinator
Hospitality & Events Coordinator
Communications Coordinator
Website Coordinator
Programming Chair
Programming Committee Members

Important information for interested individuals:

Don’t have time to commit to a full position but want to contribute?  Reach out and contact us!  All help is welcome and it takes many hands to pull off an excellent conference.

MLC operates by forwarding content, tips and tricks, and information from one year to the next.  What does this mean for you?  You don’t need to start from scratch!  Over the years, much work has been done in terms of building templates and documenting what works best – this makes things easier for future planning committee members.

Please send an email to by September 20, 2019, if interested in contributing to MLC 2020 or if you would like additional information.