Manitoba Library Association continues to respond to calls for censorship and defunding at South Central Regional Library:
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.
Call for Volunteers for the Manitoba Libraries Conference, May 18 & 19, 2023
Want to give back to your profession through a shorter-term opportunity? Want to gain new experience in coordinating events? Want to get to know other talented Manitoba library and information professionals? Volunteer with the MLA Conference, taking place virtually May 18 & 19, 2023. Many roles are available! Sign up now!
Statement Regarding Calls for Censorship and Defunding of Public Libraries
Manitoba Library Association has been following the campaign for removal of books from South Central Regional Library collection and requests for town councils to remove funding to the library board should they not comply with the censorship action.
Call for Proposals for the Manitoba Libraries Conference, May 18 & 19, 2023
We are excited to invite your submission of proposals for the 2023 Manitoba Library Association’s Virtual Conference, May 18 & 19, 2023.
This year’s conference theme is Access and Accessibility. We hope that this theme will inspire recognition, conversation, practicable tips and understanding around access and accessibility in libraries, with specific attention to the Accessibility for Manitobans Act and Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications, as well as topics addressing access and accessibility broadly – in keeping with MLA’s commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion as a key pillar in our programming.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
The IFLA North America Regional Division Committee is gathering information about areas of interest related to copyright and open access to inform our future work.
The committee anticipates sharing regular updates about IFLA’s work in these areas as part of our communication activities, and look forward to hearing about ways that copyright exceptions and limitations enable your work, or where a lack of exceptions and limitations creates barriers, particularly for cross-border sharing of resources.
The following short survey is intended to help us understand what library workers and leaders are most interested in hearing about in relation to international activities.
Please use the link below to take the survey (est. time 5 minutes or less)
Please respond by Friday July 1.
Are you currently enrolled in a graduate level program in library and information sciences? Have you heard about the Manitoba Library Association scholarships? Consider applying today! Deadlines have been extended to May 22, 2022!
The Manitoba Library Association Board of Directors is very pleased to share our vision, mission, values, priorities, and objectives. The 2021-2025 Strategic Plan is the result of member input and thorough board discussions that took place for the purpose of establishing a clear, unified sense of priorities and direction.
The Manitoba Library Association (MLA), on behalf of the Manitoba library community, wishes to contribute its voice to the diverse sources of support for Ukraine and the nation’s people as the country continues to defend itself against the illegal military invasion from Russia. MLA also wishes to join with our colleagues at the Canadian Federation of Library Association’s (CFLA) statement in applauding the tireless work and dedication of the library community in Ukraine which continues to provide library service to people who most require it at this time.