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Public Health Orders

Posted in COVID-19

Manitoba Library Association has reached out to Manitoba Government Inquiry, and attended an information session on September 10 concerning Enforcement of Public Health Orders for Non-Profit Organizations.

At this time, public libraries are not specifically addressed in the Orders and may open without restrictions. However, masks are required in all public spaces, including public libraries.

Reporting of COVID-19 cases in the workplace still apply to all businesses.

Provincial Health Orders currently do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of exemption for employees or patrons of public libraries. Public library organizations wishing to implement vaccine requirements for patrons or employees may seek to do so through their governance structure.

Scholarship and Awards Announcements

Posted in Scholarships & Awards


Manitoba Library Association Awards were not distributed in 2021.  


Each year the Manitoba Library Association provides scholarships to deserving students.  The Scholarship funds are managed by The Winnipeg Foundation with two Awards being given out to one or more recipients.  This year, the Association had $19,000 available for the John Edwin Bissett Scholarship and $4,000 for the Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship.  In addition, the Association’s Library Technician Division supports the annual Red River College graduation award.  More information on our Scholarships is available on our website

The successful applicants for this year are: 

John Edwin Bissett Scholarship: 

  • Hannah Oudenaar
  • Taylor Watkins
  • Amber Lamboo 

 Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship: 

  • Sarah Lee

Red River College Library & Information Technology Student Award:

  • Megan Wehrle

We wish all of these students the best of luck as they continue with their studies this fall!

Thank you to this year’s selection Committee, Kerry Macdonald, Danielle Hubbard, and Ebony Novakowski, for their willingness to serve in this capacity. We appreciate all of your hard work!

Public Health Order

Posted in COVID-19

The Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) recently sent out an email clarifying the Public Health Orders regarding libraries. See below.

Library Community,

In response to enquiries regarding the latest Public Health Act Orders
[1] our department has confirmed that galleries, museums and libraries
are permitted to provide outdoor programming. Please note that the
maximum gathering limits for outdoor public spaces is currently at 25

Order 29 is intended to refer to facilities which are required to be
closed to the public at this time. Public Health Act Orders are updated
regularly and it is important to keep informed as changes occur [2].
Libraries are advised to work closely with their municipalities to
ensure the safe provision of outdoor services in accordance with Public
Health Act Orders

If you have general questions related to the provision of outdoor
programing and Public Health Act Orders you may contact Manitoba
Government Inquiry [3] by calling 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862
toll-free or email to

Denise Weir
Library Consultant
Public Library Services
Manitoba Sport, Culture, Heritage
(Pronouns: she/her)

Truth and Reconciliation

Posted in Uncategorized

Those who attended the MLA-SLA Joint Conference two weeks ago had the honour of listening to The Honourable Murray Sinclair give the opening keynote, titled Truth is Hard. Reconciliation is Harder. He recommended specific steps we can all take in our journey of reconciliation, and given the recent discovery of unmarked graves in the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in B.C. and the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, MLA wanted to share his first recommendation: read the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, or at the very least, the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. To read the Final Report, please go to the Reports page of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s website here. The various volumes and indices are available in PDF. To read the Summary in PDF format, please click here. Also, to anyone who may need it, the phone number for The National Residential School Crisis Line is: 1-866-925-4419

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

Posted in Conference

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.

2021 MLA Scholarships – Call for Submissions

Posted in Scholarships & Awards

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! 

The Manitoba Library Association administers 2 scholarships on an annual basis. 


Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship – Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Available to eligible applicants who have worked in a Manitoba library and who choose to further their career by pursuing a graduate program in library and information science. Applicants must have been engaged in recent library work in Manitoba for twelve months.

John Edwin Bissett Scholarship – Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Available to eligible undergraduates of the University of Manitoba who are pursuing a graduate program in library and information science. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba.

Please circulate this information to any students you think might be interested in applying!

For additional details and information about applying, please visit the Scholarships & Awards page at