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Survey Results

Posted in COVID-19

MLA is pleased to have released the results of our COVID-19 survey last week. We received responses from 44 of 55 public libraries in Manitoba, on how they have responded to the pandemic. The survey results can be accessed here.

We would also like to share survey results from a similar COVID-19 survey conducted by the American Library Association of over 2900 public libraries in the United States. Please see those results here.

Closer to home, the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations released a preliminary report of the 176 responses to its survey. Please see those results here.

Participation of public libraries and other organizations in these surveys provide useful information to all libraries both in real-time and in the future. We encourage you to take a look at the results!

COVID19 – Public Library Survey Results

Posted in Uncategorized

The Manitoba Library Association, in collaboration with Public Library Services Branch, issued a survey in May to inform library community stakeholders (including library board trustees, municipal and provincial funders, and library administrators) about challenges and needs facing public libraries as a result of the response to the COVID19 pandemic. Please review the results of the survey below.

Please click here for a more detailed report of the results.

CULC/CBUC Think Tank Survey

Posted in COVID-19, and Uncategorized

We have received a special invitation from the CULC/CBUC Think Tank on Recovery and Reimagined Library Services Post COVID-19 to complete a survey.

The Think Tank is looking for input from senior management, staff, vendors, and those connected to the public library community. The goal is for a final report on May 21st

DEADLINE:  Survey will be left open, but the data will start analysis on May 8th. Please contribute by then.  

Thank you in advance for your input.




Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions in Manitoba

Posted in COVID-19

On April 29 the Provincial Government announced certain, gradual, easing of restrictions beginning May 4. It is important to remember that circumstances are not back to normal and the COVID19 pandemic remains an ongoing and serious health issue. MLA urges libraries to review the Provincial requirements and guidelines carefully, keep up to date on further government and public health announcements, and take necessary efforts to continue to protect the health of employees, patrons, and our communities. Please see the Province’s website to get more details specific to libraries.

Call for Nominations – Manitoba Library Association Board Positions

Posted in Uncategorized

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

Director at Large – Advocacy

Director at Large – Professional Development

Communications Director

Library Technicians Division Chair

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

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 and include:

  • Name of nominee
  • Contact information of nominee

Nominations close May 22, 2020.

Election Process:

Elections will take place at the Association’s Annual General Meeting on June 2, 2020.  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.

Provincial Health Order Update

Posted in COVID-19

On April 1 the Province released a new bulletin which provided clarification about how ‘non-critical’ businesses could operate during the April 1 – 14 shutdown imposed by the March 30th Public Health Act Order. While the Province has indicated that public libraries are exempt (as it relates to the April 1-14 ‘shut-down’) pursuant to s 3(4) of the Order, this provides guidance about complying with the ‘spirit’ of the Order.