MALT Merger With MLA

The merger with the Manitoba Library Association brings many benefits to our membership. We encourage feedback from our membership with any questions or concerns they have. Be sure to come out to our AGM — May 31, 5:30 PM — held at the Manitoba Libraries Conference, where we will guide you through MALT’s transition to a division of MLA. Questions or concerns? Get in touch with us!


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Call To Action – The Joint UM/UW Joint Master’s Program in Archival Studies is at great risk

ATTENTION: Archivists, Archival Educators, and Allies of the University of Manitoba Archival Studies Program

This November 8th, the future of the University of Manitoba Joint Archival Studies and History Program will be determined. This is occurring with no opportunity for response to the proposal to be discussed on the 8th from current archival students or graduates of the program, and none from the wider archival community that benefits from the program and its well-educated graduates. There is a lot at stake. We require your immediate attention and support. Please take a minute to read our call to action.

The full version can be found here: CALL TO ACTION – UM ARCHIVAL STUDIES PROGRAM


A letter writing campaign has been launched to pressure the UM to reject the proposal.
We need YOU to let the Department of History know why the program in its current state is worth saving. We are asking everyone who has directly or indirectly benefited from the work of the program to take a few minutes to write an email in support of saving the existing program.

Please send letters to:
UM History Department Head (Tina Chen):
UW History Department Head (Dr. James Hanley):

Please be sure to CC:
The Association for Manitoba Archives:
(We will print and deliver all letters to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Dean, Dean of Arts, VP Academic, and President).

Thank you for your support! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

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MALT Award Winners 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 MALT Award Winners:

Library Technician of the year – Belinda Kotschorek
This award recognizes a library technician who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library, or in the library community.





Rising Star of the year – Krista Siemens
This award was created in 2011 and is presented biennially to a Library Technician who shows exceptional promise of leadership, and has made a contribution to their library or the profession. The individual must be a Library Technician who has graduated from a recognized program within the last 6 years.






Red River College Student Award – Melanie Rose
This  award is presented to the student with the highest marks in the library related courses in the first year of the RRC LIT program.


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Special MALT Meeting June 28th

Dear MALT Members,

We would like to invite our members to a Special Meeting on June 28th, to be held at St. Boniface Public Library 7:00 PM.

At our AGM this year, which took place on May 18th, the membership turnout was smaller than expected and we were unable to pass a decision on whether MALT will be becoming a division of a reformed MLA in 2018.  

This motion is a very important one in MALT history. If you would like more information on the potential of becoming a division of MLA you will find it here (  We would like to offer a proxy voting form for members who are unable to make the special meeting on June 28th. You may print and fill it out and scan and email it back to us as soon as possible. (Before June 28th)

We were additionally unable to pass our budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which will also be presented at the Special Meeting on June 28th. We would like to again invite nominations for the membership for the positions of Treasurer and Vice President for which we have received no nominations from the membership. You may view details of the positions here (Please note the position of Membership Coordinator has been filled)

Below you will find two proxy forms. One has no filled in space for a delegate of your choosing who will attend the meeting and vote on your behalf. The second form names Cassie Page as past president of MALT and member of the Manitoba Libraries Working Group as delegate.

MALT proxy vote form (past president delegation)

MALT proxy vote form

Please complete the applicable form if you are unable to attend in person and e-mail it to

If you wish to attend the meeting virtually, a connection will be provided please e-mail us at indicating you wish to register to attend the special meeting online.

We ask all our membership to consider attendance to the Special Meeting in person, if attendance in person is not possible we hope you will consider casting your vote through one of the remote options we have provided. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, a strong voice for libraries from Manitoba Library Associations is vital to maintain.

We would like to remind our members the Government of Manitoba is currently consulting broadly with cultural institutions and the public on the development of a cultural policy for the province. Your contribution to this review as library workers in the province is essential. If you have not yet taken time to provide contributions on this matter, please provide your input through “Imagine Creative Manitoba.” before June 30th.

MALT has already completed the process of providing input through “Imagine Creative Manitoba.” In follow up to advocacy letters sent to the Honourable Rochelle Squires Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage. This is an important year to be involved as a member of MALT we encourage our members to take an active role in the association and reach out to the executive.

Kind regards on behalf of the MALT Executive,

Ebony Novakowski
MALT President
Library Technician  

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Imagine Creative Manitoba!

The Province of Manitoba has launched the development of a new cultural policy process called, Imagine. Creative Manitoba! This is Manitoba’s first cultural policy review in over 25 years and we hope to hear from you. The consultation will run until June 30, 2017. We invite you to take this opportunity to submit your ideas and share this invitation with your networks. As one of Manitoba’s leading cultural and community organizations, your knowledge of the culture sector forms an invaluable part of this conversation.


You can participate by visiting to:
1) Complete a brief general survey.
2) Review the Discussion paper and respond to more specific questions.
3) Provide a written submission (MS Word or PDF format preferred), by email to , or by post to:


Manitoba Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage
Assistant Deputy Minister’s Office
6th floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1N3


Please share this invitation with your networks! You can spread the word through:
· emails – send an email – or forward this one – to your networks;
· newsletter – include a paragraph or two in your next newsletter;
· website – post information about the consultations on your website;
· social media – Retweet us on Twitter @MBGov or share our posts on Facebook, Manitoba Government .


We look forward to hearing from you over the next few months on this exciting initiative. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to culture in Manitoba. If you have any questions, please contact us at .

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The Manitoba Association of Library Technicians formally invites the Community of Manitoba Library Professionals to attend our Annual General meeting.

MALT Award ceremony will take place prior to the AGM at 6:00PM, all are welcome.

The meeting will take place May 18th at 6:30PM at Red River College Exchange District Campus in the CGA Manitoba room (P107)

You do not need to be a member to attend, if you are not a member this is a great opportunity to check us out and see what MALT is all about. We will also be accepting nominations at the meeting to join the MALT Executive.

Positions we are targeting on the MALT Executive:
Vice President/President elect
Membership coordinator

Click Here for Position Description and Details

We welcome you in advance and hope you will consider taking the time to attend the meeting. We would love the opportunity to connect with library professionals in the community and our membership.

It is also important to note that we will be holding a vote at our AGM on whether we will remain a stand-alone Association or to dissolve and become a division of the new Manitoba Libraries Association. Information can be found on the of Manitoba library associations in our May Newsletter, or you can visit this website:

We look forward to seeing you there!

There will be an informal gathering at the King’s Head Pub after the meeting. If you wish to get to know the 2017 Executive, share your ideas or concerns with the community, and network with library professionals. Their is no cost to attend but food and beverages are at your own expense.


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Manitoba Libraries Conference 2018

Interested in being involved with the next Manitoba Libraries Conference?

Conference Co-chairs Megan O’Brien, and Vickie Albrecht,, are looking for eight individuals to join the Conference Planning Committee.  Linked below are a list of committee descriptions. If you’re interested in any of these, please express interest via email by July 1, 2017, as first meeting of the Conference Planning Committee will be scheduled in August 2017.  If you have questions about any of these, feel free to contact either Megan or Vickie.

For full description of positions available view:  MLC Planning Committee Positions 

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Call for Nominations 2017

The Manitoba Association of Library Technicians (MALT) is seeking committed and enthusiastic people from a variety of library settings to serve on our executive. MALT is made up of people just like you; passionate library technicians and support staff who want to make a difference in the Manitoba library community. If you’ve ever thought of serving the profession at the Association leadership level, now is the time to get involved!

The positions up for election are: 

  • Vice President / President Elect
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Treasurer

Please see our attached PDF for description of positions.


How to Nominate 

Nominate yourself or one of your colleagues by sending an email to and please include:

–       Nominee’s name: 

–       Contact information: 

–       Position for which applying: 

–       Brief biography:

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 14, 2017. Final voting will take place at the May 2017 AGM.


MALT President

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Manitoba Libraries working group town hall

Library Community,

A strong, unified organization of library associations in Manitoba, with an active and engaged membership is integral to the ongoing growth and development of our library community.

As you may know, the Manitoba Libraries Working Group has been working together over the past couple years to find a way to unite the library associations in our province under one umbrella organization. The Working Group believes that a coordinated, collaborative and integrated approach will ensure a unified voice for advocacy, stronger representation for all library and information workers and fiscal efficiency and responsibility.

The plan we have drafted looks at investing our efforts and resources into a new association which supports the needs of all library sectors and encourages the continued growth and development of the library community in Manitoba.

On September 20, 2016 the Manitoba Libraries Working Group will hold its final Town Hall to present its proposal on a new united Association and to discuss the work of the group since the May 5, 2016 Town Hall. A streaming opportunity through Adobe Connection will be available for those groups or individuals that cannot attend the Town Hall in person.

It is critical that you consider attending this Town Hall. By doing so you will learn about the purpose and goals of a new association, the proposed organizational structure and membership fee model. The future plans for a united association and the proposed financial structure required to support these objectives. Your input at this Town Hall will give critical direction to the work of the group and help shape the future of the Manitoba library community at local, provincial, and national levels.

The Working Group has established a website where you can find more information and help better prepare you for the Town Hall event. The Working Group welcomes your questions, comments and feedback to the form found on the site.

Please forward this invitation on to your colleagues and networks – the Working Group is seeking broad participation and input. Please join this discussion and assist in creating a stronger library community in Manitoba.

RSVP your intention to attend the Town Hall (in person or through Adobe Connection) by September 5, 2016 to

Warm regards,

Alix-Rae Stefanko
President, Manitoba Library Association
Chair, Manitoba Libraries Working Group

Working Group Members:
Louise Ayotte-Zaretski, Manitoba Library Consortium Inc. Jonine Bergen, Manitoba School Library Association Donna Kormilo, Manitoba Library Trustees Association Cassie Page, Manitoba Association of Library Technicians Alix-Rae Stefanko, Manitoba Library Association Rick Walker, Manitoba Library Consortium Inc. Denise Weir, Public Library Services Branch

Manitoba Libraries Working Group Town Hall
Date: September 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

*Town Hall will start at 7:00 pm. Come earlier to chat with colleagues and enjoy cookies and coffee.
Location: Université de Saint-Boniface [see attached map]
200, avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg, MB
Salle académique
Room 1531

Parking: Free after 5 pm in the Université de Saint-Boniface parking lot (Entrance is from Despins Street)

Streaming: Streaming participants can access the Town Hall through the following information: To participate in the Town Hall : Enter as a Guest – simply type in your name and click on the Enter Room button.

Please RSVP your intention to attend the Town Hall (in person or through Adobe Connection) by September 5, 2016 to


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Manitoba Libraries Working Group

The Manitoba Libraries working group through the Manitoba Library Association is working toward: a unified voice for advocacy, representation for all library and information workers, and fiscal efficiency and responsibility by developing A New and unified Manitoba Library Association. You can follow their plan and work as it develops by clicking the “Resources” tab on MALT’s web page and using the “Manitoba Libraries Working Group.” image

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