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. http://mla.mb.ca/mblibraries/ 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 president@mla.mb.ca

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 : https://ustboniface.adobeconnect.com/mla/ 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 president@mla.mb.ca

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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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MALT Award Winners 2016

A big congratulations to our 2016 MALT Award Winners:

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

IMG_SaraRising Star of the year – Sara Wilson
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.

IMG_EvaSupport worker of the year- Eva Fleming The intent of this award is to recognize a library support staff member who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library, or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level. The individual must be currently working in a library without holding a Library Technician Diploma or Master of Library Science.

IMG_0053Red River College Student Award – Erin Lougheed 
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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MALT AGM 2016

MALT has had another exciting year, and in preparation for the year to come The Manitoba Association of Library Technicians formally invites the Community of Manitoba Library Professionals to attend our Annual General meeting to be held in conjunction with the Manitoba Libraries Conference.

The meeting will take place May 5th, at 5:00 PM at the downtown Winnipeg Delta hotel in room “Charleswood A”

You do not need to be registered with the conference or 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.

MALT is seeking committed and enthusiastic people from a variety of library settings to serve on our executive for the 2016-2017 term. 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!

Please find a document below with descriptions for all of the positions, as well as the process for nominating yourself, or someone you know. We are specifically looking for someone to fill the Secretary, vice president and communication coordinator positions, but will accept nominations for all of the positions listed.

MALT Call for Nominations 2016

Final voting will take place at the annual AGM on Thursday, May 5, which is being held in conjunction with the MLA Conference at the Delta Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.

 

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Unification of Manitoba library associations

Dear MALT members:

The Manitoba Libraries Working Group was formed to investigate creating a stronger and more cohesive library organization within the province. Since May 2015, the Working Group has been working on diligently exploring the unification of several Manitoba library associations under one umbrella organization. The aim is to establish an association with a board structure that includes a representative from each member association, to centralize funds and expenses, effectively use human resources and to empower one organization to speak at the provincial and national levels for the Manitoba library sector.

On behalf of the Manitoba Libraries Working Group, the following invitation is forwarded for your information – (original attached).  MALT is formally requesting the attendance of members to the Manitoba Libraries Working Group Town Hall to be  held on Thursday May 5, 2016 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Charleswood A at the Delta Hotel Winnipeg During the MLA Conference, to discuss the future of library associations in Manitoba.  A live streaming option is available for those who cannot attend.

If you are not attending the conference but wish to attend this meeting please RSVP to president@mla.mb.ca. Alternatively, you can attend the Town Hall meeting via a live stream available from the Manitoba Library Association’s homepage at http://www.mla.mb.ca. The connection will allow you to view all Town Hall activities; questions and comments from remote viewers will be accepted via Twitter (use the hashtag #MLCTownHall) and the stream chat. The Working Group hopes that this meeting will show the value and potential of a unified library association in our province.

Please find below the official communication from the Manitoba Library Association in regards to this matter.

MB Libraries Working Group Town Hall May 5 2016 Invitation to Participate

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MALT Award Nominations 2015-2016

As the MALT AGM is drawing near, it’s time to start thinking about nominations for the MALT awards. Please find the descriptions for the awards listed below.

Library Technician of the Year
The intent of this award is to recognize a Library Technician who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library, or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level. The individual must be a graduate of a recognized Library Technician program.

Library Support Worker of the Year
The intent of this award is to recognize a library support staff member who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library, or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level. The individual must be currently working in a library without holding a Library Technician Diploma or Master of Library Science.

Rising Star
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.

If you would like to nominate someone, please fill out  nomination form and submit it to malt.mb.ca@gmail.com before April 21.

MALT Award Nomination Form

The awards will be presented at our AGM, which is being held on May 5 at the Delta Hotel. More information regarding the room location will be provided closer to the date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you,

Christine Janzen

MALT President

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AGM – Call for Nominations

MALT has had another exciting year, and in preparation for the year to come MALT is seeking committed and enthusiastic people from a variety of library settings to serve on our executive for the 2016-2017 term. 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!
 
Please find below a document  with descriptions for all of the positions, as well as the process for nominating yourself, or someone you know. We are specifically looking for someone to fill the Secretary position, but will accept nominations for all of the positions listed.

MALT Call for Nominations 2016

 
Final voting will take place at the annual AGM on Thursday, May 5, which is being held in conjunction with the MLA Conference at the Delta Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.
 
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Thank you,
Christine Janzen
Library Technician
MALT President
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Marketing and Promotion for your Library – PDF Slides by Tabitha Nordby

Today marks the release of the Reimagining the library workshop slides for:

Marketing and Promotion for your Library
Provided by: Tabitha Nordby, Library Information and Technology Instructor at Red River College.

How are you currently reaching your users? What about non users? Everyone knows that libraries carry books, but are they aware of the other services you offer? Demystify what it means to market and promote your library, gain new users and strengthen your bond with your community.

 

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The Makerspace Culture – PDF slides on behalf of WPL

The MALT workshop this year took place at the Gaynor Regional Library in Selkirk Manitoba this year.gaynor

 

The workshop hosted some amazing speakers who have given us their permission to share their Power Point slides with the community.

Sadly for those of you who missed out on the workshop you will not get to play with the actuworkshopimgal robots or hear Meghan and Alix-Rae’s presentation but if you are interested in learning more about Makerspace Culture. The slides will give you the cliff notes.  We hope they will entice you to consider attending our next workshop or supporting MALT through membership so we can continue to provide educational workshops and resources to the library community.

 The Makerspace Culture
Presenter: Megan O’Brien and Alix-Rae Stefanko from Winnipeg Public Library.

The role of the library is ever changing to respond to its community’s needs. A Makerspace can provide patrons with a place for learning, doing, and creating. Learn what a Makerspace is and why libraries should jump on providing Makerspaces for their patrons. Hit the ground running with this fun and interactive presentation.

View the slides here:

2016 MALT Makerspace Workshop

Stay tuned next week for the release of the “Marketing and promotion for your library.” slides.

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MALT Workshop – Reimagining the library

Join the Manitoba Association of Library Technicians and our two exciting speakers  Friday, 5 February 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the newly built Gaynor Family Regional Library in Selkirk Manitoba. MALT members receive a discounted ticket price for the workshop if you are not a member join here to receive your discount. http://malt.mb.ca/membership/

Morning Session: 9:00AM-12:15PM

The Makerspace Culture
Presenter: Megan O’Brien and Alix-Rae Stefanko from Winnipeg Public Library.

The role of the library is ever changing to respond to its community’s needs. A Makerspace can provide patrons with a place for learning, doing, and creating. Learn what a Makerspace is and why libraries should jump on providing Makerspaces for their patrons. Hit the ground running with this fun and interactive presentation.

Note: There will be a short, 15 minute break and coffee service between part A and Part B of their presentation.

Lunch will not be included in the workshop price but you are able to enjoy lunch from the Ubuntu Café located onsite.

Afternoon Session: 1:15PM-4:00PM

Marketing and promotion for your library.
Presenter: Tabitha Nordby, Library Information and Technology Instructor at Red River College.

How are you currently reaching your users? What about non users? Everyone knows that libraries carry books, but are they aware of the other services you offer? Demystify what it means to market and promote your library, gain new users and strengthen your bond with your community.

Note: This will also include a 15 minute break.

REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reimagining-the-library-workshop-tickets-19823437435?aff=es2

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