The Manitoba School Library Association (MSLA) has a comprehensive mandate. MSLA’s focus, as defined by its constitution, is to support the personnel in school libraries through providing opportunities for professional growth; encouraging improvements in the qualifications of all personnel in school libraries; promoting high standards of educational programs that support a broad range of literacies across the curriculum for Manitoba students; maintaining liaison between school and other organizations interested in library and information services; providing means for communication and interaction; and advocating for equity of services, resources and programming in school libraries across all Manitoba schools.
To support its membership, MSLA publishes the Manitoba School Library Association Journal twice a year. The MSLA Journal is a free publication available digitally to all members. Print copies are available on request. The Journal is one of the best ways to stay informed of the latest research and topics in the field of school libraries in Manitoba, Canada, and worldwide.
MSLA strives to provide ongoing professional development opportunities through its website. Annually, MSLA also hosts:
- a fall Conference, as a Manitoba Teachers’ Society SAGE (Special Area Group of Educators).
- A Forum takes place in March featuring literature, information literacy or technology.
- An AGM is held in May which features our award winners for Outstanding Manitoba Teacher-Librarian of the Year, School Administrator Award for Distinguished Service, and Distinguished Service Award.
MSLA acts as a vital liaison with Manitoba Education and with provincial, national and international school library associations.
Your membership in MSLA allows us to maintain our status as a Special Area Group of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society which, in turn, allows us to carry on the work of our organization as outlined above.