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Manitoba Library Services Branch - Focus Groups

Community Partners,

As public sector organizations, libraries are for everyone. Our policy team works closely with library service providers, their governing boards and local councils to advance library service across Manitoba; this includes identifying and eliminating barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from accessing the benefits of library service.

With respect to regulations being developed under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, the Public Library Services Branch recently conducted a focus-group at the Western Manitoba Regional Library in Brandon with a diverse group of participants from the library sector and disability communities. The information and ideas which were raised through these efforts are intended to assist in the creation of a customer service policy and procedure guideline for Manitoba’s public libraries.

We are organizing two additional focus groups on November 25th, 2014 at the Winnipeg Public Library and would very much appreciate your participation. Please consider either joining us between 12:30pm to 3:30pm at the Millennium Library in the Anhang Room (second floor) or between 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Henderson Library in their meeting room. In the focus groups you will work as part of a team to identify barriers to library access, and best practices or approaches to library service when serving persons with disabilities.

Space in the focus groups is limited, if you or someone from your organization would like to participate we would appreciate if you could respond to this invitation at your earliest possible opportunity by calling 1-855-856-3685 or by email to leslie.corbay@gov.mb.ca. Please indicate if you require any accommodations in order to fully participate in group discussions or if you have special dietary requirements at the time of registration.

Kind regards,

Leslie Corbay
Library Accessibility Consultant
Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection
Public Library Services Branch
300 - 1011 Rosser Avenue
Brandon MB R7A 0L5
Telephone: 1-204-726-6218
Office: 1-800-252-9998
Fax: 1-204-726-6868
Email: Leslie.Corbay@gov.mb.ca