SUPPORTING THE PROFESSIONALS SHAPING QUEENSLAND COMMUNITIES
Libraries Exchange 2 March 2023
Agenda items discussed during the meeting.
Tablelands Regional Council - How do smaller/regional/rural libraries attract popular authors for an author visit.
Some Councils have tried online sessions with not great success, customers preferring the ‘event’ feel of in library. Lockyer Valley found that a recording of an online session was popular.
Western Downs applied for a grant for equipment to enable live streaming. Next round of SLQ innovation grants coming in 2023/24 if you'd like to look at Western Down's approach to tech and sharing programming as an idea.
Make use of Libraries Managers List, databases and discussion lists to network. SLQ Discussion lists are here to make sure you're on the right ones https://plconnect.slq.qld.gov.au/connect-network/blog-discussions/discussion-lists
Don't forget the Public Libraries Connect Blog when you've had a good experience with an author. Just flick State Library a pic and a paragraph we can put it up and share it with the network
There was a fantastic youth writers program delivered by SLQ years ago
Free options like Ben's Bookclub through Overdrive
Connect with Writers Groups and Schools which may help with achieving the minimum number of attendees that some author visits require
Liaise with neighbouring councils to share costs
With promotional/publisher tours, there are 'rules' around the minimum distance between events - suggested the consortia concept could draw some big names regionally
State Library Qld State Library indicated they will definitely be taking this feedback and considering how we can support sharing this content re authors/speakers with councils
Future libraries: Bettercommunities stakeholder symposium 8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Thursday 16 March 2023 | State Library of Queensland | Free – Registration essential (Link on our discussion board)
QPLA - What if any cultural awareness training has been provided for library staff?
Sunshine Coast have face to face and on country training for cultural awareness.
Suggested possibly liaising with Education Qldfor First Nations Contact in specific areas
Raised by one Council that Preferred Training Network would not be recommended for cultural awareness training as content was not relevant and out of date.
State Library Qld
State Library Qld has undertaken a survey to all Councils through Survey Monkey
With a wider remit if you're looking at any online PD packages that you would like to explore - State Library could possibly assist financially with pilot programs - let us know your wish list or what types of online training would support your staff. Or anything you've done that you think would benefit a wider audience. email@example.com
If you ever need a letter of support to influence or advocate for something for your library service within council - please chat to us in Local Government coordination team and maybe we can provide something in writing from our managerial levels to support your work.
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