This section will show a list of Indigenous Language related training opportunities that will be available throughout Queensland. State Library will be conducting regional language workshops over the next 6 months (January 2018 – June 2018) and will provide further details here. Check this page often to see the latest listings/updates. If your community organisation would like to host a future language workshop, please contact Rose at the State Library.
State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages Research Discovery Workshop (4-7 December 2017)
The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is hosting an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Workshop at the State Library in Brisbane from 4-7 December 2017. This workshop aims to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers.
Participants in the workshop will undertake research activities at the State Library, but also explore other collections and discover new ideas and strategies for working with languages. As per previous years, the program will include guest speakers as well as site visits to local collections.
Day One will set the scene for research but also allow participants to explore the State Library collections.
Day Two a site visit to University of Queensland, featuring an introduction to the Fryer Library and their collections as well as the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and their project activities related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Day Three will entail a visit to the Queensland State Archives at Runcorn and will provide participants with further information on available language resources. The afternoon session will be back at SLQ for ongoing research.
Day Four will provide opportunity for participants to consolidate their research activity and explore next steps on their language journeys. The workshop will wrap up with an open forum to share their research findings as well as reflect on future direction for their language revival.
In addition to researching unique language materials, this will be an exciting opportunity to network and share ideas around language revival across Queensland.
Further details including Expression of Interest, will be made available when program details are finalised. Contact Rose Warsow, Indigenous Languages Project Officer Rose.Warsow@slq.qld.gov.au
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Residency (June 2018)
The State Library of Queensland will once again host their annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Residency at the State Library in Brisbane during June 2018.
The Indigenous Languages Residency is valued up to $5,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with the Residency. The successful applicant(s) will utilise State Library’s collections to undertake an intensive research activity into their community language/s.
Dependent on funding, there may be provision to offer two (2) or more residencies for the week – this may entail a small group researching one language/related languages or an individual undertaking research into a specific language or language topic.
This will be a unique opportunity to source language reference materials from some unusual materials and items within State Library collections. It is also envisaged that the Residency will generate new resource materials of significance and interest to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities working in language revival.
Further details, including Expressions of Interest forms, will be made available closer to the date; contact Rose Warsow.
State Library/Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity Training Workshops (2017-2018)
Due to the successful workshops held in Brisbane, Aurukun and Cairns, State Library of Queensland will be exploring opportunities to partnering with Indigenous Language centres to host training workshops in the next funding period July 2017 to June 2018. These workshops will be run in partnership with the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and aim to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers.
In the current program, participants worked through the Flex Mode of the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages program and apply this training to their research. The training workshops will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants at each event.
Further details, including Expression of Interest, will be made available when programs details are finalised; contact Rose Warsow.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Regional Workshops
State Library of Queensland, as part of their Indigenous Languages Strategy co-hosts regional language workshops to support local community revival activities.
Generally these workshops are aimed at exploring the languages of the region and identifying community knowledge to complement published resources held in collecting institutions such as the State Library. Other aspects of the workshops include the use of IT and Computer Software to support the documentation and preservation of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
During the 2017-2018 funding period, we are conducting regional workshops and are seeking opportunities to partner with local community groups or organisations – if you would like to express an interest in hosting a workshop, please contact the State Library.
These workshop events are aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working/have an interest in traditional languages and supporting language revival programs in communities. Workshop program is based on the individual needs of each language community; however the following general aims may give an idea on themes or topics for the workshop.
1. to explore traditional languages/dialects of the community
2. to identify existing sources of language knowledge – community knowledge and documented sources
3. to support community members to undertake language/locality specific research; and
4. to identify potential applications for using materials to support language activities.
For further information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Regional Workshops, please call Des Crump, Indigenous Languages Coordinator, State Library of Queensland on (07) 3840 7893 and/or Rose Warsow, Indigenous Languages Project Support Officer, State Library of Queensland on (07) 3842 9087, or email Rose Warsow.