Library staff aim to imagine a bold new future

Rachelle Boyle

Rachelle Boyle outside State Library during her work placement

Where are we now, and where should we head next? These are the two big questions tackled at the Vision 2017 review workshop at Ipswich Central Library. Working in four teams, library staff from all over south-east Queensland poured ideas onto the table in a variety of challenging brainstorming activities led by Dr Matt Finch from the University of Southern Queensland.  Nine workshops are be held around the state, as well as the opportunity to provide input in an on line questionnaire or via an interview.

One of the activities involved rapidly constructing the library of the future using a cardboard box and some colourful craft supplies – sticky-tape and glue were flying around at high speed! Our models wouldn’t inspire approval from a town planner, but as illustrations of our wild visions of what a library should offer they were perfect!  After some healthy debate and questionable crafting, we had synthesised our thoughts into four visionary statements – hooray! After seeing so many exciting new ideas come out of the workshop, we’re all looking forward to an exciting new vision statement that will help us meet more of our communities where they need us.

 About the author: Rachelle Boyle is a Library Client Services Officer at Ipswich Libraries and is currently completing a postgraduate diploma in Information Studies via Charles Sturt University. She is undertaking a 3-week field placement at State Library and is looking forward to feeling very clever about all things library