Yearly Archives: 2018 Back

Why not sign up for free library-branded online driver education program?

Students using PCS at the library

State Library of Queensland (State Library) has signed up for a free online library-branded driver education program and your library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) can too.  is an education resource used by over 100 public and academic libraries in Australia (18 in Queensland). The website includes unlimited online access to the Driver’s Handbooks … Read more

First 5 Forever to continue

In today’s 2018/19 budget, the State Government announced $20 million over four years for the successful First 5 Forever initiative — an ongoing partnership between State Library of Queensland, public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) across the state. This is fantastic news as First 5 Forever continues to grow. In its first three years, … Read more

NSS at the Injune Library

National Simultaneous Story Time with the Injune Kindergarten

The Injune Library (Maranoa Regional Council) participated in the ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, school, pre-schools, childcare centres, homes, workshops and many places around the country to encourage more young Australians … Read more

Wikipedia + Libraries: it’s a wrap

Wikimedia Finland

The OCLC Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together ran from December 2016 through May 2018. OCLC stands for Online Computer Library Center and is “dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs” Wikipedia. The focus of the project was strengthening ties between US public libraries and English-language Wikipedia. … Read more

Educational technology: education outreach programs (Part 3)

Emily delivering coding session at a school

In this three part blog series ‘Educational Technology’, Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, Emily de la Pena answers her question, ‘If I had $2000 to spend on educational technology, what would I buy to get the most out of it?’ Emily has been visiting regional libraries around Queensland delivering coding and robotics training to library … Read more

First 5 Forever in the Torres Strait – connecting with families

In February, Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) staff met on Thursday Island to brainstorm ways to promote First 5 Forever throughout the region. Ella Kris, TSIRC Manager Health and Wellbeing/IKC said she was keen to share the learnings with her community from participating in First 5 Forever professional development. She … Read more