The Queensland Local Studies Group met at SLQ 1 March, 2018. The minutes of the meeting are available online through Public Library Partnerships . It was great to have so many at the first meeting of the year, including Lara all the way from Mackay.
Agenda items included presentations by Tyler Hersey of Recollect NZ; Queensland stories – engaging with SLQ collections by Myles Sinnamon, Engagement Officer and Simon Miller, Library Technician and Community engagement in action with Denis Peel and Kate Dyson who represented Annerley-Stephens History Group Inc. These sessions are now available online through Queensland Memory’s webcast portal. In summary:
• Business Development Manager Tyler Hersey showcased the specific features of Recollect – a digital asset management system designed to encourage interaction and community engagement with the collections of a cultural institution.
• Myles Sinnamon and Simon Miller shared the variety of ways SLQ invites audiences to engage with the collections of SLQ and the John Oxley Library. Through social media, blog articles, Flickr sets and Historypin, SLQ encourages the sharing of content and stories linking to Queensland.
• Denis Peel and Kate Dyson described their organisation’s experience of matching the house images photographed in the 1970s by Frank Corley to the residences still part of the suburban streets in the Annerley – Stephens catchment area. The Frank Corley House Photos are a significant collection of the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Visit the Annerley-Stephens History Group to access the project work they have achieved to date.
Other SLQ staff shared their expertise, experience and knowledge with everyone. Thanks to
Jacinta Sutton, Project Officer Q ANZAC 100, Digital Library Initiatives gave updates on the #Qwiki project and GLAM author work helping to build authorative Queensland content and the project ‘Picture it, Post it’ using First World postcards of the John Oxley Library;
Margaret Warren, A/Director, Content Management outlined the changes in copyright commencing in January 2019 – Overview of Copyright Amendment Fact Sheet (Disability Access and other Measures Act 2017);
Queensland Memory Specialist Librarian, Dianne Byrne outlined her Gordon Darling Foundation Travel Grant in 2017 and the opportunities she was awarded to view collections overseas with links to Queensland;
Update on the Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols affecting the collections of SLQ in June 2018, Director of Queensland Memory, Gavin Bannerman.
Chrissi Theodosiou, A/ Lead Collection Engagement explained Connected Collections – a project to develop a model suitable for access to Queensland’s digital heritage, long-term preservation, including indigenous and culturally diverse voices;
Specialist Librarian Joan Bruce led a short tour of Magnificent Makers , the latest exhibition in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery exploring innovation and invention in Queensland from the 1800s to the present day.
If you are interested in Local Studies for your library SLQ encourages you to join the Queensland Local Studies Discussion List and stay up to date with the activities of the group. We will be in touch when the next meeting is announced.
About the author
Anne Scheu is an Engagement Officer at Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland