In May, an inaugural network of SEQ public library staff responsible for programs met at North Lakes library, hosted by Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Council employees from Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Redlands, Logan and Gold Coast attended. It was Show Day in Ipswich so staff there were unable to attend.
It was the first time that professionals in the region who focus on the development and delivery of library programs had gathered together, and what a good time we had!
The gathering was very free-flowing and covered some core elements of library programming, including how programs are developed, budgets, marketing and working with Council.
We agreed that the meeting was a great way to support each other, share ideas and build a cohesive network, and agreed to continue meeting on a quarterly basis with a rotating host Council which would set the date, location and agenda.
These informal networks are so beneficial, and I would recommend the establishment of library support networks in local regions – even if getting them started is a bit of an effort.
Just ring around the libraries in your area and get the contact details of the relevant officers, find a date and location that best suits everyone, develop a draft agenda, provide tea, coffee and cake – then you are off!
For our SEQ one, any Council officer is welcome to attend, and other representatives may be invited on an as-needs basis.
Our next gathering will be hosted by Brisbane on Friday 20th September from 9.30am at the Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Road Chermside.
Please contact Nadia Ruttley on Nadia.Ruttley@brisbane.qld.gov.au if you would like to join this network.
About the author
Deb Miles is Programs and Engagement Leader at Moreton Bay Regional Council.