Fourteen Community and Cultural Services Leaders from around Queensland attended Library Orientation professional development (PD) at State Library of Queensland last month.
State Library supports Queensland’s network of public libraries to realise the Vision with a range of services and initiatives, including providing PD opportunities. This PD opportunity was tailored to Community and Cultural Services leaders in Councils who manage library services in their portfolio and may have no formal library qualifications.
Attendees received two days of learning provided by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) including topics such as a detailed overview of the changing library and information sector; the contributions public libraries make to communities; and partnership and collaboration with other stakeholders.
In addition, attendees had the opportunity to meet teams from across State Library and hear about the services we offer; discuss opportunities and challenges with peers including senior State Library and ALIA staff; and improve their understanding of the library world and fill in any knowledge gaps.
Feedback from the attendees included:
“I have a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of Librarians and other skilled library staff … the networking opportunities were great.”
“Great opportunity to learn more about the role and responsibilities of the SLQ team.”
“This has been enlightening, supportive and affirming. I’m excited to continue facilitating and leading our library services.”
“It was hugely transformative for me as a non-librarian.”