Great libraries showcased at QPLA 2019

Image: Courtesy of State Library of Queensland. Artwork
by Meld Studios from Realising our potential: A vision for Queensland public libraries.

Public library staff shared what made their library great at the Queensland Public Library Association (QPLA) conference in Mackay.

The 2019 conference, Metamorphosis: Overcoming challenges and exploring possibilities!, was held at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) from 11-13 September 2019, featuring keynotes, masterclasses, lightning talks, tours and other activities to keep attendees thinking – and dancing!

Visitors to the State Library booth reflected on the impacts and successes of their libraries in a fun photo opportunity using imagery drawn from the Queensland public library vision: Realising our potential. Diverse and heart-warming anecdotes recognised staff, collections, programs and communities.

Mackay Regional Mayor, Cr Greg Williamson (pictured above), pointed to people being the libraries biggest asset, remarking that “our staff and community working together with wonderful outcomes is what makes Mackay libraries great.”

We heard what public library staff are proud of, including:

“A community hub, where people can meet, connect, learn and try new things” (Bundaberg)
“Our new pop up Library” (Whitsunday)
“Our staff, and our story dog Trevor” (Western Downs)

And how library services are making an impact with limited resources, including:

“Four branches, one mobile, we service 12 townships and run programs for the whole shire” (Banana).

Visit our QPLA photo gallery to see what other attendees said about their libraries.

State Library’s QPLA Masterclass: Advocacy for Public Libraries, saw approximately 80 people share public library advocacy stories and challenges.

Presented by senior State Library staff Louise Denoon, Executive Director Public Libraries and Engagement, and Kate Johnson, Manager Local Government Coordination, the masterclass also asked participants to consider their advocacy legacy.

Kate Johnson reflected, “It was exciting to see so many people attend and actively share advocacy challenges and successes. It’s a great reminder that we are a network – and to continue to share with each other, as an advocacy challenge for one library may be an advocacy success for another.”

The 2019 QPLA program was a chance to delve deeper into the evolution of Queensland public libraries as community hubs. We saw firsthand how staff are working to make a lasting impact and helping to ensure communities are ready for the challenges of the future.

State Library staff will also be attending the LGAQ Annual Conference in Cairns, 14-16 October 2019. Come along and find out what we think is great about Queensland libraries and share your #greatqldlibraries story at our LGAQ conference booth.

For more inspiration on great Queensland libraries, check out our 2017 LGAQ activity Best Library in Queensland.