Great Queensland library stories revealed at LGAQ 2019

Image: Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council CEO David Clarke at LGAQ 2019

Queensland councillors, mayors and council CEOs shared how proud they are of their local libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres at the recent LGAQ Conference in Cairns.

The annual LGAQ conference is an important gathering of Queensland councils, providing an opportunity to network and learn and vote on new policy. The 2019 edition, ‘Taking it to the Streets’ was held from 14-16 October at the Cairns Convention Centre.

State Library of Queensland’s booth in the Exhibition Hall presented a collection of ‘great library stories’ from every Queensland council region – highlighting the many way public libraries and IKCs are helping communities thrive.

Councillors, mayors, council CEOs and staff who visited the booth were pleased to hear why we thought their local library or IKC service was great, and had an opportunity to share the story in a fun photo opportunity.

Some great Queensland library and IKC stories included:

  • Aurukun IKC is developing a rich digital catalogue of Wik Mungkan language stories.
  • Central Highlands Shire is investing in early learning and literacy with six new First Five Forever programs, including a regular Playtime in the Park.
  • Cook Shire is a pilot site for My Health Record, a new consumer health information training program in libraries.
  • Fraser Coast Libraries inclusive services include accessible technology for hearing impaired library users.
  • Coworking spaces at Logan Shire Libraries provide dedicated areas for business and innovation programs.
  • Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council IKC is increasing its junior membership through a partnership with local childcare provider.

The booth was presented by senior State Library staff Louise Denoon, Executive Director Public Libraries and Engagement, Kate Johnson, Manager Local Government Coordination, along with Cairns based staff including Lou Hunter, Lead, Indigenous Services.

Kate Johnson reflected, “It was great to speak with so many councillors and senior council staff at the conference and see how proud they are of their libraries and the difference libraries are making in the community”.

See more great Queensland library stories from the 2019 LGAQ conference at our Flickr Gallery