Somerset library mural supports local arts and culture

An art mural on an old brick façade at Somerset Regional Council’s Lowood Customer Service Centre and Library has been brought to life with a mural that centres around the region’s rural surroundings, in particular, Twin Bridges and the Brisbane River. The project was initiated by Somerset Regional Council and funded through the State Government’s … Read more

New Multi-touch Hub brings cutting edge technology to Douglas Shire

Mossman library’s new multi-touch hub brings a wealth of cutting edge technology to library users, to explore digital and virtual worlds, engage in dynamic learning, and have fun! The project has also enabled staff to learn new software, explore new and emerging technology and share this newfound knowledge with the community. Community members are visiting … Read more

Why the long face? The story dog who became an internet sensation

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For the past several years a therapy greyhound named Sting has been volunteering with the “Paws to Read” program at the White Bear Lake Library in Minnesota, USA. There, he helps kids aged four to eight feel more comfortable and confident about books and reading, simply by resting alongside them as they read stories to him aloud. Recently, … Read more

IFLA 10 Minute Library Advocate

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The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Library Policy and Advocacy Blog,  is an informal forum for sharing ideas about key policy and advocacy challenges, as well as opportunities for libraries around the world. It can be searched via a variety of tags covering topics including advocacy, policy, copyright, digital preservation, sustainable development and … Read more

Dive into Open Data – Statistics from public libraries

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Are you interested in library trends over time? Dive into the last eight years of Queensland public libraries statistics, now available as open data on the Queensland Government Data Portal. Take advantage of the breadth of data over time to highlight achievements, identify patterns and compare services with other public libraries. Analyse the changing size … Read more

Plantation Voices: Contemporary Conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders

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Plantation Voices is one of the latest exhibitions at State Library of Queensland and is a portal to Australian South Sea Islander culture and history in Queensland. Over time State Library has cultivated resources and collections telling the story of Australian South Sea Islanders and celebrating their contributions to contemporary Queensland. This is a free … Read more

Library tech leaders recommend their favourite tips and tools

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Building prototypes with apps. Building bridges with translating tools. Building empathy with virtual reality.   Librarians are experimenting with the latest technology to construct a better world—and help patrons access it. American Libraries spoke with three library tech leaders—panelists from the Library and Information Technology Association’s Top Tech Trends panel at the 2019 Midwinter Meeting … Read more