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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

New fund to help protect Queenslanders from disasters

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The Queensland Premier has announced the first round of a new $38 million fund to better protect Queensland communities from natural disasters. Local governments, state agencies and non-government organisations can now apply for a share of the $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund. Eligible applicants to the fund include local government bodies, Queensland Government departments … Read more

Apply for a Community Heritage Grant

Applications are now open for the 2019 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) round. The CHG program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials … Read more

Everyone belongs is the message for Harmony Day 21 March

Harmony Day 21 March

Hold your own Harmony Day event and celebrate our vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Harmony Day is an Australian Government program and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. … Read more

Libraries surprise with creativity and sense of humour

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Online community Bored Panda has compiled a heart-warming collection of photos from everyday libraries that have spiced up their spaces with hilarious and creative twists. From clever wordplay and funny signs, to enchanting building entrances to creative ways of organising the shelves, these libraries went above and beyond to bring some extra magic to these … Read more