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A picture is worth… a million lines of data

Data Visualisation presents data in a pictorial form

State Library of Queensland has commissioned the development of a prototype Data Visualisation Tool which incorporates data from the Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletins from 2011-2016. Data visualization is the presentation of data in a pictorial or graphical format which enables you to see information presented visually, so you can more clearly understand patterns or … Read more

Video chat – all things digital and regional

  SLQ’s Tyler Wellensiek and Matt Finch have been working on some fantastic regional coding initiatives and creative play-based learning activities.  They joined Donna Hancox from Queensland University of Technology for a brief discussion about digital technologies and what it might mean for rural and regional Australian communities. Why not grab a cuppa, sit down … Read more

By George St George!

Regional PD took place in St George in April

18 RLQ library staff travelled from neighbouring councils to the St George Cultural Centre for a full day of professional development in April. Community outreach and developing community partnerships were the focus, and the training encouraged participants to spend time exploring the five key questions outlined in the We Love Community Outreach Model of Engagement … Read more

State Library of Queensland staff profile: Jenny Cossins

Jenny Cossins

I’m Jenny Cossins, a librarian and selector of public library collections managed by Public Library Development at Cannon Hill. I select resources for the 69 Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) libraries, and resources for loan to Queensland independent libraries. I purchase fiction and non-fiction for adult and young people as well as audio books, DVDs, picture … Read more

Southwest Robot Roadshow

Male student uses a laptop to program a robot

Libraries across southwest Queensland came face to face with the latest technologies in February to engage their communities through programming robots and coding.  The Robot Roadshow, supported by SLQ in partnership with Regional Development Australia, visited Charleville, Cunnamulla, Thargomindah and Quilpie libraries and engaged over 500 library staff, teachers, students and community members. Technologies featured … Read more

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant – closing 5pm Friday 31 March

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant

Grants of up to $25,000 per project are available for public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres to deliver strategic initiatives that creatively meet the needs of your local community. The grant focuses on the themes outlined in The Next Horizon: Vision 2017 for Public Libraries (Creative community spaces; Connectors – physical and virtual; Technology trendsetters; Incubators … Read more

Small grants for rural communities – closes 31 March

Barcoding equipment

A children’s book week comedy show for kids, barcoding equipment, locally sustainably made toys, a human library event – all of these projects have previously been awarded funds through the Small Grants for Rural Communities program. If you have an idea for developing leadership skills within your community, creating places to connect and grow, providing … Read more

Robotics fun at Queensland’s Stonehenge library

Robotics at Stonehenge library

Two of Stonehenge’s seven school children got a taste of the many available robotics resources when State Library’s Matt Finch and Tammy Joynson visited the library earlier this month. Kaitlyn who is 11, and Paige who is 9, along with Library Administrator Judy Baldry, quickly familiarised themselves with the Ozobot and Sphero platforms, with Caitlin … Read more

Library love for Outback Queensland

This Library Lovers’ Day, the State Library’s Regional Partnerships team are celebrating the awesomeness of our friends and fellows in Western Queensland. Last week, SLQ’s Tammy Joynson and Matt Finch hit the road to deliver professional development sessions and consult on strategies, policies, plans, and schemes with a range of library staff, community members, peers, … Read more