Librarians of the future

CSU students Stephan, Kim and Vikki

State Library of Queensland recently hosted 30 ‘librarians of the future’ currently enrolled in Librarian and Teacher Librarian degree programs at Charles Sturt University (CSU). The students were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes and tour our storage repositories, reading rooms, staff work spaces and The Edge. SLQ staff from: Queensland Memory; Discovery; … Read more

World Environment Day and SLQ’s Even Greener team

Mobile4Charity bin at the Welcome Desk

5 June is World Environment Day, the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This year’s theme is: Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. State Library of Queensland is committed to remaining a sustainable place to work and visit. Since 2009, SLQ’s Even Greener team has championed ideas … Read more

Libraries and structural change 10

Image from the documentary film, Warrendale, by Allan King, 1967

Beyond about twenty years ago libraries could fulfil their promise pretty much by conscientiously doing what they’d always done. Everybody knew what a library was and how to be a library wasn’t problematic. But from about twenty years ago massive structural change progressively undermined the efficacy of inherited practice. With the ground shifting beneath them … Read more

The notorious Ly-ee-moon

Ly-ee-moon remodelled for the Australian route  State Library of Queensland Neg no: 132957

The Ly-ee-moon was a fast vessel with elegant lines and a beautiful interior. She was a favoured means of travel on the Australian east coast run, usually with a full complement of passengers. The maritime writer Dickson Gregory, in Australian Steamships: past and present, claimed, however, that in the end, no ship ever eclipsed her … Read more

We love our volunteers!

SLQ volunteers, Billie and Sarah, at our Volunteers' morning tea on Tuesday.

11-17 May 2015 is National Volunteer Week, providing an opportunity to highlight the important role of volunteers in our society, and particularly here at State Library of Queensland. More than six million people volunteer each year in Australia, including 1.2 million Queenslanders. SLQ’s volunteer program has been running for nearly 26 years, with a steady … Read more