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Realising our potential

A vision for Queensland public libraries

Realising our potential: A vision for Queensland public libraries (the Vision) communicates a shared and aspirational future for Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres. It articulates the partnership between state and local government to enable a vibrant and dynamic network of public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres, and guides State Library of Queensland’s service offer, including the administration of grants, professional development and other statewide projects.

A comprehensive and engaging consultation process which encapsulated input from public library and Indigenous Knowledge Centre managers and staff informed the development of the Vision. The consultation included opportunity to provide feedback on the previous vision The Next Horizon: VISION 2017 for Queensland public libraries. Read a summary of the feedback received and the researchers’ recommendations in the Consultation report prepared by the University of Southern Queensland.

A design thinking process comprising representatives from public libraries, local government, state government departments and State Library was used to draft the Vision, which was then endorsed by the Public Libraries Advisory Group and the Library Board of Queensland.

The Vision is intended to serve a number of functions, including strategic and operational planning and advocacy, through four objectives which are designed to be both achievable and open to local interpretation, and convey the story of libraries:

Realising our potential

Recognising the diversity of Queensland public libraries as they progress in their journeys toward becoming fully realised 21st century libraries. Becoming active players in Queensland communities by investing in citizen wellbeing for long-term prosperity. A state-wide and cohesive network.

Deeply local outcomes

Deeply local approaches to outcomes for Queensland communities. Providing access to information; supporting learning, community wellbeing and recreation activities. An inclusive place to access the past, present and future.

Extending our reach

Influencing beyond the library by creating new pathways to connect and advocate to stakeholders and all levels of government.

Future focused workforce

Responsive and diverse services shaped and inspired by skilled staff that strive to innovate.

Key documents and resources

Realising our potential: A vision for Queensland public libraries
Review of The Next Horizon: VISION 2017 for Queensland public libraries – Consultation report
The Next Horizon: VISION 2017 for Queensland public libraries
Expanding Horizons 2008-2012

Contact

Local Government Coordination, State Library of Queensland
t 07 3842 9051
e lgc@slq.qld.gov.au

Last updated
14th August 2018