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Research

Information and resources for public library staff that promote the value of public libraries and the importance of providing a quality library service to local communities.

The Impact of Libraries as Creative Spaces

State Library of Queensland commissioned QUT to explore the impact of libraries as creative spaces (2016). The Creative Spaces Impact Framework, developed and refined throughout the research, helps libraries to plan and evaluate creative activities.

The Library Dividend

The Library Dividend is a major independent study of the socio-economic contribution of Queensland’s public libraries. The study was commissioned by State Library of Queensland in 2011 and was funded by the Expanding Horizons Public Library Grant as a state-wide research project.

Advancing Queensland’s Public Libraries Research

Advancing Queensland’s Public Libraries: A Research Report for State Library of Queensland (PDF 2.01 MB) (2016) set out to identify the common goal that Queensland public libraries are working towards; the enablers and barriers in reaching that goal; and the role of State Library of Queensland in the transformation. Conducted by PwC Chair in Digital Economy at Queensland University of Technology and supported by SLQ’s VISION 2017 funding, the findings of the study corroborate the relevance of the key priority areas in the Advancing Queensland Public Libraries Discussion Paper (PDF 628 KB) and subsequent analysis, as well as VISION 2017. For a brief snapshot of the findings, read this summary (PDF 2.26 MB) or download this infographic (PNG 565 KB).

We asked for input from Queensland public library staff on the key priority areas and support needs of Queensland public libraries through face to face consultations and an online survey about the Advancing Queensland Public Libraries Discussion Paper. This feedback indicated 10 key priority areas and suggested areas for action. Read the Summary of Findings  (PDF 589.5 KB).

Public Libraries in a Digital Culture

Public Libraries in a Digital Culture (PDF 838 KB) (2015) evaluates recent and existing State Library of Queensland (SLQ) initiatives in relation to information technology and communications using ethnographic techniques. The University of Melbourne report gathers data collected from interviews with several stakeholders and considers contemporary developments in library practices and digital media.

Other State Library of Queensland research

Digital Futures & Citizenship

The future of libraries

Young people

Older people

Disadvantaged communities

  • Dropping off the Edge 2015 identifies areas of disadvantage in every state and territory of Australia and uncovers the web of factors that must be solved for these communities, and Australia, to thrive.

Industry links

Journal links

  • Australian Academic and Research Libraries is the premier research journal of ALIA. It is a quarterly journal that publishes original, refereed research relevant to the researcher and practitioner communities.
  • Australian Library Journal is an internationally recognised journal that showcases the best of Australian library and information research and practice. Access available through SLQ membership.
  • IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed article son library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. Full text available online.
  • Library Leadership & Management is the journal of the Library Leadership and Management Association. It includes in-depth articles addressing a wide variety of management issues and highlights examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Full text available online.

University links

  • CRO: CSU Research Output is an electronic archive which stores and showcases the research publications of Charles Sturt University.
  • OPUS (Open Publications of UTS Scholars) is the University of Technology, Sydney, institutional repository, showcasing the research of UTS staff and postgraduate students to a global audience.
  • QUT ePrints is an institutional repository of eprints which showcases some of the research output of QUT staff and postgraduate students, including Master of Information Science students.
  • RMIT Research Repository is an open access institutional repository providing free, searchable access to research publications authored by RMIT University staff and students.
  • University of Canberra Research Repository preserves and provides access to the research outputs of the University to local, national and international communities.

More information

If you have any comments or wish to contribute, please contact us at RegionalPartnerships@slq.qld.gov.au.

Last updated
7th July 2017