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Training Calendar

Professional Development for 2017

All events listed below are open for attendees from any government or community organisation.

7 February 2017 Emerald (Central Highlands)

Strengthening Your Community
Developing and delivering public programs through community partnerships; Finding and applying for grants.   Download the draft program  (PDF 317.6 KB)

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15 February 2017 North Lakes (Moreton Bay)

Innovation in Libraries - here comes the future!
Want to explore new adventures and new opportunities in the world of librarianship?  Fancy shaking up business as usual? Wondering what tools and techniques will help you deliver innovative and enticing services for your users?

Download the draft program  (PDF 319.1 KB)

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20 - 23 February South West Queensland

Robot Roadshow
The Robotics Roadshow will feature the latest technologies libraries are using to engage their communities through science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).  It will be an opportunity for both library staff and the public to be hands-on with a range of different gadgets and experience the fun of working with robotics constructively.

Download the Robot Roadshow schedule  (PDF 153.7 KB)

3 March 2017 Bundaberg (Bundaberg)

Let's get together..
A day of library learning about how to communicate with and attract non-users, how to obtain more funding, and how to develop creative programs.

Download the draft program  (PDF 285.2 KB)

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13 - 17 March 2017 Darling Downs

Robot Roadshow
The Robotics Roadshow will feature the latest technologies libraries are using to engage their communities through science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).  It will be an opportunity for both library staff and the public to be hands-on with a range of different gadgets and experience the fun of working with robotics constructively.

Download the Robot Roadshow schedule  (PDF 154.6 KB)

11 April 2017 St George (Balonne)

Welcome to YOUR Library
Let's think big, question our routines and shake up our habits.
A day of library learning about how to communicate with and attract non-users and develop creative programs, how to obtain more funding, and getting the most from the Aurora system.

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22-23 May 2017 Noosaville

Managing the Business of Libraries Forum - Contemporary library operations

31 May 2017 Innisfail (Cassowary Coast)

Connecting with non-users; Activating library spaces

24 June 2017 South Brisbane (SLQ)

Digital Futures Expo
10am-3pm | Throughout SLQ | Free | All Ages |

Technology has given us new tools through which to question, understand and imagine the world in which we live. Join us for a day buzzing with ideas and plenty of opportunities to become part of the digital future. Discover the innovative digital projects coming out of our universities and find out about what’s just over the horizon. From age 2 to 102, Digital Futures Expo is a day for the clever and the curious.

26-27 June 2017 South Brisbane (SLQ)

Digital Inclusion Forum

14 July 2017 Toowoomba (Toowoomba)

Creative Spaces Impact Framework

4 September 2017 Gatton (Lockyer Valley)

Community engagement; Effective use of library data

13-14 November 2017 South Brisbane (SLQ)

Business/Entrepreneur Support Forum


Travel Bursary

State Library of Queensland is offering travel bursaries of up to $750 to individuals from regional Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres to participate in the regional Professional Development events being held in locations across Queensland.

For more information contact Regional Partnerships, or to submit an application download the Travel Bursary Guidelines and Application Form.

Coming Events

Managing the Business of Libraries Forum, Noosa – 22-23 May 2017

Working in vibrant, responsive libraries requires professionals who have the behavioural knowledge and technical skills to lead teams and deliver the best experience for library users. These include skills in community engagement, change management, marketing and program development.

Focusing on Priority 3: Library Business Management of the VISION 2017 Learning Strategy, the Managing the Business of Libraries Forum will focus on building skills to support public library workers to effectively manage a contemporary library service and will include skills development in modern business management, community and program development

Digital Inclusion Forum, Brisbane – 26-27 June 2017

The ability to confidently and critically use digital information sources, communication tools and networks for learning, communication, collaboration and creation is becoming increasingly important in the digital age in which we live. For those not online, digital literacy impacts communities’ education, health, social and financial wellbeing. Digital inclusion is about using technology as a channel to improve skills, to enhance quality of life, to drive education and promote economic wellbeing across communities.

This forum will address public libraries’ role in building digital literacy, and forms part of State Library’s commitment to hosting an annual cross-sector literacy forum.

Implementing Business/ Entrepreneur Support in Your Library Forum, Brisbane – 13-14 November 2017

Today’s public libraries have become community hubs for innovation; and places to collaborate and create. Libraries need to embrace new ways of growing diverse customer services, reach new audiences, and build skills in experimenting with new service models.

Focusing on Priority 2: Innovation of the VISION 2017 Learning Strategy, the Implementing Business/ Entrepreneur Support in Your Library Forum will support public library staff to plan, promote and run programs focusing on supporting entrepreneurs and new businesses in their community.

Past Events

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Library Innovations Forum, Townsville – Thursday 18 August 2016
Today’s public libraries have become community hubs for innovation, and places to collaborate and create. Libraries are embracing new ways of doing business to respond to customers’ needs and reach new audiences. This requires a profound reimagining of the mission of public libraries in new and relevant ways and the courage to experiment with new service models. The program included workshops with SLQs Creative in Residence Dr Matt Finch, Design Thinking for Libraries, and innovative ways to implement coding and robotics activities in libraries.

RLQ Professional Development, 12-14 April 2016
Join a 3-day professional development program primarily aimed at new Rural Libraries Queensland library staff or those who have not previously attended training. The program will include Day 2 of the above Future Libraries program, and two further days offering a diverse range of learning opportunities for all library staff, such as strategies and processes to increase library use and membership; improving activity reporting to Councils; additional funding sources for library projects; and skills development in the Aurora library management system.

Future Libraries, 11-12 April 2016
In partnership with the Queensland Public Libraries Association, futurist and digital disruption expert Will Dayble will deliver Future Libraries — a morning masterclass on digital shifts, knowledge sharing and lean service design in libraries. The afternoon session will be focussed on the future of public library standards, guidelines and outcomes. The second day of Future Libraries is hosted by State Library of Queensland and offers a variety of short sessions for all public library staff, including a workshop with State Library's Creative in Residence, Matt Finch; consultation on SLQ grants directions, and future actions for Advancing Queensland Public Libraries; a Business Plan approach to library planning; the Libraries as Creative Spaces Evaluation Framework; the WELCOME model of community engagement for your library; and how to present your library data in useful and engaging ways.

RLQ Professional Development Program, 10-12 November 2015
Join us at SLQ Public Library Development at Cannon Hill for a practical 3 day learning program aimed specifically at RLQ library staff and incorporating your feedback on content.

Library Leadership 2015
The Library Leadership 2015 program will develop foundational leadership capabilities designed to support public libraries in navigating the challenging times ahead. These challenges involve maintaining high quality library services in financially constrained, technologically infused, and socially complex operating environments.
Brisbane – Workshops 22-23 April, 23-24 September, Presentation Day 25 September 2015
Townsville – Workshops 27-28 May, 28-29 October, Presentation Day 30 October 2015

Risky Business Masterclass, 24 March 2015
Delving deeper into the content of his keynote speech at the Library Innovations Forum, Brian Gambles will further explore the what, why, how, and who of business support and advisory services, and the distinct role of the library in the business community. This masterclass will benefit both library and council staff across a range of interest areas.

Library Innovations Forum, 23 March 2015
Join award winning international library experts as they discuss recent innovations in the world of libraries.  Then take your pick from three group brainstorming sessions, solving Wicked Problems contributed by participants. Speakers: Brian Gambles – CEO British Library, Pilar Martinez – Deputy CEO, Edmonton Public Library, Annie TalvĂ© – Principal, Project Sisu.

Small rural and regional libraries professional development program, 23-27 March 2015
Join us at SLQ for our annual one week intensive learning program. By popular demand, the program will once again be open to library staff from any small Queensland regional or rural library. Free attendance at the Library Innovations Forum is also included.

Changing Spaces Workshop, 9 February 2015
Following hot on the heels of her keynote speech at ALIA Information Online 2015, Liz McGettigan will lead a half-day workshop at State Library of Queensland (SLQ) on creating innovative and creative community spaces in libraries.

VISION 2017 Learning Strategy

The VISION 2017 Learning Strategy (PDF 352KB) outlines how SLQ plans to support and enable public libraries to deliver on VISION 2017. The development of the Learning Strategy was guided by a Project Reference Group which had representation from QPLA, LGAQ, QUT, ALIA and public library staff; and was developed via a Training Needs Analysis which included consultation with public libraries.

This is a high-level document to support the professional learning and development of the public library workforce and we will be developing an Implementation Plan with key stakeholders to deliver on this Strategy. We look forward to working with you to support public libraries to be vibrant local centres and portals to the world.

Regional Partnerships

Telephone: +61 7 3840 7539

Last updated
22nd March 2017