Libraries as Creative Spaces Evaluation Project
The Libraries as Creative Spaces project is a joint initiative between the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.
It looks to highlight and evaluate the impact of creative programs within libraries for local Queensland communities. The project will showcase examples from a diverse range of libraries across Queensland.
An expression of interest was called across Queensland public libraries, and six will be involved representing a diverse cross section of libraries in terms of size, location, and activities. The six include: Gold Coast, Redlands, Burdekin, Maranoa, Longreach and Cunnamulla. While the project will work specifically with four case studies, details of creative activities in all six public libraries will be showcased within the reports and rich media content which will make up the final reporting.
The process for testing the framework, data collection and developing digital stories and other content is currently underway and will be undertake through August and September at the case study libraries.
Data from the library dividend project is also being coded and considered in the light of the community impact framework and findings will be included in the final reporting as relevant.
A steering committee has been established to advise and give feedback on the research project, with representatives including Susan Coker (Townsville/PLAG), Katie Edmiston (Arts Qld/PLAG), Andrew Griffiths (SLQ Board/UQ), Deb Miles (SLQ), and project team representatives Ben Light and Kirralie Houghton (QUT); the group meets as required at strategic research milestones.