Public libraries proactively address state and national education agendas and provide literacy programs and services, accessible by the whole community. SLQ has committed to host an annual cross-sector literacy forum in the Libraries for Literacy: every day, every way: 2015 - 2018 (PDF 4.4 MB) framework, which outlines the essential roles that libraries have in delivering literacy programs in communities across Queensland.
Forums are themed around the literacies areas defined in the framework, with previous themes including Indigenous literacy, early-childhood literacy, the economic impact of adult literacy and digital literacy. The purpose of the forums is to support public library staff and literacy providers build their understanding, confidence and skills in the critical use of information sources, tools and networks.
On 29 July 2014 a major literacy workshop and forum was held at SLQ. The focus of the workshop was to review the Libraries for Literacy: every day, every way: 2011 - 2014 framework (PDF 860 KB), and the forum focused on the economic and social impacts of adult literacy and literacy programming, as well as the role of public libraries.
The forum included presentations from respected industry professionals, workshop sessions, and a panel discussion to build understanding, confidence and skills in the critical use of digital information sources, tools and networks, with a particular focus on the role libraries can play in helping build digital literacy in their communities.
As our world becomes increasingly digital, the disadvantages of being offline grow greater. The 2017 Digital Inclusion Forum addresses digital disadvantage; how it limits access to social participation, accessing information, political engagement, connection with the world beyond and other vital services; and how public libraries play a role in responding to this digital divide.