2017 Digital Inclusion Forum
Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 June 2017
About the forum
Communities are increasingly dependent on technology that makes our lives easier, tracks our health and wellbeing, makes our businesses more profitable and our economy and political system easier to analyse, manage and access. Unless of course you are part of the 14% of Australians who in 2014-15 do not have access to the internet at home (ABS, 2016). Promoting and encouraging the development of digital literacy skills is an essential part of empowering and assisting people to actively participate in the social, political, economic and cultural aspects of communities. Public libraries in Queensland have long been involved in the development and delivery of diverse programs and services that seek to enhance the digital skills of community members. It is now more important than ever to develop an inclusive culture of connection and learning that aims to improve the digital capabilities of those who are disadvantaged and most affected by the digital divide.
The Digital Inclusion Forum forms part of SLQ’s commitment to hosting an annual cross-sector literacy forum, as outlined in Libraries for literacy – every day, every way: 2015-2018. This forum brings together public libraries and key service providers to promote greater understanding, showcase good practice, and build effective workforces to support and raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy and access for everyone.
SLQ is developing an exciting and comprehensive forum program, which will be released shortly. The forum will consist of a range of dynamic speakers, panel discussions and concurrent breakout sessions. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore a range of digital technologies in a hands-on session. Confirmed speakers include:
- Dr Hugh Bradlow, Telstra Chief Scientist
- Assoc Prof Michael Dezuanni, Digital Media Research Centre, QUT
- Natalia Fibrich, General Manager, Library Training Services Australia
- Tim Gentle, Think Digital Coach
- Justine Hyde, Director Library Services and Experience, State Library of Victoria
- Dr Danielle Wyatt, Research Unit in Public Cultures, University of Melbourne
Registration is free and includes access to all forum sessions, as well as all event catering. You can register now at Eventbrite.
The Regional Partnerships team at SLQ supports public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres to stay FIT through funding, ideas / innovation and training. The Digital Inclusion Forum is one of a series of professional development opportunities designed to support public library and Indigenous Knowledge Centre staff across Queensland. You can email the team with any forum enquiries.