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2017 Digital Inclusion Forum

Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 June 2017

About the forum

Virtual reality equipment 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.


Download the Digital Inclusion Forum Program.

Plenary sessions

Plenary sessions include an address by Telstra Chief Scientist Dr Hugh Bradlow to set the foundation for the day, along with presentations from public library and other industry professionals to build participant knowledge and awareness of the importance of digital literacy and access for everyone.

Workshop sessions

Forum participants can choose to join up to 4 of 15 concurrent sessions held over the two days. Presentations will provide deeper engagement and skill development across diverse areas. A hands-on session on the Monday evening provides participants with the opportunity to engage with a variety of technologies for all ages and abilities.

Download the Digital Inclusion Forum Workshop Sessions program

Hands-on sessions

On Monday, the hands-on with digital technologies session between 4-6pm provides a host of opportunities for attendees to engage with technologies for all ages and abilities. Plan your time to visit everything on offer across SLQ.

Download the Digital Inclusion Forum Hands-On Sessions program

Forum registration

Registration is free and includes access to all forum sessions, as well as all event catering. You can register now at Eventbrite.

Forum feedback

We really hope you enjoyed the 2017 Digital Inclusion Forum and would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback is valuable and will be used to help improve our professional development offer in the future.

Contact us

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.

Download a promotional flyer  (PDF 394.9 KB) for the event.

Last updated
19th March 2018