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9. Staying in touch

Training opportunities and contact methods for public library staff, part of the Manual for Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) libraries.

9.1 Training

State Library offers a variety of training opportunities for public library staff each year.  RLQ staff members are encouraged to attend one course each year.

Attending professional development programs allows you to meet and network with other RLQ librarians and SLQ staff, learn about and experience new and changing procedures and technologies and thereby enhance the services you deliver to your community.

There are no course fees for training programs, and travel and accommodation costs are met by your Council.

Training is designed to meet your needs and includes opportunities for discussion and participation, along with information sessions. Regional training is also held periodically.  We welcome your suggestions for additional course content.

9.2 Discussion lists

There is a range of mailing lists available for public library staff, and a list can be found in the Networking section of this site.  Three lists in particular are useful for staying up to date:

libman Queensland public library managers discuss all issues related to managing a public library service in Queensland

ind Staff of independent (non-RLQ) libraries throughout Queensland discuss issues facing their libraries

rlq Presents issues specific to Rural Libraries Queensland libraries. It is a forum for communication of operational, functional and RLQ community related topics

9.3 Keeping up to date

The Public Libraries Connect newsletter is a way of keeping up to date with what's happening in public libraries. Submit your story and share events in your library with other public library staff.

It features all the latest posts from the Public Libraries Connect Blog that aims to connect Queensland public libraries and IKCs with opportunities in various fields such as technology initiatives, training and special events.

If you require help with writing or submitting your story, contact your mentor or email

9.4 1800 number and email

Don't forget that you can phone us on 1800 017 114 for the cost of a local call. You may also contact us via email:

Last updated
3rd October 2017