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3 Mar 2014
Your chance to discover a unique Queensland story
You have two weeks to apply for State Library of Queensland’s annual history research fellowships and be awarded up to $20,000 to explore Queensland’s history.
State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is offering two fellowships in 2014, with the $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship awarded for a project to explore the state’s history, and the inaugural $15,000 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship awarded for a project to explore the state’s business history.
For the last ten years, Fellows at State Library have delved into the original materials in the John Oxley Library (JOL) to create new knowledge about all aspects of Queensland’s history, from architecture and natural disasters to food, music and migration.
In 2014 SLQ hopes to further expand this body of research into the field of economic and business history, with the introduction of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship.
This fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation, and QUT Business School.
The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship aims to draw out some of the remarkable stories of our state’s entrepreneurs and business leaders from the rich materials in the John Oxley Library.
At a public talk at SLQ last month the current John Oxley Library Fellows, Kathleen Mary Fallon and Matthew Nagas, shared their discoveries from the JOL collection as part of their ongoing research for their project A Commemorative Pilgrimage of Significant Sites: The Australian South Sea Islanders from Tweed Heads to Torres Strait.
In researching sites meaningful to Australian South Sea Islanders, the pair has split their research geographically, with Mr Nagas focusing on his hometown of Bundaberg and surrounding Wide Bay region and Ms Fallon concentrating on Brisbane, South East Queensland and surrounds.
In her talk, Ms Fallon remarked on the importance of the John Oxley Library for recording and interpreting Queensland history.
“The John Oxley Library, alongside Queensland State Archives and Queensland Museum among others, is itself a significant site for Australian South Sea Islanders due to the wealth of information about their history in the area.”
“The breadth and richness of the content available means that the John Oxley Library is contributing to and creating a continuous presence and memory of Australian South Sea Islanders in Queensland,” Ms Fallon said.
With more than 10,000 original materials in the collection, the John Oxley Library presents innumerable opportunities for researchers, writers, filmmakers, academics, artists and storytellers — or anyone seeking to contribute to our state’s history.
Applications for both fellowships close at 5pm on Monday 17 March, and the winners will be announced at the Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony on 29 May.
Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au for more information on the fellowships and to apply.
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
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19 Feb 2014
Queensland business leaders share their secrets
State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the return of Game Changers — the popular talk series with Queensland entrepreneurs at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).
Game Changers is a Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame initiative presented by SLQ, the Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School, and kicks off in March with a variety of inspiring speakers.
Hear the insights and secrets of innovation leaders from business, technology and creative industries, including Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Netbox Blue, Trent Davis; speech pathologist turned social entrepreneur, Dr Dimity Dornan AO; ‘godfather of Brisbane bar culture’ Damian Griffiths; and Group CEO and Managing Director of Domino’s Pizza, Don Meij.
Arts Minister Ian Walker said Game Changers offers a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from local business leaders on how they build companies, reinvent themselves, inspire teams and envision success.
“Facilitated by Ray Weekes, Chair of The CEO Institute, Game Changers runs bi-monthly from March to September,” Minister Walker said.
“Each talk in the Game Changers series will be followed by a networking function, giving attendees a chance to make connections and talk about their ideas.”
The launch of the series begins with Netbox Blue Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Trent Davis. Trent was Ernst & Young’s 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' in 2006 and named as one of the ‘Most Influential Australians under 30’ by FMH magazine.
State Librarian Janette Wright said Game Changers is just one of the many different ways that the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame celebrates Queensland’s outstanding business leaders.
“By continuously building audiences and communities of interest around Queensland’s business history, the Hall of Fame inspires new knowledge about our shared history,” Ms Wright said.
Game Changers is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame which celebrates, records and retells the stories of outstanding Queensland business leaders and their contributions to the state, with new inductees announced annually.
For more information on the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame visit the website at halloffame.slq.qld.gov.au
In conversation with Trent Davis
Thur 19 Mar, 6pm–8pm | State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings required
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28 Jan 2014
State Library fellowships explore Queensland history
State Library of Queensland's annual history research fellowships open today for applications from across Australia, announced State Librarian Janette Wright.
Generously supported by the Queensland Library Foundation, State Library's $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship has been awarded annually for the past ten years to celebrate excellence in research and recognise new contributions to Queensland’s documentary heritage.
"Over the past decade, the fellowship has allowed those with a keen interest in Queensland history to use the materials in the John Oxley Library to uncover our state’s untold stories," Ms Wright said.
"Alongside the monetary award, the fellow is allocated a personal workspace in the John Oxley Library for 12 months, granting them unparalleled access to collection items, as well as expert advice from State Library staff for the duration of their project."
New in 2014, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship provides a researcher with $15,000 and a personal workspace within the John Oxley Library for six months.
Announced at last year's Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony, this fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation, and QUT Business School.
Ms Wright said, "The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a researcher to build on our knowledge of Queensland's business history."
Established in 2009, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame celebrates stories of Queensland’s outstanding business leaders, and recognises their contributions to the state’s economic and social development.
"We consider both fellowships a perfect opportunity to create and record these rich stories for future Queenslanders, covering all aspects of our state's history including commerce and trade, mining, agriculture, military history, architecture and design — and much more," Ms Wright said.
The current John Oxley Library fellows, Kathleen Fallon and Matthew Nagas, are using State Library's collections for their project A Commemorative Pilgrimage of Significant Sites: The Australian South Sea Islanders from Tweed Heads to Torres Strait, which documents historic sites significant to Australian South Sea Islanders.
Kathleen and Matthew will give a public lecture at State Library on 20 February about their research findings and the significance of the project in light of last year's commemoration of 150 years of South Sea Islander contributions to Australia.
Applications for both fellowships close at 5pm on Monday 17 March, and the winners will be announced at the Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony on 29 May.
Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au for more information on the fellowships and the Queensland Memory Awards.
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17 Jan 2014
State Library welcomes new exhibition Our Dreaming: animating country
State Library has been transformed into an explosion of colour for new exhibition Our Dreaming: animating country.
Large scale projections, three-dimensional art installations, augmented reality, hands-on activities and a wide range of animated films combine in the exhibition, which showcases stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Acting State Librarian Prashant Pandey says the exhibition carries a message about the importance of storytelling and the role of new technologies in continuing this tradition.
"State Library is dedicated to preserving Queensland's diverse stories. Our Dreaming: animating country explores how new technologies have contemporised traditional storytelling, preserving these stories for future generations."
Mr Pandey said that visitors are encouraged to leave their mark on the exhibition by way of interactive activities.
"There are opportunities for both the young and the young at heart to draw inspiration from the exhibition, bring their own stories to life and add them to the space for other visitors to discover."
Our Dreaming: animating country takes place throughout the library until 9 June, with three exhibition spaces to explore.
SLQ Gallery has been transformed into a neon wonderland showcasing 18 animations from The Dreaming series by Aboriginal Nations Australia (ANA). The award-winning animation series is used widely as a teaching resource in Australian educational curricula. This is the first time the series has been featured in an exhibition in Australia.
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery has been transformed into an animation studio, offering a behind the scenes glimpse of how animation artwork is created and providing an opportunity for visitors to try their hand at stop-motion and traditional two-dimensional animation.
Our Dreaming: animating country in the kuril dhagun space tells Indigenous stories through Indigenous voices. Featured are nine digital storytelling projects that have been carried out in recent years in Indigenous communities. The resulting films present a collection of retold traditional stories, new urban legends, and personal stories about country.
"Our Dreaming: animating country is a celebration. It celebrates the vibrancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, the power of animation as a storytelling medium, and each person's own unique story which we hope they will share with us," said Mr Pandey.
Our Dreaming: animating country runs until 9 June 2014. For more information on the full program, visit slq.qld.gov.au.
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14 Jan 2014
Local library helping Queenslanders to navigate the online world
Caboolture Library has been recognised by State Library of Queensland (SLQ) for its role in helping people to navigate the online world.
Located within innovative business and technology precinct The Hub, Caboolture Library has been awarded a prize for its outstanding support of the Looking @ 2.0 program, an online guide to web technologies developed by SLQ and supported by more than 150 libraries throughout the state.
Since Looking @ 2.0 was launched in July 2013 the library has been a keen supporter of the program, delivering 14 facilitated training sessions to the public and helping over 50 local residents to get connected.
Looking @ 2.0 covers a range of topics from connecting to and searching the internet to accessing online services and using web technologies for personal or professional development.
Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Lifestyle and Amenities spokesperson, Councillor Julie Greer, said the Looking @ 2.0 program had been particularly helpful for older residents who wanted to do more with their internet connections than send and receive emails.
"What I love about Looking @ 2.0 is that it helps to take the mystery out of the internet, as well as exploring ways of using technology to make life more convenient in a safe and easy to understand environment," Cr Greer said.
"I thank State Library of Queensland for partnering with council to deliver this important program to
the residents of the Moreton Bay Region."
State Librarian Janette Wright said that Looking @ 2.0 was a fantastic opportunity for those who feel disconnected from or daunted by technology.
"Online resources have enormous potential to both streamline and enrich your day-to-day life. We hope that this course will empower people to make the most of the online services available to them."
Looking @ 2.0 is free and participants can register online. Support is available via email, over the phone and at workshops hosted by participating libraries.
Register for Looking @ 2.0 at www.learning.slq.qld.gov.au
Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications
t. 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au
Looking @ 2.0 is supported by OPAL funding
11 Dec 2013
State Library seeking new talent for Indigenous writing competition
Entries are now open for State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships for 2014.
black&write! invites published or unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors to submit novels, short stories, poetry or children’s books to the competition for the opportunity to win an exciting prize package.
The two successful 2014 Fellows will both receive $10,000 prize money, professional manuscript development from black&write! Indigenous editors and a valuable publishing deal with respected Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books.
black&write! was developed to encourage and develop Indigenous writing talent and foster a significant Indigenous writing community. It is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia.
Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker said the project had already produced exciting results for both the Australian writing community and the authors themselves.
"It was my pleasure to announce comedian Tristan Savage, university lecturer Jared Thomas, and kuril dhagun award-winners deputy principal Dave Hartley and rugby league player Scott Prince as the 2013 Fellows in May this year," Mr Walker said.
"The variety and calibre of books this project has produced in just a few short years has been incredible. The Newman Government is proud to support this initiative and I look forward to seeing the talent that comes out of 2014."
Five books have already been published through the Fellowship, including Scott Prince and Dave Hartley’s Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the team with two more due for release in April 2014.
Previous winners of the competition have already experienced literary recognition. 2011 Fellow Ali Cobby Eckermann was awarded a 2012 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, and took out both the Poetry award and Book of the year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013.
State Librarian Janette Wright urged budding and established Indigenous writers to get their entries in and seize this opportunity to see their work published.
“black&write! is a bold, inspiring project designed to nurture talent, flex the creative imagination and change the landscape of Indigenous writing in Australia. This is the chance for talented Indigenous authors to be a part of a growing and thriving writing community. We encourage those who believe they have a story to tell to take pen to paper, or fingers to keypad, and share their story with us. You never know where it may lead.”
Entries close 31 January 2014
Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf | 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au
29 Nov 2013
Crack the code to make reading part of your holiday fun
State Library of Queensland is challenging children to investigate mysteries, hunt down clues and become masters of disguise as part of this year’s popular Summer Reading Club.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the Summer Reading Club offered an array of free creative activities designed to inspire and entertain over the holiday period.
“We’re taking a page out of Nancy Drew’s notebook and tapping into the allure of mystery and investigation to keep children reading all summer long,” said Ms Wright.
“Research has shown that children who read for pleasure are the best readers,” she said. “The Summer Reading Club promotes a love of books and reading over the holiday period when it can sometimes be difficult for families to maintain a reading program. To join the club, visit your local public library or go online at www.summerreadingclub.org.au for super sleuth competitions and games, to read book raves, create your own book trailer, chat with other book lovers, and follow writing and illustration blogs. Clubbers need to crack the code in order to finish stories written by Martin Chatterton, Matt Porter and Duncan Shelrich, and will go on mysterious, endless adventures as they unravel Tim Sinclair’s choose-your-own-adventure tales. Information for parents and carers is also available to help make the most of the holidays,” said Ms Wright.
The Summer Reading Club is a free national literacy program developed by State Library of Queensland and run online through 850 public libraries across Australia.
Last year, nearly 35,000 Australian children joined the Summer Reading Club, and read more than 260,000 books over the summer period.
The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association, and public libraries across Australia.
Summer Reading Club
2 December 2013 – 31 January 2014
SummerReadingClub.org.au or at your local public library
Media Contact: Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications | Shahedah.Sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9847
14 Nov 2013
Come together to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability
A free cultural celebration at State Library on December 1 will bring the community together to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability.
Hosted by State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in partnership with UnitingCare Community, ALLtogether will bring people with disability, organisations and the wider community together to promote understanding of people with a disability, and encourage respect for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.
State Librarian Janette Wright said, “State Library is a place of diversity and inclusiveness that celebrates each Queenslander’s unique story. ALLtogether celebrates the stories of people with a disability, their accomplishments, and the important contribution they make to our community.”
“This is the fourth year State Library has partnered with UnitingCare Community to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability. It’s been wonderful to see the continued growth of this event and the increased participation from the wider community. It’s also great to see the growing number of talented performers showcased at the event.”
UnitingCare Community’s Director of Disability Services Janet Millward said ALLtogether reflects the organisation’s commitment to inclusiveness for all.
“People can come together in support of a common cause and really understand the achievements and contributions to society people with a disability make,” she said.
A performance stage will showcase the talents of people with a disability from South East Queensland. There will be live performances from the UnitingCare Community Drumming and Music and Drama Groups, the Southside Singers, The Transformers Choir, DJ Jammers and The Kayzee Singers, as well as book and poetry readings.
Arts and crafts will be on display from community organisations such as UnitingCare Community and Access Arts, and information stands from Open Minds, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Reclink Queensland, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, Speaking Up For You Inc. (SUFY), Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA) and Livewire (powered by Starlight Children’s Foundation).
The event will be held at The Edge at SLQ, in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct. SLQ offers disability parking, access and facilities.
A free barbeque lunch will be served at 12.30pm. All activities are free, and everyone is welcome.
When: Sunday 1st December, 10am-3pm
Where: The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
See the full program at slq.qld.gov.au, or contact Lyn Thompson on 07 3842 9058 for more information.
ALLtogether is supported by UnitingCare Community and State Library of Queensland.
Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au
23 Oct 2013
Experience live music like never before
Music lovers are invited to a live gig at State Library of Queensland, designed especially for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
On Friday 15 November, popular Brisbane bands The Gin Club, The Stress of Leisure and Jakarta Criers will take to the stage for 4Senses, a multi-sensory performance that uses sight and touch to make music accessible to everyone, including people with a hearing impairment.
4Senses co-creator Tony Browne, said the event will use film track projections, visual light shows, and subwoofer seats to bring the joy of live music to people who might not normally have a chance to experience it.
“I’ve always believed music is more than one dimensional,” said Mr Browne. “Great live music is about the energy in the room and the way performers and the crowd build that energy together, and our aim is to extend this experience out for everyone. We’re thrilled to have such prominent acts as The Gin Club, The Stress of Leisure and Jakarta Cries involved in the project, and can’t wait to hear, see and feel their music as it takes over the library,” said Mr Browne.
State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library was delighted to partner with 4Senses and Deaf Australia to present this inspiring event.
“Music has a magical ability to bring people together, and can be central to expressing our identity as individuals, as communities and as a culture,” said Ms Wright.
“For the past six months, State Library has been celebrating and exploring this quality, through the exhibition program Live! Queensland band culture."
“4Senses will be the last event in the Live! exhibition series of events at State Library, which closes on 17 November, and will definitely send the exhibition off with a bang!” she said.
4Senses is an 18+ only event. A cash bar available on site. Tickets are $30, with all profits donated to Deaf Australia.
When: Fri 15 Nov, 7pm
Where: SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Tickets: $30, bookings slq.eventbrite.com
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10 Oct 2013
Children have rights
In celebration of Children’s Week 2013 (19-27 Oct), State Library of Queensland presents an inspiring exhibition exploring human rights, through the eyes of children.
Children’s Voices, which is supported by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, is a collection of drawings, painting and linocuts made by children, expressing their own understanding and views of their human rights.
From the value children place on family life and education, to their concerns about poverty, homelessness, war and abuse, the powerful artworks present an inspiring insight into how children view their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
State Librarian Janette Wright said children have a unique perspective on the world, and we often learn as much from them as they do from us.
“Projects such as these offer children the opportunity to reveal the depth of their thinking about important social issues affecting all children around the world,” said Ms Wright.
“The artworks on display were originally created in 1997 for the First Australasian Conference on the Rights of the Child, and are now held at State Library as part of the extensive Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children’s Art Archive,” she said.
“We’re excited to showcase these artworks, helping re-kindle these important conversations about the meaning of children’s rights, and giving children a voice in these discussions. State Library will be working in three Brisbane schools to add the contemporary voice of children to this exhibition,” she said.
Barry Salmon, State Ambassador for Queensland Children’s Week 2013 and Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, said Children’s Week represents a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the needs, rights and achievements of children.
“Children’s rights are about recognising the things children and young people need for their development, to stay healthy and to reach their full potential.” he said.
“The Children’s Commission is proud to support the Children’s Voices exhibition and I encourage you to visit State Library to view and reflect on the artworks."
Visitors are encouraged to leave a comment or create their own artwork, reflecting on the exhibition and what the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child means to you.
What: Children’s Voices
When: Open daily 19 Oct – 19 Dec 2013
Where: The Parlour, level 1, State Library of Queensland
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