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17 Mar 2014

Spotlight on architecture at SLQ

Spotlight on architecture at State Library

The popular UQ architecture lecture series returns to State Library of Queensland to ignite discussion and debate around the role of architecture in the 21st century.

The series, now in its fourth year, invites leading architects to share and discuss new ideas and knowledge centred on the role of architecture and design in the Asia Pacific.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the practice of architecture and the design of the built environment had a profound impact on everyday life.

“Through provocative discussion, we’re challenging people to consider the role of architecture in society and the implications of design on the built environment to the social, economic and environmental well-being of the planet,” said Ms Wright.

“This year we’re excited to livestream each event, opening up the dialogue to audiences right across Queensland, and even around the world” she said.

“A video recording of the weekly discussions will also be published on designonline.org.au along with further reading notes and a review of each event.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said it was wonderful to see the partnership between State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library and UQ’s School of Architecture continue to flourish.

“Events such as this bring together industry professionals, academics and the wider general public and provide a great opportunity for discussion and engagement,” said Mr Walker.

Senior Lecturer at UQ School of Architecture, John de Manincor said this year, the series is themed around ‘720+’, after the Dewey Decimal system code for architecture.

“There are parallels between the tasks of an architecture school and the role of the contemporary library. More than just being places where one finds existing, static information, they are places that generate new knowledge,” he said.

“We’re building on this relationship through the series, bringing together leading designers and thinkers, award-winners and provocateurs who are each engaged in the generation of new knowledge and will give the audience something to think about,” said Mr de Manincor.

The UQ Architecture lecture series will take place every Tuesday from 25 March until 20 May, with refreshments and networking from 6pm.

The first lecture will welcome Finn Pederson and Martyn Hook from iredale pedersen hook (VIC and WA) to the stage, followed by Penny Collins and Huw Turner (Collins and Turner Architects) on 1 April.

Architecture professionals attending the events will be eligible for two formal continuing professional development points (CPD) through the Australian Institute of Architects ‘Refuel’ program.
For details on upcoming speakers visit designonline.org.au

Date: Tuesdays, 25 Mar – 20 May (excl 22 Apr), 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue: State Library of Queensland
Entry: Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com
Media enquiries
Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications 07 3840 7784 | alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov.au

10 Mar 2014

Jay Laga'aia

Jay Laga’aia live in Mackay and Moranbah for Read4Life

Famous children’s entertainer and Australian film icon Jay Laga’aia will perform two FREE live shows in Mackay and Moranbah for local kids to explore the world of reading at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on 15 March and the Moranbah Community Centre on 16 March.

Well known for his roles on Play School and films including Nim’s Island and Star Wars, Jay wrote and recorded his first children’s album Come Dance and Sing in 2007.

Saturday with Jay in Mackay and Sunday with Jay in Moranbah are part of Read4Life – a community-based early literacy program designed to build awareness and understanding of the importance of reading to children under the age of five.

The free hour-long shows start at 10am and 2pm include time for Q&A with Jay and the opportunity to meet him afterwards. Bring your lunch and join Jay and the Read4Life team for a picnic between shows. Tickets are essential for all shows. 

State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library was delighted to be working with Jay as part of the Read4Life initiative.

She said, “Jay is a great supporter of Read4Life and strongly supports its message about reading to young children as a way to improve childhood development outcomes.”

“BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC) has partnered with State Library of Queensland to develop and deliver Read4Life in Mackay and Moranbah.”

“Read4Life is also supported by Isaac and Mackay Regional Councils who are instrumental in delivering this program into our communities.”

BMC’s Asset President Jacqui McGill said the Read4Life program encourages parents, especially fathers, to read to their young children.

She said, “Reading to children enhances their literacy and educational outcomes – as little as 10 minutes a day can make a real difference.”

Tickets for the Mackay shows are available online from the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.

Even if you are not attending a show you are welcome to bring a picnic along to the Mackay Civic Precinct and have lunch with Jay from 12.30pm. Tickets are not required for the picnic lunch. 

Tickets for the Moranbah shows are available from Isaac Regional Council libraries across the region and must be collected. You can join Jay and the Read4Life team for a picnic lunch from midday at the Ted Rolfe Oval Park next to the community centre. A sausage sizzle and activities for children will be provided. Tickets are not required for the picnic lunch.

Jay will also be visiting local schools and hosting performance workshops for teens during his visit.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the inspiration for the Read4Life program was the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) which identified approximately a quarter of all Queensland children as developmentally vulnerable.

She said, “Read4Life is a community based response to the AEDI findings.”

“The program is deeply embedded in the community with local steering groups established and professional development sessions run for parents and carers and for professionals working with young children.”

“With such strong community support we’re confident the program will continue to make a positive difference into the future.”

The Australian Early Development Index is a population measure of children’s development as they enter their first year of formal school. Information for the AEDI is collected through a teacher-completed checklist that measures five areas of early childhood development. These five areas, or domains, are closely linked to the predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based), and communication skills and general knowledge.

Event Summary:

Read4Life Mackay
Date: Saturday, March 15
Show times: 10am and 2pm
Tickets: Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre www.mackaytix.com.au or call 4961 9777

Read4Life Moranbah
Date: Sunday, March 16
Show times: 10am and 2pm
Tickets: Isaac Regional Council Libraries or call 4941 4534

Media enquiries: Cathy Stacey, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9346 | cathy.stacey@slq.qld.gov.au

10 Mar 2014

Library Board of Queensland welcomes new members

Library Board of Queensland welcomes new members


State Librarian Janette Wright today welcomed Professor Jan Thomas as the new Chair of the Library Board of Queensland.

Ms Wright said, “The State Library is internationally recognised as a 21st century library and we’re looking forward to working with Professor Thomas and the newly constituted Board as we progress our vision for the future.”

“Professor Thomas has had a distinguished academic career including senior roles at Murdoch University, the University of Notre Dame Australia – and now as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland. I am also delighted that we have a strong advocate for regional Queensland on the Board.”

Also joining the Board this year are Heather Linaker, Professor Andrew Griffiths (University of Queensland) and Adjunct Professor (University of the Sunshine Coast) Joan Sheldon AM.

Ms Wright said the new members each brought valuable skills to the Board.

“Ms Linaker brings a wealth of experience from the publishing sector after 19 years at John Wiley & Sons including over two years as Managing Director of the Australian operations,” she said.

Professor Andrew Griffiths will bring a range of valuable business skills including corporate sustainability and change to the Board and to State Library of Queensland.”

“Professor Griffiths is Academic Dean and Head of School at University of Queensland Business School,” she said.

“After a successful career in government, champion of the Arts Adjunct Professor Sheldon will also join the Board this year.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker welcomed the appointments of the new Chair and board members.

“I am confident the new Library Board will lead the State Library to continued success in partnering with Queensland communities and providing access to information and knowledge for Queenslanders to support our Arts for all Queenslanders strategy,” Mr Walker said.

Mr Walker thanked Professor Emeritus Roly Sussex OAM who has served in the role of Chair since 2009 and will continue with the Library Board as a member.

“I acknowledge Roly’s outstanding leadership as Chair. His experience will continue to serve the Library Board well,” Mr Walker said.

Mr Walker thanked outgoing board members Helen Brodie, Ruth Drinkwater, Maxwell Lenoy, Lynette McLaughlin, Jane Power and Professor Stuart Cunningham for their significant contribution to the State Library’s many achievements.

Reappointed members of the Library Board of Queensland include linguistics expert Professor Roly Sussex (The University of Queensland), Scott Reid (Regional Manager Queensland/Northern Territory/Papua New Guinea, Cisco Systems), Matthew McDonnell (Partner, KPMG), and Dr Grace Sarra (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology).

Media enquiries: Cathy Stacey, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9346 | cathy.stacey@slq.qld.gov.au

3 Mar 2014

Your chance to discover a unique Queensland story

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.

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
t. 07 3842 9847 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

19 Feb 2014

Queensland business leaders share their secrets

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

Game Changers
In conversation with Trent Davis
Thur 19 Mar, 6pm–8pm | State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings required

Media enquiries: Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9847 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

28 Jan 2014

State Library fellowships explore Queensland history

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.

Media enquiries: Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications 07 3842 9847 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

17 Jan 2014

State Library welcomes new exhibition 'Our Dreaming: animating country'

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.

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.

Media enquiries: Cinnamon Watson Publicity | 0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsopublicity.com.au

14 Jan 2014

Local library helping Queenslanders to navigate the online world

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

Media enquiries:
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

black&write competition

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.”

Application forms 

Entries close 31 January 2014

Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf | 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au

29 Nov 2013

Summer Reading Club

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

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