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17 Aug 2015

Students share personal stories about their Anzac experience

Students share personal stories about their Anzac experience

Brimming with national pride, a group of students who travelled to Gallipoli for the Anzac Centenary in April are sharing their experiences at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

Voices from Afar in SLQ Gallery is part of the Distant Lines First World War exhibition. It showcases the individual journeys of 15 recipients of the 2015 Premier’s Anzac Prize through video, photographs and personal belongings.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was clear the Anzac legacy would continue to teach students important lessons despite the passage of time.

“The 70 students who travelled to Gallipoli made an educational and emotional journey,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The Premier’s Anzac Prize was designed to teach a new generation of Queenslanders about the true Anzac spirit. This installation reflects the deeper understanding of our history that these students gained.”

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said Voices from Afar is helping the community achieve an unprecedented connection with the people and places which forged the Anzac tradition.

“My hope is that the experiences of these students will have a multiplier effect in our schools and communities, encouraging their friends, families, and people they meet to take a greater interest in this pivotal event in our history,” she said.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the students participated in the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and visited battlegrounds, First World War memorials and cemeteries on the Western Front for two weeks in April and May this year.

“In Voices from Afar, the students give a first-hand account of their experiences walking in the footsteps of the Anzacs and learning about the Anzac legacy,” Ms Wright said.

For Theo Delaney of Shalom College in Bundaberg, the trip was of historical and personal significance.

“The Premier’s Anzac Prize tour was an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” Theo said.

“I saw the places where our forebears fought for our freedom and my great grandfather fought and his brother died and is buried. The emotions that I felt were indescribable.”

For Jack Hill of Ferny Grove State High School, the Anzac tradition has taken on a new meaning since the tour.

“It’s no longer that amorphous idea of sacrifice and mateship, but it’s those individual stories of people doing their job but going that little bit above, going that little bit extra with bravery that is amazing in the face of such severe opposition as the Turks did provide,” he said.

“We had an opportunity to walk down onto the rocky shore of Anzac Cove and spend some time there. That was an amazing morning being able to sit down there, hear the waves rushing, feel the stones in your hand and realise that these same waves that were rushing now were the waves that people, potentially your age, were washing up in as they tried to fight against these Turkish defenders as they came up the shores at Anzac Cove.”

Lachlan McLean of Prince of Peace Lutheran College at Everton Hills said the trip was, at times, quite emotional.

“The most emotional point for me was at Cape Helles – I was reading all the names on the wall and I found the name AJ McLean which is the name of my dad and my grandpa and that hit me very hard. From then on I had an obsession with finding all the McLeans. I wanted to ensure that everyone from my family was commemorated. My idea of Anzac has changed completely since returning. Now I understand the sacrifice and commitment shown by the soldiers. As soon as you are there and you see a grave with the inscription age 17, that’s confronting.”

Voices from Afar is proudly supported by the Queensland Government and is on display until 27 September 2015. For more information on the installation and the Distant Lines exhibition visit qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au

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

17 Aug 2015

What’s your Queensland Book of the Year?

What’s your Queensland Book of the Year?

Voting is now open for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year as part of the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards program.

State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the shortlist for the competition, which features popular local authors Nick Earls and Kari Gislason, and opened voting to the public to decide who will take out the $10,000 prize.

“The People’s Choice award is a key category in the Queensland Literary Awards, celebrating great writing by local authors and giving readers the power to decide the winner,” said Ms Wright.

“The incredible diversity of Queensland writing talent is highlighted in the 2015 shortlist which includes crime reporting, family memoir, and some inspiring and creative new fiction.

“Queenslanders are avid readers and writers, with 84% of people reading or engaging in some form of creative writing. It is wonderful to have the support of The Courier-Mail for this award where readers become the judging panel,” she said.

The Courier-Mail editor Christopher Dore said the shortlisted titles showed the diversity and richness of content being produced by Queensland authors.

"This award is a great way for Queenslanders to show their support for local authors. The winner will join a prestigious group of previous recipients including surgeon Kellee Slater and internationally renowned writer Kate Morton,” Mr Dore said.

Patrick Holland, one of the nominated authors, received a Queensland Writers Fellowship in 2013, and won the Emerging Queensland Author – Manuscript Award in 2005. This is testament to how important competitions like these are to supporting, nurturing and developing local writing talent.

Members of the public can vote for their favourite shortlisted book at the Queensland Literary Awards website qldliteraryawards.org.au until 18 September.

The winner will be announced at the Queensland Literary Awards ceremony in October.

In 2015 the Queensland government is providing funding of $5,000 to match the $5,000 sponsorship for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year for a total prize of $10,000.


The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award Shortlist 2015

  • Analogue Men, Nick Earls (Random House Australia)
  • Navigatio, Patrick Holland (Transit Lounge Publishing)
  • Nest, Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia)
  • The Ash Burner, Kari Gislason (UQP)
  • Joe's Fruit Shop and Milk Bar, Zoe Boccabella (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • On the Road…. With Kids, John Ahern (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay, David Murray (Random House Australia)
  • From Convict to Politician, Mary Lou  Simpson (Boolarong Press)


Media enquiries
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7784 | stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au

31 Jul 2015

Queensland Business History Award recipient announced

Queensland Business History Award recipient announced

Brisbane Racing Club received the honour of the 2015 Queensland Business History Award at last night’s Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Business History Award, presented by State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School as part of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame partnership, recognises leadership in collecting, preserving and sharing business history.

“This annual award promotes the importance of good record keeping and preservation and acknowledges companies that protect and promote their corporate history and heritage collections,” Ms Wright said.

“This year’s recipient, Brisbane Racing Club, holds more than 140 years of racing administration experience. The club formed in July 2009 as a result of a merger between the Queensland Turf Club, which dated back to 1865, and the Brisbane Turf Club — an amalgamation that was the first of its kind for the Australian racing industry.”

Brisbane Racing Club preserves the history of thoroughbred horse racing in Queensland in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Racing History Association with its heritage unit, archives, engagement activities and Old Tote Racing Museum.

The museum showcases intriguing historical items such as trophies, early photos of horses, jockeys, committee members and racecourses, Queensland racing calendars dating back to 1887, Queensland Turf Club entries from 1890, historic racing books, trophies and memorabilia.

Located at Eagle Farm racecourse, the Old Tote Racing Museum is open by appointment and on race days. At nearby Doomben, the Archives of historic books, papers and photographs is open every Wednesday or by appointment.

“Photos, receipts, annual reports, film archive, posters, internal magazines and oral histories all play a part in telling Queensland’s business narrative,” Ms Wright said.

“Brisbane Racing Club is a great example of an organisation that is showing excellence in conservation works and most importantly sharing its fascinating history with the general public.”

Preserving business records helps co-create Queensland’s memory for future generations and State Library of Queensland encourages all businesses to follow Brisbane Racing Club’s lead.

For more information on the award and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame visit www.halloffame.slq.qld.gov.au

Media enquiries: Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

23 Jul 2015

Thinking outside the box: State Library launches Australia’s first Ideas Box in Mapoon

Thinking outside the box: State Library launches Australia’s first Ideas Box in Mapoon

State Library of Queensland today launched Australia’s first Ideas Box in the remote community of Mapoon, enabling access to technology, and creative and learning opportunities.

The Ideas Box is a revolutionary, portable media centre conceived by international NGO Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières), to provide vulnerable and isolated populations access to books, technology, and information.

Designed by renowned French designer Philippe Starck, the Ideas Box fits on two pallets, is a robust library in a box, can be tailored to different communities, and can be installed in less than 30 minutes in any environment, so long as there is a roof and 100 square metres floor space.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the Ideas Box presented the opportunity for the 350 people living in Mapoon to experience a state-of-the-art library service.

“Libraries play an important role in communities today, and are often used as community hubs for creative opportunities and skills development,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Ideas Box will provide a place where community members can come together for social activities, to pursue personal interests and continue on their path of lifelong learning,” she said.

State Librarian Janette Wright said this was the first time an Ideas Box had been deployed in the southern hemisphere.

“State Library is committed to enhancing Queenslanders’ access to information, resources and programs that inspire learning, creativity, curiosity and innovation, in partnership with over 325 public libraries and 25 Indigenous Knowledge Centres,” Ms Wright said.

“Remote communities like Mapoon face unique challenges, and it can be difficult for them to access new technology, cultural and learning resources and opportunities, that many Queenslanders take for granted.

“State Library has been working closely with Libraries Without Borders, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, and State Library of Western Australia to introduce the first Ideas Box in Australia, to give these communities currently without an Indigenous Knowledge Centre an opportunity to experience state-of-the-art library services,” she said.

Libraries Without Borders Chairman Patrick Weil said each Ideas Box unfolds to create a customised library and media centre, with internet access and its own power source. It includes a library module, an IT module with internet connection, a cinema module, and administration module, as well as contents such as tablet devices, books and games that have been selected in consultation with the Mapoon community.

“The Ideas Box is a remarkable toolbox that empowers children and adults alike to pave foundations for a self-reliant future,” Mr Weil said.

The Ideas Box will remain in Mapoon for six months, and will then be relocated to the Kowanyama community for six months. The program will also be rolled-out to remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia in 2016.

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor, Peter Guivarra, said he was thrilled that the Mapoon community will be host to the first Ideas Box in Australia.

“Through the implementation of the Ideas Box, the Council is aiming to: create a culture of learning in the community; engage our young people in a style of learning that suits them; and provide wider community access for skills development,” Mr Guivarra said.

“The employment of a local Ideas Box Coordinator will help us ensure this social legacy lives on, long after the Ideas Box moves on.

“The collection of books selected by the community for the Ideas Box will stay with the community after the Ideas Box leaves Mapoon, along with the learning and knowledge gained from the Ideas Box which will assist Council in transitioning to ongoing library services,” he said.

The Ideas Box rollout in Australia is being led by State Library of Queensland in partnership with Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières), Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council and Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, and with the support of the Puma Energy Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and Queensland Library Foundation.

For more information about the Ideas Box see www.ideas-box.org

Interview opportunities

State Library of Queensland
Director Regional Access and Public Libraries
Ross Duncan

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council
Mayor
Peter Guivarra

Libraries Without Borders
Ideas Box International Program Manager
Pierre Chevalier

Images available upon request.

Media enquiries

Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7784 | stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au

23 Jun 2015

Last chance to enter Young Writers Award

Last chance to enter Young Writers Award

Aspiring young writers have until 17 July to enter their short story in State Library's Young Writers Award, and kick-start their literary career.

Now in its twentieth year, this annual short story competition was a great opportunity for young writers to gain exposure to the publishing industry and receive invaluable professional development opportunities.

"Queensland is home to many talented young creatives, and it is competitions like the Young Writers Award that help unearth that talent, providing the support and encouragement needed to further their literary careers," Ms Wright said.

"State Library is committed to cultivating the talents and careers of emerging young writers in Queensland.

"I encourage all 15 to 25 year old Queenslanders to channel their creativity and determination, and share stories that are meaningful to them," she said.

The winner of the 18-25 year old category will receive $2,000 prize money, along with a 12 month membership to the Queensland Writers Centre and the Australian Writer's Marketplace online, a Brisbane Writers Festival pack and admission to a Queensland Writers Centre industry seminar.

The winner of the 15-17 year old category will receive an Apple iPad air 2, a $100 iTunes gift voucher, a 12 month membership to the Queensland Writers Centre and admission to a Story lab holiday workshop at State Library of Queensland.

If you're thinking of entering, here are some tips on how to get noticed:

  • Be confident in your writing
  • Relax and don't try too hard. Use language that comes naturally to you and when you're writing, try to let it flow.
  • Judges are looking for stories with distinctive and interesting characters and plots – get to know who your characters are and where your plot is going first, and the language will follow.
  • They're all good ideas, but don't try to cram them all into one piece. Think about your core themes and characters and stick by them – your loyalty will pay off in the end.

The Young Writers Award closes at 5pm on Friday 17 July 2015. For entry details and to read past winning stories visit SLQ's What's On page.

The Young Writers Award is funded by State Library of Queensland and supported by Queensland Writers Centre, Brisbane Writers Festival and Australian Writer's Marketplace.

Media enquiries:
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
07 3842 7784 | stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au

22 Jun 2015

State Library celebrates new chapter for Indigenous writing

State Library celebrates new chapter for Indigenous writing

Four new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors join State Library of Queensland's black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing team in 2015.

State Librarian Janette Wright announced the 2015 black&write! Writing Fellows as creative writing graduate Jannali Jones and law student Alison Whittaker.

"The quality of manuscripts received this year has demonstrated that Australia's Indigenous writing community is constantly growing, thriving and evolving," said Ms Wright.

"Jannali, a Krowathunkoolong woman of the Kurnai nation, is an upcoming literary star. Her work 'My Father's Shadow' is an atmospheric mystery about secrets, guilt, young love and an 18-year-old girl's journey to reconcile her past," she said.

"Alison's work, 'Lemons in the Chicken Wire', is a collection of poems about family, displacement, identity and love. Alison, a Gomeroi woman from Gunnedah and Tamworth, skilfully draws on these themes and the resulting work signals the arrival of a stunning and honest new voice in Australian poetry."

The two Writing Fellows, both based in Sydney, will each receive $10,000 prize money, manuscript development with the black&write! editorial team, and publication of their entry by Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books.

For the first time since 2010, State Library also welcomes two Editing Interns to the black&write! team with support from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

"State Library established the black&write! project to help counter the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the publishing industry. These Editing Internships are an unparalleled opportunity to produce Indigenous editors of Indigenous writing," said Ms Wright.

The black&write! Editing Interns for 2015-2016 are Grace Lucas-Pennington, a young Yugembeh/Bundjalung woman with a background in radio broadcasting, and Yasmin Smith Rockhampton, a QUT creative writing graduate and Queensland Writers Centre workshop coordinator.

Grace and Yasmin commenced work with State Library's black&write! team earlier this year and will work on the 2015 winning manuscripts from Writing Fellows Jannali and Alison.

Inaugural Editing Intern Ellen van Neerven is now black&write! Senior Editor. As a first time author, Ellen won the prestigious David Unaipon Award for 2013 for her debut novel Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), which is nationally acclaimed and has been nominated in several prize lists this year.

"Ellen is a prime example of how the black&Write! project is contributing to our national literary community, and ensuring that our unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are represented," said Ms Wright.

Visit black&write! for more information on the Indigenous Writing and Editing project and other works produced by the team.

Entries for the 2016 Writing Fellowships open late 2015.

Interview opportunities

2015 black&write! Writing Fellows:
Jannali Jones 'My Father's Shadow'
Alison Whittaker 'Lemons in the Chicken Wire' 

2015 black&write! Editing Interns:
Grace Lucas-Pennington
Yasmin Smith

High resolution images available upon request.

Media enquiries
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

17 Jun 2015

New grants announced for innovative digital memorial projects

New grants announced for innovative digital memorial projects

State Library of Queensland has announced $100,000 will be awarded to ten community projects to help build Queensland's story of the First World War.

The grants for community based organisations have been allocated to help communities build a digital memorial of the Queensland experience of the First World War using the social media platform Historypin.

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history. The platform allows users to explore and contribute photos, video and audio.

Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Historypin grants are a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to some of the 57,700 Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Historypin captures the essence of Queensland's experience of the First World War — it's where local communities and organisations can share their knowledge and stories.

"Historypin provides a great platform for grant recipients to reach new audiences, helping them to learn about the impact of the First World War on Queensland," Ms Enoch said.

State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library of Queensland is capturing local stories related to the centenary of the First World War, noting in particular how we commemorate today, as part of a four year legacy project Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation.

"Communities are discovering and contributing local stories and personal histories of those who served and those who stayed behind. Communities are also being invited to develop creative responses and build a digital legacy for future generations," Ms Wright said.

The ten special projects receiving Historypin project grants represent regions across the state including Burke Shire, Blackall, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Noosa, Innisfail and Logan.

Projects funded are very diverse and showcase the unique and innovative responses to First World War centenary commemorative events. For example, Logan Library will research, explore and share the stories of descendents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen to ensure they are captured and able to be shared with future generations. 

Wartime songs performed by Voices of Birralee will accompany the stories of choristers who this year traveled to Villers-Bretonneux in France and stories of their broader community's defence musicians from times past.

Fraser Coast Council working in partnership with the Maryborough and Wide Bay Historical Society are exploring the themes of patriotism through historical community activity.

"Q ANZAC 100 captures living memories of Queensland's experiences during and after the First World War and provides opportunities for organisations and individuals across Queensland to learn about, understand and contribute to the centenary of the First World War.

"Q ANZAC 100 is a contemporary commemoration where together we will build new knowledge, skills and online resources — creating a digital legacy for future generations to gain greater understanding of the Queensland experiences of the First World War," she said.

For more information about the project or grant recipients visit Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation or follow the conversation online with @slqld #distantlines #qanzac100 and #ww1.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Media enquiries
Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

16 Jun 2015

Inaugural APDL Connect installation unveiled at State Library

Inaugural APDL Connect installation unveiled at State Library

Queenslanders are invited to explore the idea of 'cultural influence on design' through the inaugural APDL Connect installation, which was unveiled at State Library today.

The APDL Connect Project, a new initiative of State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), fosters collaboration between APDL and the Asia Pacific design community through the creation of new and innovative content within the APDL Design Lounge. In doing so, the project documents a design project from concept to completion, providing audiences access to an inspiring exemplar of design process.

The winning design proposal was jointly developed by Beijing-based designers Ray Yuen, Andrew Brett and Tak Lee, and Brisbane-based designer Lauren Fenwick, in response to a regional workshop they held in the Woods Bagot Beijing and Brisbane offices, exploring the idea of 'cultural DNA'.

State Librarian Janette Wright said library visitors can engage with the installation, using string to map out their life journeys, connecting different Asia Pacific locations that are represented by timber poles.

"The design will evolve over time, visually representing the diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences of both designers and visitors who engage with the installation," Ms Wright said.

"The APDL Connect Project is a great example of how we are building relationships with the wider Asia Pacific design community to promote contemporary design thinking and analysis, and create new content for Queenslanders to engage with," she said.

Senior Associate Ray Yuen, from Woods Bagot Beijing office, said he was thrilled to be at State Library to celebrate the launch and see the design installed in the APDL Design Lounge.

"We can't wait to see what the installation evolves into over the coming year," Mr Yuen said.

"We home that the project will promote discussion on design identity and culture, and the future of design collaboration in the Asia Pacific region," he said.

The installation will be on display in State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library until May 2016.

Media enquiries:
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
07 3842 7784 | stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au

12 Jun 2015

Distant Lines exhibition continues to delight with installations and events

Distant Lines exhibition continues to delight with installations and events

Following opening celebrations, State Library's Distant Lines exhibition is offering plenty of activities, talks, installations and community events in the lead up to school holidays.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the response to Distant Lines has been very positive with great reviews received and nearly 18,000 people walking through the doors so far.

"In addition to the exhibitions in SLQ Gallery and Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery there is an exciting public program on offer for families to explore and reflect on the centenary of the First World War. Bring the whole family to SLQ on Saturday 11 July for Comforts from the home front, a community day on the best veranda in town — the Queensland Terrace — to experience food, crafts, games and stories from the First World War period," Ms Wright said.

Distant Lines aims to educate people of all ages about Queensland's experience of the First World War with many of State Library's precious First World War collections on display that have never been seen by the public before.

Community engagement is an important part of the exhibition and events program with several opportunities available for visitors to reflect on the profound long-term impact the war had on families, lifestyle, ideas and technology.

From home with love — a tactile installation by The Stitchery Collective on display in SLQ Gallery — features three small 'sets' to visit and engage with. Each set corresponds to a character or group of people affected by the war: a young soldier in the trenches, a nurse in a field hospital, and a Queensland family at home. Visitors are invited to touch and wear garments whilst listening to an audio tour which explores the feelings and memories that cloth can evoke and tell stories related to that piece.

Knit your bit Saturdays on the first and third Saturday of each month offers a wonderful chance for visitors to get hands on — they can collaboratively crochet, construct and decorate an ever-growing comforter with fellow crafters.

One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World war there are still stories to be told, memories to be shared, and hidden treasures to discover. Make a visit to Distant Lines to experience the unique Queensland experience of the war — before, during and after.

For full program details visit the Q ANZAC 100 website or follow the conversation online with @slqld #distantlines #qanzac100 and #ww1

Distant Lines, as part of State Library's Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

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

9 Jun 2015

Queensland public libraries embrace emerging technologies

Queensland public libraries embrace emerging technologies

Exciting new Queensland public library projects will soon launch in 15 councils throughout Queensland thanks to State Library's Technology Trendsetters 2015 grant round.

Grants totalling over $228,000 will enable councils to creatively incorporate emerging technologies and 21st Century online services in their public libraries.

State Librarian and CEO Janette Wright said the Technology Trendsetters grants aim to enhance communities' access to online information, encourage online engagement and develop digital literacy skills of library staff and the community.

"This year we received an overwhelming response of applications and are pleased to announce that every council was successfully awarded the funding amount requested," Ms Wright said.

"The diversity of creative project proposals demonstrates that libraries play an important role as 'Technology Trendsetters' and are used as community hubs for digital engagement, exploration and skill development.

"An example is Noosa Shire Council's innovative 'Robots for everyone' project which introduces cutting-edge robotics technology to the community through a series of learning and social programs based on a fully programmable NAO humanoid robot.

"Use of this robot in a library is a first for Australia and shows how libraries are places for communities to interact with and learn about new technologies."

Projects range from the creation of an 'e-space' for online group training in Maryborough (Fraser Coast Regional Council); electronics, robotics and coding sessions for children throughout Brisbane (Brisbane City Council); and implementation of modern scanning facilities in Gympie libraries to help form an online historic record of the Gympie region using the Historypin platform.

Technology Trendsetters is one of the four themes of The Next Horizon: Vision 2017 for Queensland public libraries, developed by the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Public Libraries Association and the Local Government Association of Queensland.

VISION 2017 is the strategic roadmap for the future of public libraries in Queensland for 2013-2017.

For more information on VISION 2017 and upcoming projects in all 15 locations visit Public Libraries Connect.

The successful public libraries will start developing their projects from 30 June 2015.

Media enquiries:
Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
07 3840 9083 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

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