2012 media releases

For more information about any of these stories or about current or earlier releases, please contact Marketing and Communications on +61 7 3842 9847 or by email to marketing@slq.qld.gov.au.

22 May 2012

State Library champions family literacy during Library and Information Week

CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright has invited Queenslanders to celebrate Library and Information Week (20-26 May) as a highlight of this year’s National Year of Reading.

“Reading a story to children is a sure-fire way to bring home the message of National Year of Reading, that literacy can greatly enrich the lives of people every day.”

Ms Wright said Library and Information Week was a way for libraries to show the valuable role that public library professionals played in providing literacy services to the community.

“As part of this week’s activities, the State Library is leading a forum for public library professionals to come together and gather ideas about successful literacy initiatives to bring back to their own communities,” she said.

“The forum will look at innovative programs that deliver family-centred literacy activities, usually involving parents or carers and their children, and focus on the importance of intergenerational activity in the development of literacy.”

Visit www.love2read.org.au and www.alia.org.au/liw to find out more about Library and Information Week around Australia.

24 May 2012

Discover the diversity of Queensland cultures at State Library

The extraordinary diversity of migration to Queensland is the focus of a special Discovery Day at the State Library.

State Librarian Janette Wright said, “The John Oxley Library Discovery Day on 2 June, during Queensland Week, is a fantastic way to explore the everyday treasures of many people born far away who now call Queensland home.”

“From Australian South Sea Islanders to Russian migrants, there are so many cultures that have made their mark on Queensland."

“People can find photos, documents and oral histories with personal stories from our migrant communities held in State Library’s John Oxley Library collection,” she said.

The Discovery Day free program will include international food on sale at The Library Café, music and dance performances, talks, tours of the Floodlines exhibition now open at the State Library and a Damper Station morning tea.

Visit what's on to view the full John Oxley Library Discovery Day program.

18 May 2012

Umagico gets its own Indigenous Knowledge Centre

Umagico is Queensland’s 21st remote community to get its own unique library service, in the form of an Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC).

State Library of Queensland CEO Janette Wright said the Umagico Knowledge Centre in the Northern Peninsula Area opens on 25 May, and will provide a place to record, preserve and share local history and traditions.

15 May 2012

Celebrate and take reconciliAction at State Library

Indigenous hip-hop heavyweights The Last Kinection will headline a free celebration at State Library of Queensland to kick off Reconciliation Week in Brisbane.

While live music and arts will take centre stage, reconciliAction @ SLQ on Sunday 27 May is a chance for young people to take control of reconciliation.

15 May 2012

Weird and wonderful oddities on display at State Library

Odd things are happening at State Library of Queensland as The Odditoreum, a free family exhibition, prepares to open on Saturday 26 May.

State Librarian Janette Wright said The Odditoreum, a travelling exhibition from Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, features a selection of weird, wonderful and wacky curiosities to ignite the imagination of both young and old.

14 May 2012

State Library hosts Indigenous art that packs a punch

A new exhibition now open at the State Library of Queensland celebrates the work of Queensland’s leading Indigenous arts collective proppaNOW.

This exhibition presents a social history of the proppaNOW collective, which was established in Brisbane in 2006 to give urban-based Aboriginal artists a voice.

Using a constantly innovative approach across a range of different media such as video, drawings,paintings, sculpture and installation, proppaNOW presents a perspective of our country’s culture designed to confront and provoke thought.

The collective is comprised of well-known artists Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey, Laurie Nilsen and Megan Cope.

The proppaNOW exhibition is open daily at State Library from 14 May until 10 September. There will also be A Night by the Fire series of monthly talks with the artists.

More information and the events program

2 Apr 2012

Floodlines tells Queensland's story

The resilience of Queenslanders in times of adversity is at the heart of Floodlines, a new exhibition opening this coming weekend at State Library.

State Librarian Janette Wright said Floodlines was about Queensland’s people and stories and the strength of community.

“This is a special project that shares contemporary and historical memories of Queensland’s floods - making sense of the past and celebrating the spirit of recovery,” Ms Wright said.

“As we remember, reflect and rebuild from the devastating natural disasters of the summer of 2010-11, and more recently, it is timely to pay tribute to the resilience and community spirit of Queenslanders."

15 Mar 2012

Investigative journalist’s notes given to State Library for safe-keeping

Award-winning investigative journalist Phil Dickie, whose articles helped to uncover Queensland corruption in the 1980s, has donated his research notes to the State Library of Queensland.

This collection of Mr Dickie’s personal papers includes the raw materials, notes, interviews and records used to write the famous articles published in The Courier-Mail in 1987.

The articles alleged that widespread criminal activity in Queensland was linked to police corruption and organised crime, and were a catalyst for the Commission of Inquiry, led by Tony Fitzgerald QC, which became known as the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright said that the inquiry and its consequences mark a pivotal point in Queensland’s history that is important to capture for future generations.

“This donation is a wonderful addition to State Library’s existing political collections, including items that are now on display as part of Politics & persuasion at slq,” Ms Wright said.

Politics & persuasion is a showcase of the state’s political campaigns and commentary. It includes Queensland Votes, a display of election ephemera from a wide range of Queensland political parties, such as Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s campaigns.

“There is also an exhibition of the Brisbane underground magazine Cane Toad Times, which was published in the 1970s and 1980s and set out to poke fun at and expose Queensland corruption.”

The Cane Toad Times exhibition is open daily until 25 March and the Queensland Votes election display will be open until 7 May.

Find out more about Politics & persuasion at slq or contact State Library’s John Oxley Library to access the Phil Dickie collection.

14 Mar 2012

Reading habits of a language lover

Language expert and Chairperson of the Library Board of Queensland, Professor Emeritus Roly Sussex OAM, said Australians should read anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

In an interview for the National Year of Reading, Reading Ambassador Professor Sussex said that he reads whenever he can grab a moment, including on an exercise bike, and encourages others to do the same.

“Reading is fun. Whether you read in solitude or with your children or friends, it’s fun,” Professor Sussex said.

Visit www.love2read.org.au to read the full interview with Professor Emeritus Roly Sussex OAM and to find out more about National Year of Reading events and initiatives.

State Library of Queensland is proud to be a founding partner behind the National Year of Reading along with other National and State Libraries and Library Associations.

13 Mar 2012

$20,000 research fellowship to document Queensland history

State Library of Queensland has invited nominations for its 2012 John Oxley Library Fellowship, valued at $20 000.

“The John Oxley Library Fellowship offers a cash component of $20 000 along with the opportunity for the recipient to have their own personal work space within the State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library,” Louise Denoon, Executive Manager, Queensland Memory said.

“With this fellowship, the winner will have the information-rich collections and resources of the John Oxley Library at their fingertips.

“The fellowship is aimed at those with a particular Queensland story to tell, and who would welcome the chance to work in their own space within the John Oxley Library.”

Nominations for the 2012 John Oxley Library Fellowship close at 5pm, Tuesday 10 April 2012.

The recipient will be announced at the Queensland Memory Awards ceremony on 2 June.

Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more information.

26 Jan 2012

Library Chair wins Australia Day Award

One of Australia’s best-known language experts and Library Board of Queensland Chair, Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex, has been named in the Australia Day 2012 Honours List.

Professor Sussex has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the development and understanding of languages in Australia.

Arts Minister Rachel Nolan congratulated Professor Sussex on receiving the prestigious honour.

“Roly has dedicated his life’s work to the development and understanding of languages in Australia and it is wonderful to see recognition of this,” Ms Nolan said.

“He is a master of the English language, an enthusiastic student of many languages and a warm and generous man. We are fortunate to have his passion and expertise on Library Board of Queensland.”

Professor Sussex has served as Chair of the Library Board of Queensland, the governing body of the State Library, since 2009.

21 May 2012

State Library helps Queenslanders “Design for Disasters”

Responding to natural disasters around Australia, architects are reconceptualising the structure of our homes and communities, paving the way for innovative and disaster proof designs.

As part of State Library's Floodlines exhibition you can join the conversation as Queensland architects discuss Designing for Disasters on Tuesday 29 May.

Architects will talk about their projects and infrastructure following disasters, provide homeowners with advice on how to make their homes more flood resilient, and reflect on some of the volunteer programs carried out in the most recent floods.

One of the speakers will be James Davidson of Emergency Architects Australia (EAA), a group which coordinated a large volunteer effort during the 2010-11 floods.

Mr Davidson said EAA had provided guidance to uninsured home owners, and continued to focus on rebuilding and redesigning homes which had been destroyed by flood waters.

“EAA volunteers have undertaken more than 220 in-home flood assessments and worked with more than 1000 families through community meetings in 34 suburbs in Ipswich and Brisbane,” he said.

“More than 60 registered architects and 100 students and graduate architects gave their time to the project.”

Mr Davidson said Queenslanders did not necessarily need to rebuild in order to protect their homes against floods.

“I would recommend looking into how they can adapt their houses for greater flood resilience. “Rather than being reactionary, I believe the best option for homeowners is to design for resilience in choosing appropriate construction systems and material selections that will withstand flooding.”

Designing for Disasters
Tuesday 29 May at 6.30pm
State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings at slq.eventbrite.com or 3840 7768

29 Jun 2012

State Library creates a new online home for design thinking

State Library has launched Design Online, a new public web space for exchanging ideas and generating knowledge around design in the Asia Pacific.

State Librarian Janette Wright said design thinking is becoming an increasingly recognised tool for exploring complex 21st century problems.

“Last year we welcomed world-leading visionary, innovator, designer and author Bruce Mau to speak at State Library,” said Ms Wright.  “Bruce has a reputation for interdisciplinary and purpose-driven design innovation, and believes the power of design is boundless and has the capacity to bring positive change on a global scale.

“He challenged us to see the entire world as a design project, encouraging people to look at solving global problems with innovative, home-grown and thoughtful solutions.

“Design Online www.designonline.org.au is a unique platform that will go a long way to helping achieve this,” she said.

“Through Design Online, industry, academia and the public can share in a global discussion, and access the best digital content in the form of vodcasts, podcasts, articles, events, workshops and exhibitions.

“Based around the idea of ‘creative propulsion’, the design community can also author content, building on the ideas of others and generating new knowledge and understanding,” said Ms Wright.

The website has been developed by State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), in collaboration with the broader design community.

APDL have also created Design Minds, an educational site launched in conjunction with Design Online.

Design Minds www.designminds.org.au provides public access to design education content, increases the capacity of Queensland teachers to teach creativity and design, and gives young people access to world-class design projects and activities.

Design Online and Design Minds were launched on 28 June at the 2012 Queensland Smart Design Awards.

Design Minds is proudly supported by Arts Queensland in the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts and endorsed by QUEENSLANDERSIGN™ an initiative of the Queensland Design Council.

15 Feb 2012

Saving family treasures in the wake of floods

The State Library of Queensland offers advice to those affected by this season's floods on how to salvage their family's keepsakes.

The State Library has developed online preservation guides for those Queenslanders affected by flood for quick and simple intervention to potentially save their treasured photographs, books, papers, artworks and videos.

The State Library has made the following preservation guides available online:
- Caring for your collections: Recovery of water damaged collections
- Salvaging water damaged collections
- Caring for your collections: Mould – how to salvage and prevent it
- Caring for your collections: Freezing water damaged and insect infested collections

Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/pres/advice for more information or contact the State Library’s Conservation team at conservation@slq.qld.gov.au.

3 Jan 2012

State Library staff member celebrates 50 year anniversary

Assistant conservator Sidney Furber has celebrated his 50th anniversary working at State Library of Queensland.

‘Sid’ Furber commenced working at State Library in 1961 and was the first apprentice hand bookbinder/finisher ever recruited by the library.

He is now the longest serving staff member of State Library.

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