Cultural diversity award for State Library of Queensland

State Library was, on Saturday, announced as the winner of the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award in the Public Sector category.

The Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support Queensland’s cultural diversity and help build an inclusive, harmonious community.

State Librarian Janette Wright said she was thrilled to win the prestigious award.

She said, “The State Library of Queensland serves all Queenslanders and we take that responsibility seriously.”

“We have an extensive collection in Languages Other Than English comprising over 90.000 items in 50 different languages including books, DVDs, and CDs. Items can be borrowed via your local public library”

The State Library’s Creative Community Computing program is run in conjunction with organisations like the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) and the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma. The program teaches participants the skills they need for IT self-sufficiency – working with recycled computer hardware and free and open-source software.

Ms Wright said SLQ’s Mobile Media Lab was a program actively targeting young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“The media lab is a production hub and training resource enabling young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to develop skills in media production, create stories that are meaningful to their community, and distribute them to the wider community. At the moment we are working with diverse communities, including Muslim young people creating digital stories exploring their experiences in Australia.”

“We are also sharing stories from Queensland’s multicultural festivals by documenting the heritage of the Australian-Italian Festival, the Pacific Unity Festival, and the Africa Day celebrations."

“State Library is developing a Cultural Diversity Engagement Framework – replacing our Multicultural Action Plan – that will outline how we work with multicultural communities. Our Content Strategy also expresses our commitment to making sure Queensland’s multicultural heritage is represented in our collections.”

“We have a number of human resource initiatives in place including our very successful Work & Welcome program in partnership with MDA. The program, which is funded through staff donations, offers short-term paid work experience for recently arrived refugees and migrants to help them settle successfully into their new home country.”

We have hosted two Work & Welcome placements to date with both individuals going on to secure further work with SLQ on completion of their work experience.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the State Library's winning this award highlighted its role as a cultural leader within the community.
 
"State Library is there to serve all Queenslanders," Mr Walker said.

"Its programs are tailored to engage as many of us as possible, including multicultural communities. It delivers these programs in a variety of ways, both digitally and in person, which helps people get involved."

"This award highlights the State Library’s achievement of helping deliver the arts to all Queenslanders, wherever they live, wherever they were born.”

The awards were announced at the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards gala dinner on Saturday 30 August 2014.

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


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