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