Information and resources for public library staff that promote the value of public libraries and the importance of providing a quality library service to local communities.
State Library of Queensland commissioned QUT to explore the impact of libraries as creative spaces (2016). The Creative Spaces Impact Framework, developed and refined throughout the research, helps libraries to plan and evaluate creative activities.
The Library Dividend is a major independent study of the socio-economic contribution of Queensland’s public libraries. The study was commissioned by State Library of Queensland in 2011 and was funded by the Expanding Horizons Public Library Grant as a state-wide research project.
Advancing Queensland’s Public Libraries Research
Advancing Queensland’s Public Libraries: A Research Report for State Library of Queensland (PDF 2.01 MB) (2016) set out to identify the common goal that Queensland public libraries are working towards; the enablers and barriers in reaching that goal; and the role of State Library of Queensland in the transformation. Conducted by PwC Chair in Digital Economy at Queensland University of Technology and supported by SLQ’s VISION 2017 funding, the findings of the study corroborate the relevance of the key priority areas in the Advancing Queensland Public Libraries Discussion Paper (PDF 628 KB) and subsequent analysis, as well as VISION 2017. For a brief snapshot of the findings, read this summary (PDF 2.26 MB) or download this infographic (PNG 565 KB).
We asked for input from Queensland public library staff on the key priority areas and support needs of Queensland public libraries through face to face consultations and an online survey about the Advancing Queensland Public Libraries Discussion Paper. This feedback indicated 10 key priority areas and suggested areas for action. Read the Summary of Findings (PDF 589.5 KB).
Public Libraries in a Digital Culture
Public Libraries in a Digital Culture (PDF 838 KB) (2015) evaluates recent and existing State Library of Queensland (SLQ) initiatives in relation to information technology and communications using ethnographic techniques. The University of Melbourne report gathers data collected from interviews with several stakeholders and considers contemporary developments in library practices and digital media.
Other State Library of Queensland research
- First 5 Forever is about improving the outcomes for all Queensland children 0-5 years by supporting confidence around communication and learning through everyday experiences. The Why it’s important section of the website provides links to research showing the valuable role parents and caregivers’ have in supporting their child’s early development. Read the First5Forever family literacy initiative for Queensland evaluation 2015 full report.
- Led by Queensland University of Technology, the Fostering Digital Participation Project aims to identify the specific digital needs and practices of residents in regional and rural Australia in the context of the implementation of high speed internet. The Social Living Lab toolkit provides basic guidance for people and institutions aiming to foster digital participation in their community.
- Digital Equity and Social Inclusion (PDF 987 KB) (2016) is a QUT Master of Library and Information Science student project exploring the role that Queensland public libraries and effective digital policy play in bridging the digital divide.
- Bridging the digital divide: Loanable Wi-Fi Hotspots (PDF 2.37 MB) (2015), SLQ supported research, describes existing models of delivery, and issues to consider, when exploring the possibility of implementing a similar service in libraries.
- Reading toward the future: best practice guidelines for developing tablet lending policies in public libraries (DOC 750 KB) (2014) evaluates 30 tablet lending policies from a selected sample of domestic and international public libraries. The report is the result of an SLQ and QUT collaboration which support Master of Information Science students.
- Small Rural Libraries: alternative service delivery models (PDF 68.6 KB) - This paper presents an overview of service delivery models for providing library services in small rural communities - June 2012.
- Vending machine collection dispensers in libraries (PDF 472.0KB) - Several public libraries are exploring the possibilities of vending technology to extend access to collections and bring library services into both high traffic community spaces and places where full library services would not be feasible.
- Joint-use libraries: a planning checklist (PDF 43.2 KB) discusses the various benefits and disadvantages of joint-use libraries and provides a checklist of issues to be considered in their planning - May 2011.
- For a selection of public library socio-economic value studies, visit The Library Dividend page.
Digital Futures & Citizenship
- Measuring Australia’s Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016 has been created to measure the level of digital inclusion across the Australian population, and to monitor this level over time. The measure includes three key aspects: Access, Affordability, and Digital Ability.
- Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016: Developing the digital workforce to drive growth in the future examines how digital disruption is changing industries and occupations across the economy, and the importance of workforce development in driving future growth in the digital economy.
- A smart move: Future-proofing Australia’s workforce by growing skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) (2015) argues the case for growing the STEM workforce and identifies the benefits and impact on businesses and the Australian economy broadly.
- Australia’s future workforce? (2015) focuses on what jobs and skills we need to develop to ensure our economy continues to grow and diversify.
- Tinder Foundation, a charity which supports digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital, shares interesting papers, research reports and other documents. Read the findings of the Library Digital Inclusion Fund Action Research Project and Literature Review: Digital Skills for the Hardest to Reach.
The future of libraries
- Future Libraries (2015) brings to light significant trends that will influence the future of public, academic and corporate libraries and outlines the implications on their design, operation and user experience. The ARUP publication is the result of a collective exploration through series of workshop events held in London, Melbourne, San Francisco and Sydney, attended by experts in the design and management of libraries.
- The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn (PDF 2 MB) (2015) is a compilation by OCLC Research, providing a sequential overview of user behaviour research findings that articulate the need for the design of future library services to be all about the user.
- Design Thinking for Libraries: A toolkit for patron-centred design (2014) introduces an approach to improving libraries through creative problem solving.
- Innovation Study: Challenges and Opportunities for Australia’s Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (2014) finds that digital innovation in the sector is inconsistent and isolated, and provides a roadmap to maximise the potential of the digital economy.
- Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries (2014) is designed to support the impactful work that United States public libraries do for their communities. Produced by The Aspen Institute, the report includes Strategies for Success and Action Steps (PDF 466 KB) to advance progress toward a renewed vision for public libraries.
- The new work order: ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for the jobs of the future, not the past (2015) outlines the critical role STEM has in building Australia’s future innovators and problems solvers. Recommendations make clear that business, government and educators must work together to create the STEM workforce Australia needs.
- Unlimited Potential is an online data and information resource on young Australians. The Foundation for Young Australians resource explores the evidence on who are young people, the challenges they face and how they are contributing and leading change.
- Digital lives of older Australians (2016) explores the levels of online engagement of older Australians, including differences in demographic profiles of older internet users and non-users.
- Active, Engaged, Valued: Older People and NSW Public Libraries (PDF 565 KB) (2006) is an issues paper regarding the planning of services for seniors in libraries.
- Dropping off the Edge 2015 identifies areas of disadvantage in every state and territory of Australia and uncovers the web of factors that must be solved for these communities, and Australia, to thrive.
- Informed Librarian Online is a monthly compilation of the most recent library and information-related publications. Subscribe to the newsletter to keep abreast of library trends.
- Public Libraries Victoria Network highlights recent research, including Creative Spaces in public libraries: a toolkit (PDF 1.83 MB); Pop Up Libraries (PDF 2.31 MB); and, Creative Communities: The cultural benefits of Victoria’s public libraries (PDF 3.2 MB).
- State Library New South Wales Public Library Services lists recent research projects around the management and development of public libraries.
- VALA – Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc promotes the use and understanding of information technology within libraries and the broader information sector. It makes freely available the papers and presentations from conferences and meetings.
- Australian Academic and Research Libraries is the premier research journal of ALIA. It is a quarterly journal that publishes original, refereed research relevant to the researcher and practitioner communities.
- Australian Library Journal is an internationally recognised journal that showcases the best of Australian library and information research and practice. Access available through SLQ membership.
- IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed article son library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. Full text available online.
- Library Leadership & Management is the journal of the Library Leadership and Management Association. It includes in-depth articles addressing a wide variety of management issues and highlights examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Full text available online.
- CRO: CSU Research Output is an electronic archive which stores and showcases the research publications of Charles Sturt University.
- OPUS (Open Publications of UTS Scholars) is the University of Technology, Sydney, institutional repository, showcasing the research of UTS staff and postgraduate students to a global audience.
- QUT ePrints is an institutional repository of eprints which showcases some of the research output of QUT staff and postgraduate students, including Master of Information Science students.
- RMIT Research Repository is an open access institutional repository providing free, searchable access to research publications authored by RMIT University staff and students.
- University of Canberra Research Repository preserves and provides access to the research outputs of the University to local, national and international communities.
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