9. Staying in touch
Training opportunities and contact methods for Public Library staff, part of the Manual for Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) libraries.
State Library offers a variety of training opportunities for public library staff each year. RLQ staff members are encouraged to attend one course each year.
Attending professional development programs allows you to meet and network with other RLQ librarians and SLQ staff, learn about and experience new and changing procedures and technologies and thereby enhance the services you deliver to your community.
There are no course fees for training programs, and travel and accommodation costs are met by your Council.
Training is designed to meet your needs and includes opportunities for discussion and participation, along with information sessions. Regional training is also held periodically. We welcome your suggestions for additional course content.
There are a range of mailing lists available for public library staff, and a list can be found in the Networking section of this site. Three lists in particular are useful for staying up to date:
libman Queensland public library managers discuss all issues related to managing a public library service in Queensland
ind Staff of independent (non-RLQ) libraries throughout Queensland discuss issues facing their libraries
rlq Presents issues specific to Rural Libraries Queensland (formerly the Country Lending Service or CLS) libraries. It is a forum for communication of operational, functional and RLQ community related topics
Don't forget that you can phone SLQ Public Library Development on 1800 017 114 for the cost of a local call. You may also contact SLQ Public Library Development via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax on (07) 3842 9033.