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9. Staying in touch

Training opportunities and contact methods for public library staff, part of the Manual for Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) libraries.

9.1 Training

State Library offers a variety of learning opportunities for public library staff each year.  RLQ staff members are encouraged to attend at least one course each year.

Attending professional development programs allows you to meet and network with other library staff, learn about and experience new procedures and technologies and thereby enhance the services you deliver to your community. Training is designed to meet your needs and includes opportunities for discussion and participation, along with information sessions.

There are no course fees for training programs offered by State Library and travel and accommodation costs are met by your Council. In some instances, State Library offers travel bursaries to Councils that allow individuals from regional Queensland to participate in professional development events offered by State Library.

9.2 Discussion lists

There is 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 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 libraries. It is a forum for communication of operational, functional and RLQ community related topics

9.3 Keeping up to date

The Public Libraries Connect newsletter is a way of keeping up to date with what's happening in public libraries. Submit your story and share events in your library with other public library staff.

It features all the latest posts from the Public Libraries Connect Blog that aims to connect Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres with opportunities in various fields such as technology initiatives, training and special events.

If you require help with writing or submitting your story, email

9.4 1800 number and email

Don't forget that you can phone us on 1800 017 114 for the cost of a local call. You may also contact us via email:

Last updated
9th October 2019