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Organisation Name: Reaching the 'hard to reach'
The Reaching the 'hard to reach' seminar was held on Monday 12 May 2008, at the State Library of Victoria. It is part of the professional development delivered as part of the Statewide Public Libraries Development Projects, under the Workforce Sustainability and Leadership Project.

Thirteen percent of Victorians have been identified in Libraries Building Communities Report 3: Bridging the Gaps who could benefit significantly from the use of their public libraries, but are not users for a variety of reasons - the 'hard to reach' communities. The Connecting with the Community research report investigates the barriers to use for the following five target communities:

* Indigenous Australians
* Disadvantaged young people
* Horn of Africa communities
* Low income families
* Vulnerable learners

The Connecting with the Community report was launched at the seminar with Ian Phillips, from I&J Management Services providing a project overview, covering the scope of the research, the methodology and principles of engagement.
  • Reaching the 'hard to reach' program
  • Shane Cathcart's details

  • Refugee advocacy for the Horn of Africa community by Elleni Bereded-Samuel, Victorian Multicultural Commission

  • African adventure by Liliana Chiriano, Maribyrnong Library Service
  • Connecting with the Community - Project overview by Ian Phillips, I&J Management Services
  • Connecting with the Community - Research findings by Michael Scholtes, Melton Library and Information Service
  • ELLA: English Language and Literacy Access by Natalie Brown, City of Greater Dandenong
  • Family Literacy Programs in California by Anna Boland, Hume City Council
  • finding MY place! - the Victorian experience by Kerri Pleydell-Sander, Yarra Plenty Regional Library
  • Inclusive Activities in Public Libraries: A Good Practice Guide by Nella Budicin and Deanne Spagnolo, Melton Library and Information Service
  • Koori Library Pathways Project by Libby Woodhouse, Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation
  • More than just Equipment by Colleen McCombe, State Library of Victoria
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