|The 'Outstanding partnership and social inclusion projects in Victorian public libraries' seminar was held on Friday 19 June 2009 at the State Library of Victoria. It is part of the professional development delivered as part of the Statewide Public Library Development Projects.
One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of Victoria's Libraries Building Communities initiative was the practical support it provided to many public libraries to undertake innovative projects that contributed significantly to building the capacity of their communities. This seminar both celebrates the achievements of these projects and shares the learning with all Victorian public libraries.
The projects are known collectively as the Libraries Building Communities Demonstration Projects. Between 2005 and 2008, there were ten of these projects involving 14 Victorian public library services and many other community partners receiving a total of $600,000 from the Library Board of Victoria.
In addition to building the capacity of the community, being innovative and involving new partnerships, each project had the potential for replication by other public libraries. Many of the projects also improved the library's engagement with the disadvantaged groups identified in the first Libraries Building Communities research. Funding was provided for projects targeting Indigenous people, people living in remote areas, people with low literacy skills, people with vision impairments, and young people experiencing extreme disadvantage.
The stories behind the Libraries Building Communities Demonstration Projects are the focus of this seminar. How did each project come into being? What worked well? What would libraries do differently? Where are the projects now?
The seminar was both reflective and candid. Above all, it provided participants with ideas for new service initiatives and the inspiration to take a risk.
Unfortunately Upper Murray Regional Library were unable to present on the day. See below for a copy of the intended presentation 'Suzi the Technology Truck'.