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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Yuwibara Translation Project and State Library of Queensland 2019 Year of Indigenous Language IYIL2019 / Norell Binsiar, Mackay Regional Council Libraries and Des Crump, State Library of Queensland

Exploring the project of translating The Very Hungry Caterpillar story into Yuwibarra language – a collaborative process between Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Mackay Aboriginal Language Group and the State Library of Queensland to translate the popular children’s story into a local Indigenous language as part of 2019IYIL and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s book! This session will introduce the Resource Kit that can be used for your local language.

Showcasing the work of State Library in celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages with Queensland’s 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders languages through exhibitions, Word of the Week, community voices, events and programming.


Virtual Reality and Games-based learning in a public library environment / Stephen Harris, Bundaberg Regional Libraries

Presentation about Virtual Reality and how games based learning can be utilized in public libraries as a means of engaging learners in an immersive environment that increases exposure to emerging technology and information literacy.


The marathon after the sprint: lessons learned in library disaster recovery / Pamela McGowan, Townsville City Libraries and Felicia Long, Gympie Regional Libraries

Disaster recovery is an essential component within library policies. Townsville CityLibraries and Gympie Regional Libraries will share practical insights into how libraries continue to provide services during periods of disruption.


It always seems impossible until it is done: the Noosaville Library refurbishment project / Jane Harding, Noosa Library Service

Noosa Library Service’s 2018 refurbishment project metamorphosised the much-loved but outdated Noosaville branch into a modern fit-for-purpose space that meets contemporary library users’ needs. How was the seemingly impossible achieved?


My Community, My Library: Community led design of Libraries / Belinda Douglas, Fulton Trotter Architects

Explores the importance of understanding communities and their expectations in order to inform responsive library designs.


Logan City Council Libraries Hive co-working spaces / Leo Clayton, Logan City Council Libraries

Presentation provides an overview of the Logan City Council Libraries Hive coworking spaces, specifically designed for use by small business owners.

Lightning Talks



Removing barriers and enhancing user experience / Nicole Hunt, Mackay Regional Council Libraries

Mackay Regional Council Libraries have undertaken an overhaul of all barriers to membership, through removal of overdue fees, increased efficiencies available through the Library Management System, Aurora to improve communication and enhance user experience.


Libraries are changing / Kimberly Lehto-Head, Angela Hays, Mackay Regional Council Libraries

This presentation discusses the notable changes taking place in libraries with the employment of a wider range of professional qualifications that bring with them a new interpretation of what today’s library can look like and how it will be sustainable into the future.


Moreton Bay Region Libraries Backstage Pass / Kerry Griffith

Through Backstage Pass, Moreton Bay Region Libraries are opening doors to families living with autism, improving access to library collections, outside of regular opening hours, in a supportive, sensory, judgement free environment.


First 5 Forever: Sharing the Market Research / Laura Landmann, State Library of Queensland

To help inform the continued successful delivery of First 5 Forever, State Library commissioned Proof Research to undertake qualitative and quantitative research. This session will share the results including the impact of parent messaging, perceptions of public libraries and opportunities to reach new audiences. Learn how to leverage your local program design and marketing to reach the widest audience and continue to deliver the best start for children in your communities.


10 seats, 10 stories, 10 parks / Lisa Austin, Sunshine Coast Libraries

Ten unique Story seats have captured the imagination of hundreds of families on the Sunshine Coast and raised the profile of libraries and increased awareness about the importance of early literacy in children’s development.



Home Library Digital Pilot Project / Janelle Parrott, Michelle Marcum, Mackay Regional Council Libraries

This project, funded by SLQ Micro Grant, outlines the implementation and impact of introducing tablets and digital collections to Home Library customers and their carers.


Digital Authors in a Digital World: meeting the Digital Demand for Author Talks / Amy Suttie, Sunshine Coast Libraries

Sunshine Coast Libraries created the Digital Author Project in order to support emerging authors working in the sector with meaningful promotion of the aspirations and their published works.



Who do you think she is? Upskilling, challenging and empowering our Family Historians / Jennifer Perry, Donna Kellion, Mackay Regional Council Libraries

Mackay Regional Council Libraries partner with local historians to assist ten women embark on an eight-week explorative journey into the lives of just one of their female ancestors.

Conference Entertainment


Deb Netuschil

Welcome to Country

Jade Fiyen

Jade is a local Mackay pop and indie/folk performer who is passionate about sharing her music. Jade busks and plays local events showing off her singing skills, together with playing the piano, violin and ukulele.

Sensory Circus

Sensory Circus Tribe is a local professional circus school and entertainment company operating for 20 years.

Originally created to engage children and youth of varies backgrounds and abilities has now branched out to providing outstanding and amazing professional entertainment for private functions, community events, corporate functions and festivals.

Transformation of perception and self through the magic of circus.

West Texas Crude

Brisbane based band, West Texas Crude have been together for 15 years. The guys present beautifully played guitars blending with each other while complementing good vocals.

Adept at fronting the band, Andy Dashwood never lets an audience down with his sangin’ and guitar twangin’. His right-hand man, Jon Flynn knows his way around an upright bass. If you know Brisbane music, then you’ll know Coojee Timms on ‘sticks and skins. …….

West Texas Crude can fill a dance floor with a great mix of folk, country and rock to treat the listener.

QPLA is considering the environment at this year’s conference and will be producing a downloadable program.