Developing communities and collections with new media and information literacy

Jerry WATKINS, Angelina RUSSO

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As part of its many functions, the reference library is charged with developing both its collection and its user community. These two functions are sometimes pursued as separate initiatives (with separate funding) by library managers. In Australia, the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is committed to an exciting policy of simultaneous collection development and community engagement by integrating new media technologies with public programs. SLQ’s Mobile Multimedia Laboratory is a purpose-designed portable digital creativity workshop which is made available to communities as a powerful platform to capture and disseminate local digital culture, and also to promote and train community members in information literacy. The Mobile Multimedia Laboratory facility operates in conjunction with SLQ’s Queensland Stories project, an innovative portal for the display and promotion of community co-created multimedia. Together, the Mobile Multimedia Laboratory and the Queensland Stories initiatives allow SLQ to directly engage with existing and new communities, and also to increase its digital collection with community created content. Not only are both initiatives relatively cost-effective, they have a positive impact upon information literacy within the state
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Libraries: Implementing Strategies and Sharing Experiences, ICADL 2005, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 3815
EditorsEdward A Fox, Erich J Neuhold, Pimrumpai Premsmit, Vilas Wuwongse
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783540308508
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2005 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 12 Dec 200515 Dec 2005


Conference8th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2005


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