Public Libraries Victoria Network Meeting 19 June 2018


This was a great networking opportunity for me to catch up with Victorian colleagues I know and meet those who I do not know in the Public Library industry here in Victoria. Presentations were given by Writers Victoria and State Library of Victoria. Of note from these presentations was the call for partners from Writers Victoria for their Write-ability program, a writing program for people with a disability currently being hosted at the Bendigo Library and the update on the statewide public library advocacy strategy from SLV.

Writers Victoria are not seeking funding from the Public Library network but would welcome joint grant applications for the Write-ability program in other regions and for the Libraries to act as hosts for the program. 

The joint PLVN and SLV Public Library advocacy strategy has three work streams through to 30 June 2020: a community campaign (Libraries change lives); political engagement in the lead-up to the November 2018 State election and through subsequent State budget processes; and, professional development for public library staff.  In preparation for the political element, PLVN has endorsed four members to represent them in the political engagement in the lead-up to the November 2018 State election and through subsequent State budget processes: Chris Buckingham (Casey Cardinia), Patti Manolis (Geelong), Sally Both (Whitehorse Manningham), Joseph Cullen (Eastern Regional).

As part of the Libraries change lives community campaign, local and statewide champions are being approached for their support. All Victorian public library managers / CEOs are strongly encouraged to nominate at least one of their staff to act as their library service’s internal champion for the campaign.

A ‘tasting plate’ of training in some of the skills of advocacy has also been developed and will be offered in July/August with a view to repeating at regular intervals over the next two years.  This training focusses on grant writing, corporate storytelling, presenting with confidence, and media training. It will be really important to respond quickly to the training sessions as they do book out quickly I have learned.

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