Rural Libraries Queensland shout-out

Jo and I would like to send a special thank you to staff at State Library of Queensland for inviting us to present about readers advisory and our project to the Rural Libraries Queensland training course this week. We’d also like to thank the wonderful RLQ attendees who had travelled from far-flung places in Queensland like Longreach, Carpentaria, Goondiwindi…
Our preso covered our top ten low cost/no cost/high return ideas for RA in public libraries – these factors being especially important in small libraries with low staff numbers, but still relevant to large library services in times of tight budgets.
Among other things I gave a 15 second review on Megan Caldwell’s Vanity Fare and the attendees recommended a great follow-up for readers of 50 Shades of Grey – Rachael Treasure’s 50 Bales of Hay. Have you enough reading knowledge to recommend to others?
We’ll include these ideas in our project report.

RLQ Tourist CardSomething the rural libraries have now, that  we’re all envious about, is their RLQ Tourist Card which enables people living or travelling in outback Queensland to borrow from all RLQ libraries. And they have a combined catalogue across 28 member Councils. Imagine all those possibilities for collaboration across RLQ with bookclubs, eAudiobooks, reviews, etc.
130 library services across South Australia also have this collaborative opportunity with One Card . Victorian libraries are also going for united strength.

We would love to hear from staff in these libraries to let us know how you’re using the One Card concept to support the delivery of outstanding readers advisory service.


One comment on “Rural Libraries Queensland shout-out

  1. Hi Alison and Jo!

    Once again you have shared some exciting RA stuff but I really like the idea of the One Library One Card (or is it the other way around??) and have blogged about it myself

    I would love to hear how it is working in regional/rural libraries as I know lots of grey nomads that travel between towns – in our library we join them up for free but they have to return the books to the home library – is that the way it works in Qld? But I like the idea of a combined catalogue and not having to re-register each time. I also love the collaboration opportunities this set up brings.

    Enough about the one library concept and on to your training session – is it available to share? I’m really interested to hear about the top ten low cost/no cost/high return ideas for RA in public libraries.

    Once again, I’m really enjoying following your RA journey via this blog!!

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