Ideas Box – Collaborative journey of implementation through local, state and International partnerships

Lesley Acres, State Library of Queensland

Concurrent session 10
Wednesday 31 August 2016, 11:00am - 11:25am


The Ideas Box has provided Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities in very remote and regional Queensland who currently do not have the infrastructure for an Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC), the opportunity to explore experience and access information services resources.  The Ideas Box provided an opportunity to:

  • work in partnership with community stakeholders to build long-term relationships between Councils, schools, job search Australia agencies, church groups, elders, PCYC and other community groups ;
  • contribute to reconciliation, community wellbeing and economic stability; and
  • assisted in building the Councils’ capacity to own and sustain their own IKC.

Implementing the Ideas Box in two Indigenous Shire Councils in Queensland has provided an exciting journey of Council setting the objectives they wanted to achieve, and identifying challenges and opportunities in delivering a mini library services in two very different remote locations.  The philosophy of the pilot is one of local empowerment, peer learning and peer engagement. 

This presentation will identify the hopes and aspirations of the Mapoon Aboriginal
Shire Council and Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council in introducing the mini library into their respective towns.  Information on the geographical location, demographics of the population, local infrastructure and amenities of both towns where the pilot program operated will be provided.

The presentation will include information on how it was accessed by different age groups, the benefits to community members, the challenges and mitigation strategies; and the legacy created by the experience.  A summary of the evaluation of the implementation of the Ideas Box in the communities will also be included. 

Presentation - Now available.


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