January 14, 2019

The overall aim of the ADVOCATE Program is to increase the number of committed and influential champions for public libraries and that the voices of these champions, public library managers, and the united voice of the sector as a whole will be heard by policy and funding decision-makers The project will develop and implement an advocacy strategy. It will also support professional development opportunities to best position public library staff when they are championing their work to decision makers.


Libraries Work! The socio-economic value of public libraries. May 2018

July 18, 2018

This recently published report is an update to the 2011 landmark report Dollars, Sense and Public Libraries. This updated report and data enables library managers and advocates, to demonstrate the value of public libraries for all Victorians and that public libraries are worth investing in and the investment yields impressive results.

Key findings: 5 Reasons to keep investing in our public libraries. This is a summary of the major findings from the Libraries Work! Report.


Read the report


January 14, 2019

Building on the success of 2014-2017 Workforce Development program, in which hundreds of Victorian public library staff received training in areas with identified skill gaps, the LEARN AND LEAD Program will continue to upskill the Victorian public library workforce in crucial areas in service development. The Program will also focus on developing emerging leaders in the public library sector and on ongoing development of library service managers. The LEARN AND LEAD Program recognises it is critical public libraries foster a culture of continuous learning, building a skilled and flexible workforce, and nurturing the next generation of public library leaders. 


Radical Libraries Mini Conference 2018

May 08, 2018

Presentations and recordings from the SLV/PLVN 2018 Radical Libraries mini Conference. Peter Macleod was the international keynote speaker. He’s the founder and principal of MASS LBP, and one of Canada's leading experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy. Peter spoke about how libraries can reconnect with their radical origins and become a catalyst for local democracy and participation.


Go to presentations and recordings


January 14, 2019

The READ Program was a key focus of the 2014-17 Statewide Public Library Development Projects, established in recognition that public libraries have a key role in supporting reading and literacy for all Victorians. At the Transforming Public Libraries planning summit at Kalorama, Victoria’s library managers and senior managers from State Library Victoria agreed that much has been achieved in a short period of time by the READ Program, and it is important to maintain the momentum over the next three years.  The READ program will continue establish a common platform and collaborative approach to literacy services, and aims to provide recommendations and measures that will impact the delivery of literacy and reading programs in Victoria.

The Reading and literacy for all strategic framework lays out the unique role of public libraries in supporting and promoting reading for pleasure and addressing Victoria’s low literacy levels, with the aim of improving it and establishing reading and literacy for all – regardless of age or demographic.



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