Lead and Learn Statewide Development Project

The Lead and Learn initiative continues previous investment in developing the leaders of the future, as well as recognising the importance of supporting the ongoing development of people in the public library sector who may not aspire to lead, but who nonetheless have contributions to make. Both of these programs are being driven by the Victorian public library network responding positively and strongly to all of the research (including our own Workforce Survey, Analysis and Planning and the 2014 Our Future, Our Skills research) that highlights the critical problems faced in recruiting, developing and retaining appropriately skilled staff to lead the library industry, and the limited training budgets many Victorian public libraries.  Opportunities such as those proposed by this project are considered essential to develop and expand the knowledge of Victorian public library staff and share new ideas and innovations.

Memory Statewide Development Project

The Memory program coincides with the centenary commemoration of World War I (1914–1918).  Community members are seeking ready access to relevant and valuable local and family history resources. In order to meet this demand, public libraries must develop their capacity to collect, manage and share their local history collections and content in the digital environment.  

Read Statewide Development Project

The main focus of this program is producing a reading and literacy framework and developing projects to support literacy and reading for pleasure across all life stages for Victorians. The drivers for this are Victorian public libraries’ desire to:

  • Make a contribution to raising the standards of reading and writing in Victoria

  • Continue to develop traditionally supported reading and literacy development for people of all ages, from storytimes for pre-schoolers to book clubs and meet the author events for adults and the Australian Government’s annual Adult Learners’ Week campaign.

  • Contribute to improved literacy levels in young children with a recent study 'Reading to Young Children: A Head Start in Life'by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research demonstrates that children who are read to 6 to 7 times a week have a literacy level almost a year ahead of children who are not read to at home.     www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/research/readtoyoungchild.pdf

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