The State Library's Public Library Services team offers statewide consultancy, specialist advice and support to all local councils on delivering library services, including to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Public libraries can contact Oriana Acevedo for advice on programs, research, LOTE (languages other than English) collection development, outreach and emerging communities.
The State Library of NSW commissioned a research project to explore to what extent public libraries in New South Wales are evolving to meet the changes in local demographics, service expectations, community needs and access to technology for non-English speaking members of the community.
Collaborative advocacy for Diverse communities: Advocating for a change in the classification scheme to enable acquisition and lending of films in Languages Other than English for our diverse communities
Authors: Mare Maticevski and Oriana Acevedo
The Public Libraries Victoria Network Multicultural Services and Programs Special Interest Group joined forces with the State Library of NSW in a collaborative advocacy effort in support of our diverse communities and the right to enjoy films in their chosen languages.
Over the last four years this collaborative effort has been extended to include peak representation from states across Australia in discussion with the Australian Classification Board. This paper outlines the steps taken in a move towards a solution that will benefit our diverse communities and public libraries across Australia.