State Library of Queensland is a trusted place for people to learn about, reflect upon and contribute to the shared, constantly developing history of Queensland. SLQ is committed to providing accessible and inclusive collections and services, embracing diversity, addressing disadvantage and enhancing life participation via strong community connections.
SLQ has embraced ‘digital’ - building digital collections and enabling access to them for use and re-use, and integrating digital experiences in our events and exhibitions. SLQ also takes a leading role in the open data movement, and supports public libraries with digital programs and services. So a digital strategy for SLQ is not so much about transformation from analogue to digital – a seismic shift. Rather, it is about evolution from a first generation digital library to a library that is digital by design.
‘Analogue’ and ‘digital’ are not mutually exclusive or opposing forces. Our physical collections, onsite exhibitions, programs, services and extraordinary building are an integral part of the ‘digitalisation’ of the library.
A library that is digital by design means that our intention is to think, act and be digital first - for digital experiences to be intrinsically part of the life of the library and the people who visit, use, collaborate and create with us. Now is the time to fully realise the opportunities of digital evolution.
We will have succeeded when we are known as leaders in digital collecting, engagement and empowerment for Queenslanders. However, the most telling success measure will be that we have no further need for a digital strategy; that the next step in our evolution will be simply a strategy for the future.