PeopleCommunity Engagement - responding to feedback from Indigenous community membersBegun working with VE, DATSIMA & state archives to re-introduce foh services for community on level 1 in kd – RAPL position 1-2days / fortnightkd will become a conduit for community for family history and researchResources and materials onsite, access to websites and collectionWork with VE and QM to deliver specific workshops for schools and communityProgrammingYarning timeAgain, responding to community feedbackWorking in partnership with community and Public Libraries to host events in communityyt July and next two are sell out – Inala, Cleveland, LoganOnwards programming interest from Community to Feb. 2014 including Ipswich, Stradbroke, WynnumVenuevenue usage has increased since we started re-visioning the space and its use for community, up to 20 bookings per monthMeetings with the mob – monthly information sessions introducing community to the library and its services
PLACEPublic ProgrammingExhibitions28 over 7 years, 3 international80% co-created in partnership with communityHighlight - Lambert McBride collection came from 40th ref anniversary exhibitionRecently acquired over 100 new photos for the collection from private owner from the State of Emergency ExhibitionWorkshops Responding to community feedback reintroducing workshops for schools and communityWorkshops will be curated and standard and potential to have online workshops through public librariesWorking towards launch in 2014 to coincide with Our Dreaming ( exhibition overview)Level 1 Long-term meaningful redevelopment to physical space on level 1 Most importantly - foh, resources, innovation balanced with interactionThis has come from feedback from community to see a welcoming murri face in kuril dhagun and a space that truly reflects the diversity of our people through different mediums
CONNECTIONtellin country & Deadly Stories (RAPL)– Cooktown, WujalWujal, Woorabinda, Stradbroke Island, Townsville, Logan, Toowoomba, Cairns Building capacity of staff (slq & public libraries)Furthering working relationship between community and their public libraries and IKCs (2013-2014-2015 aim for 4 more communities potentially Mt Isa, Cunnamulla, Yarrabah and Mackay)Cooktown – example of community and library working together, development and employment of local community memberCross precinct partners – Indigenous Working GroupInformal partnerships started in 2011ongoing monthly meetings to look atsupport programming opportunities Achievements - NAIDOC 2013, REC Week, opening of My Country, Bookclub speakers Working in partnership with QPAC 2014, QAGOMA ongoing ops
LEGACYNSLA Indigenous working groupActive role in the 1967 Referendum Project – working with QM to deliver outcomesNCIE & IDEANational strategy for engaging Indigenous communities in the digital evolutionAttended forum in SydneyNow a key co-creator for the next 5 year program developmentExhibitionsContent in exhibitions is created 80% partnership with communityBuilding on bettering our process of collecting – digital stories, photographs, personal storiesShape Queensland's cultural landscape
KD STAFFstaff developmentAmanda: Wesfarmers Indigenous Curators recipient 2012Katina: Curated first exhibition SOE after assisting in 2011Elena : ACPA graduate, 2012 produced first event program for kd, undertake event management trainingWillie: 22 year employee, toastmasters public speaking, coordinates venue in kdLara: OZCO Indigenous producers program, qtc, events and administration (contract)Kaylah: first time curator LSOM 2013, event support (contract)Mitch: digital project support, community workshops (contract)Leecee: Exhibition research & support, visual artistStaff involvement in projects such as digital libraries, our dreaming, VE : broadens understanding and awareness, transfer of knowledgeActive role in family history project, community guidelines, dev kuril dhagun engagement model for public libraries, welcoming placeskuril dhagun creative vision
2006 kuril dhagun opened as part of Indigenous Library Services
2008 kuril dhagun restructured under Public Programs
2010 kuril dhagun restructured under Indigenous Research &
2013 CEO initiated a new collaborative approach to Indigenous
Services at SLQ being ‘ everyone’s business.’
kuril dhagun creates connections between the State Library of
Queensland and the Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander
Peoples of Queensland
kuril dhagun co-creates content in partnership with Indigenous
communities in Queensland, interstate and internationally
kuril dhagun works to engage with the wider Queensland
community in furthering a greater understanding and awareness
of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, history and
"You can play a tune on black keys, you can play a tune on
white keys, but both are needed for perfect harmony."
Pastor Doug Nicholls
"You can play a tune on black keys, you can play a tune on white keys, but both
are needed for perfect harmony."
Pastor Doug Nicholls
"If you can imagine the one family continuously occupying the same
land for 40,000 years or more, using it not just to sustain life but as a
place of reverence and worship, where every tree, rock and waterhole
had significance, you will get some understanding of the importance of
land to indigenous people.”
"If you can imagine the one family continuously occupying the same land for
40,000 years or more, using it not just to sustain life but as a place of reverence
and worship, where every tree, rock and waterhole had significance, you will
get some understanding of the importance of land to indigenous people.”
“ If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up
with mine, then let us work together.‟
Aunty Lilla Watson
„History in this country has often been written by people who haven‟t even spoken to an Aboriginal person and I really
object to that stuff. Unless it is colonial history of course, because all the informants are gone now, those people can‟t
defend themselves, nor can they give their own views.‟
kuril dhagun is committed to building and sustaining a long-term relationship with Indigenous communities across
Queensland, co-creating content and engaging in a two-way learning process for all.
kuril dhagun is also dedicated to supporting the development of all State Library staff to play an active role in working
with Indigenous community throughout Queensland.
kuril dhagun at the State Library of Queensland explores different ways of understanding, co-creating and showcasing
stories with, by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Visitors to kuril dhagun experience the diversity of Indigenous cultures and histories through a range of public programs
and spaces where they are invited to explore and interact with Australia’s oldest living culture
kuril dhagun is a conduit for connecting communities to a shared awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander history and culture of Queensland through a diverse of public programs, library services, collection
strategies and digital technologies.
The collection and preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, knowledge and culture will ensure a
legacy for all Queenslanders from an Indigenous perspective.
kuril dhagun plays a pivotal role in supporting and collaborating with units in State Library of Queensland that currently
work with Indigenous communities, working towards extending the reach of collections, working with collections to
profile items, significance, research and presentation.