Western Downs Libraries Lisa Harth will represent all Queensland Public Libraries as the new President of QPLA.
Western Downs Libraries Lisa Harth will represent all Queensland Public Libraries as the new President of QPLA. Contributed

Top spot for rural librarian

A WESTERN Downs librarian has been elected president of the Queensland Public Libraries Association, demonstrating that regional libraries are front and centre of our community.

Western Downs library services co-ordinator Lisa Harth is very excited about her recent appointment, which will allow her to contribute in shaping the future of public libraries in Queensland, especially those in rural areas.

Mrs Harth said advocating for regional libraries was something she had been involved in for the past two years and she was looking forward to driving collaboration between rural and metropolitan libraries.

"The role of the QPLA is to work with the Australian Public Library Alliance, the State Library and national bodies to ensure libraries develop and remain at the heart of the communities we serve,” she said.

"This position is a real honour and also a great opportunity to present a united approach.

"In the Western Downs, we are fortunate to have great staff across our regional centres who deliver interactive programs that really bring our communities together.”

"Nationally there are some exciting developments in libraries around the use of public space, digital participation and taking a deeply local approach, and I'm excited to advocate for these to ensure libraries continue to hold an active and vibrant place in our communities.”

This is the first time in four years the QPLA President has been from a rural area.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said it was an outstanding achievement not only for the Western Downs but for the whole of regional Queensland.

"Our libraries are a place that should fuel imagination, open up windows to explore new technologies and most importantly provide a safe destination for reading and learning,” she said.

"Having regional libraries represented and participating in the decision-making process is important for rural communities.

"We're very proud of our own Lisa Harth in her appointment as President of QPLA and look forward to seeing her rise to the challenge and continue to spread her passion of libraries at a state level.”

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