Statewide Development Projects 2021-2023

Libraries for Health & Wellbeing program

The Libraries for Health and Wellbeing program is a new program to enhance public library contributions to community health and wellbeing, reaching the most vulnerable community members and working in partnership with other organisations. Initiatives include:

  • a strategic framework to articulate the role of public libraries and guide their work in support of community health and wellbeing outcomes
  • deep research to demonstrate the impact of public libraries on community health and wellbeing
  • targeted staff training
  • a statewide community health and wellbeing program.

Download the Libraries for Health and Wellbeing: A strategic framework for Victorian public libraries toward 2024 here.

The Advocate program builds on the work of the previous three years to grow awareness of the social and economic value of public libraries and increase government and community investment. Initiatives include:

  • a census and survey of Victorian public library users to deepen understanding of their demographic profile and reasons for using libraries
  • the Libraries Change Lives community campaign
  • targeted staff training in the skills of advocacy
  • a rolling program of engagement with funding decision-makers to alter their perceptions of libraries from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’.

Sector Capability Lifting program

The Sector Capability Lifting program aims to ensure that Victorian public library staff have the knowledge, skills and leadership capability required of 21st century libraries. Initiatives include: