State Library of Queensland – The Ideas Box
In 2015, TFFF contributed $57,000 to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in support of the delivery of the Ideas Box pilot in Mapoon and Kowanyama in Far North Queensland. TFFF supported the employment and training of two locally based Indigenous Coordinators to oversee programming and delivery for six months in each community.
An initiative of Libraries Without Borders (LWB), the Ideas Box is designed to bring equitable access to education and information to vulnerable populations. The Ideas Box is a portable mixed-media centre that fits on two pallets and can be installed anywhere in less than 30 minutes. Contents are customised to recipient communities and may include books, e-readers, laptops, iPads or tablets, 3G/4G Internet, films, educational apps, video cameras and arts materials.
Providing an alternative to Indigenous Knowledge Centres in communities in which no such infrastructure is present, the Ideas Box responds to a need for community access to information and communication technologies as well as education resources. The initiative also aims to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity and pride through recording, sharing and celebrating cultural heritage. It also provides opportunities for skill development and access to employment pathways for the Indigenous Coordinators.
The Ideas Box was launched in July 2015 in Mapoon where it will remain until its removal and reinstallation in Kowanyama in January 2016. Weekly usage of the Ideas Box continues to increase in Mapoon, with membership growing from 56 to 122 in September 2015. To date activities have included delivery of a school holiday program in partnership with the PCYC, facilitating research projects and supporting the delivery of adult literacy programs.
“I want them to dream, believe, and not have any barriers regardless of where they are” – Lesley Acres, Field Officer, State Library of Queensland
Watch this short video from SLQ to learn more about The Ideas Box.