The State Library's Public Library Services team offers statewide consultancy, specialist advice and support to all local councils on delivering library services, including to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  

Public libraries can contact the PLS team for advice on programs, research, LOTE (languages other than English) collection development, outreach and emerging communities.

Research project

The State Library of NSW  commissioned a research project to explore to what extent public libraries in New South Wales are evolving to meet the changes in local demographics, service expectations, community needs and access to technology for non-English speaking members of the community.  

Conference Papers

Collaborative advocacy for Diverse communities: Advocating for a change in the classification scheme to enable acquisition and lending of films in Languages Other than English for our diverse communities
Authors: Mare Maticevski and Oriana Acevedo

The Public Libraries Victoria Network Multicultural Services and Programs Special Interest Group joined forces with the State Library of NSW in a collaborative advocacy effort in support of our diverse communities and the right to enjoy films in their chosen languages.

Over the last four years this collaborative effort has been extended to include peak representation from states across Australia in discussion with the Australian Classification Board. This paper outlines the steps taken in a move towards a solution that will benefit our diverse communities and public libraries across Australia.

Paper presented at Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference, 31st July 2018