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Dear public library colleagues,

As you may be aware, ALIA has partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency to deliver a ‘train the trainer’ program to support public library staff in responding to queries about government digital health programs. It is also an opportunity for public libraries to align their services with their council’s health and wellbeing strategies, and to partner with key community health organisations. 

Whilst the program was initially planned as face-to-face workshops around
Australia, the State Library of Queensland has now developed an online version, so that training can be run safely and is accessible to library workers. 

This online training program is open to all public library staff, health library staff, as well as interested staff and volunteers from community groups and organisations. There is no registration fee and all participants who complete the course will receive a certificate. Participants can work through the eight modules individually at their own pace, or work together in groups, where social distancing is possible, and have discussions around the questions asked in interactive components. 

State Library of Queensland will also be hosting a series of online digital health literacy discussions/Q&As for participants via Zoom. 

So, if this is something that you or your public library colleagues could benefit from, talk to your manager about getting the team on board, or sign up yourself and share your knowledge with your colleagues. We’re looking to hearing about the kinds of initiatives that can be implemented in libraries as a result. 

You can sign up on the program’s registration page. This program will be available until the end of October 2020. 

For further information, see the ALIA website. All enquiries should be made to nicole.barnes@alia.org.au 

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