Case studies

> A different perspective on history: collaborating with a remote community

State Library of Queensland partnered with the Palm Island community and other collecting institutions to create an exhibition telling the community's side of the island's history.

> A toolkit for inclusive library spaces

The 'Indigenous Spaces in Library Places' toolkit was developed by the State Library of NSW to provide practical guidance to public libraries about making culturally safe and welcoming spaces for Aboriginal peoples and communities, and building inclusive collections and services.

> Consulting with Elders to improve collection information and management

The National Library of Australia learned many valuable lessons from working with Pitjantjatjara Elders to find out more about heritage photographs in the library's collection.

> Creating a process for cultural permissions

State Library Victoria's Cultural Permission Program was developed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities whose ancestral material is held in the library’s heritage collections the authority to decide how that material may be used by others.

> Galiwin'ku community library classification system

The Northern Territory Library partnered with East Arnhem Regional Council to re-imagine a new and different classification system for Galiwin’ku Community Library, reforming collection classification from a traditional Western library-orientated structure to a culturally relevant user-orientated structure and layout.

> Indigenous soldier portraits

Since 2014, State Library of Queensland has been profiling Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who volunteered to serve in WW1, acknowledging these soldiers' contribution, and reconnecting their stories with families and descendants.