The team, managed by USQ Pro Vice Chancellor (Scholarly Information and Learning Services) Professor Helen Partridge, is developing guidelines for Australian universities and public libraries to further study and learning support for low socio-economic students living in regional and remote communities.
The project includes Southern Cross University, Federation University, University of the Sunshine Coast and University of New England, and recently received National Priorities Pool funding from the Australia Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).
The initiative is also supported by the Australian Library and Information Association and National and State Libraries Australasia.
Professor Partridge said that by partnering together, universities and public libraries can provide a new and additional measure to address how people might better use libraries.
“If Australia’s regional and remote public libraries know more about higher education, and the expectations that requirements placed on students, they would be in a much better position to design and implement services, resources and support tailored to specific needs,” she said.
“When complete it is hoped that more regional libraries will provide improved pathway information to university courses.
“Additionally, Australian universities could help public library staff to develop their skills, knowledge and capacity in engaging and supporting the unique needs of low socio-economic students living in regional and remote areas.”