Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Out of the box: Ideas that excite at Yungngora

    1/11/2016 9:00 AM
    • Ideas Box a big hit in Kimberley community
    • 90 square metres of pop-up library and digital resources
    • Encourages diverse engagement, from reading to producing short films
    • Pilot project could revolutionise remote library services

    The Yungngora Aboriginal Community in the Kimberley is road testing a revolutionary, high-tech portable library that promises benefits for people of all ages.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Ideas Box initiative was a collaborative project between the State Library of Western Australia, the French Bibliotheques Sans Frontiers (Libraries Without Borders) and the Yungngora Aboriginal Community.


    "Originally designed for refugee camps, the Ideas Box is ideal for use in regional and remote communities because it is robust, with minimal energy needs and its own power source," Mr Day said.


    "It fits on two freight pallets but expands to cover up to 90 square metres.


    "Judging by the initial reactions, I'm sure Yungngora children and adults alike will come up with many different creative solutions using the tools available and find fascinating ways to use the Ideas Box."


    The Ideas Box has resources including books, laptop computers with picture-editing software, digital cameras for producing videos, an LCD television for movie screenings, board games, stationery items for craft activities and e-readers with pre-loaded e-books.


    "The Ideas Box arrived in Yungngora in September and will stay throughout the wet season," the Minister said.


    "Local leaders and families are enthusiastic because this innovation brings all the advantages of a modern, interactive library into the heart of their community at a time when they can be isolated by flooding.


    "The success of the pilot will determine the potential of the Ideas Box but early signs are encouraging.


    "The State Library of Western Australia will evaluate the success of the Ideas Box in the Yungngora community to identify potential opportunities for other remote areas."


    Fact File

    • The Ideas Box was created by international non-government organisation, Libraries Without Borders in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    • An Ideas Box video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PiL1I1cBJI 

    Minister's office - 6552 6200


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