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Kuril dhagun | Indigenous, Library, Queensland, Dhagun, Knowledge, Kuril, Culture, Centre | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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Indigenous knowledge centre

THE newly redeveloped State Library of Queensland will include kuril dhagun, an indigenous Knowledge Centre and the first of its kind in an Australian State Library.

Kuril dhagun, will be located in the corner of the Library closest I to Kurilpa Point on the river. It will explore different ways of understanding, creating, collecting and Toring knowledge, and broadening the traditional concept of libraries and library services. It will be seen as a place where indigenous and non-Indigenous people can talk, discuss, learn, reconcile and s are knowledge.The greatest challenge (and also opportunity) of th centre is the appropriate collection and sharing of knowledge directly from Indigenous culture, as opposed to about the culture.A major focus of the new centre 1 will be the indigenous languages of Queensland. with the IKC preparing to take on a supportive rib for communities as they continue to research and record their languages

Extensive community consultation has been undertaken. Input was received on a wide range of topics, including the design of the internal space/s, relevant and interesting content, the importance of visitor services staff and the potential uses of the Talking Circle with its central fire pit.

As well as including wide consultation with its central fire pit. with the indigenous community in Queensland, key ardas of the project have used the services of indigenous professionals. The Talking Circle will be an external space for use by a I people visiting the library complex.The project architect h s worked closely with an indigenous artist to develop a design that ties in well with the design of the rest of the Library complex, while reflecting aspects of indigenous culture.

Community members have b I en informed and included in the consultation since 0ctoter 2005, with a monthly newsletter letting the wider community know about progress of the project.
As part of the State Library of Queensland complex, kuril dhagun is very different ib scale and purpose to the community-based regional IKCs in eleven other locations throughout Queensland. Part I f the program of exhibitions and events will utilise content from the regional IKCs,
working with them to develop content that reflects the communities that they serve. pi The November 2006 opening represents only the beginning of a journey for kuril dhagun to be a focal point for a vibrant and living culture.