Council employee takes out 2010 Library Achiever of the Year award
  • Monday 24 May 2010

Sunshine Coast Council employee, Jacqueline Walch, has been named the Queensland Library Achiever of the Year for 2010.

Ms Walch is responsible for bringing leading authors and experts in their field to the Sunshine Coast, including booked-out workshops on keeping backyard chooks and scans showing sun damage – a free service currently running at libraries across the region.

She was chosen by the Australian Library and Information Association, the peak body for libaries in Queensland, for her outstanding work in bringing innovative workshops and programs to local libraries.

Since April 2009, Ms Walch has been Team Leader of the Community Access, Programs and Services unit of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Learning Communities Branch. The branch is responsible for the operation of Council’s library services, and the unit which Ms Walch heads up is responsible for:

  • Young People’s services
  • Children’s services
  • Identification and development of innovative community programs and workshops
  • Operation of bookclubs

Manager of Learning Communities Branch, Ross Duncan, nominated Ms Walch for the award.

“Since taking on the leadership role, Jackie has continually strived to identify emerging trends in the community and develop relevant, informative, interesting and educational workshops and activities for community members, while delivering excellent customer service,” said Mr Duncan.

“Some examples of the workshops and activities Jackie has organised include worm farming and composting, how to keep chooks in your backyard, and how to feed your family for $75 per week.”

“We congratulate Jackie on her award.”

Ms Walch will collect her award at a ceremony at The Irish Club in Brisbane on Monday night (24 May).

Council’s library service ranks as the third largest library service in Queensland. Nine static libraries and three mobile libraries have 140,000 registered members and provide 4,500 public workshops and activities every year. The newest addition to the library service is the Cooroy Library, which opens on Monday 24 May.