14 April 2015

Strategy to Support People with a Disability

The Strategy to Support People with a Disability contributes to the State Library’s objective to enable full and active access to collections and services by people with disabilities. The Strategy aligns with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 in NSW and federal legislation and includes mechanisms to gather advice from the community on Library policies and practices and ensure the Library is a place of welcome.

There are 27 actions across six areas that will improve access to, and encourage participation in, the Library and its activities.
Actions include:

  • Installing a hearing loop at the Request Desk on LG2 of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room, Foyer Information Desk on the Macquarie Ground floor, and in the Gallery Room.
  • Making content on the new Library website WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.
  • Ensuring there are tables in the café and Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room that are accessible by people who use a wheelchair.
  • Provision of Auslan interpreters at key 2015 Library events.
  • Providing training for volunteers so they are aware of accessibility services.

You can find the Strategy to Support People with a Disability on the Legislation & policies page.

7 April 2015

Donate to help the victims of Cyclone Pam

The State Library of NSW is proud to support the Australian Library and Information Association's FAIR campaign to raise funds for school libraries in Vanuatu which have been tragically destroyed during Cyclone Pam.

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17 December 2014

Help transcribe our World War 1 diaries

The State Library of NSW has released 50,000 pages of digitised World War One diaries for the public to transcribe. This unique collection of soldiers’ intimate accounts of war has been included on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

Having just completed the major digitisation of its entire collection of World War One diaries and letters, 180,000 pages, made possible through the support of the NSW Government, the Library has launched its very own purpose built transcription tool.

“The State Library has for a long time relied on its dedicated volunteers who have worked to transcribe over 700 diaries to date. Now, with this new tool, we are turning to the wider community for help so that we can provide global access to this extraordinary content,” said Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.

“We are seeking the community’s support in the important task of transcribing our diaries and letters to help unlock the compelling stories held within them.”

According to Elise Edmonds, the State Library’s World War One curator, “This important crowd sourcing project will introduce participants to the day to day experiences of the Australian men and women who served in the war, and help bring their tales of adventure, heartache and bravery to a global audience.

“The story of the ‘Great War’ cannot be fully understood without reference to these very personal and moving firsthand accounts,” said Ms Edmonds.

Learn more about transcribing or view our full media release