Jane Garling is a Legal Practitioner with extensive experience working as a solicitor in the area of dispute resolution. She has also been engaged as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Macquarie University and subsequently at the University of Technology Sydney. In both her commercial and academic roles, her area of interest was the strategic management of significant claims to ensure their efficient and appropriate resolution, including the wide-ranging use of alternative dispute resolution initiatives. She has served on boards of not-for-profit organisations and is a proprietor of a beef cattle grazing property. She is currently undertaking research into modes of collecting eighteenth century art and artifacts.
What inspired you to take this role?
Libraries take no credit for what their patrons go on to do; they leave that to authors in their acknowledgment pages where their central role in providing material for research is credited. As it has done since its inception in 1826, the State Library of New South Wales plays a central role in the cultural life of our State by allowing access to its remarkable collections. While my first love has always been study within the impressive architecture of the Mitchell Reading Room, the facilities offered in the Marie Bashir Reading Room and the unlimited access to the Library’s e-resources have facilitated the research of many thousands of its patrons, including my own work in eighteenth-century Australian art. My particular interests on the Council are the educative role of the Library, including the provision of the Legal Information Access Centre, and the acquisition and presentation of collections held the Library.