The Library has partnered with its Inclusion Advisory Committee to produce new versions of its Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-19 and Accessibility Guide.
The Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) is an initiative of all NSW Government agencies to outline tangible steps that will increase and encourage the active participation of people with disability within their organisation. The Library's new DIAP takes stock, half way through the 2016-19 period, to review the actions it committed to in the original version of the plan published in January 2016. Key achivements include the installation of height adjustable tables in the GMBRR Reading Rooms, the roll out of a new Disability Awareness Training package to all Library staff and the provision of captioning at major events. Outsanding actions to be prioritised in the coming 2 years include new accessible infrastructure to be installed in the Mitchell Library building, new wayfinding and accessible signage packages and a fresh campaign to promote the Library's adaptive technology services.
The Accessibility Guide aims to assist people with disability to plan their visit to the Library and once here, to navigate easily around the site and engage with the Library's services and programs. As part of the revised version of the Guide, updates have been made to reflect recent changes in facilities and services including those part of the Library's Master Plan. More detailed information is provided on public transport, parking and site orientation. and instructions on how to use the Library's new catalogue. New Library initiatives to provide screen-readable transcriptions of collection material such are also mentioned, such as the award winning Amplify project and the Sir Joseph Banks Papers.
The Library is delighted to have worked with its committee on providing helpful and practical documents to the community. Any feedback on issues relating to inclusion is welcome and can be provided through the Library's feedback page.