Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting Summary 29 March 2017

Meeting summary of the first Inclusion Advisory Committee meeting, 29 March 2017

The Committee’s first meeting took place on Wednesday 29 March from 4-6pm. Mr Mark Tonga was guest chair for the meeting.

After introducing themselves, the Committee received a presentation from Acting State Librarian and CEO Ms Lucy Milne. Ms Milne provided a broad overview of the Library and its history leading up to present activities including the Master Plan to refurbish the Mitchell Library and open new galleries and public spaces.

Next the Committee received a briefing from its secretary Mr Michael Carney, who gave an overview of the Library’s activities in the area of Access & Inclusion. This included the Library’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan, its new partnership with Accessible Arts in the Accessing Sydney Collectively Campaign and the publication of a new Access & Inclusion webpage including information on planning one's visit, accessibility at the Library and adaptive technology. Michael also briefed the committee on a new oral history collecting strategy to acquire interviews of people with disability. He encouraged members of the Committee to be personally involved, or recommend others to be contacted for this initiative.

The first agenda item for discussion was for the Committee to relay their initial impressions of the Library. Broadly speaking the Committee were very positive about their experiences with the Library however did note issues with access from the Library carpark and the slope in the pedestrian access from Macquarie Street. The need for AUSLAN interpreters for Library events was raised as well as the lack of a set-down point.

The second agenda item for discussion for the Committee to review its draft Terms of Reference. Several suggestions and comments were made including for the Committee to meet with other Library external committees such as the Multicultural Advisory Group and the Indigenous Advisory Board.  

The last item for discussion was for the Committee to provide feedback into the Library’s latest revision of its Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Feedback was given on emergency evacuation procedures, the way actions are measured and the need for transcriptions, captioning and audio description to be provided for exhibition and online content.

The process for nominating a Chair was outlined by Mark Tonga entailing nominations being sent to Michael Carney by 3 April.