Inclusive Arts Libraries Forum

Delegates at Inclusive art libraries: challenges in HE forum at UAL 2014
Delegates at Inclusive art libraries: challenges in HE. Photographer: Zac Chaudhri

On 16 May 2014 Library Services ran a forum for librarians with an interest in supporting access and inclusion for all in relation to our library resources and spaces.

The day was put together by Sara Osman (Assistant Access and Inclusion Librarian, UAL) and was intended to be of interest to arts librarians in particular, although in the event we had delegates from many UK HE organisations (arts and otherwise) and a significant number of delegates from museums, galleries and other institutions.


Inclusive arts libraries 2014: Forum programme
Inclusive arts libraries; forum programme, by Zac Chaudhri, 2014


The day included presentations from arts librarians in higher education and the museum sector, the UAL Disability Service and from Sam Winston, an artist and UAL alumnus who is also dyslexic.

Pat Christie, Director of Libraries and Academic Support Services, gave a presentation on the need for a truly ‘inclusive environment and culture’.

Inclusive arts libraries, discussion group, by Zac Chaudhri, 2014


Facilitated discussions enabled delegates to network with one another and share their experiences. 

We want the discussion to continue and have set up an access and inclusion JiscMail list for this purpose.

Programme and presentations

There are links to the programme and presentations below; along with a summary of the discussions we had on the day.

We are planning how to take these activities forward, in discussion with colleagues at UAL and in other places. In the meantime, please get in touch via the mailing list or with us directly if you have suggestions.

Slideshare presentations covering the whole event:

Inclusive arts libraries: challenges in HE - speaker presentations

Inclusive arts libraries: challenges in HE - Sam Winston


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