NOV 16

Works in Progress Webinar: Ngangaanha (to care for)--Improving cultural safety at the University of Sydney Library

Attendees will learn about the development of University of Sydney Library’s approach to embedding cultural competence across collections, services and spaces, and the development of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols.

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The University of Sydney Library Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols
ATSILIRN Protocols – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resource Network
First Peoples: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries
MAAS Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Protocols
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Antonia Mocatta, Director Central Services, University of Sydney Library
Nathan Sentance, Digital Program Manager, Australian Museum


The University of Sydney Library considers diversity and inclusion a strategic priority. This includes working to ensure that all First Nations staff, students, and community members the Library interacts with feel safe, valued, and respected, and that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage within the Library’s collection is recognised and protected in line with Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property principles. The Library has recently published Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols, which demonstrate its commitment to embedding culturally competent practice in all it does across services, spaces, and resources. This document is sector-leading for Australian academic libraries in its scale and scope. The Protocols were informed by a cultural audit undertaken by the Library in 2019, and written by Nathan Sentance as Cultural Adviser in Residence.

Nathan and Antonia will discuss the strategic context for this work, their approach to developing the Protocols, and the tactics used to support the project’s legitimacy and success.  

This webinar will be of interest to those working with First Nations cultural collections, or diversity and inclusion initiatives in Libraries.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!


16 November 2021


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]


Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.