Council of Australian University Librarians

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Council of Australian University Librarians
Type Unincorporated
Founded 1965
Headquarters Canberra, Australia
Key people [Heather Gordon], President
Employees 4
Website http://www.caul.edu.au/

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is a representation body for Australia's thirty-nine university librarians. It was established as the Committee of Australian University Librarians in 1965.[1] Membership is restricted to library directors whose parent institutions are full members of Universities Australia.

CAUL is engaged in a wide range of activities to support it aims. These include:

  • engagement with the national research agenda, which includes liaison with government, support for institutional repositories, research skills training and involvement with the management of research data;
  • facilitating the role of members in supporting and maximising learning and teaching outcomes and contributing positively to the student experience;
  • providing a vehicle for relationships with vendors and publishers and providing services and advice to members on collaborative purchasing of electronic information resources, licensing conditions and access issues;
  • support for university publishing and digitisation activities;
  • collection sharing;
  • information literacy;
  • continuous performance improvement;
  • the production of annual statistics.

CAUL has worked to provide access to Australian higher degree theses, both electronic and otherwise, which are searchable via the Trove service of the National Library of Australia.

CAUL maintains close working relationships with the Australian Department of Education, Department of Industry, the Australian Research Council. the National Health and Medical Research Council, Universities Australia, the Australian National Data Service and other relevant bodies in order to accomplish its mission.

The organisation's office is in the Chifley Building at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The CAUL Memoir - Council of Australian University Librarians 1982-1998. Special Edition of Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL), September 1998.