Monday, 22 April 2013
CAUL President (2010-2013)
Cathrine Harboe-Ree is University Librarian at Monash University and was first elected to the CAUL Executive Committee in October 2003. She also served as Deputy President in 2005 and 2008. She was a member of DEST's eResearch Coordinating Committee in 2006, and led the ARROW Project from 2004 to 2008. Cathrine was returned for a second term in 2011.
Improving access by the staff and students of Australian universities to the information resources that are fundamental to the advancement of teaching, learning and research.
Since the first meeting of Australian university librarians in 1928 and the formation of the Committee of Australian University Librarians in 1965, CAUL has sought to ensure a common voice and representation for all university libraries, provide a forum for discussion, and promote common interests.
Membership of CAUL is open to the University Librarian or equivalent of institutions which have representation on Universities Australia.
The CAUL constitution was last amended in 2012.
CAUL is an unincorporated association, but conducts its financial operations as though it were incorporated, including the conduct of an annual financial audit.
The CAUL office was established in 1995 and is located in Canberra, Australia.
The CAUL strategic plan emphasises collaborative activities which will contribute to the achievement of key objectives including:
- optimising student learning outcomes;
- maximising the potential of libraries to contribute to graduate attributes;
- maximising the information resources available to researchers, and the facilitation of their access;
- promoting continuous improvement in university libraries, and
- advocating effective policies and an appropriate legal and regulatory environment.
CAUL maintains close working relationships with Universities Australia, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research & Tertiary Education (DIISRTE), the Australian Research Council, and other relevant bodies in order to accomplish its mission.
In 2003, CAUL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAUDIT and ACODE.
In 2003, CAUL approved a communication strategy and guidelines for CAUL staff, members and their representatives.
In 2004, CAUL approved guidelines for the composition of committees and working groups, and guidelines for determining whether CAUL will take up membership of associated organisations.
A review of operations under regional cooperation was prepared by Chris Mulder and Ray Choate, and tabled at CAUL 1999/1 (1/3/99)
In 2010, a major review of CAUL's committee structure was undertaken.
CAUL and its members are currently engaged in a range of major activities.