2014 Year in Review Wednesday, 26 August 2015

See also the full document in pdf published 28 March 2015.




In 2014 CAUL welcomed the following new members:  Sue Hutley (Queensland University of Technology), Catherine Clark (Curtin University) and Jill Benn (University of Western Australia).  David Howard departed from Edith Cowan University to take up his appointment at Flinders University.

Members who were farewelled in 2014:  Jane Long (University of Tasmania), Judy Stokker (QUT), Liz Burke (Murdoch University), Mary Davies (University of Western Australia), Imogen Garner (Curtin University) and Ian McBain (Flinders University).

Executive Committee 2014

Heather Gordon – (President from September 2013)

Andrew Wells – (Deputy President from December 2013 to September 2014)

Margie Jantti – (from September 2012, Deputy President from September 2014)

Anne Bell – (from September 2013)

Ralph Kiel – Treasurer (from September 2013)

Sue Hutley – (from September 2014)

In attendance: Diane Costello – Executive Officer

Advisory Committees

CAUL Copyright Advisory Committee (CCAC).  Chair:  Teula Morgan to September, then JoAnne Sparks.

CAUL Electronic Information Resources Advisory Committee (CEIRAC).  Chair: Philip Kent.

CAUL Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC).  Chair:  Ralph Kiel.

CAUL Learning & Teaching Advisory Committee (CLTAC).  Chair:  Anne Horn.

CAUL Library Publishing Advisory Committee (CLPAC).  Chair:  Roxanne Missingham.

CAUL Quality & Assessment Advisory Committee (CQAAC).  Chair:  Margie Jantti to September, then Jennifer Peasley

CAUL Research Advisory Committee (CRAC).  Chair:  Linda O’Brien.

CAUL Statistics Advisory Committee (CSAC).  Chair:  Craig Anderson to October, then Leeanne Pitman

Key Activities

*      The final report of the CAUL Research Repositories Survey was published in October 2014.

*       The CAUL Statement on Open Scholarship was updated March 2014.

*       The CAUL Electronic Information Resources Consortium (CEIRC) concluded negotiations with Emerald Publishing on a new tiered pricing model which delivered increased access to management and other professional literature to 41 universities in Australia and New Zealand.

*       ALIA, in partnership with OCLC, CAUL and the State Library of Queensland hosted a March event for library stakeholders in the online learning space.  One hundred participants explored MOOCs and the opportunities to use libraries’ support of students and academic staff for advocacy.

*       An ORCID roundtable was hosted by ANDS and CAUL in Canberra on July 29.  55 university librarians, Office of Research Directors, representatives of research funding bodies and other interested parties attended, to reflect on the progress of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) internationally, share national perspectives on ORCID, discuss institutional views of ORCID adoption and facilitate practical measures that can meet institutional needs.

 *       The biennial CAUL Leadership Institute, held in Canberra in August, provided a forum to highlight the major issues influencing the shape of the Australian higher education sector and their implications for university libraries, now and into the future.  There were 27 delegates, all senior library staff from four New Zealand and 20 Australian universities.

*       A CAUL/ANDS (Australian National Data Service) Open Data Workshop was held September 2014 at AUT University in Auckland and attended by 33 CAUL and CONZUL members.  Keynote speakers were: Professor Peter Rathjen (University of Tasmania), Professor Sue Thomas (Charles Sturt University) and Dr Ross Wilkinson (CEO ANDS).

*       Roxanne Missingham participated by Skype in an ARL (Association of Research Libraries) forum focussing on the scholarly monograph, held in Washington D.C. in October 2014.  CAUL was invited to contribute to the panel session on The Monograph in the Global Environment.

*       The annual CAUL Research Repositories Community Event was held at the Australian Catholic University’s North Sydney campus in November 2014.  There were 65 registered delegates and external speakers from the Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the National Library of Australia (NLA) and AusGOAL.

*       A fourth Negotiation and Influencing Workshop was held in Sydney in November 2014.  Eighteen staff from 14 institutions attended. The session offered delegates the opportunity to participate in a series of activities that addressed the importance of negotiating in the workplace.

*       Working with CAUL/CEIRC, a presentation at the VALA 2014 Conference by Diane Costello, introduced 25 new publishers and vendors to CAUL’s practices, procedures and principles dealing with the consortial acquisition of electronic resources in ANZ universities.


*       CAUL, through its Research Advisory Committee, cooperates closely in areas of research support, open access policies and research data management with ANDS, the ARC and the NHMRC.

*       Collaboration with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) continued in 2014 with 3 CAUL members participating in the ALIA Higher Education & Research Advisory Committee (HERLAC), joint planning of the MOOCs event in March, and the Executive Officer’s participation in the ALIA e-lending working group.

*       Liaison continues with international major international and national organisations e.g. CONZUL, Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT), Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE), JISC Collections, International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC,) ALIA, National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) and the National Library of Australia.

*       Two CAUL representatives sit on the Libraries Australia Advisory Committee (LAAC) to “provide advice on strategic issues which influence, inter alia, changes occurring in the library community which are likely to affect services.”

*       Via a pre-IATUL 2014 Study Tour of Northern Europe arranged by CAUL, ten delegates from Australia and New Zealand visited universities in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.  Key issues of interest included data management, which was on the agenda of all university libraries visited, the various models in place to manage article processing charges (APCs), the generally e-preferred policy for books, and moves towards creating learning spaces within libraries.

Higher Education & Research Policy

CAUL contributed submissions to a range of government and other public inquiries:

*       Public Consultation on the Draft ERA 2015.  CAUL’s response was prepared by Cathrine Harboe-Ree.  14 February, 2014.

*       Public Consultation on the Draft ERA 2015 Journal & Conferences Lists.  CAUL’s response was prepared by Cathrine Harboe-Ree, submitted 11 March 2014.

*       Higher Education Standards Panel, Proposed Revisions to the Current Higher Education Standards.  CAUL’s response was prepared by Margie Jantti, 26 June 2014.

*       Australia’s Innovation System.  CAUL’s response was prepared by Linda O’Brien, submitted 30 July 2014.

*       Status Report on the National eResearch Capability.  CAUL response was prepared by Linda O'Brien and submitted 22 September 2014.

*       OLT/Higher Education Standards Research Fellowship.  CAUL’s response was prepared by Anne Horn 31 October 2014.

*       Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research.  CAUL’s submission was prepared by Linda O’Brien, submitted 28 November 2014


The CAUL 2014 Achievement Award recipients were Lynette Torres and Leanne McCann, leaders of the Monash University research and learning team, for their major contribution to the student learning experience.

The CAUL/ASA 2014 Fellowship was made possible through a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.  It was awarded to Dr Lyndon Megarrity who is using it for research into James George Drake: a Queensland Nationalist, Federalist and Liberal.  The project is designed to bring Queensland back to the centre of the story of Australian Federation.


CAUL developed a set of Strategic Directions for 2014-2016 with key priorities including:

*       Learning and Teaching:  Supporting transformations in the role of university libraries as partners in learning and teaching, and their major contribution to the student experience.

*       Research:  Strengthening the role of university libraries as a partner in the research process and promoting their unique contribution to scholarship and scholarly communication.

*       Access to Information: Ongoing improvements in members’ capacity to maximise access to information resources.

CAUL Hot Topics 2014

Communication & Influence

Higher education in 2014 – Greg Evans, Deputy Chief Executive, Universities Australia

Contribution to Learning & Teaching

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - David Howard Flinders University

Third Party Learning Resources (TPLRs):  an investigation – a QUT report - Sue Hutley (Lynn McAlister, Regina Obexer, Martin Borchert, QUT)

Information & Digital literacy - Anne Horn, Janet Copsey, with the following papers presented:

Professional development: integrating IL into academic curricula. - Hester Mountifield, University of Auckland           

Reframing information literacy for a blended 21st century Environment. - Lyndsay Ainsworth, Lincoln University

Digital literacy at Deakin University: how the new world order is bringing libraries back to the fore… - Sue Owen, Deakin University

Information Resources

eTextbooks trial being conducted by Gale-Cengage - Maryce Johnstone, Gale Sales Manager - Australia & New Zealand, Cengage Learning


Australian National Data Service - Ross Wilkinson, Australian National Data Service, presented by David Groenewegen, Director, Research Infrastructure, Monash University


Delivering Quality & Value

Workforce Development, Griffith Style - Linda O’Brien

Developing and Planning the Workforce for the Future @ Melbourne - Philip Kent

Information Services Career Pathing - JoAnne Sparks



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