CEIRC (CAUL Electronic Information Resources Consortium)
Saturday, 29 January 2011
CEIRC is CAUL’s primary vehicle for relationships with vendors and publishers. CEIRC’s terms of reference address a range of activities including collaborative purchasing of electronic information resources, licensing conditions, access issues, statistical reporting and effective negotiation. CEIRC’s membership also includes the 8 members of the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) and 23 external organisations in Australia and New Zealand. These organisations are a combination of state and federal government departments, Australian research institutes, including CSIRO, NZ Crown Research Institutes and polytechnics, and Avondale College.
CEIRC currently has agreements for 239 database products with a range of 89 Australian and international publishers and information providers, with the equivalent of AUD 39 million handled through the CAUL Office in 2008, and an even greater amount invoiced directly to university libraries via agents and publishers. In 2007, Australian universities spent the equivalent of AU$26 million handled through the CAUL Office, AU$31 million in 2008 and a much greater amount invoiced directly via publishers and their agents. The total amount spent on electronic resources in 2008 across CAUL was AU$145 million of a total of AU$235 million on all library resources.
Details of annual meetings of the CEIRC Datasets Coordinators are available.