Society is transformed through the power of research, teaching and learning. University libraries are essential knowledge and information infrastructures that enable student achievement and research excellence. CAUL makes a significant contribution to higher education strategy, policy and outcomes through a commitment to a shared purpose:
To transform how people experience knowledge – how it can be discovered, used and shared.
Strategic Priorities – Our areas of focus
CAUL’s key priority for 2017-2019 is to advocate for:
- Fair, affordable and open access to knowledge;
- Digital dexterity – the new skills for learning and research excellence.
The CAUL Executive establishes strategic priorities aligned to its purpose. The Executive is responsible for policy and its execution; the governance, prioritisation and allocation of resources; and, establishing and fostering strategic partnerships and collaborations to address, nationally and internationally, the issues and opportunities impacting Australian university libraries.
Membership Benefits Include:
- Advocacy and promotion of Australian university libraries, and their enabling of student achievement and research excellence;
- Representation of views and interests to government, regulators and other key stakeholders;
- Establishing and fostering collaborations with allied organisations within Australia and internationally;
- Skilled negotiation for sector-wide agreements for the procurement of electronic information resources;
- Access to leading and innovative models and resources for the advancement of university libraries;
- Access to an extensive program of events and special interest groups.
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.
- 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 constitution was last amended in March, 2014.
- The CAUL office was established in 1995 and is located in Canberra, Australia.
- In 2016, CAUL joined with other academic & research library organisations to form IARLA (International Alliance of Research Library Associations).
- In 2010, a major review of CAUL's committee structure was undertaken.
- 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.
- In 2003, CAUL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAUDIT and ACODE.