The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia. CAUL members are the University Librarians or equivalent of the 39 institutions that have representation on Universities Australia and the 8 members of the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL).
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.
CAUL’s vision is that 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.
Read more about CAUL below or in our 2019 brochure.
- Position university libraries as essential infrastructure for teaching, learning and research in their institutions.
- Advance open and equitable access to knowledge, information and data.
- Be a recognised authority on the purpose, value and impact of university libraries in higher education and research.
- Foster cooperative activity between university libraries in Australia and internationally for the benefit of their students, teachers and researchers.
- Represent the interests of its members to government, the community and other stakeholders;
- Promote members’ views and values in national and international discourse on relevant issues and public policy developments.
- Facilitate the sharing of best practice, information and innovation among its members.
- Foster leadership and professional growth of current and future leaders in university libraries.
Strategic Priorities – Our areas of focus for 2017 - 2019
- Fair, affordable and open access to knowledge;
- Digital dexterity – the new skills for learning and research excellence.
The CAUL Board establishes strategic priorities aligned to CAUL's goals. The Board 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.
CAUL has a national and international perspective on issues relevant to university libraries. CAUL provides a forum for discussion and collaboration, and works to promote the common interest. To this end CAUL undertakes a wide range of activities on behalf of its members and the community.
Key activities include:
- Advancing public policy discourse through submissions, policy statements and position papers.
- Developing skills and practice for university librarians and information professionals through an annual calendar of events, workshops, webinars and activities.
- Providing insight through an extensive range of data, analytics and reports on university libraries.
- Advancing solutions for critical challenges through strategic programs of work including:
- Fair, affordable and open access to knowledge and
- Digital Dexterity: the news skills for learning teaching and research.
- Facilitating an electronic resource content procurement program for Australian and New Zealand universities and research organisations.
- Sharing knowledge and fostering collaboration through communities of practice, communication and collaborations.
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 became an incorporated association in the ACT on the 15 February 2019 (see the CAUL inc Certificate of incorporation and new Constitution). Read more about CAUL's incorporation.
- CAUL was an unincorporated association until its incorporation in 2019, the old 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.