Related Organisations

CAUL is a member of a number of national and international bodies and partners and engages with many more to further the objectives of CAUL for all members.

Memberships include:

  • IARLA - International Alliance of Research Library Associations (no fee)
  • SPARC - Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (paid membership)
  • COUNTER (paid membership)
  • ICOLC - International Coalition of Library Consortia (no fee)
  • ALACC - Australian Libraries and Archives Copyright Coalition (paid membership - recovered from CAUL members)
  • ADA - Australian Digital Alliance (paid membership)
  • Associations Forum (paid membership)


CAUL is a member of the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA). IARLA was established in 2016 as an informal group of like-minded associations of research libraries across Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. IARLA functions as a platform for collaboration amongst its members, who work together on a voluntary basis to develop agreed positions in support of an emerging international research library agenda and open scholarship. The Alliance is governed by its founding membership of five research library organisations, and operates as an informal network without incorporated status or membership fees.


SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. Through CAUL's membership of SPARC, all members of CAUL (University Librarians or equivalent) receive regular updates directly from SPARC.


CAUL is an institutional member of COUNTER. COUNTER provides the standard that enables the knowledge community to count the use of electronic resources.


ICOLC is an informal group of library consortia from around the world facilitating discussion on matters of common interest.


CAUL is an institutional member of the ALACC, the primary policy body for copyright issues affecting the library, archive and information sectors in Australian. The CAUL Board appoints a Lead for Copyright Advocacy who represents CAUL on the ALACC. The current CAUL Lead, appointed in July 2019 is Roxanne Missingham, the University Librarian at the Australian National University.


The Australian Digital Alliance provides a voice for the public interest in access to knowledge, information and culture in copyright reform debates.

Associations Forum

The Associations Forum is the leading organisation in Australia assisting associations and charities in governance, opererations, membership and finance.


Some of the key bodies that CAUL engages with:


The Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology is the peak body for Information Technology Services within Higher Education and Research in the region. It is a not for profit association owned by its 63 member organisations.  Members are represented by the most senior person with portfolio responsibility for information technology. CAUDIT’s purpose is to support each other in leading the application of digital capabilities to transform education and research. CAUDIT supports CIOs and their teams through the provision of a broad range of services, fostering collaboration, leadership and good practice among its members. Services include coordinating the provision of cybersecurity services, negotiation of collective procurement agreements, benchmarking, professional development, thought leadership, events and provision of networking opportunities. 


The Digital Access to Collections project is an initiative of GLAM Peak – the peak representative bodies of the galleries, libraries, archives and museums sectors in Australia – which began meeting in mid-2015, collaborating to enable people to access, use and build on our national collections.


Other related organisations:

Libraries of the Australian Technology Network (LATN)

The Libraries of the ATN are characterised by a focus on high quality services and the bold, innovative application of technology in an academic library context. 

The Western Australian University Libraries (WAUL)

WAUL group is a collaborative venture designed to foster co-operation, sharing of ideas and joint actions to enhance the delivery of academic library services in Western Australia.


(Additional information about other partners will be added to this page in due course)


Author Mark Sutherland
Last modified 9 September 2021