1 April 2020

Academic libraries across Australia and New Zealand have demonstrated great innovation to transition a range of services to virtual delivery to support the continuity of essential services to students and staff as they transition to online teaching, learning and research. Library staff have worked tirelessly to transition services off-campus, to virtual mode, or to consolidate services across physical sites in the interests of high quality student experience and learning and research excellence and should be commended for their efforts.

23 March 2020

Angus Cook, CAUL’s Content Procurement Manager has contacted all CAUL consortium vendors and asked them to supply details of paywalled content that they are making freely available during the COVID-19 crisis.  So far CAUL has had a very strong response from vendors and collated details in a list that has been forwarded to the CAUL Content Community.  CAUL will continue to update the list as further content becomes available, and will also be alerting the community in regards to any lists from other consortia or organisations. 

19 March 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and global health emergency, university libraries in Australia and New Zealand are increasing access to digital resources and services whilst implementing a range of measures in physical spaces to ensure the health and safety of staff, students and the general community. 

18 March 2020

COVID-19: CAUL meetings/events cancelled and members prepare for possible campus closures

18 March 2020

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) has recently released a statement written on behalf of library consortia globally to help publishers understand how the current global COVID-19 pandemic affects the worldwide information community, and to suggest a range of approaches that are in the best interest of libraries and providers of information services. With mass University and school closures affecting hundreds of millions of students globally and the further conversion of teaching to online delivery, it is vital that libraries and publishers work in partnership on the best approach to information delivery.  

12 December 2019

We are pleased to announce that Angus Cook has been appointed Manager, Content Procurement at CAUL, Angus will join the CAUL National Office on January 28th 2020.

12 December 2019

On the 12th December 2019 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) raised preliminary competition concerns about the merger of United States-based publishers Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill Education.

12 December 2019

CAUL and NSLA recently reviewed the principles for access to electronic resources as agreed in 2013. The substance of the principles is the same with the only change being the substitution of “licensed digital content” to replace “electronic resources”.

3 December 2019

Members of the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA), alongside a number of international academic library organisations, have signed an open letter calling for the expedition to Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice.

1 November 2019

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is the first library consortium to sign a transformative agreement with the Biochemical Society (Portland Press), the wholly-owned publishing subsidiary of the Biochemical Society. This is CAUL’s second such agreement following announcement of the first transformative agreement with the Microbiology Society.

31 October 2019

We are pleased to announce that Mark Sutherland has been appointed Executive Director of CAUL.

23 October 2019

The International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) has welcomed Plan S and moves towards an open access environment for journal articles and aligned funder policies to achieve this.

17 October 2019

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the UK-based Microbiology Society are delighted to announce the signing of the first transformative agreement for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

17 September 2019

CAUL's response to the proposed merger of Cengage and McGraw-Hill to the ACCC informal review submitted on the 17th September 2019.

9 August 2019

Jill Benn, University Librarian at the University of Western Australia has been elected as Chair of the Board 2019 - 2021, she will be taking over from the outgoing chair Margie Jantti, University Librarian at the University of Wollongong on the 1st October. Bob Gerrity, University Librarian at Monash University has been re-elected to serve another two year term starting October 1st.

31 July 2019

In June 2019 Standards Australia released a discussion paper seeking community feedback on the development of a new distribution and licencing model. The model is being designed to deliver greater reach, allowing more choice in how content is accessed and to support its public benefit role in the economy.

18 July 2019

A number of presentations were given about CAUL's programs and projects at the 2019 IATUL conference. This post provides information about those presentations.

15 July 2019

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are called for presentations at the 2019 CAUL Research Repositories Community Days. EOIs are due by Close of Business Friday August 9th 2019.

4 July 2019

The modern world demands language,  numeracy and information/digital literacy skills as basic, fundamental life skills.