CAUL Electronic Information Resources Consortium (CEIRC)

Program director Robert (Bob) Gerrity
Related topics Information Resources, Scholarly Communications

CEIRC (CAUL Electronic Information Resources Consortium) 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 17 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. The total amount spent on electronic resources in 2016 across CAUL was AU$250 million of a total of AU$305 million on all library resources.  Australian universities processed the equivalent of AU$59 million through the CAUL Office and a much greater amount facilitated by CAUL but invoiced directly via publishers and their agents.

As of August 2017, all publisher/vendor offers and renewals are handled via ConsortiaManager. ConsortiaManager is an application for storing data in one place and enables its users to estimate the value of each journal subscription.

External CEIRC Membership

AgResearch Ltd
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Avondale College
Callaghan Innovation
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Defence Science and Technology Group
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development [WA]
Landcare Research
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
NSW Department of Industry
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
Plant & Food Research
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Unitec Institute of Technology
University of the South Pacific

Current projects and groups

Author Harry Rolf
Last modified 4 January 2019