CAUL Electronic Information Resources Consortium (CEIRC)

Program director David Howard
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.

Licences

Model Licences

LicensingModels.org (The new name for LicensingModels.com). Model standard licenses for use by publishers, librarians and subscription agents for electronic resources. (John Cox Associates) Updated 27/10/09 Notes on changes: referring to the Academic Single Institution Licence in the following; parallel changes have been made to all the licences, though the clause numbers may vary a little. 

  1. Unnecessary provisions have been removed: the last clause on resolving disputes by an ‘expert’ (clause 12) has been removed as being superfluous.  References to “agent” and “Publisher’s Representative”  have been removed as they have, in the event, proved to be unnecessary. 
  2. Clause 1 Definitions now includes definitions of Learning Object, Text Mining and Virtual Learning Environment. 
  3. New usage rights in respect of these definitions will be found in clauses 3.2.3, 3.2.4, and 3.2.6.

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
Scion
Unitec Institute of Technology
University of the South Pacific

Author Harry Rolf
Last modified 11 September 2018