CAUL has a Content Procurement Program and the work of the program is undertaken primarily through the vehicle of the CAUL Consortium. The CAUL Consortium is governed by a Content Procurement Committee that plays a strategic advisory role in guiding the Content Procurement Program and the work of the Consortium. The strategy implementation of the Program and the operational activities of the Consortium are managed by a CAUL staff member, the Content Procurement Manager. The Content Procurement Manager works closely with and relies on the active participation of the Content Coordinators who represent Consortium member institutions. The Content Coordinators participate in a wider Content Community comprising staff in CAUL Consortium member institutions who have a role related to the procurement and/or management of scholarly content.
The CAUL Consortium comprises a number of member institutions who pay an annual CAUL Consortium Levy and adhere to a CAUL Consortium Member Participation Agreement. There are three categories of CAUL Consortium Members: CAUL Members (39), CONZUL Members (8) and Other Members (17). The latter category do not have representation on the Content Procurement Committee.
The efforts of the CAUL Consortium are focused on improved value for money, through economies of scale and greater leverage in the digital content marketplace, enabling influence on the development of products and platforms and the transformation of access to digital scholarly content. The Consortium negotiates agreements aligned with strategic initiatives on behalf of member institutions to secure optimal acquisition of digital content, using the best possible pricing models, with the most favourable terms for members, and to deliver significant benefits of cost avoidance, thus ultimately saving Consortium Members both time and money.
Although the CAUL Consortium is primarily the vehicle through which the CAUL Content Procurement Program operates, the Consortium may also be used as appropriate, from time to time, for the procurement of non-content services/products. This includes: products providing access to content or analysis of content; any products/services that meet particular needs of Consortium members and for which consortial procurement will produce a better outcome for members.
The business of the CAUL Consortium in terms of workflow management is conducted primarily through the ConsortiaManager application. ConsortiaManager connects with the MYOB accounting application which in turn connects with the CommBiz business banking solution. The business of the Consortium aligns with industry standards and best practice wherever practically possible. The CAUL Consortium is a member of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC).
Other (non-university) Members of the CAUL Consortium
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Defence Science and Technology Group
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development [WA]
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