Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

ACTION FOR 1999

from the

STRATEGIC PLAN 1999-2005
(Revision date 7 July 1999)

Updated 23 November, 2000


INFORMATION RESOURCES
  1. Improve opportunities for cost-efficient purchase and licensing of electronic information resources through the CEIRC (CAUL Electronic Information Resources Committee). (Action: CEIRC Convenor)
  2. Establish a framework and develop a business model for a national universities borrowing scheme. (Action: Alison Ransome, Executive)
  3. Develop a business plan and funding model for a national cooperative digital and archive store linking regional stores under a common management and technical structure. (Action: Helen Livingston) (Research Resources Australia - background document, October 2000)
  4. Develop subject gateways for information access & delivery (MetaChem, AgriGate, AVEL) through collaborative development. (Action: Helen Hayes, Marian Bate, Janine Schmidt)
  5. Assess the feasibility of a cooperative approach to collection development and resource sharing for Australian University libraries and other major research libraries (Janus Project). (Action: Janus Steering Group, Executive Officer)
  6. Investigate the feasibility of an Australian University Library portal to facilitate resource sharing & collaborative collection development. (Action: Edward Lim, Earle Gow, Doreen Parker, Lois Jennings)
  7. Evaluate options for a national authentication system which will permit students and researchers to access authorised information and databases with a single sign-on. (Action: Marian Bate, Neil McLean)
SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION
  1. Foster the implementation of the scholarly communication agenda as defined by the March 1999 workshop on Australia's information future. (Action: Colin Steele, Neil McLean)
  2. Support the activities of SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) (Action: Executive Officer)
BEST PRACTICE
  1. Complete a best practice guide for university libraries through the EIP Benchmarking Project. (Action: Gaynor Austen)
  2. Assist in the development of national benchmarks for university library and information technology services by contributing to the IDP Benchmarking Project. (Action: John Shipp)
  3. Review the efficacy of the CAUL Performance Indicator kits and revise if appropriate. (Action: Gaynor Austen)
  4. Investigate additional options for assisting members to enhance the quality of library services eg staff exchanges, skills clinics, development of SPEC-type kits, etc. (Action: Felicity McGregor)
  5. Collect and publish statistics on Australian university library resources and services. (Action: Ainslie Dewe)
  6. Conduct and publish the results of surveys and questionnaires, which enable members to share collective knowledge and experience. (Action: ALL, Executive Officer)
  7. Publish details of Australian and international conferences, projects, documents, etc, which assist members to keep informed of the latest developments in higher education libraries and information services. (Action: Executive Officer)
ADVOCACY, MARKETING, COMMUNICATION
  1. Develop a formal communication strategy, to include a marketing plan relevant to specific bodies such as the government, the AVCC, SCIP, & Vice-Chancellors - to include media contact lists, press releases, information packs. (Action: CAUL Executive)
  2. Develop a communication plan, which ensures that all CAUL members are kept informed of the key activities of the CAUL Executive and Working Groups. (Action: CAUL Executive)
  3. Conduct a seminar on marketing & advocacy at the CAUL 99/2 meeting with CONZUL. (Action: Janine Schmidt)
  4. Raise the awareness of the AVCC to CAUL cooperative strategies through the CAUL strategic plan. (Action: Helen Hayes, ALL)
  5. Support CAUL representation on groups seeking to influence regulatory reform, especially in relation to copyright, telecommunications, higher education, etc. (Action: Evelyn Woodberry, .)
  6. Respond to all relevant inquiries into changes to government Acts & regulations. (Action: CAUL Executive)
  7. Develop strategic alliances by organising a visit of CURL librarians to Australia for a study tour in September, 1999. (Action: Helen Hayes)
  8. Review existing strategic alliances and identify potential groups for the formulation of future alliances. (Action: CAUL Executive)

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