Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

About CAUL

Improving access by the staff and students of Australian universities to the  information resources that are fundamental to the advancement of teaching, learning and research.
Updated 10 April, 2009

Since the first meeting of Australian university librarians in 1928 and the formation of the Committee of Australian University Librarians in 1965, CAUL has sought to ensure a common voice and representation for all university libraries, provide a forum for discussion, and promote common interests.

Membership of CAUL is open to the University Librarian or equivalent of institutions which have representation on Universities Australia. Membership may also be open to the Chief Librarians of other nationally significant libraries in higher education institutions which are not represented on Universities Australia.

The CAUL constitution was last amended in 2008.

CAUL is an unincorporated association, but conducts its financial operations as though it were incorporated, including the conduct of an annual financial audit.

The CAUL office  was established in 1995 and is located in Canberra, Australia.

The CAUL strategic plan emphasises collaborative activities which will contribute to the achievement of key objectives including:

CAUL maintains close working relationships with Universities Australia, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), the Australian Research Council, and other relevant bodies in order to accomplish its mission.

In 2003, CAUL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAUDIT and ACODE.

In 2003, CAUL approved a communication strategy and guidelines for CAUL staff, members and their representatives.  In 2004, CAUL approved guidelines for the composition of committees and working groups, and guidelines for determining whether CAUL will take up membership of associated organisations.

A review of operations under regional cooperation was prepared by Chris Mulder and Ray Choate, and tabled at CAUL 1999/1 (1/3/99)

CAUL and its members are currently engaged in a range of  major activities.


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This site is written, compiled and maintained by Diane Costello, Executive Officer, CAUL.