CAUL Council of Australian University Librarians.

Last updated 30 August, 1996

Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee. Standing Committee on Information Resources. Database Access Working Group

Call for expressions of interest to provide a service to Australian university libraries.

Expressions of interest are sought from service providers for the implementation of a WEB-BASED DATABASE SERVICE (FULL-TEXT or NUMERIC) for Australian university libraries.

The primary goal of the Database Access Program is to provide all staff and students of Australian universities with improved access to a range of information databases in a manner which is cost-effective, takes advantage of cooperative purchasing, complements institutional and national infrastructure investment and improves the quality of support for teaching and research. The Program supports the introduction of innovative services for which recurrent funding will be provided by individual institutions.

Context.

The Australian Government, through Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, has provided funding in 1994-96 to improve library services which support teaching, learning and research in the university sector. The funding is used to support the introduction of innovative services for which recurrent funding will be provided by individual institutions.

The primary goal is to provide all staff and students of Australian universities with improved access to a range of information databases in a manner which is cost-effective, takes advantage of cooperative purchasing, complements institutional and national infrastructure investment and improves the quality of support for teaching and research.

Other aims of the Database Access Program include: providing gateways to a range of bibliographic, full-text and multimedia databases; promoting information literacy among members of the scholarly community; and developing mechanisms which will improve the dissemination of information, particularly the works of Australian scholars.

In this context, the Database Access Working Group is calling for expressions of interest in the provision of new electronic services to Australian university libraries.

Service details.

The service should include:

The expression of interest should include, in addition to the service details described above:

Time-frame.

Expresssions of interest should be received by cob Friday 27 September, 1996. Presentations to the Working Group will be made in October and November. Service provision should commence no later than 1 February 1997.

Selection criteria:

Access via the Internet

Access via an Australian server

Probability that the service would be continued by universties after the trial period

Ease of end-user access

Provision of full-text or alpha-numeric files

Extent of Australian content

Contact details:

Expressions of interest should be addressed to:

Diane Costello
Council of Australian University Librarians
LPO Box 169 (Licensed Post Office)
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel +61 6 249 2990
Fax +61 6 248 8571
diane.costello@anu.edu.au

and be received at this address by cob Friday 27 September 1996.

Further information may be obtained from

Mr John Shipp
University Librarian
University of Wollongong
Tel +61 42 213 546
Fax: +61 42 214 663
j.shipp@uow.edu.au

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