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Universities trial new forms of electronic information delivery

Library services in Australian universities are set to improve as a result of funding to be provided by the Federal Government through the National Priority (Reserve) Fund.

The funding will be used to run five projects in a set of trials running for 4 months from 1 July 1995. The trials are being coordinated through the office of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) in Canberra.

The funding, designed to improve library services supporting learning and research in the university sector, will support the introduction of innovative services for which recurrent funding will be provided by individual institutions.

Mr John Shipp, CAUL president and convenor of the Database Access Working Group of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee's Standing Committee on Information Resources said that the aim of the four trials was to provide all staff and students of Australian universities with improved access to a range of information databases.

"We need to do this 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," he said.

Other aims of the Database Access Program include:

The five projects identified for funding from the National Priority (Reserve) Fund are:

Media contacts:

John Shipp, University Librarian, University of Wollongong, tel: 042 213 546, fax 042 214 663, email:


Diane Costello, Executive Officer, Council of Australian University Librarians, tel: 06 249 2990, fax: 06 248 8571, email:

3 July 1995

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