Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

Guidelines for the Conduct of CAUL Surveys

Updated 6 August, 2003
The following principles are used (to varying degrees) in surveying CAUL and responding to such surveys:

For the surveyor:

  1. Surveys may be conducted by any CAUL member, or their representative.
  2. Surveys are generally, and preferably, conducted by email to the CAUL email list, ie email directly to (by a list member only)
  3. Include in the subject line of the email message the subject of the survey, the date and the name of the institution e.g. BENCHMARKING SURVEY (QUT 22/4/96) It helps if the subject is typed in upper case.
  4. Nominate a closing date for responses, preferably not less than two weeks.
  5. Include the responses of the surveying institution, as a guide to the intention of the questions.
  6. Summarise all responses after the closing date, and circulate the responses to CAUL (with an electronic copy to the CAUL Office please).
For the respondents:
  1. Send the replies only to the surveying institution, which is responsible for summarising and reporting the responses to the rest of CAUL.
  2. Use the email "Reply" facility wherever possible, to keep the subject and the content of the message intact, or as a last resort, repeat the subject line from the original message.
  3. Respond by the requested date.

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