Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

Library Committee - Terms of Reference
CAUL Survey (ANU 6/8/97)

Updated 1 June, 1998

This is an updated and amended version of responses to the questionnaire on terms of reference of Library Committees which was emailed on 28 August 1997.

Besides ANU, 23 libraries responded:

1. Australian National University
2. Curtin University
3. Edith Cowan University
4. Flinders University
5. Griffith University.
6. Northern Territory University
7. Southern Cross University
8. University of Canberra
9. University of Melbourne
10. University of New England
11. University of New South Wales
12. University of Newcastle
13. University of Queensland
14. University of Southern Queensland
15. University of Sydney
16. University of Technology, Sydney
17. University of Western Australia
18. University of Wollongong
19. Charles Sturt University
20. La Trobe University
21. Macquarie University
22. Queensland University of Technology
23. University of Tasmania
24. Victoria University of Technology

[numbers in square brackets below refer to the number of the university in

the list above]

Of the 24 universities:

2 did not have a Library Committee [3, 7]

The titles of the committees were:

… Library Committee [1, 4, 10, 13, 17, 18, 20, 21]
… Library Advisory Committee [11, 14, 22]
… Information and Communication Services Committee [8]
… Information Services Committee [23]
… Information Services Policy Committee [5]
… Joint Library Committee [6]
… Libraries Committee [9]
… Library and Information Service Advisory Committee [2]
… Library and Information Technology Committee [15]
… Library Services Committee [12]
… Library Users Committee [16]
… Academic Services Committee [24]
… Education Committee [19]

The following functions (necessarily paraphrased) were included in committee terms of reference as indicated:

… advise Academic Senate or Board on questions of library policy or development [4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 24]
… advise Librarian on questions of library policy [4, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 24]
… comment on matters brought to its attention [1, 2, 10, 11, 13, 18, 20, 21, 24]
… develop, recommend and/or review appropriate strategies/strategic plans [5, 8, 9, 11, 16, 22, 23, 24]
… advise on Library statute or rules [2, 6, 9, 10, 13, 21, 24]
… maintain advisory groups or users' committees or act as a channel to users [1, 5, 9, 14, 15, 21, 23]
… advise Librarian on priorities in acquisition [6, 12, 15, 22]
… advise Librarian on use of funds [9, 10, 18, 22]
… receive, approve and/or transmit annual report [2, 9, 20, 23]
… review or advise on budget submissions [5, 9, 23, 24]
… advise senior officers of the university about matters relating to the library [1, 11, 15]
… advise Librarian on operation of library [16, 18, 24]
… advise vice-chancellor, etc, on needs of library [21, 23]
… sponsor activities to explain developments in information services [14, 15]
… advise on or approve allocation of funds between faculties, etc [9, 18]
… monitor implementation of budgets [5, 24]
… encourage co-operation with other libraries [10]
… ensure Library's role as part of research infrastructure is maintained [11]
… monitor archives and/or museum advisory committees [9]
… monitor and advise on emerging technologies [23]
… develop policies, objectives and priorities for the provision of information services [19]
Colin Steele
University Librarian
Australian National University
colin.steele@anu.edu.au
1 October 1997 (updated)

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