CAUL Advisory Committees

Ithaka S&R US Library Survey 2013

Many of you might have seen this already – there is a new Ithaka S&R US Library Survey 2013 – the last one was in 2010.

However Bryan Alexander, Ph.D. Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) has provided a good summary at his blog:

For the full report see –


Filed under: Quality & Assessment,

Digital Literacies initiative: University of Waikato

ACODE64 Workshop will feature the Digital Literacies initiative at the University of Waikato.  Launched mid-2013, action was underpinned by principles expressed in the University’s Staff Development Plan.  For a quick view of the scope, look at the Speed Seminars program.  It includes a mix of digital skill sets for teachers and researchers operating in digital environments – and includes topics familiar to academic library staff – evaluating information online, reference management tools, copyright and the nature of eBooks.

Filed under: Information Literacy, ,

CQAAC 2014 strategic priorities

CAUL Strategic Plan & CQAAC 2014 priorities

Note: CQAAC’s plan was amended to reflect interest in standards (working with ALIA) for Australian academic Libraries and workforce planning initiatives.

5. Proactively build influence and visibility with policy makers through representation on relevant external bodies and coordinate responses to relevant public enquiries, as appropriate. (Executive, Advisory Committees)

60. Monitor quality initiatives, including AUQA and TEQSA developments, relevant to university libraries. (Executive, CQAAC)

10. Develop, maintain and promote the CAUL website as a source of information about higher education issues of relevance to university libraries. (Executive Officer and Advisory Committees)

14. Encourage collaboration between CAUL Advisory Committees on matters of shared interest. (Advisory Committees)

22. Further investigate the contribution of libraries to learning outcomes and the student experience by drawing on research such as the AUSSE, UES surveys. (CLTAC)

51. Liaise with Insync Surveys to improve survey for benchmarking between CAUL members. (CQAAC)

55. Review and share workforce development activities for the sector to ensure the development of a capable workforce for the future. (CQAAC)

56. Develop KPIs/benchmarking criteria for electronic materials availability. (CQAAC)

54. Advise CAUL on the use of benchmarks to improve performance. (CQAAC)

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Impact of library discovery technologies: a report for UKSG

Impact of library discovery technologies: a report for UKSG. [By Valérie Spezi et al] The report was prepared for UKSG with the support of JISC and in partnership with LISU, Loughborough University, Centre of Information Management, Loughborough University and Evidence Base, Birmingham City University. Published by UKSG November 2013 (UK)

The goals of the study were:

  • To evaluate the impact that library discovery technologies (such as link resolvers and web-scale resource discovery services) have on the use of academic resources
  • To provide evidence to determine if there is a case for (a) investment in discovery technologies by libraries and (b) engagement with library discovery technologies by publishers and others in the academic information supply chain (unless no positive impact is found, in which case to provide evidence to this effect)
  • To provide recommendations for actions that libraries, publishers and others in the academic information supply chain should take to engage with such technologies to best support the discovery of resources for teaching, learning and research
  • To identify additional research, data, discussion, initiatives or other activities required that will support the implementation of the findings of this study.

Filed under: Quality & Assessment,

ACODE 64 Workshop: Developing Staff Digital Literacies


This workshop is activity based, focusing on staff digital literacies, exploring concepts and definitions; strategies for institutional implementation; and personal development and application.

Filed under: Workforce, ,

Textbook Publishers Push to Provide Full Digital-Learning Experience

In his latest Chronicle Technology column, Steve Kolowich looks at textbook publishers’ move into learning management system territory, combining textbooks and related content with course delivery platforms. Full article here.

Filed under: eTexts