CAUL Advisory Committees

CAUL Study Tour 2014 – Pre Tour Excursion

To shake off the jet lag, several of the tour group travelled by train (the Den Haag Station is literally metres from our hotel) to Amsterdam. A perfect day for sightseeing the amazing network of canals, tall, narrow row houses, the canal boats (all 2.5 thousand of them) while dodging thousands of bicycle riders.

Even the train ride perpetuates the stereotypical imaginings we have of the Netherlands with ancient wind mills, bicycle lanes and canals bordering the railway tracks. The communal gardens are in full crop and the summer houses are littered with outdoor furniture occupied by the Dutch sipping long cold drinks on a balmy Spring day.

Tomorrow the tour starts in earnest with TU Delf in the morning and Leiden University in the afternoon. Everything is pointing to a great week ahead!



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edX partnership with Vital Source announced

The nonprofit online learning initiative edX has announced a new partnership with Vital Source Technologies Inc., an e-textbook platform that will work on behalf of edX members to acquire and host free textbooks for edX courses. The partnership is intended to make it easier for edX members to acquire e-textbook content for inclusion in edX courses, including MOOCs.

Filed under: eTexts, MOOCs

In the light of MOOCs, intellectual property policy remains flexible

This article from the Duke Chronicle highlights emerging issues around intellectual property related to MOOCs, when their creators move to a different institution and may want to bring their MOOC with them.

Filed under: MOOCs

CAUDIT Leadership Institute 2014

The CAUDIT Leadership Institute is a dynamic, immersive program designed to enhance the leadership skills of Australian and New Zealand information technology and information resources managers (inc. librarians) in higher education. It is an outstanding opportunity to share information with peers and participate in hands-on learning experiences.

Members of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute faculty are senior information technology and information resources professionals in higher education, drawn from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The Institute has been offered annually since 1998.

Important details

Who should attend: Experienced information technology and information resources managers from Australian and New Zealand universities, including aspiring CIOs.
Why attend: To become a more valuable contributor in your institution and the sector.
To remain current in key areas of management theory and technique focused on higher education.
To interact with your peers from other universities.
To think outside your current work environment.
Where: Peppers Salt Resort, Kingscliff NSW
When: 18-22 August 2014
Cost: TBA
Number of participants: Limited to 48
How to apply: Details are here
Closing date for applications: TBA

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Library Assessment Conference 2014 – Registrations Open

Registration is now open for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–6, in Seattle, Washington. The conference aims to build and develop a vibrant library community through invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, lightning talks, panels, workshops, and networking with those interested in assessment. The fifth Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the University of Washington (UW) Libraries.

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Value & impact studies UK data services: new report

Forwarding for information:

Jisc has just published the synthesis report of the value & impact studies of Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC).

This report is available to download from []

It summarises and reflects on the findings from a series of recent studies, conducted by Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd. and Prof.John Houghton of Victoria University, into the value and impact of these three well established research data centres . It provides a summary of the key findings from new research and reflects on: the methods that can be used to collect data for such studies; the analytical methods that can be used to explore value, impacts, costs and benefits; and the lessons learnt and recommendations arising from the series of studies as a whole.

The data centre studies combined quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to quantify value in economic terms and present other, non-economic, impacts and benefits. Uniquely, the studies cover both users and depositors of data, and we believe the surveys of depositors undertaken are the first of their kind. All three studies show a similar pattern of findings, with data sharing via the data centres having a large measurable impact on research efficiency and on return on investment in the data and services. These findings are important for funders, researchers, and data managers, both for making the economic case for investment in data curation and sharing and research data infrastructure, and for ensuring the sustainability of such research data centres.

The quantitative economic analysis indicated that:

·The value to users exceeds the investment made in data sharing and curation via the centres in all three cases – with the benefits from 2.2 to 2.7 times the costs;

·Very significant increases in work efficiency are realised by users as a result of their use of the data centres – with efficiency gains from 2 to 20 times the costs; and

·By facilitating additional use, the data centres significantly increase the returns on investment in the creation/collection of the data hosted

– with increases in returns from 2 to 12 times the costs.

The qualitative analysis indicated that:

·Academic users report that the centres are very or extremely important for their research. Between 53% and 61% of respondents across the three surveys reported that it would have a major or severe impact on their work if they could not access the data and services; and

·For depositors, having the data preserved for the long-term and its dissemination being targeted to the academic community are seen as the most beneficial aspects of depositing data with the centres.

An important aim of the studies was to contribute to the further development of impact evaluation methods that can provide estimates of the value and benefits of research data sharing and curation infrastructure investments. This synthesis reflects on lessons learnt and provides a set of recommendations that could help develop future studies of this type.

Many thanks Rachel

*Rachel Bruce*

Director Technology Innovation

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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 –

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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.

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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.

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