OCLC Research, CAUL partner to determine innovation trends, priorities in research libraries in Australia, New Zealand

DUBLIN, Ohio, 5 October 2018—Council of Australian University Librarians logoOCLC Research, in partnership with the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), is conducting a survey to gauge innovation trends and priorities in research libraries. The survey is being sent to library directors at 47 institutions in Australia and New Zealand.

The goal of the survey is to gain intelligence regarding trends, capacities, and priorities within the research library community. This will help CAUL, OCLC and the OCLC Research Library Partnership to identify strategic opportunities and may reveal areas for possible future collaborations between the partnering organizations. This will inform future joint activities between OCLC and the research library communities in Australia and New Zealand.

This survey follows a similar survey that was sent to library directors at 238 institutions in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, France, and Italy in 2017. OCLC Research will also survey research libraries in Canada, partnering with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

OCLC Research will be responsible for administering and analyzing the survey results, and will share findings with CAUL for dissemination to its members. OCLC Research will share the data gathered in this survey, so that others can make their own interpretations.

About the Council of Australian University Libraries

The Council of Australian University Libraries (CAUL) is the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia. CAUL’s vision is that society is transformed through the power of research, teaching and learning. University libraries are essential knowledge and information infrastructures that enable student achievement and research excellence. CAUL makes a significant contribution to higher education strategy, policy and outcomes through a commitment to a shared purpose: To transform how people experience knowledge – how it can be discovered, used and shared..

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