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2008 Training Directory Launched

17th December 2007  

CAVAL is pleased to announce the launch of its 2008 TRAINING COURSE DIRECTORY.

With over 80 exciting new and updated seminars and workshops, the 2008 training program has been designed to help information professionals fly, teleport and change appearance at will!

Download the directory as a PDF at
or email to request a print/CD copy.


  • Archives for Community Organisations (2 days)
  • Cataloguing Foundations, including RDA (2 days)
  • Exploring Second Life, with Kathryn Greenhill
  • Introduction to Library Metrics
  • Leading in Libraries: A Leadership Program for LIS
    (2 days)
  • Library IT: Leadership Perspectives, with May Chang
  • Mastering Search 2.0
  • Space Planning for Libraries
  • The Hyperlinked Library, with Michael Stephens
  • Time Management with Blackberry
  • Train the Trainer (3 days)
  • Writing for Publication

For the latest 2008 course information bookmark the CAVAL Training Calendar at

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5th December 2007

"Be nimble..move quickly..try things out!"

New in 2008, CAVAL and ENVISIONWARE are pleased to present
- an Expert Forum with Michael Stephens.

In this exciting half day seminar, Michael Stephens - author of the influential Tame the Web blog - will explore new technology trends and provide a roadmap toward becoming The Hyperlinked Library.

SYDNEY - Macquarie University Library, Tuesday February 26th, 2008 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.
MELBOURNE - Thomastown Library, Thursday February 28th, 2008 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.
ADELAIDE - Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of SA, Monday March 3rd, 2008 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
PERTH - State Library of WA, Wednesday March 5th, 2008 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.
BRISBANE - State Library of Qld, Thursday March 13th, 2008 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

To register online, visit

MICHAEL STEPHENS Ph.D., is currently Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He spent over fifteen years working in public libraries, most recently as Special Projects Librarian at Saint Joseph County Public Library. He published The Library Internet Trainer's Toolkit in 2001. Two years later, he launched his weblog, Tame the Web, which has since grown into a community of over 5,000 subscribers. Michael was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal in 2005 and has recently produced two ALA Library Technology Reports on Web 2.0 and also created a graduate seminar on Library 2.0 theory and practice.

Course Fees (including Australian GST)
$220.00 (Retail)
$176.00 (CAVAL Members)
$198.00 (CAVAL Associate Members)
$220.00 (Consortia)
$220.00 (Professional Associations)
$154.00 (Reduced - students and unemployed)

ALSO new in February 2008 - LIBRARY IT: LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES AND STRATEGIES, with May Chang, Head of Library IT Services at the University of Maryland.

Details at

For further information or assistance, please email Training Administration at
or telephone +61 3 9450 5508.

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CAVAL - November Newsletter

12th November 2007

November newsletter includes:

  • CAVAL Open Day
  • Training Notice Board
  • CAVAL Going Forward - CEO

CAVAL November Newsletter - [PDF] 180 KB

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Marketing for Non-marketing Professionals

17th October 2007

CAVAL Training is pleased to present MARKETING FOR NON-MARKETING PROFESSIONALS, a dynamic new one day program for library and information professionals presented by the award-winning marketing strategist, Duncan McLachlan.

Listen to Duncan's LIANZA 2007 conference presentation "Five Marketing Principles and how to apply them" (mp3 18.8Mb) and then register online for a day of marketing that promises to be refreshing, stimulating and a singularly unique way of thinking for libraries!

[More information]

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New for VALA 2008...

28th September 2007

- a one day workshop for library systems and IT professionals presented by May Chang, Head of Library IT Services at the University of Maryland

Melbourne, Monday 4th February 2008, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm - Saxons Training Facilities, Level 8, 500 Collins Street VALA conference delegates just $378.40 (GST inc)

Also Sydney, Brisbane and Perth dates.

Information technology (IT) is in a pivotal position in libraries as we expand beyond computers, networks, and systems into the fluid and dynamic virtual world of social networking, Web 2.0, the NextGen OPAC, open source software, and other emerging technologies. Developments often seem to be at warp speed as library IT staff attempt to provide leadership while managing technology growth and user expectations. This one day course provides a broad overview of the perspectives, practices and strategies in leadership of library IT services. The course explores approaches, factors, and strategies that contribute towards successful leadership.

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CARM2 Proposal

26th September 2007

CARM 2 is a proposal to construct a second storage facility for low-use library materials adjacent to the existing CARM facility in order to take advantage of the available staffing and facilities management services; including collection management, deposit and retrieval services, and on-site digitisation and document delivery services.

[More information]

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Interested in Vernacular Script Cataloguing?

17th September 2007

At CAVAL, we constantly monitor trends and changing environments in order to develop and offer new, relevant services to the library and information sectors.

Recently, we've identified some interest in vernacular script [non-roman character] cataloguing. We would like to canvas a wider audience, to determine whether such a service would be of interest and be viable.

We would appreciate a small amount of your time to answer a very brief questionnaire - it should take no more than 5 minutes. Please link directly to the survey from here:

This survey closes on 12th October 2007.

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New CAVAL Member

5th September 2007

Welcome to our newest CAVAL Member institution, University of Tasmania.

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2007's 2nd Expert Forum Announced

30th July 2007

CAVAL is pleased to announce its second Expert Forum for 2007, in association with SirsiDynix. Registrations are now open and expected to fill quickly.

THE TOP 10 STRATEGIES FOR LIBRARY SUCCESS - An Expert Forum with Stephen Abram.

Now that we are well into the new Millennium, what are the top ten issues facing libraries and the library profession? What are the top strategies we need to employ to ensure our success in our communities and learning institutions? Will advertising driven search engines really win the hearts and minds of our customers? Are our collections right for today or will use of Google's vault of digitized books grow wildly? Are we ready for the next round of technology and social change? Will our local and national cultures be overwhelmed by generic world services?

Library Journal 'mover and shaker' Stephen Abram returns to Australia in August to ask these and other big questions, and to provide some insights into where we, as libraries, might invest our energy for success. How fast can we succeed? In this thought-provoking half day forum, Stephen will provide his usual insightful and positive ideas for action.

  • MELBOURNE - Saxons Training Facilities: Tuesday August 28th, 2007 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • SYDNEY - Saxons Training Facilities: Wednesday August 29th, 2007 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • BRISBANE - Cliftons Seminar: Thursday August 30th, 2007 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • PERTH - Cliftons Seminar: Friday August 31st, 2007 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

To register online, visit

WHO should attend?
Stephen Abram's strategic insights are highly valued by library and information professionals across the globe.

Who should attend this forum?
Anyone and EVERYONE with a commitment to the present and future success of libraries. Come along and be inspired!

STEPHEN ABRAM, MLS, is the President-elect of SLA and the past-President of the Canadian Library Association and Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He has been VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest and Publisher Electronic Information for Thomson. He ran libraries for Suncor, Coopers & Lybrand, Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson and Mayer and Hay Group. Stephen has been listed by Library Journal as one of their first "Mover and Shakers", the 'key' people influencing the future of libraries and librarianship. He has been awarded SLA's John Cotton Dana Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies. He was President 2002 of the Ontario Library Association as well as sitting on the SLA Board of Directors as Director and Secretary. He gives over 90 international keynote talks annually to library and information industry conferences and writes articles and columns for Information Outlook, Feliciter, Access, Multimedia & Internet @ Schools, and Library Journal. He is the author of ALA Editions' Out Front with Stephen Abram.

Your investment for a half day with Stephen Abram (GST inclusive):
$283.80 (Retail)
$198.66 (CAVAL Members)
$212.85 (CAVAL Associate Members)
$241.23 (Consortia, including AGLIN)
$255.42 (ALIA, ASLA, RMAA members)
$141.90 (NEW GRADS, students, unemployed)

For further information or assistance with registration, please email the Training team at

A certificate will be provided on completion of this course to fulfil membership requirements of the ALIA PD scheme.

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CAVAL Newsletter July 2007

16th July 2007

July newsletter includes:

  • CARM2 Progress Update
  • CAVAL Open Day
  • Training Notice Board
  • CLIC 2 Millionth Transaction

CAVAL July Newsletter - [PDF] 146 KB

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CAVAL Training Survey 2007 - Now Available

11th July 2007

CAVAL Training Survey 2007 - Now Available

The FIFTH annual CAVAL TRAINING NEEDS SURVEY is now available online at

Don't miss out! Once again, this is your chance to have a direct say in the delivery of training and development to Australasian information professionals.

The survey is web-based and only takes 3-4 minutes to complete. Al survey responses remain anonymous.

At least six lucky participants will be selected at random to receive PRIZES of CAVAL training vouchers valued at A$110 (GST inclusive).

Over the past four years, nearly 3,000 library and information workers have helped to shape the CAVAL Training program. Their input has led to a wide range of popular new courses, including in 2007: Managing Copyright Compliance, New and Emerging Internet Technologies [Web 2.0 and Beyond]], Stepping up to Supervision, Managing Challenging Clients, and Answering Family History Enquiries - our first e-learning program.

Your contribution to the survey in 2007 will help CAVAL Training to develop new courses and update existing programs for 2008, and provide valuable advice on new initiatives such as Executive Leadership and e-learning.

The survey will be available for three weeks from today. Access the survey directly from the link
or from the CAVAL home page at


If you have any questions, suggestions of e-lists for promoting the survey, or wish to nominate as a trainer/facilitator, please do not hesitate to contact the CAVAL Training team at or telephone +61 3 9450 5508.

We look forward to your contribution to the 2006 CAVAL Training Needs Survey.

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CAVAL CEO Appointed

6th July 2007

The Chair of the Board of CAVAL Ltd, Craig Anderson, is pleased to announce that Janette Wright has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of CAVAL Ltd.

Janette comes to CAVAL with an extensive background in the library and academic sector. In her current position as Director – RMIT Publishing, Janette has been responsible for the introduction of new content, as well as a new delivery platform.

Six years as Director – Public Libraries and Networks, as well as a substantial role in New South Wales local government has provided Janette with an in-depth background to the library sector. In addition to this experience, Janette has spent a number of years in the private sector, providing services and systems to all types of libraries.

Janette’s unique blend of management expertise, business acumen and information industry experience bodes well for the future of CAVAL. Janette will take up her new position on August 20.

CAVAL is owned jointly by a number of Australian universities -Australian Catholic University, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University, University of Ballarat, the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Sydney and Victoria University.

It was established in 1978 to enhance the effectiveness of the educational and research activities of its member institutions, through contributions to the excellence of their library services.

CAVAL currently offer a number of services, including one of the worlds’s few shared, single copy research book collections kept in archival quality conditions. Other services include metadata creation, cataloguing, training and consultancy services.

CAVAL is currently in the planning stages of an expanded collection preservation facility, which will double the current facilities from a 1,000,000 volume capacity to 2,000,000 volumes.

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