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Photos of the VALA/CAVAL 30th Anniversary Celebration are now available to view.

26 November 2008

VALA-CAVAL Anniversary Series 2008 ... 30 years of looking forward

17 November 2008

Presentations now available.

VALA-CAVAL Logo To celebrate their respective 30-year anniversaries, CAVAL and VALA joined forces and presented two internationally respected and insightful speakers. Audiences across the country were informed and challenged as these speakers presented their views and experience on some of the key issues facing our profession today.


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Preparing for RDA Powerpoint now available

24 October 2008

The powerpoint files used in CAVAL's recent Preparing for RDA courses are now available online - here.

CAVAL Horizon Blog Launch

5 August 2008

CAVAL is proud to announce the launch of the CAVAL Horizon Blog - Stay up to date with all the latest developments for the programme. RSS subscriptions are available.

CAVAL Offers First Fully Automated Book Digitising Service in Australia

25 July 2008

In June, CAVAL took delivery of the Kirtas 2400 scanner which provides high speed scanning and digitising of bound volumes. 

No more manual set-up for each page! This scanner uses an automated process to track the position of the pages as they are turned by a robotic page turner at up to 2400 pages per hour.  Designed specifically for bound books and journals, it has adjustments which enable the scanning and digitising of large and fragile volumes. The twin digital cameras provide very high quality images which are well suited for the preservation of original content and ideal for OCR conversion.  The only one of its type in Australasia, the Kirtas 2400 is enhanced by software tools which allow batch cropping and editing of pages to create searchable PDFs ready to be added to your web site or online repository.

There is already considerable interest among libraries and archive facilities with special collections and CAVAL is now offering scanning and digitising services at a rate below $0.50 per page. Contact George Panagiotidis at CAVAL for demonstrations, trials and quotations.

CAVAL Ltd is a not-for profit agency established in 1978 and jointly owned by twelve Australian universities. It provides a variety of services to libraries on a collaborative and commercial basis including shared catalogue systems and services, training and staff development, and storage for library materials.


Janette Wright
Chief Executive
4 Park Drive
+61 3 9459 2722

July 2008 Newsletter

07 July 2008

July newsletter includes:

♦  CARM 2
♦  Kirtas 2400 Scanner
♦  Training Notice Board
♦  Research Report
♦  Asian Online Statistics
♦  Cataloguing Services
♦  CEO Report
♦  CAVAL Staff News

CAVAL July Newsletter - [PDF] 175 KB

Launch of Horizon

03 June 2008

CAVAL is proud to announce the launch of Horizon – Australasia’s first comprehensive executive leadership program specifically designed to prepare senior library and information managers for appointments at Director-level and above.

For more information, download a flyer in Adobe PDF.

To request a CAVAL Horizon information pack and application form, please email horizon@caval.edu.au

Applications will open Monday 9th June and close Friday 22nd August.

CAVAL takes delivery of a Kirtas 2400 Scanner

16 May 2008

The Kirtas 2400RA unit is an automated high speed image capturing device (21.1 Mega Pixel), specially designed to digitise books and journals. Training was provided by Kirtas representatives this week, and CAVAL staff expect to have the unit in operation by the end of the month.

The same device is used by Microsoft’s digitisation projects, it automatically turns the pages of a book and captures its contents, the electronic copies are then converted to full-text searchable PDFs.

CAVAL is the first organisation in Australia to own such a device, capable of digitising up to 2400 pages per hour. Additionally, it will be used by CAVAL’s Document Delivery department to deliver electronic journal articles from the CARM Centre, directly to users desktops.

For any queries or to arrange a demonstration contact George Panagiotidis.



CAVAL Website Restored

09 May 2008

We apologise for the downtime of our website earlier this week. This was due to some technical issues outside our control. Most of these have now been resolved and we expect to restore complete functionality over the coming days.

Please email cavalweb@caval.edu.au for assistance.

Janette Wright, CEO.

Extended DISC analysis now available

05 May 2008

To assist capability development within library organisations, CAVAL can now offer individual and team analysis using the Extended DISC assessment tool.

Enquiries to Richard Sayers - training@caval.edu.au or +61 7 3491 7021.



CAVAL Reference Interest Group Forum May 2008

30 April 2008

The next CRIG Forum will be on Friday May 16 at Monash University's Caulfield campus.

Web 2.0 – Let’s look at what we can do [PDF] 17KB

RSVP for Forum online here.   

Basic Skills for Analyzing Library Service Quality Assessment Data

10 March 2008

CAVAL is delighted to announce that Professor Bruce Thompson will be presenting a one-day workshop “Basic Skills for Analyzing Library Service Quality Assessment Data” in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday 18 April 2008, in conjunction with the IATUL Conference.

This workshop will provide participants with some basic skills for the quantitative analysis (both statistical and graphic) of library service quality assessment data. Although some examples will use samples from the 1.3 million users worldwide who have completed LibQUAL+®, the focus of the session is not on LibQUAL+® per se.

Bruce, who is best known within the library community as one of the three original developers of LibQUAL+®, is Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology and College Distinguished Research Fellow, and Distinguished Professor of Library Science, Texas A&M University, and Adjunct Professor of Allied Health Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine (Houston).

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.caval.edu.au/calendar-courses.html

CAVAL launches its new webpage!

13 February 2008

We've designed our new site for improved usability for our visitors. We welcome any feedback you may have for improvements!   

Website feedback and assistance

Email: cavalweb@caval.edu.au

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