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Presentation & Discussion RMIT University 30th September 2009

09 October 2009

CAVAL is pleased to welcome Dr Michael Stephens to Australia as its 2009 Visiting Scholar. Michael is an internationally recognized Web 2.0 commentator, writer and library academic based at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, outside Chicago.

In a world first for CAVAL and its project partners, CityLibraries Townsville and Dominican University, Michael’s research is focusing on the value and effect of Learning 2.0 programs in libraries. His research while 2009 Visiting Scholar aims to develop a pioneering model for what Michael terms "an exemplary Learning 2.0 program for Australian libraries."

Michael Stephens at RMIT

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ALIA and CAVAL announce new direction for public LIS training in 2010

09 September 2009

CAVAL Ltd and the Australian Library and Information Association Ltd (ALIA) are pleased to announce the transition of CAVAL’s Public Training Program in February 2010.

The Public Training Program has been a highly successful activity for CAVAL over a number of years, but with a company strategy to focus on business-to-business relationships, CAVAL decided earlier this year to transition the service to a more appropriate environment.

Sue Hutley, Executive Director of ALIA, said, 'This ground-breaking deal has been identified by the ALIA Board of Directors as a very good ‘fit’ for our service to members. ALIA will use the Public Training Program as a basis for further enhancing professional development opportunities to its 6,000 members.’

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Presentation for CAVAL Members by Dr Michael Stephens

04 September 2009

As you will already be aware, internationally recognised Web 2.0 commentator, writer and library academic, Dr Michael Stephens, is CAVAL’s 2009 Visiting Scholar.

Partnering with CityLibraries Townsville and Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, CAVAL supports Dr Stephens’ visit to Australia this year.

In a world first for CAVAL and its project partners, Dr Stephens' research is focusing on the value and effect of Learning 2.0 programs in libraries.

Working with a co-researcher from CityLibraries Townsville, Dr Stephens' research aims to develop a pioneering model for what he terms "an exemplary Learning 2.0 program for Australian libraries."

CAVAL Members are invited to attend a presentation by Dr Stephens about his work in Australia, and discuss the wider implications for libraries in this country and internationally.

Wednesday 30th September 2009
10am – 12pm
Seminar Room 1, RMIT Swanston Library, Building 8, Level 5, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne.

Refreshments will be provided.

There will be no charge to CAVAL Members for this event.  Limited places will be made available to non-members, with a modest entry fee per person.

For more information and to register online, visit

Registrations must be received by 5pm Thursday 24th September.

Numbers for this presentation are limited and Members are urged to register quickly to avoid disappointment.  Preference will be given to Members.  Subject to demand, a second session may be organised.

For Dr Stephens' acclaimed Tame the Web blog, visit http://tametheweb.com/

Uni librarians seek more CARM in shared digs

11 August 2009

First digConstruction is underway to expand CAVAL's archives and research materials centre (CARM) at Bundoora in Melbourne's north-east, home to the largest collaborative library repository in Australia. The $15 million project, sponsored by three Victorian universities, will treble the centre's storage capacity to three million volumes and improve online access to digitised volumes. The expanded centre, which opens next year, features stringent environmental controls to ensure the long-term preservation of stored materials.

Pictured (from left to right): Philip Kent, University Librarian, University of Melbourne; Craig Anderson, CAVAL Board Chair; Cathrine Harboe-Ree, University Librarian, Monash University; and Ainslie Dewe, University Librarian, La Trobe University.


CAVAL featured in Campus News

03 August 2009

The July 21st issue of Campus News features an article on Michael Stephens, CAVAL Visiting Scholar in 2009, a news sidebar on the CARM2 project and an ad for CAVAL .

Campus News goes to all university administrators Australia-wide.

See articles Into the Vault and Libraries head into the blogosphere.


CAVAL Board of Directors – 200th meeting on July 23rd, 2009

31 July 2009


The CAVAL Board meeting on July 23rd was held at CSIRO Publishing due to CAVAL’s construction activity for CARM2.

The Board welcomed new Board members, Marianne Broadbent and Anne Horn. 

The picture shows John Cameron, Craig Anderson, Marianne Broadbent and Janette Burke celebrating the 200th meeting of the CAVAL Board. 


Craig Anderson was re-elected as Chair for another 12 months.

The main business items discussed included:

The YTD Financial Performance of CAVAL; implementation of the Financial Action Plan for 2009;
The CEO’s Report including the Report on the pilot Horizon Executive Leadership Program and the transfer of the CAVAL Public Training Program;
The CARM2 Progress Report – the below picture shows the first of the tree removals to make way for the new loading bay for CARM1 and CARM2  

For further details contact Janette Wright, CEO, CAVAL.

Tree Removal


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CAVAL’s Large Format Digitising Device needs a name

30 June 2009

Map tool

CAVAL’s Digital Services team has completed the design and construction of CAVAL’s Large Format Digitising Device. The technology is now available for use by Australian Libraries, Archives, Museums and Galleries.

The device is capable of digitising A0 sized items, using high end Canon Cameras. This removes the need for large format material to pass through rollers found in traditional large format scanning devices. The device is capable of digitising large format items such as newspapers, posters and paintings without the need for disbinding / dismantling.

Items are digitised in A0 sections, and then stitched together to form one seamless, high resolution image. This allows items larger than A0 to be digitised, as long as they can be digitised in A0 sections.

CAVAL has digitised over 40 maps for the Victorian Department of Transport, producing high resolution copies of the maps, allowing users to zoom in and uncover a wealth of detail.

Sample 1 Sample 2

Both Samples are about 14MB in size, allow time for download.

Although the new device has proven itself as one of Australia’s largest and most sophisticated large format digitisation devices, it’s yet to be given a name.

CAVAL is calling for potential names for our new device, from Australian and New Zealand Libraries, Archives, Museums, Galleries and alike. The winner will be awarded $300 worth of digitisation work on either the Large Format device, or CAVAL’s Automated Kirtas Book digitising device.

Send your ideas to george.pana@caval.edu.au before the 17th of July. Call George Pana if you’d like further information about CAVAL’s digitisation services, 03 9450 5505.

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20 May 2009

Monash University and the University of Melbourne have each agreed to contribute $5.5 million towards the construction of the largest collaborative library storage facility in Australia, owned and managed by the library consortium CAVAL Ltd.

The $16.1 million library project will treble the storage capacity of CAVAL's existing archive and research materials (CARM) centre at Bundoora in Melbourne to over 32 000 linear metres of medium and high density shelf space. When completed in late 2010, the expanded facility will be capable of holding more 3.5 million volumes, more than any university library in Australia.

The CARM centre is used by member libraries of CAVAL primarily as a purpose-built, print repository for low-use and last-copy research publications and artefacts. The collection, which is stored in an environmentally-controlled 'vault', is catalogued in the Libraries Australia database and items are accessible via the interlibrary loans (ILL) system or electronic document delivery.

In exchange for their contribution to the project, Monash University and the University of Melbourne will obtain reserved shelf space for 30 years, equivalent to about 1.5 million volumes in total. The remaining space will be used to extend the shared collection for member libraries and for the leasing of space to a range of libraries, art galleries, museums and archives.

CAVAL's Chief Executive, Janette Wright, says the expanded CARM centre will allow university libraries to free up more library space on campus for student use and new technology, without risking the loss of important library assets.

"This is a very cost-efficient solution for libraries that are running out of space.

The reality is that many university libraries today are in steady state, having to remove volumes from their shelves to make room for new acquisitions. By collaborating in a print repository such as the CARM centre, a library can avoid the cost of storing low-use volumes that other libraries already hold and, most importantly, minimise the risk of losing irreplaceable 'last-copy' items," she said.

The expanded facility will feature tight environmental controls to ensure the long-term preservation of stored materials. The air inside the vault will be maintained at 20°C (±2°C) with very low humidity. According to project architect, Mark O'Dwyer of H2o Architects, the vault is designed to maintain its design temperature and humidity for a minimum of 24 hours in the event of a total loss of power.

"To achieve that, we have designed what is essentially a highly insulated box that doesn't leak. The building will have extra-thick insulation in the walls and roof and there is even insulation to go beneath the concrete slab. Upon completion, the whole building will be pressure-tested to pinpoint leaks," he said.

Due to the need for long-term storage, the facility will have a design life of 40-50 years, over three times that of many commercial buildings being built today.

O'Dwyer says the building's exterior will feature a translucent facade in acrylic and metal panels that will soften the appearance of the building and help it to blend into its leafy setting at Bundoora.

Construction of the expanded facility is scheduled to commence next month.

For further information, contact:
Janette Wright, Chief Executive, CAVAL Ltd.
Tel: 03 9450 5501 or email: janette.wright@caval.edu.au

Craig Anderson (Chair of CAVAL: Board) signs the CARM2 Licence
Deed for the University of Melbourne, watched by Cathrine Harboe-Ree,
University Librarian, Monash University at CAVAL’s AGM on 21st May 2009.

 Celebrating the signing of the CARM2 Licence Deed at the CAVAL AGM on 21st May, 2009
 Celebrating the signing of the CARM2 Licence Deed at the CAVAL AGM on 21st May, 2009, are (left to right),
Philip Kent, University Librarian, University of Melbourne; Craig Anderson, Chair, CAVAL Board and
University Librarian, RMIT University; Cathrine Harboe-Ree, University Librarian, Monash University
and Janette Wright, Chief Executive, CAVAL Ltd.

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Relais International Appoints CAVAL for Local Support in Australasia

01 May 2009

Relais International is pleased to announce an agreement with CAVAL Ltd to provide Support and Hosting Services for Australasian customers of the Relais ILL Management Software.

CAVAL will provide a Help Desk and first line Application Support Service for libraries using Relais in Australia and New Zealand. The Help Desk will operate as a triage service, assigning local resources to issues based on their severity and urgency, and escalating calls to the Relais International Service Centre in Canada where appropriate. CAVAL staff will be trained to provide application support for Relais.

From June, existing and new Australasian Relais sites will have local, real time support from CAVAL’s ISO ILL specialist staff, based in Melbourne, Australia. CAVAL will assume the management of local hosting services for Relais International hosted customers.

Relais International and CAVAL see this partnership providing a significant benefit, immediately and in the future, to libraries in Australia and New Zealand by affording access to local hosting, support and training.

CAVAL is a not-for-profit library consortium owned by 11 Australian universities and offering a range of specialist services to libraries including inter-library-loan and document delivery services and systems, digitisation of library materials, consultancy, specialist cataloguing services, training and staff development in library and related fields, and off-site storage for library and archive materials.

Relais International has been providing ISO ILL compliant Inter Library Loan and resource sharing systems for over a decade. Based in Ottawa, Canada, specialised Inter Library Loan application staff provides continuous improvements to the Relais product. Currently, 11 Australian libraries are using Relais to interoperate with over 1000 Australian and New Zealand libraries and also libraries world wide.

Contact for more information:

George Panagiotidis, CAVAL Ltd. Tel: +61 3 9450 5505
Email: george.pana@caval.edu.au

Clare MacKeigan, Relais International, Tel +1-613-226-5571 X70
Email: clarem@relais-intl.com

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CAVAL's Digitisation service heats up

2 February 2009

CAVAL's Digitisation Team

As Melbourne endures a record breaking heat wave, CAVAL’s Digitisation service breaks its own digitisation record.

The photo shows CAVAL’s Digitisation team holding the digital version of the physical books in front of them. The 211 books where digitised on behalf of Monash University using CAVAL’s Kirtas 2400 RA digitising device.

The Kirtas device barely broke a sweat, automatically turning over 60,000 pages. CAVAL’s expert digitising team promptly applied CAVAL’s quality assurance process on each individual image.

The project generated a staggering 225,438 electronic files, in 1,394 directories amounting to 1.3 Terabytes.

The Optical Character Recognitioned (OCR) files will be loaded into Monash University’s ARROW project systems. 

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