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11 November 2011

Australasian first with the consolidation of LOTE titles into the library supply market - selection, acquisition, cataloguing, end processing and delivery.

CAVAL, an Australian not-for-profit library services company, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Languages Direct library supply business from DA Information Services Pty Ltd. The integration of the Languages Direct selection and acquisition services, with CAVAL’s cataloguing, processing and delivery services creates Australasia’s first end to end service for LOTE (Languages Other Than English). For libraries in Australia and New Zealand this ensures that the long history of Languages Direct in the supply of library LOTE materials is maintained and strengthened in CAVAL’s infrastructure and library centric focus.

Janette Wright CEO of CAVAL says “The synergies from integrating these two businesses will result in a number of benefits being delivered to library clients, particularly efficiencies across processes and people.”

These benefits include:

  • Efficiency across systems including invoicing, handling, transport, electronic systems and people management
  • Increased account management
  • Strengthening expertise e.g. CAVAL has capacity across 70 languages
  • Improved acquisition capability
  • Improved delivery time.

This acquisition extends and consolidates CAVAL’s library products and solutions offering. Fitting in well with CAVAL’s recent partnership with mk Sorting Systems, which offers library sorting solutions, gates, self checks, RFID tags and associated technology.

All Languages Direct and CAVAL business activities will be located and undertaken at CAVAL’s Bundoora (Melbourne) facility. Clients and contracts will be managed by the CAVAL team, which also now includes Robert Bonte (the Languages Direct Business Manager), ensuring continuity of account management service for library clients. Robert and CAVAL staff will be contacting library representatives to discuss their requirements over the coming weeks.

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Libraries Australia Document Delivery Training session 10th November 2011

3 October 2011

In response to demand from libraries with new document delivery staff, CAVAL is offering a Libraries Australia Document Delivery training session on 10 November 2011.

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The Performance - CAVAL CARM2 Opening Function

27 January 2011

On December 3rd, 2010, Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, opened the facility funded by CAVAL member universities, specifically The University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT University.


CircaNICA principal performers: James Brown, Christian Schoonveldt-Reid, Casey Douglas, Ruby Rowat and Sharon Gruenert. The film of the CircaNICA performance was produced by Laki Sideris.

The opening was celebrated with a performance especially produced and directed by CircaNICA, a leading Australian creative producer and agency for professional circus, and designed to demonstrate the scale of the new Stage 2 facility. The performance opens with residents of an office building (4 levels of library shelving) waking to the morning sun, reading and contemplating. In the park nearby several businessmen consult books for information on their daily activities and finally the brightly-coloured lorikeets of the Bundoora area fly in to inspect the books and their readers.

The $14 million expansion trebles the capacity of the CARM Centre to 78 km of shelves, with capacity to store about three million volumes in a typical library configuration, or seven million volumes in a high-density configuration. Many of the stored volumes form a shared collection, helping to eliminate duplication among member libraries.

The CARM Centre is used by member libraries primarily as a purpose-built, print repository for low-use and last-copy research publications and artefacts. The collection, which is stored in a secure, sealed and environmentally-controlled vault, is catalogued in the Australian National Bibliographic Database and items are accessible via the interlibrary loans (ILL) system or electronic document delivery.

For more information on the CARM Centre contact Janette Wright. janette.wright@caval.edu.au

The Rehearsal - CAVAL CARM2 Opening Function

This behind the scenes film of the rehearsal by CircaNICA of their performance to launch the CARM 2 building at CAVAL, provides an insight into the inspiring work of CircaNICA and a glimpse of the personalities of the performers.


The film of the Rehearsal was produced by Laki Sideris.

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