Strategy 2023+

The strategic plan sets out our direction from 2023 and aligns our mission, programs, capacity, and values. Our members and community are at the core of the CAVAL Strategic Plan 2023+

With essential input from the board, management, key member stakeholders and, importantly, the staff, this plan is committed to understanding and addressing the wider community’s needs, working as partners, and optimising its value.

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Our Vision


Our Core Business


Our Values 

We are a trusted partner inspiring and driving innovation in the library community  
  • Collaboration
  • Collection Management
  • Capability Building
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Transparency


    3 Strategic Priorities    

Storage Building

Future of Storage

  • Develop a strategy to support national research collections
  • Consult and further understand the current and potential future needs of members and non-members
  • Develop a strategy for the management of storage facilities and the stewardship of print collections for the short, medium and long-term
  • Facilitate sustainable collecting practices
  • Work with CAVAL’s members and community to optimise space utilisation in Libraries and CAVAL’s storage facilities
  • Facilitate collaboration with members and community to develop collections of excellence amongst the group

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Capability Building

  • Drive best practice principles for discovery
  • Drive a culture of innovation and new and critical thinking provide a clear path through platforms, consultancy, and workflows to increase the accessibility and discoverability of collections
  • Build a future ready workforce through professional development
  • Develop a comprehensive competency framework for Academic Librarians
  • Meet member and community driven project needs by providing resourcing, professional development, and opportunities to connect and collaborate

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Resource Sharing and Collective Collections 

  • Implement and provide a platform to support collaboration
  • Complete FOLIO implementation to improve discoverability and accessibility of the CAVAL Shared Collection
  • Provide a platform to enable efficient and unmediated inter-library loans and document delivery
  • Utilise the platform to make data and member driven collection maintenance decisions
  • Extend services to collective collections and collection management
  • Form a Collective Collections Working Group to create sound policies in collection management within CAVAL’s membership


    The Framework    

Underpinning our Core Business, we base our priorities in the following areas:

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Number 2


Number 3


Number 4

  • Integration
  • Continuous process improvement
  • Future Member benefit
  • Culture of Innovation
  • Digital first
  • Continuous change
  • Inspired
  • External & internal connection
  • Communication
  • Collective benefit
  • Shared solutions
  • partnerships