file0001485174885CAVAL Ltd is a consortium owned by universities and structured as a company limited by guarantee.

Storage Solutions (CARM Centre):  This shared collection is managed by CAVAL for long-term ownership, maintenance and access, providing a cost-effective solution to their archival storage. The Centre gives libraries fast, easy access to rarely-used material, delivering requested material digitally to the user-desktop. Members can save millions of dollars in storage costs by utilising this facility.

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Macquarie is a university on the move, on the way to becoming one of the top 200 research universities in the world. This new building will symbolise the university’s aspirations and reputation. It will provide a 21st Century learning and research environment that facilitates vital interactions between people and knowledge.  Located at the main entry to the university, the new building will enrich campus life by providing a central Library combined with learning, research and social spaces. The facilities will be unmatched by any academic library in Australia and complement today’s collaborative approach to learning and research. Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) storing 80% of collection over the life of the building. Open shelves storing 20% of collection.

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UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) was invited to establish a national trusted repository for Indigenous data in 2008. This ’node’ of the Australian Social Sciences Data Archive (ASSDA) manages the collection and storage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research data.  This addresses the need to manage research data in this priority area by collecting often dispersed data and managing it in accordance with appropriate protocols, drawing on the expertise jointly developed by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and the UTS Library.

Keywords: UTS (University of Technology, Sydney), Australian Social Sciences Data Archive (ASSDA)


URRSA (Universities’ Research Repository South Australia) is a co-operative venture operated under the terms of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Flinders University Library, the University of Adelaide Library and the University of South Australia Library. The Repository provides secure, high density accommodation for lesser used volumes transferred from the three university libraries.

URRSA is located on the Flinders University campus and is managed by the Flinders University Library. The Repository has the capacity to hold up to 1.5 million volumes and is serviced by a daily courier that delivers requested items to libraries on all campuses and to other major libraries in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Keywords: URRSA (Universities’ Research Repository South Australia), Flinders University Library

New Zealand


IMG_2402Collaborative Storage of Library Print Collections (CONZUL).

New Zealand is a small country with a population of 4.5 million and eight universities spread over two large islands to the south east of Australia. In the early 2000s, a vision was developed for a single copy storage of low use legacy print collections in major libraries. The concept involved a national store to include the eight university libraries and five large public libraries. This initial concept was not realised. In 2009, the New Zealand government funded through the Tertiary Education Commission a study to examine the various options for storage of low use print by university libraries, current holdings then being 19 km of serials and 17 km of books. The study focused on rationalising the retention of low-use print research collections to release library building space for alternative uses. Moderating the costs of further library buildings was an aim, along with the preservation of print research collections and the provision of effective access to stored research collections. It was hoped to leverage off developments in the UK, USA and Australia.

The study examined a range of alternatives for future storage and determined that outsourcing to a commercial supplier was the most cost-effective solution. No initial construction costs would be involved, and ongoing costs could be shared. There are no environmental controls. The facilities are clean and dry and have acceptable temperature fluctuations. The project is truly collaborative, in that ongoing costs are divided according to costs and budgets, and not use of the facility. One third of the costs is allocated equally to each of the eight universities and the remaining two thirds of the costs are distributed according to the university budget allocation for each university in the scheme.

Ownership of the materials is ceded to UNZ (Universities New Zealand) for administrative purposes. The materials are stored in boxes with barcodes for tracking. Consecutive deposit by each university library is occurring, the first being the largest, the University of Auckland, which has also taken a leadership role in the project. Five universities have lodged materials to date. Holdings are listed nationally on Te Puna, New Zealand’s online listing of holdings of contributing libraries in New Zealand, with links to the rest of the world and on individual library catalogues. There is a shared website for communication. To date, there are 214.000 volumes stored. Items requested by clients are scanned and e-mailed, although the collections are physically accessible with reading rooms for clients.  The current focus is on the CONZUL (Council of New Zealand University Librarians single copy store of legacy print journals available electronically.

The project involves collaborative approaches to decision making and a joint governance model. It is envisaged that later moves will be made to the storage of monographs.

Keywords: Collaborative Storage of Library Print Collections (CONZUL), UNZ (Universities New Zealand), Te Puna, New Zealand’s online listing of holdings of contributing libraries in New Zealand