The Western Australian Group of University Librarians (WAGUL) is a collaborative venture designed to foster co-operation, sharing of ideas and joint action to enhance the delivery of academic library services in Western Australia.
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The Western Australian Group of University Librarians (WAGUL) met formally for the first time in October 1992 as a cooperative initiative of the four publicly funded universities in Western Australia. The University of Notre Dame Australia joined the group in 1999.
Since then WAGUL has continued to meet to foster the development of university library services and collections in Western Australia. The group currently meets four times each year, and is chaired by each University Librarian in an annual rotation, with executive support provided by the host library for that year. The current chair of WAGUL is Constance Wiebrands – University Librarian (Edith Cowan University).
Terms of Reference for the Western Australian Group of University Librarians
The Western Australian Group of University Librarians (WAGUL) is a collaborative body which provides a forum for the discussion and promotion of shared interests between the member libraries with the overarching objective of enhancing the value and effectiveness of these libraries.
WAGUL aims to:
- Provide a forum for state-based collaboration on matters of shared interest
- Provide leadership in developing the capability of the staff of member libraries
- Inform the activities of member libraries in participating in the achievement of the teaching, learning and research objectives of their institutions
- Encourage participation in regional and national debates on developments in academic libraries and information services and higher education in general
- Plan, implement and deliver professional development opportunities for staff of WAGUL institutions
- Provide structured opportunities for the regular exchange of information about the operations of member libraries
- Plan, implement and monitor consortium arrangements for the shared purchase of resources and services
- Provide a regional focus for the development of responses to sector initiatives and developments and represent these views at the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)
- Share information about the development of objectives and strategies of the member libraries
- Seek opportunities to develop partnerships with external agencies and organisations where such partnerships are likely to assist WAGUL to achieve its aims