Electronic Resources Australia (ERA) is a consortia for Australian libraries for collaborative purchasing of electronic resources.
Below are a few of the major news items from the ERA eNewsletter: June 2011
House of Reps Committee calls for a nationally funded set of online resources for schools
In mid May, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment released its report on school libraries and teacher librarians in Australia’s public and private schools. The report investigated the issues of role, adequacy and resourcing of school libraries and teacher librarians in Australia.
The Committee Chair, Ms Amanda Rishworth MP, said: “The Committee was struck by thepassion and enthusiasm that teacher librarians have for their profession. We hope that this report goes some way toward highlighting the issues faced by school libraries and teacher librarians, and showcases the valuable contributions that they make to educational outcomes in schools across Australia.”
The Committee makes 11 recommendations in the report, including a recommendation that the "Commonwealth Government partner with all education authorities to fund the provision of a core set of online database resources, which are made available to all Australian schools."
This is a very very important recommendation and ERA will be following up with ALIA, ASLA and the department about possible directions.
Roxanne Missingham (Chair, ERA Executive Committee)
Do you already have a subscription to GALE or Informit?
You should be excited!
ERA announced that Trove now searches millions of articles from Gale and Informit
The National Library of Australia has released Trove 4.0. Trove now searches across millions of articles from ERA vendors GALE and Informit.
These articles are found in a new zone called “journals, articles and datasets”. Library users can view most of these articles online for free if their library has already purchased a subscription from GALE or Informit.
The NLA is continuing to work with vendors and libraries to further improve the quality of article links and authentication.
The Trove homepage has also been redesigned to make it easier to communicate with you, and for new users to understand the benefits of Trove.
This version would not have been possible withoutcollaboration across the library sector.
Information for libraries with Gale and Informit subscriptions is available here.
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