Monday, August 8, 2011

Electronic Resources for libraries

Electronic Resources Australia (ERA) is a consortia for Australian libraries for collaborative purchasing of electronic resources

ERA has negotiated subscription terms and conditions for the ERA Productson behalf of Australian libraries. 

If you are from an Australian library, you can request a password so you can see pricing for products offered - send an email request to Once you have received a password and considered the pricing and vendor Head Deed agreements, contact the participating vendors to arrange a subscription. 

For further information:

ERA Meeting in Perth - 19 September
ERA is holding a meeting for members and other interested representatives from Australian libraries at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth) on Monday 19 September 2011.
We are delighted to welcome the following guest speakers:
  • Cheryl Hamill (Fremantle Hospital and Health Service)
  • Sandra Naude (St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls)
  • Gemma Lyons (State Library of Western Australia)
Other sessions include an update on the developments of Trove and a vendor panel with the following ERA vendors:
  • Gale Cengage Learning
  • Foward Learning (World Book)
  • RMIT Publishing (Informit)
A copy of the agenda is available on the ERA website.
Registrations are now open.  If you are interested in attending, please register by 12 September 2011: attendance is free but places are limited.
ERA Review Committee - seeking your views on ERA
The ERA Executive Committee has appointed a Committee to review the operation and vision of ERA
It is considered timely to undertake a review to ensure that ERA continues to benefit and meet the expectations of Australian libraries and continues to make progress towards its objectives for national licensing in the short and long term.
The members of the Review Committee are:
  • Judy Hanlen (TAFE NSW-Illawarra Institute)
  • Geoff Strempel (Public Libraries Network South Australia)
  • June Wall (Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview)
  • Diane Costello (CAUL)
  • Caryl Armstrong (SA Pathology).
The Review Committee is initially seeking submissions from representatives within the different library sectors. 
Submissions should address one or more of the points below:
  • the benefits and impediments for libraries within your sector participating in ERA and suggestions for overcoming any barriers to participation in the short to medium term;
  • the appropriateness of the current ERA licence terms and product range (i.e. titles, format and categories) for your library and sector;
  • the meaning and value of national licensing for your library and sector, and how national or whole of sector licences (either externally funded or self funded) can be achieved through a consortia based approach;
  • the key priorities that ERA should focus on in the next 12-18 months (including any co-ordinated lobbying activities or collaborative initiatives); and
  • the most effective way to communicate and engage with your sector and other consortia.
Submissions should be forwarded to by Monday12 September 2011.
More information about the ERA Review can be found on the ERA website.

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