Electronic Resources Australia sydney roxanne missingham
ERA ForumRoxanne Missingham, Convenor
• Background• A work in progress – Partnerships – visions• Issues and future directions
BackgroundERA aims to:• Deliver access for Australians to quality to resources through their libraries.It provides a national approach, managed by and for all Australian libraries for their users.
From 2003 to here• Libraries in the Online environment, Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee, 2003• 4 National Licensing Proposal forums 2004 to 2007• Agreed to proceed with an opt in approach in 2007• We are still evolving
Electronic Resources Australia offers significant benefits:• a collaborative purchasing opportunity to provide free public access to quality information• Helps libraries to make a significant contribution to lifelong learning, inspiring creativity and creating possibilities for a vibrant and creative Australia• ERA helps Australia’s smaller libraries to offer more to their users• it lays foundations for future national resource sharing resources offered by ERA are authoritative, easy to use• and available 24/7• ERA offers opportunities for networking and professional development
~9 millionAustralians have access to ERA products
Inquiry into school librariesand teacher librariansRecommendation 1The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government partner withall education authorities to fund the provision of a core set of online databaseresources, which are made available to all Australian schools.Response: Agree to consider. The Australian Government considers there is meritin exploring options for the provision of a core set of online database resourcesto all Australian schools. This recommendation has financial implications for theAustralian Government as well as state and territory governments and wouldrequire the agreement of all parties. Implementation of the recommendationwould need to be considered in light of other budgetary commitments andpriorities.The Australian Government will consult with state and territory government andnon-government education authorities to determine how this recommendationmight align with other initiatives regarding online resources for schools.
A work in progress• Your input is vital• Content• Prices• Working with vendors• Future directions
Issues• Library budgets• Business/purchasing models• Sustaining our current model• Considering new models• More........
2013• A federal election must be held by 30 November 2013