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The rate of change for society as a result of the pandemic has stretched a lot of us. It is, in fact, perfectly normal to feel a bit overwhelmed especially with the challenges met by our Industry and the wider community.
We spoke to our academic library colleagues - Kat Cain, Deakin University, and Adele Walsh, LaTrobe University, and asked them several questions, linked to the current crisis, in terms of how their institutions are adapting, how are they coping personally, what gives them hope for future and much more. 
Bonus! Our colleagues from CAVAL, Sae Ra Germaine, and Sara Davidsson have also shared their views, giving us a wider perspective on the situation. Check out the full storand stay safe out there.

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'More inclusion has been an unexpected change from Covid-19' - Kat Cain, Deakin University Library

Whether it’s student or academic focused expansion of digital service (virtual consults, Lib in Res, or chat enquiries) or library staff focused (virtual coffee catchups or fortnightly meetings with our UL) there has been more equitable and accessible options to connect for everyone at Deakin.

'If ‘2020’ was a character in a film, it will be John McClane (Die Hard)– the hits keep coming and we keep pushing forward' - Adele Walsh, La Trobe University Library

Many new and difficult scenarios have shown their face this year. It’s created opportunities to try new approaches and innovate, and it has had a positive impact on many of our processes.
'Despite us all staying apart, I feel much more connected to my workplace, our members, and the community than I have before. I hold hope for us to continue this connectedness'- Sara Davidsson, CAVAL
'I think we will have done this time a bit of a disservice if we go straight back to the way we used to' - Sae Ra Germaine, CAVAL
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Record attendance at CRIG Webinars

Our CAVAL Research and Information Group (CRIG) quickly pivoted their Forum and turned this into a Webinar Series. 4 Sessions over 2 weeks were held with over 750 registrations from all across Australia and New Zealand. This was the first time our CRIG Forum has been opened to everyone and it was really well received. Thank you to our CRIG committee and our Speakers for putting together a fantastic program! If you missed these sessions they are available at our CAVAL Youtube Channel.

Member visits and Green Glass Training

The annual CAVAL member visits have started and they usually cover what services each member institution is using and if there are any concerns. This year has a specific focus on the CARM Shared Collection and the CAVAL subscription to OCLC’s GreenGlass product. CAVAL’s GreenGlass subscription allows for each of our members to access this as well. We have been in touch with all our Members for nominations to start training, if your institution has not responded please send your nominations here.

Cross-Institutional Mentoring - Virtual check-ins introduced

The year launched with the CAVAL Cross-Institutional Library Mentoring Program for both NSW and Victoria. Our sessions with Linda Betts around Resilience were an absolute hit and quite fitting considering the timing. This year we have introduced virtual check-in sessions with the mentors and mentees separately in order to keep them connected as a cohort and ensuring that their mentoring journey is progressing well in this altered environment.


PDIG Forum: The New Normal
  • Health & Wellbeing -#WFH and beyond     
  • Reflections on COVID - Lessons learnt  
  • Looking forward with fresh eyes 

          Registrations are open to all

Mentoring  Session (Vic) - 24 June 2020
Mentoring  Session (NSW)  - 14 July 2020
CAVAL AGM (Virtual) - 28 May 2020

Contact us if you wish to be notified of future events. 

Bookery makes sure learning doesn't stop

With the advent of Covid-19 and the increased need for remote language learning, Our Bookery business has been helping Libraries across Australia and New Zeeland to keep their patrons engaged and learning with a wide range of digital language resources accessible by mobile devices. Clarity English is one of them - It offers user-friendly, interactive programs to libraries that cover all of the major language areas of learning and IELTS preparation for migrants and international students so you can support your students with 24/7 access to English learning.
Contact us for more information.

Cataloguing picture books by COVID-19 experts

During these uncertain times, CAVAL has been working together with the City of Melbourne Libraries to catalog downloadable picture books written by a variety of COVID-19 experts for parents to read with their children. These are being uploaded to Libraries Australia to give them wider exposure and the ability for any library to provide access to them. CAVAL has also been collaborating with libraries to relieve their backlogs, with the processing of special collection materials.

Successful WALGA Tender

CAVAL has been successfully appointed as a WALGA preferred supplier within Library stock and related supplies category. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to build strong relationships with WALGA members. 
Note: Storage access for members is still permissible with strict social distancing arrangements in place. If there is anything that we can help you with particularly during this period with our services, please get in touch on 03 9450 5500 or email.

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