Clarke, Sue
January 2006
IATUL Annual Conference Proceedings;2006, Vol. 16, p67
Conference Proceeding
The Australian Council for Educational Research - www.acer.edu.au - is Australia's national educational research organisation. Its mission is to "create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning". The ultimate goal of ACER's work is to improve outcomes for learners. We do this through reliable, scientific research and through the development of products and services grounded in dependable research. We create and disseminate research-based knowledge and develop and offer a variety of research-based professional resources and services. The Cunningham Library serves the ACER and as such is Australia's national library for educational research. It is a unique, comprehensive collection of Australian educational research material dating from the early 1900s to the present day. The vast resources of Cunningham Library offer the researcher an up to date collection to support educational research. ACER is a national research organisation which has a corporate structure - a non-profit company - and is not financially supported by government. The Cunningham Library is not only a national research library, but is funded directly by research activity. A major research library both supports research and disseminates it. This paper demonstrates the role of the Cunningham Library - see www.acer.edu.au/library - in both providing access to information to support research, and playing a major role in disseminating research. The Library is embedded in the learning and research process by having a close alignment of corporate and library goals, and through its development and dissemination of knowledge-based products and services. Examples include databases such as the Library Catalogue, the Australian Thesaurus of Educational Descriptors (ATED) and the Database of International Education (DRIE) which are available for searching free of charge from the Library website; others, such as the Australian Education Index are available through subscription or included in the Library Membership. This paper describes these resources and services, and outlines new approaches being developed, such as online publishing initiatives: for example, the Australasian Education Directory (AED); and online content of international interest: for example, EdResearch Online, the Australian research repository of resources in Australian education, and others.


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