Welcome to the COSA website

Welcome to a new year of COSA!

The COSA 2016 conference was a success, with many varied and interesting presentations from libraries and SirsiDynix. The library presentations are all available to logged-in COSA members in the Conference Archives here, and SirsiDynix presentations are available via the Support Portal.

I would like to thank Lloyd Brady, Helen Zibell and Cath Parr for their hard work on the Committee, as each of them decided not to stand for re-election at the conference. In their place, we were joined by Teresa Aquino, Kim McColl, Naomi Brownless and Lynette Stanyer; I would like to welcome each of them, and thank them for volunteering their time and efforts, along with the continuing committee members, to help make COSA a success.

The new COSA Committee represents a great degree of diversity, coming from all across Australia and every type of library. We believe that this allows us an enormous opportunity to ensure that COSA truly represents all its members.

As part of that work, the annual post-conference survey is ready for everyone to give us your feedback and evaluation, whether you attended the conference or not. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZZ57VZQ and let us know what you thought of the conference, or why you didn't attend - and what might persuade you to attend in future! We're already planning on making some changes to COSA 2017 based on what we've learned, and your feedback can only help that.

The Committee, with the able help of the hardworking SirsiDynix staff, have already started preparations for COSA 2017 in Hobart, and even laid the groundwork for COSA 2018. If you think of a presentation you'd like to see, let us know - even better, if you're willing to give it yourself! If you're unsure of presenting in front of a large group, we will be repeating the format of some shorter presentations, with several presenters in one timeslot, as well as welcoming joint presentations. If you encounter a vendor that would be a good fit at the COSA Conference, please invite them to get in contact with me.

If you are unsure of your library's COSA membership status, please contact our treasurer Geoff Adsett. Membership dues are still outstanding for a few libraries, and access to the members-only areas of the COSA site is one of the benefits of membership. For the libraries who have already renewed, thank you. It is through your support that we're able to organise the conference and represent Australasian libraries. For our new members, welcome! SirsiDynix is going from strength to strength in the Asia-Pacific area, and every new member makes COSA stronger and gives us a louder voice in SirsiDynix's international presence.

I look forward to speaking with you during the year, and seeing you in Hobart next October!

Nathan Turner

President, COSA


Is your library a member of COSA?

Membership is open to any site that is a current customer of SirsiDynix, and who is located in Australia, New Zealand or the Asia Pacific region.


Membership benefits include:

Discounted conference registration fees and pre-conference software training sessions 

  • Up to 2 staff from a financial member institution or consortium may take advantage of discounted fees. Additional staff can attend at the non-member rates, or purchase additional memberships

Voting rights at the annual general meeting, held at the conference

  • One vote per financial membership

Ability to become a committee member, to shape the future direction of the group

Discounted conference registration fees for international SirsiDynix user group conferences, such as COSUGI in the USA and COSI EMEA (usually held in Europe)

Access to a members-only area on the website, with papers and presentations on SirsiDynix software

Access to COSUGI presentations from the USA

Free access to escrow arrangements for your institution negotiated on our behalf by the American user group COSUGI


Queries?

See the membership tab or call Geoff on: +61 3 5272 6022


Hobart

COSA 2017 - Hobart

The conference for 2017 is going to be at the Hobart Function and Conference Monday to Thursday 9-12 October 2017.

Monday and Tuesday will be pre-conference training days, Wednesday and Thursday will be the Conference.

There is no accommodation at the Conference centre and we will have some local suggestions available soon.