Event Reminder: ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to the ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast.

This event will give members an opportunity to enjoy networking, a lovely spring morning and some good food.

When: Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 7.30 am
Where: Tiisch, 9B, 938 Hay Street (Corner Milligan Street), Perth
RSVP: Friday 20 October to Judy Allan judith.allan@legalaid.wa.gov.au

Please Note:
Tiisch will accept separate billing, and for ease have requested pre-orders.

Please include your order with your RSVP. Tiisch’s menu can be found here: http://www.tiisch.com.au/food/ 

Job Opportunity: Part Time Legal Research Officer, Adelaide

This job was originally posted on seek.com.au 

Legal Research Officer

South Australian Parliament Research Library

Part-time (Monday to Wednesday) / twelve-month contract

A Legal Research Officer is required to join a small team who contribute to the Library's research, reference and information services. Duties include the preparation of research reports, and written and oral briefings on a wide range of matters for Members of the South Australian Parliament.

A post-graduate qualification from a recognised tertiary institution is essential.

When Parliament is sitting some rostered evening work will be required.

Employment is subject to provisions of the Parliament (Joint Services) Act 1985.  Recreation leave will not be approved on Parliamentary sitting days.  Appointment may be subject to a satisfactory offender history check.

Any person who has been, or is currently, politically active may compromise the strict political neutrality of this position and will not be considered for appointment.

Review the Job and Person Specification.  Applicants who do not separately address the Job and Person Specification in their covering letter will not be considered.

Applications should be addressed to the Parliamentary Libraria. 

Enquiries to the Manager, Research Services.

Details of the Parliamentary Librarian and the Manager, Research Services can be found on the seek.com.au advertisement

Closing date: 9.00am Monday, 23 October 2017.

Job Opportunity, Liaison Librarian (Business & Law), Deakin

Salary Range: $76,585 to $82,706 pa (plus 17% super)
Employment Type: Full-time (36.75 hours per week) and fixed term to 31 December 2018
Location: Geelong Waterfront Campus or Melbourne Burwood Campus

About the Role:

To liaise with staff and students in designated Faculties, Schools and research centres to ensure that the Library is responsive to the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Deakin University community.

This will include:

  • As part of a cross-campus team, initiate and maintain strategic liaison with academic staff, researchers and students in the Faculty Business and Law to ensure Library responsiveness to client needs.
  • Develop collections and identify free scholarly resources in collaboration with academic and research staff and liaison teams to enhance the achievement of teaching, learning, and research objectives of designated Faculties and Departments or Schools.
  • As part of a cross-campus team, to design, deliver and evaluate digital literacy programs to meet undergraduate and postgraduate students’ needs to enhance cloud and campus learning experiences.
  • Provide expert information assistance and faculty outreach to the Deakin University community that reflects a customer service ethos, to maximise the use of Library resources, services and facilities.

About You:

  • Relevant degree and/or post-graduate qualification which qualifies for Associate (Professional) membership of the Australian Library and Information Association.
  • Proven ability to develop, deliver and evaluate digital literacy programs and professional development learning activities for staff and Library colleagues.
  • Ability to provide expert information assistance to enhance cloud and campus learning experiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in library and information services, scholarly communication and publishing trends in an educational and research environment.
  • For a full list of the selection criteria please see the position description

Contact for further information: Kim Phu, Tel: +61 3 9251 7017

Closing Date: Sunday 22 October 2017

Job Opportunity: Library & Research Assistant, Sydney

This position has been previous advertised on seek.com.au - visit the original posting for video footage.

Library & Research Assistant

  • Reporting to a Director
  • Exciting challenge - Newly created role
  • Flexible working hours
The Firm

With offices globally and an expanding Sydney office, this reputable firm are located in the heart of the CBD with spectacular views.

The firm maintain a very low staff turnover and provide their staff with; Regular team and firm wide events (lunches, dinners, drinks, Melbourne cup and Christmas parties), health insurance discounts, monthly morning teas and more!

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Legal Research Librarian to join their Sydney office. This is a standalone role supporting Australia, Asia and the US.

Your duties will include:
  • Provide reference and research to professionals of all levels
  • Ensure Lawyers are kept up to date on Business development
  • Being the first point of contact and perform in-depth and complex research for the Australian and Asia offices
  • Managing the Library management systems
The Candidate

To be considered for this position, you MUST have:
  • Previous experience as a Librarian within a law firm (Ideally 3+ years)
  • Hold a degree or post graduate qualification relating to Library or Information Services
  • Have advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Have proved experience working in a high pressured environment
  • Be professionally presented
To be considered for this position, apply on the relevant link. Or alternatively, for a confidential discussion, call Nicola Sparkes on 02 8270 9711 or Claire Booth on 02 8270 9775.

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Job Opportunity: Senior Librarian, Melbourne.

This position was originally advertised on Seek.com.au 

Senior Librarian

About Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox is a pre-eminent independent business law firm with one of the fastest growing partnerships in Australia. We are currently a firm of more than 550 people, including 70 partners. We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane and act nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests. Our leadership team was recognised by winning Managing Partner of the Year at the 2015 and 2017 Australian Law Awards.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Librarian to join our growing Knowledge & Library team. This role will provide the opportunity to work closely with various practice groups within the firm across all office locations and will be responsible for supervising two team members.


  • Provide research and reference services to the firm
  • Maintenance of the reference management system
  • Management of the electronic library management system
  • Maintenance of the firm’s intranet content
  • Produce and maintain legal research training materials and documentation
  • Provide training on Library tools and resources
  • Develop the library collection (electronic and hard copy)
  • Manage the library budget including contract negotiation

Skills & Experience

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Experience at a similar level gained in a library position, within a law firm environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to build strong work relationships


At Hall & Wilcox, we practise Smarter Law. This means being smarter across our entire business – by being progressive, by our commitment to excellence and by our focus on building great relationships.

We have a strong values-driven culture - our clients and people choose to work with us because of it. We care about our clients, our community and each other. Whether it be our technology or our business focused approach to the practise of law, we strive to change the legal market for the better. We work hard but we also have fun.


  • Modern, open plan offices
  • Structured learning & development programs for all career levels
  • Extensive health & wellbeing program including healthy start breakfast program, mindfulness training subsidised fitness, team sports and health checks
  • Flexible working opportunities – talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.
  • Salary continuance insurance
To apply for this position and for contact details, please see the Seek advertisement.

Report forecasts more jobs for librarians by 2022

Our friends over at ALIA have just released the fourth annual ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report

The report seeks to provide students, educators, employees and employers with an understanding of the national landscape and inform ALIA's work.

The ALIA news post for the Report provides a summary of its findings:

The report shows that over the five years from November 2010 to November 2015, there were 43.5% fewer Librarian positions in the workforce; 16.3% fewer Technician positions, and 12.4% fewer Library Assistant positions. However, looking ahead to May 2022, the Department of Employment predicts a 15.6% employment rise for Librarians, a relatively stable number of Library Technician positions and a drop of 13% for Library Assistant positions.

There is expected to be a modest increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years, but a significant decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification. The library and information sector remains an attractive job prospect but there is undoubtedly competition for jobs. The workforce tends to be fairly static, with a relatively small number of vacancies occurring through staff turnover, people leaving the sector and the creation of new positions.

What do you think of the reports findings? Are you going to seek additional qualifications to be prepared for 2022?

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: Judy Allan

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

Judy Allan, ALLA (WA) Committee Member 2017-2018

Judy Allan
Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?
There are three people who have influenced me greatly and to whom I am grateful for their help and support: Judy Clayden, my lecturer in cataloguing at ECU who made a particularly challenging subject interesting; Megan Evans who gave me my current job and who gently introduced me to law and mentored me to the point where I was competent; and last, but not least, Deb Harvey, my current boss, who is a very warm and incredibly generous person who is helpful and supportive of such aims and ambitions as I have.

What is the proudest moment in your professional life?
There isn’t a ‘proudest moment’ but the moments that I treasure are when clients respond to my efforts on their behalf with a comment such as “you’re a flamin’ marvel!”. We usually receive a “thank you” but we do appreciate it when they take the trouble to let us know that the results of our hard work have been especially helpful.

Career advice – what’s your top tip?
Be prepared to try anything – I went back to study after finding I enjoyed being in my children’s primary school library – but apart from a prac and some relief work while studying, didn’t work in schools. I came to Legal Aid for the tail end of a parental leave contract, which obviously wasn’t coveted by anyone with a permanent position – and I am still here 15 years later. I had thought that work in a law library would be boring – I was wrong!

What’s your favourite legal research tool?
The Australian Digest was my lifesaver when I first began searching for cases and really didn’t know where to start, and when we moved to online searching, I really liked being able to put a citation into First Point and use the resulting trail of index terms to find more cases on point, with the added bonus that ordering the results by Jurisdiction (Reverse) put WA at the top.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Only one? That sounds a bit boring, unless it was a multi-faceted project. One of the things I like about my job is the variety of tasks but if I could choose just one thing to do, it would probably be to create training materials that can be distributed to our staff who never have time to come to training sessions. The trick then would be to make them find the time to use the materials.

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)
It is ‘one of’; A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry still tugs at my heart. It truly is a fine balance between happiness and sorrow that I was unable to put down.

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?
Definitely a cat – I could, absolutely, spend the whole day on a cushion in a sunny window. I’d want to be a cat-who-could-read though.

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee?
There was a call for committee members and I felt that it was about time I stepped up and did my bit after being a non-contributing (i.e. enjoying the benefits) ALLA(WA) member for so long.