One thing that surprises you as a librarian

Alison Jones, a Knowledge Manager and Librarian posted the following on her LinkedIn:

Was pleased to write this guest piece for Vable on the one thing that surprised me about being a librarian... which was coming to the realisation that while the lawyers I work with are experts in the law, their librarians are the experts in legal research. And how having the confidence to assist them with legal research, especially through training, has assisted with the library being well regarded within my organisation.

In the Vable piece, 'The One Thing That Suprised Me About Being a Librarian' Alison speaks about how our value as librarians 'resides in our ability to mediate between the collection and the people we serve.'

Speaking about the Library as a Collection and the Librarian as an Intermediary, Jones goes on to discuss the knowledge gap between legal research required at law school and legal research required in a law firm.

What do you think of what Jones' says? What do you see as a major gap in legal research knowledge? What surprises you as a librarian?

Time to Get Writing - Australian Law Librarian Journal

Unfortunately, due to insufficient contributions, we have been forced to delay the publication of the journal till the new year. A combined Issue 4 2017 and Issue 1 2018 will be published in March next year.

Because it will be a combined issue the journal is seeking articles on two topics:

  • Professional development
    • Share your experiences on mentoring, being mentored and growing as a professional
  • Library, Information and The law
    • As library and information professionals, many of us spend our days researching the law, with this issue we take the time to reflect on the law. Share your thoughts on the latest developments in the law.

Contributions are needed by 20 January 2018. 

We also warmly welcome articles outside of these themes.

The journal is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to your field by sharing your knowledge and learning with the wider profession and I hope you will consider contributing.


Alex Cato

Journal Editor, ALLA Ltd

This was originally posted on the ALLA-ANZ List. Apologies for Cross-Posting. 

Who signed what?

Ever needed to find out what the ratification status of human rights treaties are?

Take a look at this interactive map from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Event Reminder: ALLA (WA) End of Year Celebration

This is a reminder post that RSVP's close Monday, 11 December 2017.

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to our annual End of Year Celebration.

When: Tuesday, 19th December 2017
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Where: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia

RSVP to Judy Allan by COB Monday 11 December 2017.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

This fully catered event is exclusively for ALLA (WA) members.
If you are not a member of ALLA and would like to join to take part in these, and other important ALLA (WA) initiatives and events, see the ALLA Ltd. website.

The History of Libraries

From the Bodleian, the Folger and the Smithsonian to the fabled libraries of middle earth, libraries are places filled with magic.

The magic of libraries infected Stuart Kells many years ago, when he picked up a very rare and beautiful book.

Kells has been fascinated since and has dedicated his life to the study of rare and precious books.

Take a look at the ABC Radio Conversations with Richard Fidler episode 'The history of libraries from before stone tablets, to printed books' - I quite like the part where he mentions his wife is a Librarian!

#ALLA2018 Draft Conference Program Out Now

The ALLA Conference Committee has been working tirelessly to bring to you a fantastic program for ALLA 2018.

Next years conference will bring global and local perspectives to beautiful Darwin. So take a look and start planning your trip!

The draft conference program is available from the conference website.


ALLA would like to thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

  • Platinum sponsor: Justis 
  • Gold Sponsors: Gale, ICLR, Thomson Reuters
  • Silver Sponsors: Oxford, Timebase, Wildy & Sons, Wolters Kluwer
  • Bronze: Bloomsbury, Fairfax, FIRST, HeinOnline, Softlink

Want to help make #ALLA2018 the event of the year? The Conference Committee are still looking for more sponsors! 

Fantastic packages are available to sponsor including bronze sponsorship, sponsoring the conference app, lunches and morning/afternoon tea. Take a look for more details

Star Wars and the Law: Was the Treaty of Coruscant enforceable?

For legal minded Star Wars fans, you might be interested in taking a look at Wookieepedia for coverage of "laws and rules across the galaxy.

Or alternatively you could take a look at LexisNexis' round up of the Top 5 Star Wars Verdicts and Settlements.

It has been said by a Toronto lawyer and legal academic,

As provocative as litigation over unauthorized lightsabres and stormtroopers may be, it’s the “animated erotic parody” lawsuit that will have you as confused as a wookie

May the reasonable force be with you.

Hat Tip: 
Thanks to the Slaw post Star Wars, Like All Things, Is Legal by Omar Ha-Redeye