President's letter - November 2011


Dear Members,

November? Really? And the end of November no less... where has the year gone!

Christmas is fast approaching – and we all know what that means – time for the ALLA (WA) Christmas Function! We are celebrating tomorrow night at Rubix Bar – and with well over 30 members attending it is set to be a fantastic event! Drinks and food will be plentiful – with Lexis Nexis sponsoring some fabulous door prizes! RSVP’s closed for the Christmas Party last week – so if you missed out on attending this event never fear – the CPD Committee is busy planning a full calendar of fabulous events for 2012! A big thank you to Mawghan Elverd, Lisa Lester (nee Nichols) and Belinda Eisenhaur for all of their efforts throughout 2011!

Another thank you goes out to Jennifer Moore for her wonderful Post-Conference Wrap-Up at the Country Road Cafe Breakfast Brown Bag on November 16th. Jennifer was the recipient of this year’s Conference Bursary and as such represented WA at the ACTioning the Law in Canberra. Jennifer shared a wealth of interesting and useful information from the great papers presented over the course of the conference. The 2012 ALLA Conference will be held in Queensland – more information coming soon!

I would also like to share these exciting new initiatives with the WA Members:

·         The National Presidents newsletter has been replaced by blog: http://www.alla.asn.au/alla-blog . Follow the link to subscribe for the latest news from Marissa and the NEC
·         The Australian Law Librarian Journal is now available on Austlii – from 1993-2001. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/AULawLib/

We have moved our AGM’s to July – so the Christmas Function will be the last event of the year. Plans are being made for the annual IceBreaker event which will be held early next year – keep an eye out for the details on the blog!

I am off to Malaysia on Saturday for the 2011 IALL Conference in KL – I hope to see a few familiar faces there! I will post a wrap-up of the Conference to the blog when I get back. Our VP Lei Lin will be Acting President in my absence.

That’s all for now folks - blog you later!


Kirsty McPhee
ALLA(WA) President 2011/2012

ALLA(WA) Christmas Function 2011 - Last chance to RSVP!

ALLA(WA) will be holding its Christmas function on 30th November 2011, at the Rubix Bar & Cafe', 334 Murray Street, Perth.  Please RSVP to Mawghan Elverd (melverd@jacmac.com.au) by COB 23 November 2011 if you can attend. 

The ALLA(WA) committee hope to see you all there for our last function of the year.

Welcome back Stel

Stel Podias has joined the staff of the Law Library at the Supreme Court of WA. He will be working on a part-time basis until at least the end of the year.

Welcome to Cynthia Maclaine

A warm welcome is extended to Cynthia Maclaine who has been appointed Manager of the Perth Knowledge Centre at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Cynthia will be attending the breakfast at Country Road Cafe on Wednesday, 16 November so will be able to meet many of you then.

Deanne Barrett is moving on

Congratulations to Deanne Barrett who has been appointed Manager, Research Services at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library at Curtin University. Deanne leaves the WA Department of Planning on 18 November and commences her new position on 12 December.

Wedding congratulations

ALLA(WA) would like to congratulate Lisa Nichols and Michael Lester on their wedding that occurred on 30th October 2011 in Yanchep. Picture below.


We would also like to also congratulate Kelly Underwood and Jeremy Savage on their wedding that occurred on the 5th November 2011. Picture below:




We wish both couples every happiness.

Acting Library Manager at the Law Library

Catherine Macgill will be the acting Library Manager, Law Library until the end of December 2011.

Moys classification

Work has begun on a new edition of the Moys classification scheme.  Diana Morris is the editor of the new 5th edition.  Diana was Librarian / Research Services Manager at Slaughter and May before retiring in December 2007.  She was on the Editorial Board for the 3rd edition published in 1992.  Diana can be contacted via email, diana@diandphil.com.

For more information, please see the British & Irish Association of Law Librarians website

Setting a Precedent: The Evolution of the Australian Law Librarians' Association 1969-2009 *Available now*

Setting a Precedent: The Evolution of the Australian Law Librarians' Association 1969-2009 by Barker, D., Brown, F. and Johanson, G

Excerpt: The first 40 years of the Australian Law Librarians' Association.
If you scan the photographs in this book, you will quickly notice that the professionals described in it are collaborative and relaxed: and they have good reason to be. Their relatively small association has achieved big things in its first 40 years. This well-researched official history describes the unique services provided by law library staff to Australian lawyers. Librarians, lawyers, historians, academics, researchers and supporters who read it will all be enthralled by the vivid details of the growth of the association, from just 24 members in the beginning to more than 600 today. Whether it involved computerisation, publishing, lobbying, aiding the Pacific region, or just socialising, the ALLA has done it with flair.

ALLA(WA) Christmas function 2011

ALLA(WA) will be holding its Christmas function on 30th November 2011, at the Rubix Bar & Cafe', 334 Murray Street, Perth.  Please RSVP to Mawghan Elverd (melverd@jacmac.com.au) by COB 23 November 2011 if you can attend. 

The ALLA(WA) committee hope to see you all there for our last function of the year.