New year, new habits?

Sometimes in the legal industry, we find it difficult to have a work-life balance - particularly given the various pressures we face. Taking some time to plan and reflect does not necessarily lead to failure as so many New Year resolutions do.

A SlideShare presentation by John DiGilio outlines some easy ways in which we can set goals, both professionally and personally, and measure them to facilitate success.

A personal development plan focuses on asking questions such as Where have I been? Where do I want to go? How do I get there?

There are some really great apps and websites that make goal setting easy, including (and please note this list is not exhaustive):

YourGoalBook

What's so smart about SMART objectives?

Time management ninja

43Things

Solid Goals

Mind Bloom

So go ahead, start planning, make 2013 a year of balance.

Mawghan Elverd

A holiday in The Big Apple

Hi everyone,

As some of you may have heard, my wife and I spent our Christmas and New Year’s in New York. I won’t regale you with everything that we saw and did whilst there but I will talk a bit about these two shots that I took just for the ALLA (WA) blog.




Here I am at the New York Public Library. How could a librarian be in New York and not visit the New York Public Library? Here I am with the Australian Law Librarian journal and one of the two lions that guard the entrance to the Library. This lion is nicknamed Fortitude; his neighbour on the other side of the entrance steps is nicknamed Patience. Although, when inside, I didn’t get to say to someone “Back off man, I’m a scientist”, I did at least run down the steps as if I had seen a ghost.




Here I am on the “Law & Order” steps at the New York City Supreme Court. Watch Law & Order? Then you might recognise these steps. These are the steps they use for all those discussions outside of the courtroom shots you see on that show, so it seemed like the right location for a picture with the Australian Law Librarian journal.

Justin Booker

Mental Health Law Centre : Library Assistant

Library Assistant - 6 months contract

The Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc. (the Centre) is an independent non-government not for profit community legal centre specialising in mental health law and has need of a Library Assistant.

You will support the Librarian to establish, manage and operate a Library system for the Centre. This project is funded by Lotterywest. The contract is full time for 6 months. This position attracts generous salary packaging options with an FTE salary of $43,000 per annum. Employee Assistance Program for employees and immediate family members is available.

To be successful in this position, you will have completed a Higher School Certificate or equivalent and be able to demonstrate accuracy in data entry. You will have high level interpersonal skills with excellent customer service, an ability to display initiative in the role and be adaptable to change.

This position will require:

• Accurate data entry skills;

• Time and task management skills to a high standard;

• Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a range of workplace settings to achieve common goals;

• Ability to use an automated library system;

• Apply PC skills relevant to performing the position’s duties, especially Microsoft Office applications;

• Careful observance of confidentiality of the Centre’s legal practice;

• Perform other related duties.

Applications close Friday, 1 February 2013.


Sandra Boulter
Principal Solicitor and General Manager
Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc.

(08) 9328 8266
www.mhlcwa.org.au

Mental Health Law Centre : Librarian

Librarian - 6 months contract

The Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc. (the Centre) is an independent non-government not for profit community legal centre specialising in mental health law and has need of an experienced Librarian.

We are seeking a qualified, enthusiastic and experienced Librarian to establish, manage and operate a Library system for the Centre. The candidate must hold a relevant degree and/or postgraduate qualification which qualifies for associate membership of the Australian Library and Information Association.

This project is funded by Lotterywest. The contract is full time for the initial three months and three days per week for a further three months. This position attracts generous salary packaging options with an FTE salary of $70,000 per annum pro rata. Employee Assistance Program for employees and immediate family members is available.

This position will be required to:

• Develop, establish and implement library and information policies and procedures;

• Develop and manage convenient, accessible library and information services;

• Develop and manage a cost-effective library;

• Perform original cataloguing and classification of print, audio-visual and electronic resources;

• Develop and maintain special indexing systems and files for special collections;

• Train library users to effectively search the Library catalogue;

• Ensure an accurate inventory of resources;

• Ensure efficient retrieval by users;

• Careful observance of confidentiality of the Centre’s legal practice; and

• Perform other related duties.

Applications close Friday, 1 February 2013.


Sandra Boulter
Principal Solicitor and General Manager
Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc.

(08) 9328 8266
www.mhlcwa.org.au

What are you interested in attending in 2013?

If you have any ideas or suggestions to add to ALLA (WA)'s forthcoming CPD and Events program, the Sub-Committee would love to hear from you.

Belinda, Jenny and Linda