Merry Christmas to ALLA (WA) Members


Dear members,

On behalf of the ALLA (WA) Committee, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for the continued support over the past year.

Please stay safe this festive season, and we will see you at our Icebreaker event planned for February 2015.

Mawghan Elverd
ALLA(WA) President 2014/2015


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Meet the ALLA(WA) Committee: Megan Fitzgibbons


Here at the ALLA(WA) Blog, we are taking the chance to help members to get to know their Committee a bit better.

Introducing: ALLA(WA) Secretary Megan Fitzgibbons, Librarian (Law Library) at the University of Western Australia.



1. Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

 I’ve met lots of heroic librarians, but I must mention the late Norman Horrocks, an eminent statesman of LIS who has inspired and mentored many librarians across the world.

2. What is the proudest moment in your professional life?

I’m very proud whenever a student or faculty member tells me that I’ve made a real difference for them. Those thank yous mean a lot!

3. Career advice – what’s your top tip?

To be successful, I think that you need to position yourself to let good things happen. That means: put yourself out there, be engaged, be a contributor rather than an observer.

4. What’s your favourite legal research tool?

Legify is pretty nifty for finding legislation quickly. I also love encyclopedias.

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

Studying Japanese. Oh, should it be a work-related project? I would love to spend time doing a research study on how librarians can demonstrate their value to their organisations and communities.

6. Librarian cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)

Mutiny on the Bounty

7. What sound do you love?

Waves lapping against the side of a boat, while I’m sailing to dream land.

Libraries not forced to police user's copyright infringement in latest Government proposals

Good news from the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC).

The ALCC has released a media statement saying that there will be no extension to authorisation liability under the current online copyright infringement proposals, which were outlined last week by the Communications Minister and Attorney-General.

OUP's HUman Rights Awareness Month case map

December is Human Rights Awareness Month and to mark Human Rights Day on December 10 the Oxford University Press' Blog has produced a interactive case map.

The map includes 50 landmark human rights cases chosen in conjunction with the editors of the Oxford Reports on International Law, part of Oxford Public International Law. The cases include a brief description and a link to a free article or report on the case from these databases.

Australia even gets a mention in the map. Take a look here.

Meet the ALLA(WA) Committee: Jaya Ralph



Here at the ALLA(WA) Blog, we are taking the chance to help members to get to know their Committee a bit better.

Introducing: Jaya Ralph, Librarian, Curtin University Library




1. Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

Before I became a librarian I worked at a building company designing brochures. One of the tradesmen would regularly chat to me about his wife’s job as a librarian and how much she loved what she did. This inspired me to turn my career down this path and I now have a job that I love too! It is thanks to him for sharing his wife’s experiences that I find myself in this role today.

2. What is the proudest moment in your professional life?

I have had many proud moments but the best reward is when you see the look of relief in a student’s face when they see that you are willing to help them. Quite often they have been passed on from one person to the next and you are their last hope. I feel like a lifeline.

3. Career advice – what’s your top tip?

Network – get to know your clientele, collaborate with colleagues both inside your organisation and outside, exchange ideas with like minded professionals and develop your own support network. Don’t be afraid to get out there and meet people who you can learn from.

4. What’s your favourite legal research tool?

JADE because of its ability to show you which part of a case has been used subsequently by other cases.

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

Discoverability – this can be a huge barrier preventing the connection of our clients with information.

6. Librarian cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I read it straight after my husband read it and we would discuss it for hours!

7. In high school, you would have been voted the person most likely to …

… be a librarian! Although I didn’t know it yet …..

Research Librarian Position - Herbert Smith Freehills

Position: Research Librarian - 6 month contract positions (full-time)

Organisation: Herbert Smith Freehills

Location: Perth Knowledge Centre

Description:

A fantastic opportunity exists in the Perth Office of Herbert Smith Freehills for a Research Librarian. We are looking for a qualified and experienced librarian with a demonstrated commitment to providing high quality legal and business research to join our busy Perth Knowledge Centre.

The role is a 6 month full-time contract positions available immediately.

Previous experience in a law library is desired.

Primary responsibilities will include:
  • Provisions of high calibre legal and business research services
  • Current Awareness and Knowledge Sharing
  • Knowledge Centre promotion and research skills training
 
Applications:

Please submit your application by Tuesday 23rd December to Fleur De Leo, Senior HR Advisor, via email Fleur.DeLeo@hsf.com 

Further Information:

For a copy of the Position Description or for more information, please contact either:

Fleur De Leo, Senior HR Advisor, by email  Fleur.DeLeo@hsf.com or phone +61 8 9211 7814

Cindy Duong, Knowledge Centre Team Leader, by email cindy.duong@hsf.com or phone +61 8 9211 7942
 

Legal Librarian Position - Supreme Court Library Queensland

The Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ) is Queensland's principal legal information provider, delivering innovative information services to members of the judiciary, legal profession and community. Its extensive resources span local, national and international materials, accessible online via the Library catalogue, as well as a comprehensive collection of print research materials, totalling more than 150,000 items.

The position reports to the Information Services Librarian and assists with the delivery of high quality information services for library users. The position is initially for 4 months, from mid January to mid May 2015, with potential for extension and/or more permanent employment.

Responsibilities

Provide high quality information services for members of the judiciary, legal practitioners and other library users, both in person and remotely via telephone or email

Specifically -

  • Provide prompt and professional responses to legal research enquiries
  • Participate in the design and delivery of training for library users
  • Take responsibility for the creation and delivery of two current awareness alert services
  • Participate in activities that create a greater understanding and promote increased use of library services
  • Assist the Information Services Librarian with the measurement of information services activities and compilation of data for reporting purposes
  • Assist with administrative functions such as processing of user registrations, loans, etc, as required
  • Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement, including identifying potential efficiencies and enhancements in the delivery of information services

Requirements
  • Formal tertiary qualifications in librarianship
  • Law library experience
  • A high level of expertise across a range of legal research tools, in both print and online formats
  • Experience in designing and/or delivering training to library users highly desirable
  • Ability to work under pressure, in a time sensitive environment, balancing competing needs to complete tasks effectively and efficiently
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with a wide range of library users, from judiciary to members of the public
  • Commitment to excellent customer service and to process improvement and innovation in service delivery

How to Apply

Application in the form of a covering letter detailing skills against the requirements, plus a CV to carlo.iacono@sclqld.org.au by COB Wednesday 17 December. We anticipate interviewing for the position on Friday 19 December.

For further information please contact the Librarian via librarian@sclqld.org.au or 07 3247 4393

 This position was advertised on Seek.com.au

Legal Information Management December 2014

The latest issue of Legal Information Management has been published and contains a number of interesting articles.

Some of the interesting information contained in this issue includes:
  • It is GlobaLex's 10th anniversary in February 2015;
  • A range of free to use Irish legal resources including case law, legislation and commentaries;
  • Five essential attributes of the modern information professional; 
  • The role of the information professional in the new 'big data' environment; and
  • Much more from the BIALL Conference 2014.


Legal Information Management

ISSN: 1472-6696, EISSN: 1741-2021

Legal Information Management

http://journals.cambridge.org/LIM

Volume 14 / Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 243 - 307

Published Online on 10th December 2014



Editorial

Editorial
David Wills
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 243 - 243
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000528 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Feature Article

Using Data to Understand How the Statute Book Works
John Sheridan
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 244 - 248
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000656 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Selection Of Papers From The Biall Conference 2014

Data, Data Everywhere
Phil Bradley
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 249 - 252
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000541 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Big Data and the Implications for Government
Andy Williamson
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 253 - 257
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000553 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Closing the Gap: the Five Essential Attributes of the Modern Information Professional
Simon Lord
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 258 - 265
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000565 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Law Making in a Devolved Wales: Work in Progress
John Williams
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 266 - 276
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000577 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Free and Easy: a Guide for Occasional Users to the Irish Legal System and Resources
John Furlong
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 276 - 284
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000589 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Impacts and Effects of Publishing Legal Information in a Small Jurisdiction: Privacy v Open Justice
Sue du Feu, James Lambert
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 284 - 289
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000644 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Building Free Access to Law in Africa: Some Examples of Successful Projects
Ruth Ward
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 290 - 300
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000590 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Current Issues

The 10th Anniversary of GlobaLex: A Portal Dedicated to Foreign, Comparative and International Law Research
Mirela Roznovschi
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 300 - 304
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000607 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]


Current Awareness

Current Awareness
Katherine Read, Laura Griffiths
Legal Information Management , Volume 14 , Issue 04 , December 2014, pp 305 - 307
doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000619 (About doi) Published Online on 10th December 2014
[ abstract ]

ALLA(WA) Christmas Function



On December the 3rd, members and guests of ALLA(WA) joined in a festive fête at The Butterworth in the Perth CBD to close out 2014.

While good food, drinks, and conversation were enjoyed by all, four members can away especially
lucky, winning gift vouchers for David Jones.

Congratulations to the lucky four:
  • Megan Fitzgibbons, University of Western Australia
  • Stephen Griffiths, Department of the Attorney General
  • Jennifer Moore, Edith Cowan University
  • Luise Crisafulli, Francis Burt Chambers

ALLA (WA) extends our gratitude and thanks to LexisNexis for their generous ongoing sponsorship of ALLA(WA) and our Christmas event. Thanks also to the hard work of our committee members in organising such an enjoyable event.


Meet the ALLA(WA) Committee: Justin Booker

Here at the ALLA(WA) Blog, we are taking the chance to help members to get to know their Committee a bit better.

Introducing: ALLA(WA) Treasurer Justin Booker, Knowledge Professional, Corrs, Chambers, Westgarth





1. Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

Kirsty McPhee; she always manages to do so much.

2. What is the proudest moment in your professional life?

Hard one to answer but just this week I was training some Seasonal Clerks and three of them remembered something I told them way back in a first year lecture from when I worked at the UWA Law Library. That made me pretty proud. I must have made an impression.

3. Career advice – what’s your top tip?

Talk to people. I need to do it more myself.

4. What’s your favourite legal research tool?

Anything that allows me to use proximity locators.

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

HAL, so I can finally get it done.

6. Librarian cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)

One of my many fav books is The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe.

7. If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?

A gibbon, but not just any gibbon; a Funky Gibbon.

Contact Details Update



For your information:

Please update your contact details for the Herbert Smith Freehills Knowledge Centre.
Telephone number: (08) 9211 7942

Meet the ALLA(WA) Committee: Mawghan Elverd

Here at the ALLA(WA) Blog, we are taking the chance to help members to get to know their Committee a bit better.

Introducing: ALLA(WA) President, Mawghan Elverd, Acting Knowledge Manager, Jackson McDonald




 


1. Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

Dewey The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (he was a cat, that lived in a library…)

2. What is the proudest moment in your professional life?

Being asked to present to library students about law libraries. Trying to get them to see that it’s not all about public and school libraries.

3. Career advice – what’s your top tip?

Just say yes!  If you think you can’t do it, or you don’t have enough experience just say yes and give it your best shot.  You will surprise yourself and learn what you are truly capable of.

4. What’s your favourite legal research tool?

The legal dictionary. Especially when you are first starting in legal research and someone is asking you to research ultra vires or quantum meruit you can at least understand what they are saying!

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

Research into information literacy and how it can help people that are homeless.

6. Librarian cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)

Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

7. If you didn’t work in the information industry, what would you be doing?

A museum docent or a professional Dachshund pet sitter.  To be honest, I think I am just made for libraries.