"The Future of the Courts" whitepaper

Thomson Reuters Insight recently published a white paper entitled "The Future of the Courts." It's available for free from their website, but it's necessary to register some personal details before downloading (so you may want to check their privacy policy).

The paper reviews trends in the US, the UK, and Australia with the aim of forecasting "what will the courts look like in 20 years' time?"

Keep themes include:
  • A changing context, including politics of payment for justice and professional technologies
  • Virtualisation (virtual access to courts), online dispute resolution, and self-represented parties
  • Automation 
  • A data revolution
  • Standardisation and globalisation
  • Continuing importance of people in making courts function
The paper concludes:

Courts leaders need to display adaptability and foresight; they need to develop a keen understanding of the benefits of technology, both the technology available today and the new technology that will emerge tomorrow; and they need the courage and strength not only to defend the essential elements of their role in the community, but also to imagine a clear vision of how that role will evolve in the future to marry the best of IT-enabled services with justice that maintains and improves its reputation for transparency, timeliness and ease of access.

ALLA(WA) Committee Secretary - Megan Fitzgibbons. 
Librarian, University of Western Australia.  

Public lecture: Bringing Justice to the ‘Hood

From the University of Western Australia's Institute for Advanced Studies:

Bringing Justice to the ‘Hood: Is There a Home for Neighbourhood Courts in Australia? A public lecture by Sarah Murray, Law School, The University of Western Australia


Quoted from the event announcement:

Neighbourhood Justice Courts (NJCs) are community-focused courts that harness the power and energies of the judiciary, local community and service providers to bring about better outcomes for people who come into contact with the legal system. Based on the principles of non-adversarial justice, restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence, the emphasis of NJCs is on problem solving and collaboration. NJCs are, in effect, a one-stop community justice hub. They create local forms of justice innovations through integrating justice personnel and service providers with residents, NGOs, local businesses, churches and schools. The integration of these support networks, alongside heightened judicial engagement, has proved successful in improving individual and community well being as well as reducing social disadvantage, non-compliance with court orders and spiralling imprisonment rates.

This public lecture will explore Dr Murray’s research into NJCs and the potential for NJCs in Western Australia and the nation more generally. The City of Yarra in Melbourne is the home of Australia’s only NJC, however, such courts are a burgeoning justice phenomenon with models with models found in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and South Africa.

Date: 7 May
Time: 6pm
Venue: Webb Lecture Theatre, Geography Building
UWA Parking: P18 & 20, Fairway entrance 3
Cost: Free, but RSVP essential.

Free Australian online legal resources listing.



A list of free Australian online legal resources has been added to the ALLA website:

Thank you to ALLA web communications committee member Vanya Taylor for creating these pages. Vanya has done a terrific job in developing a great resource for ALLA members and the general public.

If you have any feedback, suggestions for improvement, or websites you would like to see added, please email webcom@alla.asn.au.

Kind regards
Kirsty Wilson

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"... you can do anything with an amazing research librarian."

In a recent post from 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, Greg Lambert responds to the comments of a George Washington University Law Professor.

The comments of Professor Orin Kerr were published in an interview to the National Law Journal, where he said:

The lesson of the article is that you can do anything with an amazing research librarian.

Three cheers for Professor Kerr. Let's face it, it's true. Without research librarians where would our library users be?

Greg Lambert, comes up with a valid point though. After noting he will be "printing out, framing, and hanging [the quote] on my office wall", he asks Kerr "you're just now figuring that out??".

To me, this sounds like the same problem faced here in academic law libraries every day - our staff and students not knowing what we can do for them.

Queue the branding and advertising spree I'm currently in the middle of - it's all about marketing. As I've discussed previously in Academic Librarians v Bono, the key is promoting our services in a way that reaches the user in a way they digest easily (gluten free, I suppose?).

This semester we have seen success with particular sections of the law student body. Identifying post graduate researchers as being a key group unaware of the services on offer from the Law Library, we contacted their supervisors and highlighted that what we could do. In the month after that email was sent out, we did more hours of research consultations than recorded for the entire previous year.

While this is a good thing in being able to provide a service to this under serviced group - it did mean we had a very busy month. Perhaps in hindsight, it may be worth considering the time of semester before I send out another "we can help" email of this kind.

The Law Library has always provided services to our students, but it seems to be only those "in the know" who avail themselves to the service. Lambert highlights the fact that research librarians have been providing a fantastic services every day, for a long time:

"As happy as I am to see this quote, I have to really as[k] Orin Kerr one thing, "you're just now figuring that out??" I bet there are some folks back at George Washington that would love to introduce you to the research librarians at the law library. Helping you find the obscure text from 1859 is something that many of us do on a regular basis. In addition, we can probably get it to you overnight (or within hours), without costing you a fortune. Law Librarians, and Researchers have connections, and those connections have connections. I hope for Kerr's sake that he's located the law library researchers back at GW when he got back from the Library of Congress."


Lambert does highlight the importance of connections to success as a research librarian. This is true to us all - just take a look at the  ALLA-ANZ, ALLA (WA) and ANZACLL mailing lists. (There's a handy list of more Law Librarians Mailing Lists available).

So of course, this is a question of self-promotion, library advocacy and not being afraid to say "I'm a Librarian, I know answers to questions you haven't even thought of yet (and if I don't know, I certainly know enough to figure it out)". But we can't take all of the responsibility - library users have to take the steps towards actually asking a librarian.

Lambert ends with some advice to Professors, that I think will apply to all legal researchers:

"So let this be a lesson to all of the Professors out there writing the next great Law Review Article. Go find the law library and introduce yourself to the research staff. Tell them what you're working on, and make them a part of the team. They probably won't be able to make your article any more appealing ..., but they will definitely help you thoroughly research the topic."



ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Alice Hewitt. 
Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University.


Research and Training Librarian Positions - Supreme Court Library Queenland

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 Role


The Research and Training Librarian works as part of a small Information Services team. This position helps to provide a high quality information service to library customers, including research assistance, general reference services and customised training provision. The Research and Training Librarian will be expected to:

  • Provide librarianship insight and expertise that supports the Information Services team to deliver high quality customer service
  • Provide high quality information services for members of the judiciary, legal profession and other Library customers, both in person and remotely
  • Actively liaise with the Library’s customer base to understand their needs and provide a responsive service
  • Develop and maintain a high level of expertise across a range of legal research tools, in print, electronic and online formats
  • Provide professional responses to legal research enquiries, informed by analysing and evaluating the issues involved
  • Develop and provide customised training sessions to members of the judiciary, legal profession and other Library customers
  • Perform general reference and lending functions, such as processing of user registrations, payments and loans (both individual and inter-library)
  • Develop and participate in activities that promote greater understanding and increased use of Library services
  • Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement, including identifying potential efficiencies and enhancements in the delivery of information services
  • Assist the Information Services Librarian with measurement of information services activities and compilation of data for reporting purposes



The Candidate


2 positions available


The successful candidates will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Relevant degree and/or postgraduate qualification which qualifies for professional membership of Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a customer-centric team delivering timely and high quality information services and promoting the library and its services
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and apply research methodology to meet the information needs of library customers
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly impart information and deliver training, in both individual and group settings
  • Demonstrated ability to take the initiative with the creation and delivery of training and assistance to library customers


Law library experience, understanding of the importance of data to decision making in relation to library services and ability to analyse and interpret data to inform service design and development and commitment to the principles of workplace diversity, workplace health and safety and participative work practices are advantageous.


Salary and conditions: $73,126 to $79,862 annual salary (plus leave loading and superannuation)

Location: Brisbane CBD

Position Description: Download here

Closing Date: Friday, 8 May 2015

Note: Two positions available


How to apply: Application should address the selection criteria, include a covering letter and CV, and send application to: vacancies@sclqld.org.au


These vacancies have been advertised through seek.com.au

For further information please contact the Librarian via librarian@sclqld.org.au

CPD Event - LexisNexis Mind Mapping

ALLA(WA) invites members to a Mind mapping session using facilitation techniques 

Manjeet Janjua (Strategic Learning Manager) from LexisNexis will present on:

  • An introduction and understanding of the history and context behind why LexisNexis adopted the mind mapping methodology
  • An understanding of how content is acquired during training
  • An exploration of facilitation v instruction
  • The key principles law librarians can apply in educating and training practitioners to utilise mind mapping in their individual research
  • Next steps and sources of further information in how to utilise mind mapping as a progressive methodology which can be applied across organisations more generally
Where: Ashurst Australia, Level 32, 2 The Esplanade, Perth

When: Wednesday 6th May 2015, 8am – 10am

RSVP: Luise Crisafulli (lcrisafulli@chambers.francisburt.com.au) by COB Friday 1st May.

Please note this session is limited to 20 attendees.

** A light brunch will be provided courtesy of LexisNexis **

Call for Papers - Law via the Internet Conference 2015.



Dear ALLA members,

The Call for Papers for the 2015 Law via Internet Conference, to be hosted by AustLII in Sydney in November 2015, is now at http://www.lvi2015.org/

AustLII hosted the first three 'Law via Internet' Conferences (1997, 1999, 2001), and in 2003. The 2015 Conference is now returning 'home' after a decade.

AustLII would appreciate it very much if you could put a link to the Call for Papers on your websites, and/or could circulate the URL of the Call for Papers to your networks of contacts, inviting them to submit papers, and to make plans to come to the Conference.

The full Conference website will soon follow, at the same URL.

We look forward to receiving abstracts of your papers, and to welcoming you to the Conference in November.

Best wishes,

Graham

Graham Greenleaf AM
Professor of Law & Information Systems, UNSW Australia Web - http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham/  LSN - http://ssrn.com/author=57970
Twitter: @grahamgreenleaf   @austlii @worldlii

Co-Director, Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) Asia-Pacific Editor, Privacy Laws & Business International Report (PLBIR)



Email originally sent through the ALLA-ANZ and INTLAW mailing lists.

AALL Spectrum magazine

Have you had a look lately at Spectrum, a monthly magazine published by the American Association of Law Libraries? Although some of the content is specific to jurisdictions in the US and Canada, there are always interesting discussions about legal education and service provision that are relevant to all law libraries.


http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Publications/spectrum/Archives/Vol-19/No-6The April issue was recently published, and back issues are also available on the AALL website.

One article in particular that recently caught my eye was:

"Closing the Gap Teaching 'practice-ready' legal skills" by Christine M. Stouffer (February 2015) -- well worth a read by anyone working with law students and graduates.

The April issue contains the following:

  • Outcomes in the Balance The crisis in legal education as a catalyst for change By Beau Steenken
  • Keepers of History Law libraries in the community By Nichelle Perry 
  • Public Relations: Reputation Management Changing your patrons' perceptions By Ingrid Mattson
  • Dead Poets Society? A new approach to course reserves in the law library By Julian Aiken
  • Outreach Beyond the Traditional Adapting services to promote access to justice By Robyn M. Moltzen and Mary Pinard Johnson
  • Tell It to the World (Wide Web) Promulgating academic law library pro se patron policies via the internet By Artie Berns and Corrine Vogel
  • Tips from the Trenches Best practices for working with publishers By Jaye A. H. Lapachet
  • From the Editor The Measure of a Career By Catherine A. Lemmer 
  • From the President: Daring to Connect By Holly M. Riccio
  • Washington Brief: Congress at Work: The Structure and Significance of Congressional Committees By Emily Feltren
  • The Reference Desk I've noticed a negative change in my supervisor's behavior and am not sure what to make of it or whether I should say anything. By Susan Catterall
  • Member to Member What words of wisdom would you share with your younger self?  

ALLA(WA) Committee Secretary - Megan Fitzgibbons. 
Librarian, University of Western Australia.  



ALLA Survey of Law Libraries - Open Now!

Dear ALLA members and friends of ALLA

It is my pleasure to announce the official launch of the National Survey of Law Libraries. I thank our colleague Fiona Brown and Monash university for their support in this endeavour.

This is the first truly national survey of our profession since 1984 and the aim to obtain a snapshot of law librarianship as well as an understanding of the breadth and types of law libraries across Australia. Please note that the survey is not limited to ALLA members – we would like to include all law libraries and those who identify as law librarians in this survey.

I would ask all law library managers to complete the survey on behalf of their libraries. It should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete and your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

The survey can be found here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ALLS


Regards

Karen.

Karen Rowe-Nurse
President & Director
ALLA Ltd
president@alla.asn.au



Email originally sent through the ALLA-ANZ Mailing List

Research Librarian Position - Ashurst Melbourne

Research Librarian - 12 month contract

Ashurst is a leading global law firm. We advise Australian and international corporations, financial institutions and government clients. We are a full service commercial law firm practising in all areas of law, from corporate, banking, tax, employment, intellectual property and dispute resolution, to energy and resources, infrastructure and investment advice.

We have 28 offices in 16 countries as well as other associated offices. With over 400 partners and 1,700 lawyers, we offer the international insight of a global network combined with local market knowledge and expertise.

Ashurst's Library & Research Team has an exciting opportunity for a Research Librarian to join on a 12 month contract (full-time) based in Melbourne and reporting to the National Research Manager.

As part of a national research team, this role uses a range of subscription and freely available legal and business research databases and resources to provide in-depth and solution-focused legal and business research to lawyers and support staff within Ashurst's Australian office. This role may also be required to deliver training to legal and support staff at Ashurst, both in person and virtually in either a one-on-one or group environment.

Responsibilities of the role will include;

  • Provide in-depth advice and support to internal and external client research requests using a range of subscription and freely available resources
  • Work as part of the national research team, responding to both simple and complex research requests from internal and external clients
  • Build working relationships with stakeholders in the Melbourne office and promote the library and its role within the firm
  • Maintain online research guides, checklists and other training materials
  • Participate in local and national projects

The successful candidate will be able to offer;

  • Excellent reference and research skills with experience in a legal library environment
  • Sophisticated knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subscription and freely available legal and business research databases and tools
  • Professional library and information management qualifications (eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Library and Information Association)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A good eye for detail, ability to work accurately and efficiently even when under pressure
  • Solution-focused approached to problem solving with critical, reflective and creative thinking
  • Commitment to life-long learning and professional development
  • Ability to complete set tasks with minimal supervision and show initiative

At Ashurst, you'll have the opportunity to work in an environment that encourages learning and excellence with some of Australia's leading professionals.

For more information and to apply, see the Seek advertisement.

Research Librarian Position - Ashurst Perth

Research Librarian - 12 month contract - Perth


Ashurst is a leading global law firm. We advise Australian and international corporations, financial institutions and government clients. We are a full service commercial law firm practising in all areas of law, from corporate, banking, tax, employment, intellectual property and dispute resolution, to energy and resources, infrastructure and investment advice.

We have 28 offices in 16 countries as well as other associated offices. With over 400 partners and 1,700 lawyers, we offer the international insight of a global network combined with local market knowledge and expertise.

Ashurst's Library & Research Team has an exciting opportunity for a Research Librarian to join on a 12 month contract (full-time) based in Perth and reporting to the National Research Manager.

As part of a national research team, this role uses a range of subscription and freely available legal and business research databases and resources to provide in-depth and solution-focused legal and business research to lawyers and support staff within Ashurst's Australian office. This role will also be responsible for delivering training to legal and support staff in the Perth office in either a one-on-one or group environment, including delivery of our Graduate Research Skills Program.

Responsibilities of the role will include;

  • Manage and maintain the Perth library collection, liaising with team leaders as required to ensure the collection meets their team's information needs
  • Provide research support to lawyers working in Ashurst's offices in Asia Pacific region including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing
  • Provide after-hours research support to Ashurst lawyers working on the East Coast
  • Deliver training sessions to legal and support staff across a range of legal research topics
  • Build working relationships with stakeholders in the Perth office and promote the library and its role within the firm
  • Participate in local and national projects

The successful candidate will be able to offer;

  • Excellent reference and research skills with experience in a legal library environment
  • Sophisticated knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subscription and freely available legal and business research databases and tools
  • Experience presenting training and understanding of adult learning principles / information literacy
  • Professional library qualifications (eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Library and Information Association)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A good eye for detail, ability to work accurately and efficiently even when under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a geographically dispersed team
  • Excellent problem solving skills demonstrating critical, reflective and creative thinking
  • Commitment to life-long learning and professional development
  • Ability to complete set tasks with minimal supervision and show initiative

At Ashurst, you'll have the opportunity to work in an environment that encourages learning and excellence with some of Australia's leading professionals.






For more information and to apply, see the Seek advertisement.

'Signed by AustLII' judgments ok'd by Federal Circuit Court

Further to our post about the Supreme Court of Western Australian Consolidated Practice Directions, here's an update from another court.

The latest Federal Circuit Court's Practice Directions include a direction stating that 'signed by AustLII' versions of judgments may be submitted to the court..

It will be interesting to see if more courts follow a similar path in the future.

View the direction on the Federal Circuit Court's website

http://federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/practice/html/012015.html

International law book list (2014-2015)

For any librarians out there who might be in the fortunate position of being able to buy international law books:

Oxford University Press has compiled a list of all of the books on international law published between April 2014 and March 2015 in English, French, or German. This comes to a total of 401 titles, which are conveniently listed in a spreadsheet on the OUP website (along with more details about the criteria used to create the list).


ALLA(WA) Easter breakfast

Some may have had trepidations about the date, but it was no April Fool's joke: ALLA(WA) members gathered for informal networking at our annual Easter breakfast on 1st April. The venue, Sentinel Bar & Grill, offered a sophisticated breakfast menu that fueled everyone for collegial conversations.

A sincere thank you to CCH / Wolters Kluwer, kindly represented by Malcolm Hoad, for their support and Easter chocolates!

The ALLA(WA) committee wishes everyone a very happy Easter break.

Members enjoy conversation and Malteser bunnies
Muesli and figs: delicious!

Supreme Court of WA - Consolidated Practice Directions Update

The Supreme Court of Western Australian Consolidated Practice Directions have been updated.

The current version as at 31st March 2015 is available here.

The update includes:
  • Complete reissue of the CPD removing designated page numbers to avoid repagination of hard copy document when amendments are issued;
  • Various minor editing changes and contact detail updates. 
  • New PD 5.11 on handling