Lyonette "Lyo" Louis-Jacques is Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School D'Angelo Law Library and has recently written a piece for Slawabout listservs and their relevance today.
The article, A Few Good (Email) Lists gives a number of handy listservs you might be interested in. It even mentions ALLA-ANZ.
In the blog post, Mark Gediman points out that there is much greater capacity for librarians to be involved in business development and competitive intelligence in a systematic, integrated way. These activities require both research and analysis to connect trends to the larger strategy in the firm—which are areas in which librarians have useful skills.
The last paragraph sums it: "Let’s face it, the days of 'they know what I can do and they know where to find me if they need me to do it' are long gone." How are you proving your value?
ALLA(WA) Secretary - Megan Fitzgibbons. Librarian, University of Western Australia.
One of the most important tasks of the AGM is the appointment of the new Board. ALLA Ltd is calling for nominations for the following positions:
3 General Directors
The nominations document on the website lists a number of benefits for members who join the Board. All directors have the exciting opportunity to play an active role in the future planning and strategic decisions of our Association.
Our current Vice-President, Elizabeth Langeveldt, will become the National President of the Australian Law Librarians Association Ltd. The Board is particularly interested in receiving nominations for the role of Vice President and Secretary as there will be no nominations for these positions by current directors.
If you would like to know more about becoming a director, please contact Karen Rowe-Nurse, myself or any of the other ALLA directors - we are all very happy to answer questions or discuss our experiences on the Board.
Nominations must be received by Thursday 3rd September 2015. If more than one nomination is received for a position, a vote will be held by members as per the ALLA Ltd Constitution.
Secretary and Director, ALLA Ltd
The Parliamentary Library is recruiting for a PSL5 Client Services Librarian vacancy within the Central Enquiry Point section, Collections & Databases branch.
The Parliamentary Library provides high quality information, analysis and advice to Senators and Members of Parliament in support of the parliamentary and representational roles. The Central Enquiry Point supports the functions of the Parliamentary Library by providing the first point of contact for its clients. Our staff must have well developed communication and client service skills, work well in a team and be committed to professional development.
The vacancy at the Central Enquiry Point is for a Librarian to monitor client requests, assist with research and rostering of the Central Enquiry Point, and provide training in Library services.
Monash University Library is seeking an
enthusiastic librarian to join a specialist team of librarians and
learning skills advisers who contribute to curriculum innovation and
enable students and staff to achieve their education and research goals.
Responsibilities will include providing advice on information
research, and contributing to the creation and delivery of information
research skill development activities with a particular focus on
eLearning. You will also participate in branch operations
and have opportunities to work in other areas of the Library as part of
The position is located at the Law Library on the Clayton campus.
Applicants should be eligible for associate membership of the
Australian Library and Information Association, have appropriate
experience, and strong communication, interpersonal and team work
skills. If you feel that you have the skills and experience to
make this role a success your application is encouraged.
This role is a 0.8 fraction position, with additional rotating weekend shifts. Flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.
Tuesday 1 September 2015, 11:55pm Australian Eastern Standard Time
Job No. 537785 Faculty / Portfolio: Provost and Senior Vice-President Portfolio Monash University Library Law Library Location: Clayton campus Employment Type: Part-time, (0.8) Duration: Continuing appointment Remuneration: Pro-rata of $70,858 - $81,391 pa HEW Level 05 (includes 17% employer superannuation)
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Law Librarianship: Legal Research – QUT's popular course is available online from September 2015!
Are you looking to make the leap into law librarianship?
Or perhaps you're a public, academic or corporate librarian who wants to be better equipped to help clients navigate the complexities of legal information resources
QUT has got your professional development covered!
After the success of the initial online offering of our Law Librarianship: Legal Research course in 2014, we are offering the course online again by popular demand from September 2015.
About the course
This course, developed with the support of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association, introduces you to the Australian legal system and the world of legal research. The program specifically helps you to explore and evaluate primary and secondary legal research sources, covering Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictions. There is a strong focus on helping you to develop strategies to identify the characteristics of legal enquiry and to locate relevant, authoritative information to meet your clients’ needs.
This course is perfect for
professionals that want to make the leap into law librarianship
more experienced law librarians looking for a refresher course
librarians from other sectors - learn all about legal research to help you answer law enquiries more effectively
those looking to earn points for the ALIA PD Scheme.
You even have the option of completing assessment to gain formal course credit towards a qualification in Library and Information Studies*.
Benefit from QUT’s expertise in online teaching
This is not your typical online training course! Participants in the Law Librarianship: Legal Research online course will engage in a range of facilitated learning experiences, self-paced and in real time, which reflect QUT’s flexible and innovative approach to teaching and learning in the Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Studies) course.
When: 29 September to 24 November
Online classes will run on Tuesday evenings (6pm-8pm AEST) over 9 weeks, starting 29 September. Can't make a class? Catch up with a recording, available through QUT’s online learning platform.
Registration:Register online now to secure your place. Registrations close on 15 September 2015.
About the facilitator
Dr Gillian Hallam is Adjunct Professor with QUT. As an experienced educator and trainer, Gillian develops and delivers highly specialised academic and professional programs for the library and information services sector in Australia and overseas. She also provides consultancy services to academic, public and special libraries. Prior to joining QUT, she worked as a librarian in the corporate sector, managing business and legal information.
I was fortunate to attend the recent, excellent 8th Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP8) conference, hosted at Queensland University of Technology. The program is available online.
To get a taste of the conference, have a look at the Twitter stream or view the recording of the ‘Evidently Practical’ panel discussion.
There were many interesting and thought-provoking sessions, but one of particular interest to ALLA(WA) members was “A training needs analysis case study at Legal Aid Queensland” by Claudia Davies and Richard Vankoningsveld.
The aims of their project were to develop a sustainable training needs analysis (TNA) methodology for the organisation and also to assess whether appropriate evidence of users’ needs was being collected.
They deliberately avoided clients’ self-assessment of their needs. Instead, they focused on empirical evidence, using a multi-faceted approach with 5 components:
Query logs (i.e., clients’ searches on in-house databases)
Usage statistics from vendors
Records of research requests
Client observation (i.e., librarians shadowed lawyers during their work day)
Client stakeholder interviews
By using these varied sources of evidence, they were able to develop a holistic picture of their clients’ behaviours and needs, which in turn now informs their service delivery and provision of training.
A few interesting tidbits from their findings include:
Based on vendors’ search logs, people tend to only view 1 or 2 documents per search result set
In databases like LexisNexis, users searched by keywords 90% of the time rather than browsing, except for the criminal law commentary sources
quick links to key resources by topics are very popular, accounting for around 80% of all catalogue activity
Many of their research requests are simple reference queries. The reasons for this need further investigation (lack of time or lack of skill?)
Clients prefer face-to-face rather than online training
In the end, Richard confessed that all of this data collection took much longer than anticipated, but it appears that it was worthwhile for the insight they gained. Perhaps this project can serve as inspiration for other law librarians to use evidence to inform their practice—not just as a ‘special occasion’, but as a normal way of working (to paraphrase keynote speaker Virginia Wilson).
The presentation also noted that there is a gap in the literature with regard to legal professionals' information seeking behaviour, perhaps because the legal profession is quite ‘proprietary’. Ready for a research project, anyone?
ALLA(WA) Secretary - Megan Fitzgibbons. Librarian, University of Western Australia.
Law librarians already know that they contribute significantly to their organisations, but it's always great when this can be proved to others in a dramatic fashion!
The story of University of Pittsburgh law librarians Linda Tashbook and Marc Silverman is certainly a boon to the profession. The pair retrieved an old copy of The Everyday Song Book from the university's library and made it available to lawyers in the the American class-action lawsuit Good Morning To You Productions Corp. v Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. The book is being submitted as evidence that the term of copyright has expired on the song "Happy Birthday", meaning that Warner/Chappell Music is not entitled to royalties.
The UWA Law School together with the UWA Business School are hosting a lecture by the Hon Christian Porter MP on "Magna Carta: Celebrating 800 Years of Law and Liberty". The event is open to the public.
DATE Friday 28 August 2015
TIME 6:30pm - 8:30pm
VENUE Auditorium, The University Club of WA
Hackett Entrance 1, Crawley
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