The Journal in the Red Centre

I was fortunate to spend a beautiful few days at Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa, awed and humbled by the inspiring landscape. My contemplation of the sunrise was interrupted briefly, though, for a snap with the Australian Law Librarian!

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


Learning from the IFLA trend report

IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) released its ‘Trend report’ in 2013. The companion document ‘Riding the waves or caught in the tide? Insights from the IFLA trend report’ is just as relevant as it was when the report was first released.

The Library and information services sector is continually changing and the IFLA Trend Report identified five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping the information industry.
  • New technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.
  • Online education will democratise and disrupt global learning.
  • The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined.
  • Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.
  • The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.
Even if you have read through the information on the IFLA website, I would recommend you re-familiarise yourself with the insights document it’s something we need to consider when looking at the future of libraries and the services we provide.

ALLA(WA) Past President - Mawghan Elverd.
Acting Knowledge Manager, Jackson McDonald.

Free Refugee Law Resources

Oxford University Press has made freely available a number of materials on refugee law.

These materials can be accessed from the Oxford Public International Law site and focus on four main questions.

  1. Who is a refugee?
  2. What rights do refugees have?
  3. What are the obligations imposed on states which refugees pass through en route to their destination of choice (transit states)?
  4. What are the obligations imposed on state in which refugees apply for asylum?
The resources include book chapters and journal articles. Also included is a number of helpful links.

Legal Information Management September 2015

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

This issue has a very interesting article on Judgements as Public Information which explores how custodians of primary sources of law such as court judgments can act as gatekeepers to this information either enhancing or inhibiting access.

Additionally, this issue includes a series of articles focusing on law firm libraries:
 Legal Information Management 
ISSN: 1472-6696, EISSN: 1741-2021 

Legal Information Management

http://journals.cambridge.org/LIM

Volume 15 / Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 149 - 205

Published Online on 10th September 2015

TOC in PDF formatPDF version of this Table of Contents 



Editorial

Editorial
David Wills
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 149 - 149
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000377 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
[ abstract ]


The 5th Willi Steiner Memorial Lecture

Commercial and Regulatory Evolution of Legal Services: Implications for the Information Professional
Stephen Mayson
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 150 - 155
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000365 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
[ abstract ]


Focus On Law Firm Library Issues

Space: the Final Frontier for Law Firm Libraries
Dunstan Speight
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 156 - 159
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000389 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
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Current Trends in the Use of Collection Development Policies in Law Firm Libraries
Mark Pexton
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 160 - 164
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000390 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
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Branding and Promoting Law Firm Libraries
Loyita Worley
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 165 - 167
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000407 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
[ abstract ]


Creating a Knowledge Business Strategy
Allie Lustigman
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 168 - 171
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000420 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
[ abstract ]


Searching International Company Registries Online
Rachel Brett
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 172 - 177
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000432 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
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International Perspectives

The ‘Free Access to Law Movement’ in India: Supporting Legal Education, Research and Practice
Priya Rai, Akash
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 178 - 183
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000444 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
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Current Issues

Hard Copy or Online? Balancing Books and Bytes in the Digital Age
Claire Greening
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 184 - 188
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000456 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
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Judgments as Public Information
Paul Magrath
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 189 - 195
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000468 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
[ abstract ]


The Cost Exemption in the Freedom of Information Regimes of the United Kingdom and Scotland: a Comparative Analysis
Calum Liddle, David McMenemy
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 195 - 202
doi: 10.1017/S147266961500047X (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
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Current Awareness

Current Awareness
Katherine Read, Laura Griffiths
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 03 , September 2015, pp 202 - 205
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000481 (About doi) Published Online on 10th September 2015
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Librarian Reference & Information Services Postion - Murdoch University

Murdoch University Library is seeking a new Librarian, Reference & Information Services.

The primary responsibility of this role will be to work with the Law Subject Team and provide support for the School of Law.

The position description and advertisement for this role can be found on the Jobs at Murdoch page.

This is a fixed term, full time position until 31st March 2016.

Applications close: Monday 5 October 2015.

Suggestions sought for new edition of AGLC

The Melbourne University Law Review/Melbourne Journal of International Law has an editorial team working on a new edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC4). Suggestions are sought from law librarians and researchers—email them to robing@unimelb.edu.au.

Note that subscribers to the ALLA-ANZ e-mail list will have received a compilation of suggestions collected so far on 18th September 2015.

Fellowship program at Cornell Law Library

Originally posted on Int-Law - International Law Librarians List

The Cornell Law Library is now accepting applications for the Bitner Research Fellows Program. The Bitner Research Fellowship for foreign law librarians offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience American law librarianship, learn the American legal system, and network with professional librarians to create life-lasting personal and professional connections. Intended to foster professional development, the fellowship is tailored to each fellow's area of interest. Bitner Research Fellows are provided with exposure to Cornell Law Library's excellent resources, and the expertise of its professional librarians, while learning about advanced legal research in a global context. Fellows are selected by the library education committee based upon the current needs of Cornell Law Library and upon the eligibility guidelines.

Funding

The Fellowship is made possible through an endowment in honor of the late Professor Harry Bitner, Cornell Law Librarian (1965-76) by his family, Lorraine and Richard Gilden. Fellows will be provided with meals and lodging for the duration of the Fellowship and will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $2,000.

Eligibility

1. Applicants must be current law librarians with an MLIS or equivalent graduate degree and a JD or foreign equivalent (or a minimum of 5 years' experience in law libraries in lieu of a JD); and 

2. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years' professional library experience.

For more information, see the Fellows Program website. Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2015.

Help Break Trove

The National Library of Australia has asked for volunteers to help stress test Trove.

If you've got time and are near a computer on Wednesday 23rd September at 12pm EST (10am WST) why not give it a go?

For more information take a look at the NLA's Join us next week in an attempt to break Trove! post.

History of International Law Timeline

Oxford Public International Law has just launched an interactive History of International Law Timeline.

Stretching from 1494 to present, the timeline marks 109 key events marking the most important developments in the history of international law. Each date links through to a free Oxford University Press resource.

Explore the time line here.

Accessing pre-1991 WASC unreported judgments

A useful reminder!

Pre-1991 WASC unreported judgments are available at the Law Library. They are available as an ILL request, or if you visit the library you can print for 55c per page.

Lisa Webb, Customer Service Librarian
Law Library, Supreme Court of Western Australia

Call for proposals: American Association of Law Libraries conference

The Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries will be held in Chicago from 16-10 July 2016. The call for proposals is open, with a deadline of 6 October 2015.

Expressions of interest: Mentors for QUT course ‘Law Librarianship: Legal Research’

Expressions of interest: Mentors for QUT course ‘Law Librarianship: Legal Research’

The Australian Law Librarians’ Association (ALLA) invites experienced law librarians to serve as mentors to assist with the QUT online course, Law Librarianship: Legal Research, which will run from 29 September – 24 November 2015. We would like to have a number of mentors who can assist and support the course participants (protégés) with their learning as they are introduced to and become familiar with the range of legal research topics.

The study program will include a series of online meeting 6.00pm -8.00pm AEST on Tuesdays) using Blackboard Collaborate, and a range of independent learning activities. There will also be a Facebook site to support informal communication in the learning community.

An overview of the course, which will be coordinated by Dr Gillian Hallam, Adjunct Professor at QUT, is provided in the attached document.

Emoticon case law

Yes, you read the correctly. There is a Twitter account, @emoticoncaselaw, devoted to depicting UK cases in emoticons. You can find them all on Twitter, or check out a selection of twelve significant cases via Legal Cheek. For example, Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co:



Faculty and Academic Librarian Relationship - A Survey



The Library Journal has partnered with Gale to conduct a joint study of how academic librarians feel they are servicing their faculty clientele, and the results are interesting.

A summary from Inside Higher Education: “Virtually every librarian surveyed, or 98 percent of those respondents, said they wish for better communication with faculty, while not even half of surveyed faculty members, or 45 percent, said the same. About one-quarter of faculty members, or 27 percent, said they don't believe cooperation is necessary at all.”

You can see the Library Journal’s post here which provides a link to the full report and explains the methodology of the research.

Gale’s Blog has a nice infographic outlining the key findings of the survey.

Law Liaison Librarian Vacancy at QUT

Cross-posted from the ANZACLL email list

Queensland University of Technology is currently recruiting for three liaison librarians. All three are ongoing, full-time positions. One of the positions is based in the Law Library and will liaise with the Faculty of Law.

The postings are available on the QUT job vacancies website (vacancy reference number 15408). The closing date is 20 September 2015.