Event Reminder: ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to the ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast.

This event will give members an opportunity to enjoy networking, a lovely spring morning and some good food.

When: Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 7.30 am
Where: Tiisch, 9B, 938 Hay Street (Corner Milligan Street), Perth
RSVP: Friday 20 October to Judy Allan judith.allan@legalaid.wa.gov.au

Please Note:
Tiisch will accept separate billing, and for ease have requested pre-orders.

Please include your order with your RSVP. Tiisch’s menu can be found here: http://www.tiisch.com.au/food/ 

Job Opportunity: Part Time Legal Research Officer, Adelaide

This job was originally posted on seek.com.au 

Legal Research Officer

South Australian Parliament Research Library

Part-time (Monday to Wednesday) / twelve-month contract

A Legal Research Officer is required to join a small team who contribute to the Library's research, reference and information services. Duties include the preparation of research reports, and written and oral briefings on a wide range of matters for Members of the South Australian Parliament.

A post-graduate qualification from a recognised tertiary institution is essential.

When Parliament is sitting some rostered evening work will be required.

Employment is subject to provisions of the Parliament (Joint Services) Act 1985.  Recreation leave will not be approved on Parliamentary sitting days.  Appointment may be subject to a satisfactory offender history check.

Any person who has been, or is currently, politically active may compromise the strict political neutrality of this position and will not be considered for appointment.

Review the Job and Person Specification.  Applicants who do not separately address the Job and Person Specification in their covering letter will not be considered.

Applications should be addressed to the Parliamentary Libraria. 

Enquiries to the Manager, Research Services.

Details of the Parliamentary Librarian and the Manager, Research Services can be found on the seek.com.au advertisement

Closing date: 9.00am Monday, 23 October 2017.

Job Opportunity, Liaison Librarian (Business & Law), Deakin

Salary Range: $76,585 to $82,706 pa (plus 17% super)
Employment Type: Full-time (36.75 hours per week) and fixed term to 31 December 2018
Location: Geelong Waterfront Campus or Melbourne Burwood Campus

About the Role:

To liaise with staff and students in designated Faculties, Schools and research centres to ensure that the Library is responsive to the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Deakin University community.

This will include:

  • As part of a cross-campus team, initiate and maintain strategic liaison with academic staff, researchers and students in the Faculty Business and Law to ensure Library responsiveness to client needs.
  • Develop collections and identify free scholarly resources in collaboration with academic and research staff and liaison teams to enhance the achievement of teaching, learning, and research objectives of designated Faculties and Departments or Schools.
  • As part of a cross-campus team, to design, deliver and evaluate digital literacy programs to meet undergraduate and postgraduate students’ needs to enhance cloud and campus learning experiences.
  • Provide expert information assistance and faculty outreach to the Deakin University community that reflects a customer service ethos, to maximise the use of Library resources, services and facilities.

About You:

  • Relevant degree and/or post-graduate qualification which qualifies for Associate (Professional) membership of the Australian Library and Information Association.
  • Proven ability to develop, deliver and evaluate digital literacy programs and professional development learning activities for staff and Library colleagues.
  • Ability to provide expert information assistance to enhance cloud and campus learning experiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in library and information services, scholarly communication and publishing trends in an educational and research environment.
  • For a full list of the selection criteria please see the position description

Contact for further information: Kim Phu, Tel: +61 3 9251 7017

Closing Date: Sunday 22 October 2017

Job Opportunity: Library & Research Assistant, Sydney

This position has been previous advertised on seek.com.au - visit the original posting for video footage.

Library & Research Assistant

  • Reporting to a Director
  • Exciting challenge - Newly created role
  • Flexible working hours
The Firm

With offices globally and an expanding Sydney office, this reputable firm are located in the heart of the CBD with spectacular views.

The firm maintain a very low staff turnover and provide their staff with; Regular team and firm wide events (lunches, dinners, drinks, Melbourne cup and Christmas parties), health insurance discounts, monthly morning teas and more!

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Legal Research Librarian to join their Sydney office. This is a standalone role supporting Australia, Asia and the US.

Your duties will include:
  • Provide reference and research to professionals of all levels
  • Ensure Lawyers are kept up to date on Business development
  • Being the first point of contact and perform in-depth and complex research for the Australian and Asia offices
  • Managing the Library management systems
The Candidate

To be considered for this position, you MUST have:
  • Previous experience as a Librarian within a law firm (Ideally 3+ years)
  • Hold a degree or post graduate qualification relating to Library or Information Services
  • Have advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Have proved experience working in a high pressured environment
  • Be professionally presented
To be considered for this position, apply on the relevant link. Or alternatively, for a confidential discussion, call Nicola Sparkes on 02 8270 9711 or Claire Booth on 02 8270 9775.

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Job Opportunity: Senior Librarian, Melbourne.

This position was originally advertised on Seek.com.au 

Senior Librarian

About Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox is a pre-eminent independent business law firm with one of the fastest growing partnerships in Australia. We are currently a firm of more than 550 people, including 70 partners. We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane and act nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests. Our leadership team was recognised by winning Managing Partner of the Year at the 2015 and 2017 Australian Law Awards.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Librarian to join our growing Knowledge & Library team. This role will provide the opportunity to work closely with various practice groups within the firm across all office locations and will be responsible for supervising two team members.


  • Provide research and reference services to the firm
  • Maintenance of the reference management system
  • Management of the electronic library management system
  • Maintenance of the firm’s intranet content
  • Produce and maintain legal research training materials and documentation
  • Provide training on Library tools and resources
  • Develop the library collection (electronic and hard copy)
  • Manage the library budget including contract negotiation

Skills & Experience

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Experience at a similar level gained in a library position, within a law firm environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to build strong work relationships


At Hall & Wilcox, we practise Smarter Law. This means being smarter across our entire business – by being progressive, by our commitment to excellence and by our focus on building great relationships.

We have a strong values-driven culture - our clients and people choose to work with us because of it. We care about our clients, our community and each other. Whether it be our technology or our business focused approach to the practise of law, we strive to change the legal market for the better. We work hard but we also have fun.


  • Modern, open plan offices
  • Structured learning & development programs for all career levels
  • Extensive health & wellbeing program including healthy start breakfast program, mindfulness training subsidised fitness, team sports and health checks
  • Flexible working opportunities – talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.
  • Salary continuance insurance
To apply for this position and for contact details, please see the Seek advertisement.

Report forecasts more jobs for librarians by 2022

Our friends over at ALIA have just released the fourth annual ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report

The report seeks to provide students, educators, employees and employers with an understanding of the national landscape and inform ALIA's work.

The ALIA news post for the Report provides a summary of its findings:

The report shows that over the five years from November 2010 to November 2015, there were 43.5% fewer Librarian positions in the workforce; 16.3% fewer Technician positions, and 12.4% fewer Library Assistant positions. However, looking ahead to May 2022, the Department of Employment predicts a 15.6% employment rise for Librarians, a relatively stable number of Library Technician positions and a drop of 13% for Library Assistant positions.

There is expected to be a modest increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years, but a significant decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification. The library and information sector remains an attractive job prospect but there is undoubtedly competition for jobs. The workforce tends to be fairly static, with a relatively small number of vacancies occurring through staff turnover, people leaving the sector and the creation of new positions.

What do you think of the reports findings? Are you going to seek additional qualifications to be prepared for 2022?

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: Judy Allan

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

Judy Allan, ALLA (WA) Committee Member 2017-2018

Judy Allan
Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?
There are three people who have influenced me greatly and to whom I am grateful for their help and support: Judy Clayden, my lecturer in cataloguing at ECU who made a particularly challenging subject interesting; Megan Evans who gave me my current job and who gently introduced me to law and mentored me to the point where I was competent; and last, but not least, Deb Harvey, my current boss, who is a very warm and incredibly generous person who is helpful and supportive of such aims and ambitions as I have.

What is the proudest moment in your professional life?
There isn’t a ‘proudest moment’ but the moments that I treasure are when clients respond to my efforts on their behalf with a comment such as “you’re a flamin’ marvel!”. We usually receive a “thank you” but we do appreciate it when they take the trouble to let us know that the results of our hard work have been especially helpful.

Career advice – what’s your top tip?
Be prepared to try anything – I went back to study after finding I enjoyed being in my children’s primary school library – but apart from a prac and some relief work while studying, didn’t work in schools. I came to Legal Aid for the tail end of a parental leave contract, which obviously wasn’t coveted by anyone with a permanent position – and I am still here 15 years later. I had thought that work in a law library would be boring – I was wrong!

What’s your favourite legal research tool?
The Australian Digest was my lifesaver when I first began searching for cases and really didn’t know where to start, and when we moved to online searching, I really liked being able to put a citation into First Point and use the resulting trail of index terms to find more cases on point, with the added bonus that ordering the results by Jurisdiction (Reverse) put WA at the top.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Only one? That sounds a bit boring, unless it was a multi-faceted project. One of the things I like about my job is the variety of tasks but if I could choose just one thing to do, it would probably be to create training materials that can be distributed to our staff who never have time to come to training sessions. The trick then would be to make them find the time to use the materials.

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)
It is ‘one of’; A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry still tugs at my heart. It truly is a fine balance between happiness and sorrow that I was unable to put down.

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?
Definitely a cat – I could, absolutely, spend the whole day on a cushion in a sunny window. I’d want to be a cat-who-could-read though.

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee?
There was a call for committee members and I felt that it was about time I stepped up and did my bit after being a non-contributing (i.e. enjoying the benefits) ALLA(WA) member for so long.

Conferences & Journals: Calls for papers

Have a desire to write a journal article? What about present at a conference? We've found some opportunities from all over the world.


CALL/ACBD Conference 2018

The Canadian Assocaition of Law Libraries / L'Assocation Canadienne des Bibliotheques de Droit Conference will be held on 27-30 May in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Submissions for Conference Sessions and Lighning Talks are open until October 20. The theme is Build Bridges | Broaden Our Reach. See the conference website for more details. 


Australian Law Librarian Journal

The Australian Law Librarian  is seeking  contributions for the upcoming issue. 

Centred around the theme of professional development, issue 4 of the journal is the place to share your experiences in mentoring, being mentored and growing as a professional.

As a professional, you never stop growing. With this issue, we invite you to share your experiences, learnings, and thoughts on mentoring and professional development.

Articles outside of this theme are also welcomed. 

The deadline for submissions is 25 October. 

Questions? Contact journaleditor@alla.asn.au

IFLA Journal

IFLA Journal and IFLA’s Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Advisory Committee has put out a call for papers for their special issue on privacy.

IFLA Journal invites papers for a special issue focused on privacy, libraries, and information professions across all continents. The issue will be published in the summer of 2018 as Volume 44:2. In particular, the main goal of the special issue is to gather the latest theory, research, and practices from libraries and information professions to further the professional discourse on the definition and provision of privacy in the 21st century.

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2018. For more information see the announcement on the IFLA Website.

84th IFLA General Conference Assembly - 2018, Malaysia

Registration for the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress is now open.

The 84th IFLA Conference will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24-30 August.

Attendees can register via the Congress website.

Please note that if you registered for one of the previous IFLA Congresses since 2012 via the online registration system, you can use the same login username and password for IFLA WLIC 2018.

Should you have a group booking of ten or more attendees please contact: wlic2018-registration@kit-group.org for further information on how to register your group.

Job Opportunities: University of Melbourne

Two positions are available in the Law Library at The University of Melbourne:

Applications for both positions close 19 October 2017.

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: David McDowell

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

David McDowell, ALLA (WA) Committee Member 2017-2018

David McDowell
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?
My family always encouraged me with my career choices despite them not always being the most lucrative or having the best job prospects. I worked a few different jobs before settling on a career working in libraries. I can't identify one person alone who influenced that decision but the people I have worked with along the way have made me feel that this was the direction I was meant to take. 

What is the proudest moment in your professional life?
Does staying consistently employed in the library field count? I guess the same can be said about a lot of industries but starting out in the library field these days can be pretty rough. I was very fortunate to get paid work from my university practicum which provided me with the experience to get other library jobs. Therefore I'm proud that my skills and attitude towards work have provided me with a variety of opportunities in the field.
Career advice – what’s your top tip?
Allow your career to takes unexpected twists and turns that could never have imagined when you first started. When I started working in libraries I only wanted to be a public library librarian. I enjoyed my time doing that immensely but I have been challenged by taking up opportunities in academic and law libraries. I have developed a whole range of research skills that I wouldn't have been capable of a few years ago. 

What’s your favourite legal research tool?
CaseBase & the abbreviation guide was a lifesaver when I was first starting at Jackson McDonald and didn't know the acronyms for law reports. While I wouldn't recommend people using it as their only legal research tool - it is user friendly.   

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
I like learning new skills and updating old ones. I haven't be required to do any computer coding since my university days so a project that involved me picking that up again would be good.  

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)
Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden. This was the compulsory high school read that encouraged teenage boy me to read the rest of the series for pleasure.   

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?
An elephant. I used to love watching Babar as a kid. 

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee?
It's great to get to know the people that make up our law library community better and to work on events or projects that benefit us all. 

Job Opportuntity: Researcher/Librarian Sydney

This position was originally posted on Seek.com.au

An exciting new opportunity exists for an experienced Research Librarian to join our well established Sydney Office. As a member of a high performing global team, the Research Librarian is responsible for providing reference and research library services to lawyers, paralegals and support staff on a Firm-wide basis. This is a full time position reporting to the Director of Firm Research & Library Services and the Australian Director of Operations.

The responsibilities of this role include the following:
  • delivering high quality legal and business research services to the Firm;
  • performing in-depth and complex business and legal reference and research duties, including responding to user requests for information from internal and external resources, onsite and offsite materials, and print and non-print media on legal, business and general topics;
  • ensuring that lawyers are kept up to date on all legal and business development relevant to the practice groups and their clients;
  • being the first point of contact for the Australian and Asia offices;
  • performing all job duties with a commitment to providing superior service to clients, producing quality work product and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement.

The ideal candidate will:
  • have demonstrated work experience performing online searches using external databases and services including, but not limited to: Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, MergerMarket, Capital IQ, Connect14, D&B Hoovers, PitchBook, etc.
  • hold a degree or postgraduate qualification in library and information services/management
  • have a minimum of two - four years of law firm library experience
  • display a commitment toward continual learning and development
  • have advanced communication skills and the ability to produce clear and logical written work
  • be pragmatic and able to work to tight deadlines
  • work effectively both on an autonomous basis and as part a team

This position joins the global Research and Library team while sitting with and working closely with the supportive and collaborative Sydney office administration and management team.

Positions on the ALLA Ltd. Committee: Seeking Nominations

Following the 2016-17 Annual General Meeting the Board are are seeking nominations for the following positions:

  • Treasurer
  • CPD coordinator and Director 

The positions are an opportunity for any member of the Association to expand their professional skills over the course of 1 year with the option to extend for a further 2 years. With the support of the ALLA Board the Treasurer and CPD coordinator undertake the following duties:

Responsible for ALLA Ltd financial reporting, and liaison with professionals engaged for financial services. The role of the Treasurer includes assisting the Board to ensure the Association’s compliance with all financial and governance requires. The Treasurer oversees the disbursement of funds to the divisions and the expenses incurred by the Association.

CPD Coordinator & Director
The CPD Coordinator manages the national CPD calendar. Working with members, non-members and vendors the CPD Coordinator organizes events to be held via teleconference and online.
The CPD coordinator also liaises with the Divisional Committees regarding National and Divisional CPD opportunities.

Any members wishing to nominate for the Board are encouraged to complete the nomination form.

Please submit your nomination by 30 October 2017. The Board position descriptions are available here. Any questions regarding the roles can be directed to Trung Quach at president@alla.asn.au

Career Progression in Academic-Professional Hybrid Roles

Last week The Guardian (Australian Edition) published an interesting article about the potential downsides of being professional services staff with an academic background at a higher education institution.

The article, Work in an academic-professional hybrid role? Say goodbye to career progression was written by an "anonymous academic", highlights the position that many academic librarians face. We blur the lines of professional staff and academic staff, something that tends to not fit will within the traditional career paths of Australian universities.

I now realise that some academics see me as someone who is just there to help them, while others see me as purely academic. But it’s also an inherent feature of the job: it’s hard to focus your work when you spread yourself thinly. Moving up within the institution is difficult when others are specialised, and you feel you do a bit of everything.

Of course not all librarians want to be on an academic career path, but the structures should better recognise the work that we do on both sides of the academic-professional line.

Give the article a read and tell us what you think? What has been your experience working in higher education?

Well, that's one way to start a judgment

Introduction: Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear.

When the reasons for decision starts with "Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear." you know it's going to be good. Just wait til you get to the end.

Full decision of AF v SWP (DLA) (No. 2) [2017] UKUT 366 (AAC) available on BAILII.

You're Invited! ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to the ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast.

This event will give members an opportunity to enjoy networking, a lovely spring morning and some good food.

When: Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 7.30am
Where: Tiisch, 9B, 938 Hay Street (Corner Milligan Street), Perth
RSVP: Friday 20 October to Judy Allan judith.allan@legalaid.wa.gov.au

Please Note:
Tiisch will accept separate billing, and for ease have requested pre-orders.
Please include your order with your RSVP. Tiisch’s menu can be found here: http://www.tiisch.com.au/food/ 

Libraries in the "news"

It seems that The Onion  has a thing for the Library of Congress with a recent spate of articles where the LOC is a star. Take a look if you need some laughs to help you get through your afternoon!

ALLA (WA) recognises that The Onion is a satire website. If you need assistance in determining if a news article is genuine, have a look at the IFLA - How to Spot Fake News Infographic or ask your Librarian.

So, it's 1948, and you want to be a Librarian

Ever wondered what Librarian School was like in 1948? The State Library of Victoria's Blog tells us all in their post So, you want to be a librarian?

It holds some great gems including a sample assignment, and links to newspaper articles in Trove (just don't be like me and get to stuck into fixing the text... promise me 5 mins tops!)

Special thanks to Justin Booker for the tip off!

ALLA(WA) Presidents Corner - Vol. 2 Issue 1

Natalie McDonald,
ALLA (WA) President, 2017-2018


We held our AGM on 9th August 2017 where the new 2017/2018 Committee were confirmed. This term we had a few new members join the Committee, David McDowell from Jackson McDonald and Judy Allan from Legal Aid. I would like to welcome David and Judy to the Committee.

I would also like to welcome back the following Committee members :
  • Vice President: Stephen Griffiths
  • Secretary : Alice Hewitt
  • Treasurer: Anne Young
  • Committee members: Gil Bevan and Catherine Kafentzis.
Details of the new Committee will be updated on the ALLA website soon and can be already found on the About The Committee page of this blog.

I mentioned at the AGM that the attendance at past AGM’s and CPD events had been poor and one of our focus’ for last term was to look at ways of improving the attendance. The Committee has worked hard in organising events, seeking feedback from members who attended the events but the support unfortunately hasn’t been there from the membership.

Not only is the support dwindling from attendance at CPD events, last term and this term we were struggling to form a Committee of Management. If the support from the membership continues to decline then the WA Division may have to look at winding up. We will do our best not to let this happen but we need your support.

Upcoming ALLA(WA) PD & Social Events

The ALLA(WA) CPD & Events Sub Committee are planning a Spring Breakfast for October where new and existing members can get together. Further details will be advertised via the usual channels.

Following on from the success of the Channel 9 tour, more social tours are being looked into by the CPD & Events Sub Committee, if you have any suggestions please let us know.

Salary Survey

The ALLA(WA) salary survey is sent to members every two years. It is due to be sent out this year, but before we do the Committee will be asking the membership a few questions. For example one of the questions will be around the frequency of the survey.

Members will receive a form to complete via Google docs shortly.


The Compliance & Regulatory Sub Committee lead by Catherine Kafentzis will continue to ensure the ALLA(WA) Constitution is compliant and the Policies and Register of Decisions and Procedure Manual are current. Legislative amendments from the Associations Incorporation Act 2005 (WA) will ensure the ALLA(WA) Constitution is compliant. The amendments will be signed off by the Committee next month.


The WALL (previously known as the Union List) Sub Committee lead by Gil Bevan, has an army of volunteers assisting her with data entry. A big thank you to these volunteers. A homepage is currently being created which will include the new logo design. The Committee received copyright permission from the creator of the logo to use the logo on external documents.

Social media statistics

The Blog page views last month were 2,424 and the number of all time view of this Blog is currently (at the time of posting) at 70,427.

On Twitter  (@LawLibsWA) we have 134 followers and have made over 510 tweets.

We would be delighted if you would like to follow us or like us on Facebook!


A reminder that the ALLA Ltd AGM will be held on Wednesday September 27th 2017 at 1pm EST via webinar. You can register you attendance by going to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4203253018005437699

If you wish to have your apologies recorded please email secretary@alla.asn.au

Please feel free to contact me or the committee on allawaexec@gmail.com with any ideas or feedback you have.

Natalie McDonald

2017/2018 ALLA(WA) President

ALLA Conference 2018 - Call for abstracts extended!

Call for abstracts has been extended till Friday 29th September 2017!!

Missed the deadline? Don't worry, we've extended the deadline.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity that only comes around very two years to share your ideas and learnings with the profession so now the time to get writing!

The theme for the conference is Local Footprint, Global Impact. This is a very broad theme and to help narrow it down the conference committee have given a few hints for topics within this theme, specifically:

  • Indigenous issues
  • Career development
  • Technology
  • Education

Remember the papers and posters for the conference do not need to be limited to these topics but be sure to bring your abstract back to the wider theme of the conference.

Additional details on submitting your abstract are available at http://allaconference.com.au/2018/index.php/call-for-abstracts/

Need help turning that fantastic idea into an abstract for ALLA 2018? Check out the tips for submitting your abstract on the Conference website (http://allaconference.com.au).

ALLA Ltd AGM Registration and Documents now available!

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association Ltd will be held on Wednesday September 27th 2017 at 1pm EST via webinar.

In preparation for the ALLA Ltd Annual General Meeting the agenda and all reports are now available for review at http://www.alla.asn.au/membership/governance/annual-general-meeting

ALLA members have been sent details on how to register their attendance at the AGM webinar. If you have not received these details please contact your Divisional Secretary.

For ALLA (WA) this is Alice Hewitt a.hewitt@ecu.edu.au

ALLA Awards 2017 - Seeking nominations

Know someone whose done great work over the past year?  Now is your opportunity to recognise and celebrate the great people in our industry!

The ALLA Board is pleased to invite nominations for the following awards:

1. ALLA Law Librarian of the Year Award 2017

This award will be given to an individual librarian or technician who, in the opinion of the Scholarship and Awards Committee, has made a significant contribution to the work of ALLA and/or the legal information profession.

Further information: http://www.alla.asn.au/membership/resources/bursaries-awards/alla-law-librarian-year/

2. ALLA Gem of the Year Award 2017

The aim of this award is to recognise outstanding best practice in the field of legal information and education by:

  • Recognising and rewarding excellence and innovation in customer relations
  • Promoting awareness of how customer relations initiatives can benefit information professional and suppliers alike 
  • Encouraging high-quality communication
  • Promoting best practice

Further information: http://www.alla.asn.au/membership/resources/bursaries-awards/alla-gem-year/

3. ALLA Legal Information Service of the Year Award 2017

This award rewards the dedicated performance and outstanding service given by legal information services, law libraries and those teams managing legal collections and services. These awards are unique as they recognise the value and importance of dedicated team work within our sector.

Further information: http://www.alla.asn.au/membership/resources/bursaries-awards/alla-legal-information-service-year-award/

All nominations must be submitted by 15 September 2017. The awards will be announced at the ALLA 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection panel and the decision of the panel will be final.

Trung Quach

ALLA Vice President

Event Recap: Channel Nine News Tour

ALLA (WA) is grateful to Channel Nine for a very successful tour of their Perth Studio on Thursday August 31 2017.

20 people attended, including some CURTIS members, were shown around the studio, and had a chance to sit at the news desk and try out the auto reader.

We got to see a secondary studio,  back rooms with multiple screens and the attractive lunchroom with a breakout room.

Journalist Scott Cunningham gave us an insight into the daily life of a reporter, and we also talked to a news producer, technical staff and the chief of staff, all of who coped well with the many questions we had of them, including ones about data retention, since we are, after all, from the library sector!

Many thanks to Luise Crisafulli for getting the ball rolling with this event.

Next on 9 Live: Librarians Take Over the News!

Thanks to Anne Young for this event recap. 

Call for Abstracts Closing Soon


The deadline for submitting your abstract for ALLA Conference 2018 is around the corner!

Abstracts are due no later than 5.00pm on Friday, 15 September 2017.

Need help turning that fantastic idea into an abstract for ALLA 2018? We are here to help. Check out the tips for submitting your abstract on the Conference website (http://allaconference.com.au).

Details on submitting your abstract are available at http://allaconference.com.au/2018/index.php/call-for-abstracts/

The New AustLII is here!!

We've previously let you know that AustLII Beta was running, back in our February blog post.

The new AustLII is now live! So go check it out and let us know what you think.

Call for Papers: Australian Law Librarian

The Australian Law Librarians' Association is currently seeking contributions to the upcoming issue of the Australian Law Librarian.

Centred around the theme of mentoring, issue 4 of the journal is the place to share your experiences in mentoring, being mentored and growing as a professional.

As a professional, you never stop growing. With this issue, we invite you to share your experiences, learnings, and thoughts on mentoring and professional development.

We also warmly welcome articles outside of this theme.

Submissions are needed by 25 October so there's still plenty of time to get your writing cap on!!

Questions? Contact journaleditor@alla.asn.au

ALLA (WA) Event - Channel 9 News Tour

ALLA (WA) invites members to a tour of the new Channel 9 studio!

The tour will include:

  • A graphics and makeup tour
  • Newsroom tour including edit suites
  • Master control and audio booth
  • A chance to read the weather and news off autocue
  • Q&A and photo opportunities

Where: Channel 9, 253 St Georges Terrace

When: Thursday 31st August, 12-1pm

RSVP: Alice Hewitt by Friday 25th August.

LibrariesWA Facebook Group

Announcing the 'LibrariesWA' Facebook Group

At the Library Leadership: A Celebration day, one of the consistent themes was about enabling communication across silos and different types of library and information services.

In an effort to achieve this, we are pleased to announce the launch of a Facebook group specifically for Western Australia LIS professionals.

Why a Facebook Group?

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking platforms in the world. It may not be for everyone, but a lot of us use it to stay connected with friends and family, and now increasingly for work as well.

A Facebook Group allows you to post messages to anyone who has joined even though you aren't necessarily connected with them directly, the potential to reach a relevant audience is much higher than posting from your personal or organisation page.

The other really useful functionality is that any group member can create an event! The Libraries WA group has the potential to become the perfect place to share industry events with one another.

Join the LibrariesWA Facebook group now

This was originally posted on WAIN. Apologies for Cross Posting. 

Self-represented Ligitants and the Attorney-General Latest Update

ALLA WA today received a written response from the Chief of Staff to the Attorney General regarding the access of self represented litigants to library resources since the closure of the Library at the Supreme Court of WA. ALLA WA had written to the Attorney General in May expressing concern on this matter.
The reply acknowledges that self represented litigants have been left without a valuable resource since the library's closure.
Further, the Department of Justice is investigating options for enabling self represented litigants to have access to library resources. ALLA WA will be informed of the outcome of this investigation.
We thank the Chief of Staff to the Attorney General for their reply.

Set the Wayback Machine to take us to court

I know I sometimes turn to the Wayback Machine in my research; you might too. Hence I found this recent blog post about how Australian courts view use of the Wayback Machine very interesting.

Job Opportunity: Business Information Librarian at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Are you an outgoing and enthusiastic librarian wanting to tell 120,000 people about an amazing library service? If you are then come and join our team! This is an exciting opportunity to join our organisation and add value to our membership in the role of Business Information Librarian.

Reporting to the Manager, Library and Information Services the focus of the role is to provide library and research services to our 120,000 + members globally to support their business and professional needs. As part of a friendly and well-established team you'll be involved in most aspects of the service, but your main focus will be responding to research requests, collection development and marketing the library service to our members.

To be successful you will have; a real passion for helping people; have experience in a specialised library environment, be creative and innovative, and thrive on being part of a dynamic high performing team.

To be considered for this role you will be enthusiastic, demonstrate high attention to detail, be able to work across a wide range of tasks, and be motivated to get involved in promoting and enhancing the services we provide to our many stakeholders.

If you are interested please attach your resume along with a covering letter to our online job portal: jobs.charteredaccountants.com.au  - or see the job posting for further information

Applications close at 5pm on 14 July 2017.

Federal Court - New Judgment Subscription Alerts

The Federal Court has expanded its subscription offerings with the addition of the Judgments & Events by National Practice Area (NPA) email alerts.

Subscribers have the option to receive an email of judgments published each day by practice area, as well as an “All Judgments” option. Subscribers will also be alerted to any upcoming Court events, such as user-group meetings.

You can subscribe from the Federal Court website. Once your subscription is complete, you will receive an email for each of the lists you have subscribed to. The frequency of alerts varies depending on what judgments have been published on the day.

If you require assistance with the subscription process, please email query@fedcourt.gov.au.
About the National Practice Areas

In 2016, the Federal Court reorganised its workload into nine National Practice Areas (and where applicable sub-areas). The nine NPAs are:

Each NPA has a dedicated webpage, which contains relevant practice notes, legislation, forms, judgments, judges’ speeches and more.

This was posted as Issue 37, 26 June 2017 of the Federal Court's Practice Newsletter. Apologies for cross posting.

ALLA Conference 2018 - Call for Papers

Submissions are now open for the 2018 ALLA Conference!  

The 2018 Conference will be held in Darwin, Northern Territory at the Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade and there will opportunities to visit law libraries and enjoy the array of culinary and cultural highlights of Darwin.

Centred around the theme of Global Impact/Local Footprint, the Conference Committee is looking for papers and posters, including but not limited to those that address the themes:

  • Indigenous issues
  • Career development
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Presentations

There will be a variety of presentation formats and lengths. The Conference Committee welcomes a variety of proposals including:

  • Individual presentations
  • Panel discussions (multiple, complementary speakers on a single topic)
  • Practical workshop sessions
  • Digital - posters (with an optional additional hard copy submission)
  • Lightning talks (5/10 minute sessions)

Abstracts should be submitted to convenor@alla.asn.au and submissions close 5.00pm AEST on Friday, 15 September 2017.

Additional details are available on the conference website.

Renew your membership by June 30

Just a reminder that membership renewals for Australian Law Librarians' Association (ALLA) are due by the end of June.
In addition to various CPD and social events that ALLA organise for law librarians, your ALLA membership also entitles you to a discount to attend the 2018 ALLA conference in Darwin as well as a number of other discounts with other associations through ALLA's agreements with them. You also receive the bimonthly ALLA newsletter.
If you have not received your renewal notice or wish to join ALLA, see here for how to apply.

Nominations for Certificates of Appreciation

There are some wonderful people in the WA Australian Law Librarians Association that sometimes go unnoticed. To acknowledge these people, we are calling for nominations for Certificates of Appreciation.  If you would like to nominate a member, please take a look at the Nomination Criteria outlined here and send your nominations to allawaexec@gmail.com. If suitable nominations are received, Certificates will be presented at the upcoming AGM.

2017/2018 ALLA (WA) Committee Elections

ALLA (Western Australian Division)
2017/2018 Committee Elections

Elections for positions on the ALLA(WA) Committee for 2017/2018 will be held at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at DLA Piper, Level 31 Central Park, 152-158 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Nominations are now called for office bearers and Committee Members for 2017/2018.

Pursuant to the Constitution and with the resignation of the 2016/2017 President, the ALLA(WA) is looking for members to nominate to join the Committee or, if interested, take the position of President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary

Nomination forms have been sent to current members of ALLA (WA), if you haven't received a nomination form and believe you should have, please contact Anne Young. If you would like to join ALLA (WA) please do so from the ALLA website.

Nomination forms are due to the ALLA(WA) Secretary by no later than COB Friday 30th June 2017.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the committee. Contact details can be found on the About the Committee page.

This Is What a Librarian Looks Like

A new book out this month is This Is What a Librarian Looks Like. It features photographs of over 200 Librarians along with original essays by such authors as George R.R. Martin, Amanda Palmer and Nancy Pearl.
You can see some of the images at this gallery from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2017/may/29/tattoos-and-baseball-caps-this-is-what-a-librarian-looks-like-in-pictures
I hope some Law Librarians are in there...

Self-represented Ligitants and the Attorney-General Update

On 1 May 2017, the Australian law Librarians' Association (Western Australian Divison) wrote to the Attorney-General to highlight the issue of self-represented litigants' access to legal information following the closure of the Law Library at the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

ALLA (WA) members and the media were provided with a copy of the memo.

Recent contact with the Department of the Attorney General has confirmed that as of 16 May 2017 the matter has been assigned to a research team within the Department. There is no indication of a date for further actions.

Tweets Tell a Story - Library Leadership: A Celebration on Storify

Library Leadership: A Celebration with 100 librarians!

There are 100 librarians, library technicians and library lovers today at Library Leadership: A Celebration! Speed networking with librarians is certainly not a quiet exercise!

Check out our Twitter @lawlibsWA and follow #LibrariesWA for updates and more from speakers including Dr Carmen Lawrence, Jennefer Nichols and members of the LIS profession in Western Australia!

Correct date for Collaborate and Learn

There was an incorrect date on yesterday's post about the LexisNexis session of insights from their Legal and Regulatory Technology Review.
The correct date for the session is 25 of May.
You can register for the event at:

Updated details are:
When: Thursday 25th of May
Time: 1-2
Cost: Free for members. Not a member? Join now!
We Thank: LexisNexis
Hashtag: #Legaltechnology
A recording of the session will be made available to members after the session.

Collaborate and Learn - Insights from the 2016 LexisNexis Legal and Regulatory Technology Review

About the Webinar: 

In 2016, LexisNexis conducted a Legal and Regulatory Technology Review across a number of legal entities. The purpose of the study was to gain a greater understanding of technology attitudes, infrastructure and device usage. This information provides LexisNexis with insight to ensure we are developing resources that are compatible with your environments.

Register for the event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8573569843649963523

When: Thursday 18th of May
Time: 1-2
Cost: Free for members. Not a member? Join now!
We Thank: LexisNexis
Hashtag: #Legaltechnology
A recording of the session will be made available to members after the session.

Spotted on Biblia: Our Vice President!

Last night on Biblia (ALIA West's Blog), we saw that our Vice President, Alice Hewitt, has been busy at work helping plan the Library Leadership: A Celebration.

See if you can spot her in the post Collaboration in Action! Library Leadership: A Celebration

For more information on the Library Leadership: A Celebration event, check out our previous post, or our Facebook event. Spaces are filling, but you've still got time before registrations close on May 12.

Further Education Opportunities

Are you thinking about extra studying or upskilling yourself? Or maybe you just want to fulfill your lifelong dream of becoming a librarian.

Take a look a the courses from the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. Applications are now open for Session 2 2017 in the follow courses:

  • Master of Information Studies;
  • Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)
  • Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digitial Innovation)
  • Bachelor of Information Studies.
For more details, check out the course information website here.

Thanks to Kelly Underwood for suggesting this post. 

ALLA supports New Librarians!

Our fellow ALLA Division, ALLA NSW is sponsoring one of the meal breaks at NSL8. Perhaps you're interested in the conference?

The New Librarians' Symposium 8 is being held in Canberra on 23-25 June 2017. The Theme is DIY Library Career. For more information see nls8.com

Sneak Peek: Library Leadership - A Celebration

Can't quite decide if you want to join your fellow WA LIS professionals for this unique, first of its kind, professional development day?

Please feel free to ask Alice any questions you have, but for now here's a little bit of a sneak peek at the schedule to help you decide.

  • 8.30 - Registration
  • 9.00 - Introduction & Welcome
  • 9.30 - Speed Networking
  • 10.00 - Morning Tea (Catered)
  • 10.30 - Leadership Speaker, Dr Carmen Lawrence
  • 11.30 - Sector Leadership Roundtable
  • 12.00 - Lunch (Catered)
  • 1.15 - Laughing Yoga with Grant Stone
  • 1.45 - Library leadership in the wider environment: IFLA on the world stage.  Jennefer Nicholson, former Secretary General of IFLA.  
  • 2.45 - Workshops: Three issues in Library Leadership. What we do now - What we want to do - What we will do 
  • 3.30 - Afternoon Tea (Catered)
  • 4.30 - What next?
  • 5.00 - Finish
  • 5.30 - Optional Dinner at Sauma. 

For more, and to register, see our previous blog post. 

Note: this post has been edited to change Sneak Peak to Sneak Peek. This in no way detracts from the possibility that mountains can be sneaky if they so desire. 

Register Now for Library Leadership: A Celebration

All members of the Western Australian Library sector are invited to attend this all day professional development event.

Organised as a joint project by representatives from LIS within WA including, ALIA West, ALLA (WA), WASLA, ALIA ARL WA, ALIA HLA, WALTG, TAFE WA Learning Resources Services Network, CURTIS, and with special thanks to the State Library of Western Australia. This event will offer attendees the chance to improve cross sector networking, by getting together, discussing and exploring what we all how in common and how we can all positively influence our changing profession.

The day will earn ALIA members 6 points for the ALIA PD scheme and include:    

  • Guest Speakers Dr Carmen Lawrence, formed Premier of Western Australia and Jennefer Nicholson, former Secretary General of IFLA
  • Workshops and Discussion Panels
  • Speed Networking and Laughing Yoga

Library Leadership: A Celebration will be held at the State Library of Western Australia on Friday 19th of May 9.00am to 5.00pm (Registrations from 8.30am).

  • $65.00 For members of ALLA, ALIA and WASLA
  • $75.00 For non-members
  • $50.00 For students

An optional dinner will follow from 5.30pm at Suama. This dinner will offer attendees an extended chance to socialise and to celebrate the 80th birthday of ALIA. Cost is $50 per person for the meal, drinks to be paid separately on the day.

Please note spaces are limited at both Library Leadership: A Celebration and the dinner. Please register early to avoid missing out.

ALLA Fellowships - Applications Close this Month!

With 2017 ALLA Ltd is offering a new model for the ALLA Fellowship.  With the 2017 Fellowships we hope to help as many members of the association as possible attend international conferences that focus on the area of law librarianship.

Fellowships Available

ALLA Ltd is now offering five $1500 fellowships to help members attend international conferences (one fellowship is available to each of the conferences below).

Application Closing date
(Including complimentary registration)
19 April 2017, 5pm AEST
(Including complimentary registration)
30 April 2017, 5pm AEST
31 May 2017, 5pm AEST
(Including complimentary registration)
30 June 2017, 5pm AEST
30 July 2017, 5pm AEST

Please note it is not intended that the Association cover the whole cost of attending the conference.

Details on how to apply for the Fellowship are available on the ALLA website.

If you are interested in attending an international conference, Alice Hewitt, Vice President of ALLA (WA) has previously attended the CALL/ACBD conference and would welcome any questions. Please feel free to email her.

Job Opportunity - Contract Legal Librarian, Sydney

This position was originally advertised on Seek.com
  • Prestigious Australian Law firm
  • CBD Location
  • Collaborative team & culture

The Company

A national and leading Australian law firm currently require a Legal Librarian to join their Information Services team on a 12 month contract.The successful candidate will be providing library & research guidance to internal and external clients as well as conducting one on one & group training sessions.

The Role

As an Information Specialist you will provide effective delivery of library  and research assistance to the Sydney office, including but not limited to:

  • Assisting internal clients with complex legal research tasks.
  • Liaising with the Sydney and national training team regarding the needs of legal staff in Sydney.
  • Setting up and maintaining current awareness record and database
  • Promoting the library services
  • Participating in the national library projects and activities

Skills & experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience providing library & research services in a legal industry
  • Tertiary qualifications in Librarianship or Information management is essential
  • A thorough understanding of research methodologies as well as experience in the use of library collections, databases and digital sources in the legal sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching clients how to breakdown a research topic, either one on one or in small groups
  • A "roll your sleeves" attitude and enjoy working in a team environment.

Interested in working  for this top tier firm that has lawyers around the country, with diverse and broad-ranging legal experience across a range of industry sectors?

To apply online, please email your resume to carmen@zenmgt.com.au quoting reference number 1440 or for a confidential discussion, please call Carmen on 02 8116-4706

You're Invited: Easter Breakfast!

ALLA(WA) warmly invites members to our Easter breakfast, to eat, drink and catch up with colleagues (or meet new ones).

When: 7.30am Wednesday 5th April

Where: The George. 216 St Georges Terrace, Perth

RSVP: Luise Crisafulli (lcrisafulli@chambers.francisburt.com.au) by Monday 3rd April.

Menu details are available from the venue website.

Separate billing will be available on the day and cash payment is preferred by the venue.

Next ALLA Tweet-up

Tweet time! Talk careers & career development at tomorrow's ALLA Tweetup @ 7.30pm ADST. Details here.
Note I did that in <140 characters.

Reminder: ALLA (WA) CPD: Employment Law Fundamentals

All are welcome to an ALLA(WA) CPD session on the laws of employment in Australia.

Presented by Shannon Walker, Senior Associate at Jackson McDonald, the presentation will discuss the obligations of employer in the Australian employment systems.

A Light Lunch will be served.

When: 1-2pm Wednesday 22 March 2017
Where: Jackson McDonald, Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Non-members $20 (cash on day) Members free
RSVP by Friday 17 March to Stephen Griffiths stephen.griffiths@gmail.com

Spaces are limited.

Library Leadership: A Celebration

May 19, 2017 - State Library of Western Australia

Save the Date
A chance for the whole WA library sector to get together, discuss and explore what we have in common and how we can all positively influence our changing profession. Two pre-eminent leaders in their fields will be helping us to get the discussion going.

Organised as a joint project by representatives from LIS within WA, including ALLA (WA), with special thanks to the State Library of Western Australia and Kerry Smith.

More information will be available very soon.

ALLA (WA) CPD: Employment Law Fundamentals

All are welcome to an ALLA(WA) CPD session on the laws of employment in Australia.

Presented by Shannon Walker, Senior Associate at Jackson McDonald, the presentation will discuss the obligations of employer in the Australian employment systems.

A Light Lunch will be served.

When: 1-2pm Wednesday 22 March 2017
Where: Jackson McDonald, Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Non-members $20 (cash on day) Members free
RSVP by Friday 17 March to Stephen Griffiths stephen.griffiths@gmail.com

Spaces are limited.

Federal Court list of authorities practice note - an update

There was an update to the Federal Court of Australia "Lists of Authorities and Citations Practice Note (GPN-AUTH)" on February 15th. http://www.fedcourt.gov.au/law-and-practice/practice-documents/practice-notes/gpn-auth

Update: Hyperlinks to case citations in Lists of Authorities

As part of its consultation and feedback process, the Court has received a number of enquiries principally concerning paragraphs 2.2 of the Lists of Authorities and Citations Practice Note (GPN-AUTH) which was issued on 25 October 2016. These enquiries relate to (1) the requirement to hyperlink cases and (2) how to best hyperlink cases.

The intention of the hyperlink requirement was to utilise the List of Authorities to facilitate the accessing of authorities electronically. Some parties do not have easy access to reported versions of cases (that are accessible through subscription-only databases). Practitioners have also raised queries about whether the Court will be able to access hyperlinks to cases from specific subscription-only databases.

New arrangements:

Although the Court's 12-month review period for feedback has not concluded (and will conclude in October 2017), given the queries about the hyperlink requirement, parties and practitioners are advised of the following new arrangements:

  1. The Court does not require the List of Authorities to be hyperlinked but it remains as an option for parties to adopt if they consider it to be helpful, efficient and cost effective to do so; and
  2.  If a party chooses to include hyperlinks in the List of Authorities, any hyperlink made from a subscriber of a subscription-only database is able to be accessed by another subscriber of the same database. Parties should not be concerned that the Court is unable to access such links.

Following the conclusion of the 12-month review period relevant to the general practice notes, the Court will consider making formal amendments to GPN-AUTH, including amendments giving effect to the new arrangements described above.

Queries regarding any of the Court's practice notes can be made by email to: practice.notes@fedcourt.gov.au.

ALLA(WA) Presidents Corner - Vol. 1 Issue 3

Hi ALLA(WA) Members
Natalie McDonald
Natalie McDonald, ALLA (WA) President
Please see below for an update on the services and events of the ALLA(WA).

Upcoming ALLA(WA) PD & Social Events
The End of Year Celebration was held on Wednesday, 30 November 2016.  LexisNexis kindly offered their venue for the night where members enjoyed a selection of canapés and wine whilst they toasted the end of year with colleagues.

A brown bag CPD session was held on 14th February 2017 where the membership gathered to discuss negotiations with publishers on subscription renewals.  The session stipulated no publishers.  The session was well attended and discussions very informative.  Members who attended received notes from the session.

An Employment Law Fundamentals is planned for March.

MOU Update
On Wednesday 30th November 2016, the same date as the End of Year Celebration, the ALLA(WA) membership held a vote to sign the proposed new MOU with ALLA Ltd.  The vote was carried in the affirmative.

WA Unreported Judgments
AustLII have made available the WA unreported judgments on their website, however there were formatting issues with the judgments (for example including the Library number in the title of the judgment).  After several communications with Chris Kenwood and Philip Chong from AustLII, we have agreed on a model which they will work towards.  The ALLA(WA) would like to take this opportunity to thank AustLII for hosting the judgments and working with us to resolve our concerns.  Judgments can be found here.

With the vote being carried to sign the proposed new MOU, The Compliance & Regulatory Sub Committee have been busily updating the ALLA(WA) Constitution and the Policies and Register of Decisions.  These documents are in the draft stages and it is anticipated by the March/April meeting the documents will be finalised.  These documents will be shared with members and made available electronically.

WA Reprint discussion paper released
The Department of the Attorney General (WA) released a discussion paper focused on enhancing reprint powers under the Reprints Act 1984 (WA).  One of the proposals involved giving WA legislation compilations prepared by the  Parliamentary Counsel’s Office (PCO) in electronic form the same status that statutory reprints in printed form now have.  Submissions closed 27 January 2017.   We will be monitoring the outcome for our members.

 Law Library Catalogue
The Department of the Attorney General has updated their website so that it now includes the library catalogue of the Law Library at the David Malcolm Justice Centre. You can access the library catalogue here.

The Committee have received feedback from members around accessing AMPLA journals and yearbook.   Confirmation received from AMPLA is they have moved to a new format where their publications are now online.   There will be different subscription models available for Libraries, such as archives and single year AREL journals and yearbooks.  Unfortunately AMPLA are having a few setup and platform issues that will need to be finalise before they launch it on their website. At this point, they are unable to give us a timeframe.

Social Media
Social media statistics continue to climb with 91 followers on Twitter and 21 likes on our FaceBook page.  In the last month we have had 911 page views of our Blog with 10 followers.

Union list : Law Library Serial Holdings in WA
Progress is continuing on updating the Union List.  Members were invited to suggest a new name for the Union List and it was decided upon ‘The WALL’ (The WA Law Libraries).  FIRST Software Solutions are sponsoring the project.

If you have any suggestions for CPD topics or general feedback, please email us at allawaexec@gmail.com.

Natalie McDonald

2016/2017 ALLA(WA) President

Email: natalie.mcdonald@lavan.com.au