CPD events

Matthias Liffers from Murdoch University opened the technology showcase session with a brief introduction to cloud computing, the latest trends in internet computing and hardware trends. A hands on session followed where those librarians with access to new devices shared their work experiences with the lunch time participants.

Laurie Shervington from Minter Ellison presented a lunchtime session in August to 20 or so participants on the complex topic of Corporation Law. Laurie outlined the governance issues involved in each of the main Acts which support the overall corporation legislative scheme.

From our website coordinator Kelly

As you have probably already have been advised, the ALLA website now has a members only section.

Because there hasn't been that much change on the WA section of site, we thought that we would take advantage of the new facilities and expand what we supplied via the website. What we'd like to know is what you'd like to see on the ALLA (WA) section of the website.

One possibility we've been kicking around is putting up a list of members with contact details in the password protected part of the site. We thought that as the only contact details list people generally had was the one in the front of the Union List (which by now is rather out of date), it might be helpful to have a new one. We thought it should be opt-in, so, if you'd like us to provide your details in the password protected members only section, please email Kelly.underwood --at-- minterellison.com.

Please also send in your ideas for the site; what would you like to see?

International lists as tools to enhance your legal research skills

INT-Law (International focus)

Lis-Law (UK)

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HAL - Union list & interlibrary loans

Kirsty McPhee and Deb Harvey have sorted most of the data conversion problems with the Union list and HAL requirements. The conversion of the files is now underway and Kirsty will be in touch again with all those members involved in the project.

Before HAL takes full effect can everyone please note the following changes to the Union List  from Jackson McDonald:
  • APLA Journal (Asia-Pacific Lawyers Association) – delete JM holdings and the title from the list
  • Australian Conveyancer and Solicitors’ Journal – delete JM holdings
  • Australian Indigenous Law Reporter – delete JM holdings
  • Commercial Law Association Bulletin – delete JM holdings
  • Environmental Law Update – delete JM holdings; change to correct publisher – Blake Dawson Waldron solicitors
  • Franchising Law and Policy Review – delete JM holdings
  • Gazette of Law and Journalism – delete JM holdings
  • Superfunds – delete JM holdings

Extraordinary Meeting

At an extraordinary meeting of the of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association (Western Australian Division) Inc members voted to amend the Rules of the association as follows:

Rule 17.1 Quorum and Proceeding at General Meeting
Change “attendance by not less than one half of current members present in person, or by proxy” to ‘‘attendance of no less than 15 current members present in person, or by proxy”.

The motion was passed by a majority vote.

People in Libraries

Following the extraordinary meeting of ALLA (WA) the position of vice president of the committee was offered to Kirsty McPhee from Tottle Partners. Kirsty has been an active member of the committee and other members are delighted she has accepted this role.

New members were also welcomed. Mawghan Elverd from Jackson McDonald and Lisa Nichols from Clayton Utz are both library technicians eager to participate in the Association.

Ali Kirke, Library Assistant at Norton Rose has resigned and taken a position as General Secretary at Curtin University Guild.

At Freehills, Cindy Duong is currently on maternity leave. Jennifer Moore has been appointed to the role of reference librarian. Sau Chee Chiew and Helen Schaper retired after a combined 40 years with the firm and Lori Pryor has been appointed to the position of Library Technician.

Ros Bellew has left the National Native Title Tribunal and plans to return to Tasmania.

Marisa Bendeich has been elected 2010/2011 National Vice President, Australian Law Librarians’ and will assume office at the end of the 2010 ALLA AGM to be held on 1 October 2010.

Marisa has been a very active and progressive member of the NSW Division in the role as President as well as having served on the National Executive Committee (NEC) in the capacity as the NSW President over the past 12 months.

Elections were recently held in NSW with Cindy Martin from Piper Alderman elected as the NSW President.

Merrilyn Evans from the Federal Court of Australia was re-elected as the Tasmanian President.


Congratulations to Robyn Schofield who is the 2010 recipient of the ALLA Lynn Pollack Memorial Scholarship.

Robyn commenced her career at Craven Law Library, The University of Notre Dame Australia in 2006.  Since 2008, Robyn has been employed as the Senior Law Library Technician and is currently undertaking an undergraduate degree via distance education for a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Library and Information Management) Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

Robyn received free registration to attend the 2010 ALLA/NZLLA conference in “Cross Currents: Charting our Future” held in Melbourne from 29 September to 1 October 2010.

Congratulations to Mawghan Elverd who received the $1500 ALLA (WA) National Conference Bursary to attend the same conference. Mawghan works as a library technician at Jackson McDonald and consistently shows enthusiasm in attending Association functions. She impressed the committee with her dedication to the profession and her enthusiasm for law librarianship.

We look forward to hearing from both scholarship winners at the Brown bag in October

President's Letter - October 2010


The ALLA NZLLA Joint Conference in Melbourne was a great success; the papers covering a range of themes including the impact of social networking on the practice of law and law librarianship, the issue of free online access to law, the future of law reporting, mobile delivery of legal content and the latest developments in online legal research training.  If you wish to learn more, or share your experience of the conference, come along to our Brown Bag Lunch on October 22.  Mawghan Elverd, our 2010 Bursary Recipient, will be providing a report on the conference.

ALLA is conducting a National Membership Survey to collect data that will enable law librarians and information professionals to compare their job and pay with colleagues in other law libraries in the academic, private and public sectors.  I encourage you to complete the survey.

You might already be subscribing to international lists, but I thought this might be worth sharing. I have been subscribing to a daily digest of INT-Law (International Law Librarians list) as well as a daily digest of Lis-Law (UK Law list) and have become aware of new useful resources for law librarians. I have listed them in a separate post.

* (I am reading Charlotte’s Web with my 7 year old daughter)

Jacqueline Seligmann