Tottle Partners : Library Assistant

Tottle Partners is a West Australian law firm, specialising in dispute resolution, corporate, commercial, construction, property and insurance law.

We are seeking an enthusiastic library student (technician or librarian) to join our team in the role of Casual Library Assistant.  The position will be responsible for the provision of Current Awareness Services, accessioning and maintenance of loose-leaf services.  The position involves working 3-4 hours per week, with the flexible working arrangements that will allow the successful applicant to set their own hours of work and ensure time off during study and exam periods as required.

The position will report to our Knowledge and Business Development Manager.

The successful applicant will be able to work autonomously, possess a keen sense of attention to detail and should have an interest in pursuing a career in law libraries.  No previous experience in a law firm is required.

All applications should include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, as well as a copy of your current CV.  Applications should be sent to Kirsty McPhee, Knowledge and Business Development Manager, Tottle Partners, Level 40, 108 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000 or by email to

The deadline for applications is COB Friday, 10 August 2012.

Kirsty McPhee

A new position for Lisa Vicary

It is particularly pleasing to announce that, after being made redundant due to a change in the management of the National Native Title Tribunal Library, Lisa commences work in the library at Clayton Utz on 13 August.

Congratulations, Lisa.

Justin scores a trifecta!

Justin Booker is certainly making his presence felt on this blog.  He is leaving UWA next month to take up the position of Manager, Perth Knowledge Centre, at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Congratulations, Justin (again!).

Save the date

A visit to the Francis Burt Law Education Programme has been arranged for 21 September.  More details about this visit, together with an invitation to register your attendance, will follow closer to the date.

Justin strikes again!

Yes folks, Justin Booker from UWA has been announced as the recipient of the Lynn Pollack Memorial Scholarship for 2012.  Congratulations Justin - what is next? - Australian of the Year perhaps!

As this scholarship gives Justin the opportunity to attend the ALLA Conference in Brisbane in September, he has decided to decline the CCH Bursary from ALLA (WA).  More details regarding the bursary will follow.

ALLA AGM : Special Resolution and proxy forms

Members of ALLA (WA) should have received a copy of the Special Resolution to voluntarily wind up ALLA Inc in the mail, together with a proxy voting form.

Proxy forms can be sent to Kirsty McPhee of Tottle Partners who will be attending the ALLA AGM during the Brisbane Conference.

Please send your completed proxy forms to Kirsty by 6 September -  The form should be completed as in the example below.

I Jane Doe
of Acme Legal
being a member of Australian Law Librarians' Association Inc
appoint Kirsty McPhee
of Tottle Partners

The welcome return of Alissa

Alissa Inglis (nee Sputore) has returned to WA.  She commences as a faculty liason librarian at UWA on Monday, 30 July.  Please note that she continues to work under her maiden name and her email address will be

Librarian required for 12-month contract

Dear colleagues

An advert has been placed on SEEK for a Librarian (12 month contract).

Closing date 27th July 2012.

This is a Specified Callings Level 1 position located at the Supreme Court Law Library.

Please note that relief duties at the branch library are no longer necessary.

Any enquires for the position can be directed to Catherine Macgill on 9421 5370.

Catherine Macgill | Law Librarian
Law Library, Supreme Court of Western Australia Barrack Street Perth WA 6000
Ph: (08) 9421 5372. Reference desk: (08) 9421 5370

Addendum -

Please note this is not Stephen Griffith's position but is the LPB position vacated by Stel Podias moving to the Department of Commerce.

Stephen has a permanent government position which he will take up in August.


Another library bites the dust!

On 1 July, the Federal Court took responsibility for the management of the library at the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT).  This is an outcome of the Federal Government's decision to transfer the NNTT's corporate services and mediation functions to the Federal Court.

Unfortunately, this has resulted in Lisa Vicary losing her job with the NNTT.  Lisa's last day is Thursday, 19 July.

We wish Lisa every success in finding a new position.  If anyone can help her in this endeavour, please contact her at

Please contact either Amanda or Fiona at the Federal Court library should you have any queries regarding the NNTT's library collection and services - or 9268 7140.

Position still available - re-posted

The EnergySafety division of the Department of Commerce, based at Cannington, is looking for a librarian.  The role requires about 3-4 hours per week.  If interested, please contact -

Laverne Castelino
A/Director Business Services
Tel:  9422 5250

Senior Librarian Position (Reference AV1657) - DPC

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is seeking to fill the role of Senior Librarian (SCL 2) on a fixed-term, full-time basis for a period of up to 11 months.
The Senior Librarian assists the Manager in the planning, development and organisation of information services and systems to ensure the effective retrieval and dissemination of timely information to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department of Treasury, Department of Finance, Office of the Premier, Ministers' offices, Public Sector Commission and other clients.

Prospective applicants must obtain a Job Application Package, which provides details about the duties of the position and the selection criteria.

The package, and information about how to apply, can be obtained from the website or by calling (08) 6552 5617.

Applications close at 5:00pm Tuesday, 24 July 2012.

For further information about the position, please contact Alison Underwood on (08) 6552 5522.

Alison Underwood
Acting Manager
Information Services - Department  of the Premier and Cabinet
6th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH 6005
t: 08 6552 5522

Welcome back Belinda!

Belinda Eisenhauer has returned to work today after her accident, but is confined to light duties for the timebeing.

Stel's new position

Stel Podias has left the Law Library at the Supreme Court due to the cessation of his temporary contract and has taken a position at the Department of Commerce.

2012 CCH ALLA(WA) Conference Bursary

It is my pleasure to announce that the 2012 CCH ALLA(WA) Conference Bursary has been awarded to Justin Booker (UWA). Justin will receive $1500 towards the costs of attending the 2012 ALLA Conference – Respect the Past, Embrace the Future – in Brisbane in September. After the conference, Justin will give a presentation to the WA members to share the experience and knowledge he has gained.

We received a number of excellent applications – I would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply and encourage those who were unsuccessful to apply again in 2013.

I would like to thank CCH for their generosity and support of this award – without their financial assistance the Association would not have been able to offer this opportunity to our members.

Congratulations Justin.

Kind regards,
Kirsty McPhee
ALLA(WA) President

Practitioners' Branch library at the Central Law Courts

Please note, the Practitioners' Branch library at the Central Law Courts will be closing on 20 July 2012, rather than 20 August 2012 as previously noted.  Sorry for the confusion and for full details please see below:

Dear Colleagues

I need to advise you the Practitioners' Branch library at the Central Law Courts will be closing on 20 July 2012.

The decision to close the library has been made by the Department of the Attorney General in keeping with current government  budgetary restraints.
Please advise any of your staff or legal officers who make regular use of this library.

I also need to advise you the Law Library has had to implement budgetary restraints in its collections development that may affect the document delivery and interlibrary loan services it provides. Whilst we do not expect the reduction in our collection to have immediate effect  I suggest if other libraries are considering cancelling titles that they check whether the Law Library is maintaining theirs.

The future of the Law Library as a resource for practitioners in person and for document delivery/ interlibrary loans has been and continues to be under review by the Legal Practice Board and the Department of the Attorney General. Whilst we are going through this period no permanent staff appointments can be made. We will be advertising fixed term contracts to fill our current vacancies.

Normal hours of operation will be resumed when our staffing issues are resolved.

Please note the library is open to users from 8.30am - 5pm.

Document delivery and interlibrary loan services operate between 9am and 4pm.

My most sincere apologies for this break in our service.
Catherine Macgill| Law Librarian
Law Library, Supreme Court of Western Australia

Barrack Street Perth WA 6000 Ph: (08) 9421 5372.  Reference desk: (08) 9421 5370

The bump has landed!

Sky Atkins safely delivered Thomas Algernon on 5 July.  Our warmest congratulations to Sky, Paul and big brother, Oliver, on the new addition to their family.

Social media statistics Australia

SocialMediaNews released its monthly social media statistics for June 2012.

They look at:

1. Number of active Australian users going to that particular social network each month
2. Number of unique Australian Visitors (UAVs) going to that social network each month
3. User numbers reported by that particular social network or reputable source.

Social Media Statistics Australia – June 2012

1. Facebook – 11,008,520 Australian users/accounts (up 40,400) – 13 million UAVs according to Google Adplanner. The difference between the user numbers and UAVs may be users logging in from multiple locations – home, work, school etc.
2. YouTube – 11,000,000 UAVs (steady)
3. Blogspot – 4,020,000 (down 10,000)
4. LinkedIn – 2,100,000 (down 100,000)
5. Twitter – 1,800,000 (steady)
6. – 1,600,000 (steady)
7. Tumblr – 1,200,000 (steady)
Flickr – 900,000 (up 60,000)
9. TripAdvisor - 900,000 (new entry)
10. Pinterest - 620,000 (up 60,000)
11. MySpace – 470,000 (up 50,000)
12. Google Plus – 457,500 approx active users (up 126,164 – Estimated calculation below)
13. Instagram – 414,000 (down 9,000)
14. Reddit – 140,000 (steady)
15. StumbleUpon – 120,000 (down 30,000)
16. Digg – 83,000 (up 6,000)
17. Foursquare- 64,000 (up 7,000)
18. Delicious – 47,000 (up 11,000)

Other noticeable Changes for June 2012
  • Flickr has seen a noticeable rise in user numbers
  • Pinterest has also seen another rise this month
  • Instagram is slightly down, but this is only measuring traffic to their website. I am confident Instagram mobile app users is growing month on month, but unfortunately there is no way to get the number of Australian mobile users (if anyone can – please contact me). Also the increasing integration with Facebook is certain to be adding more users.
  • Myspace has seen a small rise in user numbers
  • Facebook advertising tool has reported a small rise in user numbers
It’s clear from these stats, photo specific social networks such Flickr, Pinterest and Instagram are each growing their user base consistently. These shows the shifts in content users are absorbing. We are seeing a further shift away from textual based updates to photo and video based updates.

You can view their report for May or whole archive of Social Media Statistics to see previous data.

Knowledge managment CPD wrap-up

A knowledge management seminar was held last Wednesday, 27th June 2012.

Approximately 20 people were treated to a lovely breakfast and a presentation by Kerry Smith, a lecturer at Curtin University.

Kerry spoke about law library professionals connecting seekers of knowledge with those that hold knowledge; and how we can play a part in facilitating knowledge sharing within our organisations.

Please email me at, if you would like a copy of Kerry's presentation.