A new face at Tottle Partners

Congratulations to Sheralee Westphal on her appointment as library assistant at Tottle Partners.  Sheralee will work three hours a week assisting Kirsty McPhee.  She is currently studying for a Diploma of Library and Information Studies at Central TAFE and is new to law libraries.  Please make her welcome.

Law Institute of Victoria : Media Release

Thursday 23 August 2012


The Law Institute of Victoria today welcomed moves to establish a shared Law Library of Victoria accessible by all legal practitioners, judges, magistrates, and tribunal members.

LIV President Michael Holcroft today signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Supreme Court of Victoria, the County Court, Magistrates’ Court, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Department of Justice, Victorian Bar and the LIV.

“This is the first stage to take our historic, but sometimes impractical, individual libraries into the 24 hour remote access platform required in the 21st century”, he said.

“Particularly for our country and suburban lawyers, the establishment of one common library facility, with 24 hour 7 day a week complete remote access, is key.

“The days of physically visiting a law library and taking down a dusty tome from a shelf are almost over. The modern practice of law demands access to documents and texts at all hours from all locations,” Mr Holcroft said.

The Law Institute of Victoria maintains a well resourced library for its members, which will ultimately become part of the Law Library of Victoria.

Mr Holcroft said it was also important to ensure that the historic Supreme Court library collections were protected and maintained.

“It is important to improve the access of users to a wider range of library materials and services which at the same time maintaining our priceless Supreme Court collection, he said.

The Law Institute of Victoria has over 16,000 members, many of whom are based in suburban or country locations.

Mr Holcroft congratulated the Supreme Court Library committee, and in particular Court of Appeal President Chris Maxwell and Justice Cameron Macaulay for their efforts in working to achieve agreement between all parties.

Welcome to the newbies

The first meeting of the new ALLA (WA) Committee was held yesterday afternoon at the Federal Court.  Lei Lin, in her role as President, welcomed the new members of the Committee - Jenny Lucre (Magistrates Court), Stel Podias (Department of Commerce) and Linda Simonis (Downings Legal).

Jenny and Linda are joining Belinda Eisenhauer to devise a program of CPD and social events for the year ahead, while Stel has volunteered to take on the publishers' liaison role.

A list of all Committee members and their new responsibilities will follow shortly.

ALL over the place

This post hopes to be the first in a series of photos depicting our very own Australian Law Librarian journal with a variety of celebrities and in different locations around the world.

The journal's first meet-and-greet was with members of the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, who were here in Australia for their NKOTBSB world tour in May.

Mawghan with Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys.  Photo taken after he had a quick flick through the journal and asked what a law librarian was!

Mawghan with Danny Wood from New Kids on the Block, after trying to explain what a Law Librarian was for about 5 minutes only to be told “I don’t understand you”

Finally, a picture of Mawghan with all of the Backstreet Boys!

Going on holidays? Don't forget to take the Australian Law Librarian! You just never know who you will meet, or what you will see.

The Australian Legal Landscape: Global and Comparative Perspectives

Dear CALL/ACDB Members,
We want to let you know that the 8th Joint Study Institute (JSI)  “The Australian Legal Landscape: Global and Comparative Perspectives” will be held at Melbourne Law School from Wednesday evening, February 13  - Saturday, February 16, 2013.

The 2013 JSI will provide unique opportunities to network and learn about the law, legal research, legal education, legal profession and legal publishing in Australia with global and comparative commentary.

For information about the program and conference events go to: http://alla.asn.au/conferences/jsi2013

Speakers will include leading academics from Melbourne Law School

To register, complete the registration form at:

The Conference Hotel is Rydges on Swanston.  To book your accommodation, go to the JSI booking page at: http://www.rydges.com/customised-web-page/joint-study-institute/

Joint Study Institutes are hosted by the following law library professional associations:
  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL),
  • Australian Law Librarians Association (ALLA),
  • British & Irish Association of Law Libraries (BIALL),
  • Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des  Bibliotheques de Droit (CALL/ACBD) and
  • New Zealand Law Librarians' Association (NZLLA).

For information about the tradition of Joint Study Institutes, see: http://www.callacbd.ca/conferences/JSI/history/index.htm

We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy a stimulating educational program and Melbourne’s diverse cultural, culinary, historical and bibliographic attractions.


2013 JSI Co-convenors,
Carole Hinchcliff, Robin Gardner, Kirsty Wilson
Melbourne Law School Library

Vanessa  Blackmore
NSW Attorney General’s Department Law Library

James Butler
Supreme Court of Victoria Law Library