Icebreaker breakfast : 20 February 2013

About 40 members and non-members turned out for the annual ALLA (WA) Icebreaker on the morning of 20 February, held in the Swan Boardroom at the Department of Commerce.  The guest speaker was Ms Chris Richardson of the School of Media, Culture and the Creative Arts at Curtin University.  She spoke on the forthcoming RDA (Resource Description and Access) cataloguing standard - a very relevant topic these days.  It was a pleasure to see so many new (potential members) faces!

Thank you to Stel for providing the venue and organising the catering.  The very generous and healthy breakfast was kindly sponsored by Justis, our new sponsor.

Belinda Eisenhauer

Greetings from Melbourne

The ALLA Ltd Board and the NEC met in Melbourne today - and enjoyed the views from the 23rd floor of the BHP Billiton building.

The best part of a Melbourne meeting? It isn't 40-plus degrees!

The JSI begins in a few hours - stay tuned for updates from Belinda and Kirsty.

Kirsty McPhee

BIALL Conference : survey

A survey to investigate the views, perceptions and training needs of new members of staff working with legal information, in preparation for a BIALL 2013 session on New Professionals.

As part of a presentation to be delivered at this year's BIALL conference, held in Glasgow in June, we are carrying out a survey to investigate the views, perceptions and training needs of new members of staff working with legal information.

It would be greatly appreciated if you were able to take 5-10 minutes to fill out our survey. We are looking for responses at all levels in the profession, from any one who currently works with legal information, or has done in the past.

All data from the survey will be anonymous - respondents will not be identified.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please get in touch with us at either or

Best wishes,

Sam Wiggins and Marie Cannon
BIALL 2013 Conference Survey

State Law Publisher : search function

The search function on SLP's website is not working, which is affecting Government Gazette and Industrial Gazette searches.

Natalie McDonald was informed that it will not be operational until Tuesday, 12 February.

$5000 prize on offer for library excellence

Did you make an impact on library services in 2012 with an innovative service, event, program, piece of research or partnership?

Individuals, libraries and organisations are encouraged to nominate their project for the 2013 Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence.

The $5000 prize will recognise a project which made a significant contribution to the Western Australia library industry and library services in 2012.

The Award is not restricted to libraries and librarians – nominations are encouraged from all areas of the library industry and related sectors.

Previous winners of the Award are the City of Wanneroo for a project which provided resources to book clubs in remote areas, and the City of Fremantle for a temporary outdoor reading room which transformed Kings Square into an active social hub.

“The Award is linked to the Board’s leadership role in guiding and encouraging the provision of all library services throughout the State”, said Professor Margaret Nowak, Chairman of the Library Board of Western Australia.

Nominations close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 2 April 2013 and the Award will be presented during Library and Information Week in May.

Further information, including selection criteria and an entry form, is available from the State Library website:

For further information about the Award please contact: Adrian Bowen on (08) 9427 3341.

Karen de San Miguel

Community Awareness Coordinator
Communications & Marketing
State Library of Western Australia

T +61 8 9427 3151

Appendix : Message from the President

Message from the President

Dear members,

Welcome to the New Year.

Last year, 2012, was a year of change. The special resolution vote to dissolve ALLA Inc was passed at the AGM. This was the first step in achieving the National Membership Model. Since then, the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs (WA) has approved the wind-up of the national entity of ALLA Inc and the transfer of assets to ALLA Ltd.

We have also introduced new sub-committees such as the Salary Survey Sub-Committee and the Blog Focus Group. Both are working on a number of initiatives and projects.

Our CPD program continues to be successful and well attended. The annual Christmas party is more popular than ever.

This year we aim to do it bigger and better. We will continue to reach out to our members with the initiatives started off by the various sub-committees and also come up with new ones to better serve our members and create a platform for bonding.

The first event of the year is the Icebreaker Breakfast, which will be held on 20 February at the Department of Commerce. We hope to be able to meet all current members and new members during this event and get to know each and every one of you better, allowing you to have a sense of belonging to the Association and making you a part of our ALLA (WA) family. Please RSVP to Linda Simonis if you haven't already done so. This is an event not to be missed.

This year all new members will receive a welcome letter that will outline the benefits of membership. It also contains useful information such as how to access the blog and the ALLA website, as well as on how to stay up-to-date with ALLA news.

Remember that this is YOUR association and I implore every one of you to encourage your colleagues and associates to join the Association and ensure its continued success.

I would also like to encourage more member contributions to the ALLA (WA) Blog. It is a great knowledge-sharing and current awareness tool. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Justin's adventure in New York (post Wednesday, 23 January), so if you have any interesting travel anecdotes or photos that you would like to share, please send them through to Fiona Archibald. We would love to see them!

It is very exciting to be a part of this dynamic group as we continue to grow, and sincerely hope that you will continue to support us by actively participating in our events and providing us with your valuable feedback on how we can serve you better.

I want to wish all of our members a successful and prosperous year.


Lei Lin

ALLA (WA) President 2012/2013