Law library fellowship opportunity

The Cornell Law Library is now accepting applications for the Bitner Research Fellowship.

The Bitner Research Fellowship for foreign law librarians offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience American law librarianship, learn the American legal system, and network with professional librarians to create life-lasting personal and professional connections. Intended to foster professional development, the fellowship is tailored to each fellow's area of interest. Bitner Research Fellows are provided with exposure to Cornell Law Library's excellent resources, and the expertise of its professional librarians, while learning about advanced legal research in a global context. Fellows are selected by the library education committee based upon the current needs of Cornell Law Library and upon the eligibility guidelines set forth below.


The Fellowship is made possible through an endowment in honour of the late Professor Harry Bitner, Cornell Law Librarian (1965-76) by his family, Lorraine and Richard Gilden.

Fellows will be provided with meals and lodging for the duration of the Fellowship and will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $2,000.


1. Applicants must be current law librarians with an MLIS or equivalent graduate degree and a JD from an ABA accredited law school or foreign equivalent (or a minimum of 5 years’ experience in law libraries in lieu of a JD); and

2. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years’ professional library experience.


1. Applicants must commit to a minimum of one week of full time service to Cornell Law Library (maximum 2 weeks);

2. Applications shall consist of a cover letter/statement of interest, resume, project proposal, and three professional references;

3. Candidates being considered will be contacted for an interview; and

4. At the end of the fellowship, fellows shall submit a final report or complete a previously agreed upon project.


The Fellowship is available during the fall semester of 2014 or the spring semester of 2015, with some flexibility. To submit an application, or for more information, please contact Amy Emerson, Associate Director for Administration & Access Services, via email at All applications must be submitted in full by Friday, August 2, 2014. Please indicate preferred time frame for completing the fellowship.

Position vacant : Senior Research Librarian, Norton Rose Fulbright (Perth)

Position vacant : Team Leader, Library and Information Services, Department of the Attorney General

This vacancy will be advertised in The West Australian on Saturday, 26 July.

Lynne Lyon (Manager, Library and Information Services, Department of the Attorney General) has advised that the position has been vacant since early March but was caught up in the freeze on advertising of vacancies in the public sector.

It is a senior librarian position (Specified Callings Level 3, $98,686 – $109,280) and is one of three Team Leader positions carrying responsibility for library and information services to a portfolio of clients.

Lynne will be the contact person for any enquiries once the position is advertised.

JacMac has a new team member : Renee de Waard


I have recently started at JacMac as the Library Technician, working three days a week.

While studying for my undergrad degree I worked part-time at Corrs, then moved to a full-time position at the Supreme Court after I graduated.  I reluctantly left that role in 2006 to live and work in Norway for a year, where I tried sheep head (smalahove), rotten fish (lutefisk)…and hiked a glacier.

I also completed a Grad Dip in Information Studies through Curtin during my time away from the law library scene to have children.  I am hoping this year to ease back into work and dance the inevitable working mum tango (or tangle? – I never was a good dancer ☺).


Google and the World Brain

I watched this doco with interest on ABC1 last night.  It is available on ABC iview if anyone wishes to take a look.

Google And The World Brain radically questions the nature of the Internet. The film uses Google Books as a prism through which issues of data-mining, copyright, freedom and surveillance are illuminated.

I particularly like this quote from one of the interviewees -

"A book is not an extra-long tweet".


Workshop : JADE Professional

On 27 June at Ashurst Australia, sixteen people attended a JADE Professional workshop presented by Sue Ann Yap.  Sue is the Director of Stakeholder Relations with BarNet and spoke about some interesting features, including -

· JADE CaseTrace - summarises citations used for and by a particular decision;

· The citator - details the citation/references at paragraph level;

· The ability to upload a list of authorities and gain quick and easy access to unreported judgments on JADE.   Please note that steps have been taken to include notations of parallel citations, including the reported citations;

· The ability to set up current awareness alerts at legislation level, citation paragraph level and at general topic level, among others.

Sue will be returning to Perth in August.   If anyone missed the session or would like to arrange a demonstration of the new-look JADE, please feel free to email me - and I will pass on your email address.

Mawghan Elverd