Icebreaker breakfast

ALLA(WA) invites one and all to our Icebreaker Breakfast!

(Please see attached flyer.)

Kirsty McPhee, Knowledge and Business Development Manager, Tottle Partners will speak on:

Shaken and Stirred: Adding value by adding CPD programs for lawyers. Information professionals are increasingly looking outside the box for ways to add value to their organisations. This session will focus on the successful introduction of an accredited Continuing Professional Development program for lawyers in a mid-tier Perth law firm.

Wednesday 25 February 2015

7:30am - 9:00am

Jackson McDonald Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace

Luise Crisafulli: by COB 18 February 2015

A light breakfast will be provided!

Presentation sponsored by Thomson Reuters

Congrats, Natalie

Natalie McDonald is now Legal Information Manager at Lavan Legal.

Congrats, Natalie! Best wishes in your new position.

Legal Research Librarian - Perth Firm

Parkes Legal Support Recruitment have advertised the following role on

Legal Research Librarian - 6 month contract

  • 9.30am to 6.00pm
  • Newly Created Role
  • Small Cohesive Team

Newly created role! Top Tier Law Firm. Exceptional opportunity with above market salary and a fabulous list of benefits.

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing complex reference services to internal clients (both print and electronic resources)
  • Conducting complex research tasks
  • Classifying and cataloging new library materials
  • Assist in evaluating electronic products providing feedback
  • Set up and distribute media searches to users
  • Assist with knowledge centre tours / inductions
  • Assist with legal research training when required
  • National and local projects as required

To be considered for this position you will need to meet the following:

  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a law library
  • Relevant qualifications are highly desirable
  • Experience with online resources for legal and business research
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Personable manner

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced research librarian who is seeking to join a friendly team. The role is initially offered on a 6 month contract, however there is possibly the opportunity for permanent after this point. Please note hours are 09.30 – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

To apply online, please see the advertisement. Alternatively for confidential discussion, please contact Angela Bamford on 08 9221 0944 or 0423 471 524 quoting reference number: 3223.

Senior Research Advisors - La Trobe University

La Trobe University have two positions available and hope to fill one of them with someone with a law background.

Senior Research Advisor (Library)
Full time, continuing (Melbourne, Bundoora)
Closing date: Monday 2nd February 2015 at 11:55pm
Position Enquiries: Eva Fisch, Manager Research, 9479 2926,

Senior Research Advisor (Library)
Part Time, 0.4 time fraction (Melbourne, Bundoora)
Closing date: Monday 2nd February 2015 at 11:55pm
Position Enquiries: Eva Fisch, Manager Research, 9479 2926,

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly is giving away access

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly is currently offering free access to ten articles covering the topics of RDA and ISBD. Access to these articles is free until April 30, 2015.

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly provides an effective international forum for information and discussion in the field of bibliographic organization. This highly respected journal considers the full spectrum of creation, content, management, use, and usability of bibliographic records, including the principles, functions, and techniques of descriptive cataloging; the wide range of methods of subject analysis and classification; provision of access for all formats of materials; and policies, planning, and issues connected to the effective use of bibliographic data in modern society.

Possible teaching resource: human rights videos


For those who teach human rights law, the following might be a useful resource:

Have You Got That Right? is a series of videos that explores human rights questions, including asylum, detention, marriage equality, and surveillance. The project is intended to consist of 10-episode series, each with a different theme. Four episodes have been created so far.

US Supreme Court judgments: changed after the fact

For the "did you know?" file:

A few months back, the New York Times published an article explaining that the US Supreme Court has a habit of revising its decisions, without any public notice of the change. The article notes that some legal publishers do receive updated versions, but the specifics of this are not discussed.

Hein Online, for one, responded with a blog post of their own to point out that their database includes both the original judgment texts as well as updated versions.

Something to keep in mind when doing US case law research!

For more information and some examples, see:

Liptak, Adam. “Final Word on U.S. Law Isn’t: Supreme Court Keeps Editing.” The New York Times, May 24, 2014.

"The US Supreme Court Does What?!" Hein Online Blog, June 20, 2014. 

Information Resource Specialist Postition - Chevron Perth

Chevron Australia has an opportunity for an experienced Information Resources Specialist to join the Information Management team. Based in Perth, this two year fixed-term role will report to the Infolink and Knowledge Management Lead.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage the full lifecycle of library related information including purchasing, classifying, cataloguing, disseminating and discarding
  • Participate in the development of a dynamic collection of information resources based on an understanding of clients’ information needs and their learning, work and business processes
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the content and format of information resources, including the ability to critically evaluate, select and filter them
  • Maintain current awareness of applicable emerging technologies, and advises the Library Coordinator of relevant developments
  • Assist the Library Coordinator to actively communicate the business value of current, new and innovative information resources and services
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information for clients
  • Commitment to health, environment and safety and Chevron best practices

Key skills and experience required:

  • Tertiary qualification in information management, preferably librarianship
  • Significant experience in a similar role, preferably in the oil and gas industry
  • Thorough understanding of the principles, practices and techniques of library management
  • Records management experience and familiarity with technical geo-science and facilities engineering documentation
  • Strong teamwork skills, self-motivated with the ability to influence and motivate others
  • Methodical and practical approach to issue prevention, problem solving and an ability to work well under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and build key relationships that contribute to high-class business results
  • Demonstrated commitment to Chevron’s values of integrity, partnership and trust and achieving an incident and injury free workplace

In return for these skills, attributes and experience, Chevron’s Australia will reward you with an exciting role, a competitive salary and a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Chevron is proudly recognised as an employer of choice, guided by a vision of diversity and committed to equal employment opportunity.

Position Close Date: Monday 2 February 2015, 3.00pmWST

For more details and to apply, see the advertisements:
Chevron Australia:

Meet the ALLA(WA) Committee: Luise Crisafulli

Here at the ALLA(WA) Blog, we are taking the chance to help members to get to know their Committee a bit better.

Introducing: Luise Crisafulli, Library Manager, Francis Burt Chambers.

1. Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

Hero might be too strong a word … but it was my sister who initially inspired me to become a librarian (it was the job she wished she had). If it wasn’t for her encouragement, I would have stuck with my first preference of commerce. Back in high school I only really associated librarians with school or public libraries. My sister opened my eyes to many of the other industries that have a library. So glad I changed my mind at the last minute – I love my job.

2. What is the proudest moment in your professional life?

Establishing a library intranet at Chambers with the support of First Software Solutions.

3. Career advice – what’s your top tip?

Be confident! It also doesn’t hurt to keep a lolly jar in the library to encourage visitors.

4. What’s your favourite legal research tool?

After winning one of the vouchers at the Christmas party, this will probably sounds suspicious … LexisNexis! Followed closely by Jade.

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

If I had the time, I would love to be a foster carer/puppy raiser for a guide dog in training.

6. Librarian cliché: What is your favorite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris…

7. If you weren't a librarian, what would you be?

No surprises here, an event planner!

Design Thinking for Libraries - Live!

The original text of this was sent via IFLA and WAIN mailing lists. 

IDEO's toolkit for libraries is live!

Aarhus Public Libraries are pleased to announce the release of the Design Thinking Toolkit for Libraries. The toolkit can be used by any front-line library staffer to adapt to library users’ changing needs.

Design thinking for libraries

Chicago Public Libraries and Aarhus Public Libraries worked with design company IDEO to find out how design thinking methods might best be adapted and applied to a library context. The final result is a comprehensive new resource for any library leader or staff member hoping to advance their library by using human-centered design methods. Learn more and download the toolkit here:

What can I use it for?

The toolkit guides you through Design Thinking so you can start coming up with solutions to everyday challenges within the library. Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about starting with people — the users that visit your library. IDEO have been using similar methods to envision new products, services, spaces, and experiences in other business areas. IDEO created this toolkit specifically for the library setting in close cooperation with the project teams in Chicago and Aarhus.

More information

The toolkit comes in two parts: the toolkit guide, and the accompanying activities workbook. If you don’t have much time then download the ”At-a-Glance-Guide” which introduces how you might get started using design thinking over the course of one day.

The toolkit is created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – The Global Libraries initiative.

Learn more and get the toolkit here:

For more information please contact

Director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries, Rolf Hapel, +45 8940 9300,
Library Transformer Sidsel Bech-Petersen, +45 5157 6462,

Meet the ALLA(WA) Committee: Gilien Bevan

Here at the ALLA(WA) Blog, we are taking the chance to help members to get to know their Committee a bit better.

Introducing: Gilien Bevan, Library Coordinator, Allens.

1. Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

I didn't know I was studying to be a Librarian until 2 months into my grad dip! Having completed a BA (History) I wanted to further develop my research skills. The university counsellor suggested a grad dip in info science. At no point did he mention Libraries. Good thing I ended up loving it and I'm certainly doing a lot of research

 2. What is the proudest moment in your professional life?

I don't know about a particular moment but I am proud of what I do. As Rachel Weisz expressed in the film The Mummy (before passing out blind drunk), I may not be an adventurer but I am proud of what I am .... a Librarian!

3. Career advice – what’s your top tip?

Love what you do, do the best that you can, be adaptable and think positive.

4. What’s your favourite legal research tool?

Not one in particular but I do agree with Justin Booker, if it doesn't have proximity operators, come not near me!

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

Help Justin finish HAL.

6. Librarian cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?) 

Toss between "La Prisonniere" by Malika Oufkir and A Fortunate Life by Albert Facey

7. If you weren't a librarian, what would you be?


Magna Carta 800th anniversary
Legal history buffs may want to have a look at a new website dedicated to celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. From the site:

“The global event to which the whole world is invited:

The 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta will be a commemoration of national and international significance. Due to its central place in English history and its impact across the world, a wide range of events and activities are being planned. From specially commissioned BBC documentaries and books, to academic conferences, public exhibitions, local community events and a Magna Carta tourism trail, there will be hundreds of exciting events announced on this website. To keep informed about what is being planned, join the Magna Carta 800th mailing list.”

The Magna Carta turns 800 years old on 15 June 2015. It's a global celebration, with the influence of the Magna Carta found in many legal systems all over the world. Take a look at how non-British countries such as the United States are celebrating on the NPR blog.

How will you celebrate?

Meet the ALLA(WA) Committee: Lisa Webb

Here at the ALLA(WA) Blog, we are taking the chance to help members to get to know their Committee a bit better.

Introducing: ALLA(WA) Vice President Lisa Webb, Customer Service Librarian, Law Library, Supreme Court of Western Australia.

1. Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

 My Great Aunt Bev, who worked as a children’s librarian and always gave me good books to read. I was a bookworm, so I loved them. I knew from a young age that I was going to be a librarian.

2. What is the proudest moment in your professional life? 

Being named the recipient of the CCH bursary to attend the ALLA national conference in Adelaide.

3. Career advice – what’s your top tip?

Accept change. Some change will occur, so look for the positives and make the most of it.

4. What’s your favourite legal research tool?

Legal Citations of Aotearoa /New Zealand…… Well not really, but I like the sound of it and it is on the quick links of our Intranet. I do have a preference for searching on LexisNexis. There are quite a few different ways to construct a search, to get the best result.

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

My garden. I have recently started a veggie garden, and being able to use fresh produce from the garden is fantastic. In the evening I go out harvesting lettuce, tomatoes, beans and snow peas. The carrots are deformed and very small, maybe next year they will be better. When I look at the garden I can see a lot of possibilities and a lot of projects to keep me going easily for a year.

6. Librarian cliché: What is your favorite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)

Oh no, this one is tough. I probably couldn’t narrow it down to a single favourite, but I recently read “The Happiest Refugee” by Anh Do. This is a great read which covers a wide range of emotions. It is funny, honest, tragic and heart-warming. What more could you want?

7. If you had 24 hours all to yourself, how would you best like to spend it?

 I’m going to find a quiet spot in the garden, under the shade of a tree. Next to my imaginary, calming water feature. I will have a platter of cheese, olives and paté, a glass (or 2) of red wine and a good book to read. After this I’m going to sleep very well!

Congrats, Anne

Anne Young was the successful applicant for the position at DLA Piper vacated by Monica Smith. Anne was previously at Curtin University.

Anne, we wish you the best in your new role.

Wedding Bells

Lei Lin from Ashurst Perth and her partner Erwin were married on 26th October 2014 at the Sheraton Krabi Resort in Thailand.

ALLA (WA) sends congratulations and wishes them the best for their future together.

What does it mean when you dream of being chased by an elephant? and other reference queries.

As librarians, I'm sure we've all had a few memorable reference queries in our time.

Just before Christmas the query I received was simply "I want to buy books", resisting the urge to commend them for their bibliophile leanings I directed them to appropriate channels for the purchase of books. There was a few seconds of just staring at the statement with .... and? you want books on what? what kind of books?

Of course, a number of the more embarrassing questions no longer pass our reference desks (hat tip to Google). You've probably seen images of the New York Public Library reference question cards from the 1940s to the 1980s doing the rounds. In case you missed it, the Before Google ... Who Knew? article here rounds up a few gems. You can even seen scanned copies of some of the original questions in the Before the Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' - And Still Do.