New starter at Ashurst

Jessica Whitham commenced at Ashurst on 29th July. This is a one-year contract to replace Lei Lin while she is on maternity leave. Congratulations, Jessica.

Libraries - the value of just in case, not just in time

Ruth Bird, the Director of Bodleian Law Library, University of Oxford wrote a great article on the risks of “losing too much as the materialism of ‘value’ replaces the experience of unquantifiable practice and purpose”.

This is particularly of interest as many law libraries seek to promote their value and usefulness in a time where constant budget watching often means that libraries are being closed.  The complete article can be found here.

ALLA(WA) Committee Member & Immediate Former Past President - Mawghan Elverd
Acting Knowledge Manager, Jackson McDonald

New Judge for the Supreme Court of Western Australia

It was announced on Wednesday 22nd of July that Paul Allan Tottle has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Paul Tottle has been a keen supporter of the Australian Law Librarians Association (WA) – some of you may still remember the session he presented on defamation a few years ago. Whilst he will be sorely missed, the entire firm could not be prouder of Paul.

ALLA(WA) wishes to extend a congratulations to Paul Tottle on behalf of all our members.

ALCC Copyright for Corporate Libraries Session 28 July

Cross-posted from ALIAWest's BIBLIA blog

As an extension to ALCC copyright PD sessions being held in Perth this month, ALIAWest in partnership with AGIA have organised a session which focuses on copyright issues specific to corporate libraries.

Copyright touches on almost all areas of practice in libraries and archives, yet many do not feel confident in dealing with it on a day to day basis. This session will deal with questions such as:
  • When can a corporate library make use of Research & Study provisions?
  • Can a corporate library request interlibrary supply of copies of items?
  • What copyright issues should corporate libraries consider when downloading from the internet?
Presenter: Trish Hepworth, ALCC

Date: Tuesday 28 July 2015

Time: 7:30am light breakfast, 7:45-9:15am brief presentation followed by scenarios

Venue: Kimberley Room, State Library of Western Australia. Early Access via Francis Street (more detailed instructions to follow upon registration)

Cost: $5 for ALIA, AGIA and ALLA members

Register at

About the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee

The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) provides free copyright training to member organisations and their employees – ALIA, NSLA, CAUL, NLA, AGLIN, NAA, CAARA and Aust Soc Archivists. The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee is the primary policy body for the discussion of copyright issues affecting Australian libraries, with major members comprising the Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA), National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), Council of University Librarians (CAUL) and National Library of Australia (NLA), and supporting members Australian Government Libraries Association (AGLIN) Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) and Council of Australasian Archives and Record Authorities (CAARA).

Technological Literacy v Digital Literacy v Information Literacy.

Today I was reading a blog post called "Visitors and Residents: Useful Social Media in Libraries" by Ned Potter. While much of it was on social media this section particular section stood out to me as being relevant to all librarians:

Screw Digital Natives

Inspired by Donna I've become quite militant about the whole digital natives thing.

It can't be left unchallenged - when people use it uncritically we have to pull them up on it! It's dangerously reductive. There's two major problems with it: firstly anyone who's thought about it for more than a second would agree that age doesn't actually determine technological know-how. How exposed we are to modern tools and computers depends on place of birth, environment growing up, privilege, and other socio-economic factors - we know that. So to assume that students entering University now have a set of skills that they just have (how do you Snapchat? You just Snapchat. Hello to Jason) is to ignore the messier reality in front of you in favour of a very simplistic alternative - an imagined present, as Donna eloquently puts it. So we don't assess the students in front of our very eyes on what they can and can't do, we just plough on and risk a dereliction of our educational duty. And secondly, even those that ARE excellent with the tools don't necessarily know how to use them in the academic environment (or indeed for life-skills type purposes). Technological literacy does not imply digital literacy! Being deft with a touch-screen and quick to find information is a great first step, but then comes all the (again, messy) business of critically evaluating that information, and potentially re-purposing it.

My 1 year old can - genuinely - do things with our iPad which we can't recreate, to do with swiping in a certain way. She's born into the technology. She's what the people who talk about Digital Natives are imagining ALL children are like. But that doesn't mean she can use the tech to achieve goals and complete tasks and understand how information works. Of course it doesn't.

While I don't know who Donna and Jason are, I do believe Ned has a point. 

Working in a university I see students from all different backgrounds who need different levels of technological help. Some need help connecting to the wifi or using the library web page. For students who are more technologically literate, they are often start off the worst at digital literacy. 

These students who 'know how to Google' have the belief that knowing how to Google equals proper research. Their key problem of relying on Google to solve all their queries lies in understanding how to evaluate what Google gives them back. It's a common problem and I generally put it down to people not knowing what they don't know. As a librarian, it is my job to teach them this important step - to show them what they don't know - and to point out the risks of trusting Google. This moves to a whole other level of (what some of my students call) pedantry when it comes to legal resources. Reported or unreported. Authorised or authoritative. Primary or secondary.

I don't believe age is the determining factor of technological or digital literacy. I'm not actually a 'digital native', but I do ok. In some circles I'm quite technologically skilled, while at home with siblings both in some form of IT I'm practically illiterate. Don't worry though, I have far more Google Ninja skills than they do. 

The technological and digital literacy skills of us all vary, just like our other skills sets. That's why law librarians are so important. Lawyers may have legal literacy, but we have the legal information literacy. 

As I like to say before I stand up in front of 180 or so students... I know more than they do. 

On this topic at least.

ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Alice Hewitt. 
Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University.

2015 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture

The Law Society of Western Australia has announced the details of the popular Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture for 2015.

For more information about the presentation, plus recordings and papers from past lectures, visit the Law Society's website.

2015 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture

Topic: Protecting the Human Rights of Australians through Anti Terrorism Laws and their Enforcement

Presenter: Mr Stephen Smith

Date: Wednesday, 5 August 2015 Time: 5.30pm to 7pm

Venue: Central Park Building Theatrette

Cost: Free

Registrations: Essential at

The Future Libraries Report Release

Those who are on the WAIN mailing list may have already seen this, but for those who don't subscribe.

The Future Libraries report has been released and is available from the Arup website.

The website states:

"Libraries are going through a renaissance, both in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and in terms of a diversification of the services and experiences offered. In corporate environments they are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of collaborate workspace and innovation. In communities they are evolving into hubs for education, health, entertainment and work."

"This report brings to light significant trends that will influence the future of public, academic and corporate libraries and outlines the implications on their design, operation and user experience. It is the result of a collective exploration through series of workshop events held in London, Melbourne, San Francisco and Sydney, attended by experts in the design and management of libraries. This piece of research presents a glimpse into the future. It explores what we may expect to see as the physical and the digital arena continues to evolve and aims to serve as a foundation for further discussion around the future role of libraries in the communities they serve."

Take a look and let us know what you think. Did you agree with the findings? Did anything in the report surprise you?

ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Alice Hewitt. 
Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University.

Legal Information Management June 2015

The latest issue of Legal Information Management has been published and contains a number of interesting articles.

This issue has a feature article on 2015's favourite topic - the Magna Carta. The article 'Invoking Magna Carta: Locating Information Objects and Meaning in the 13th to 19th Centuries' looks at the context in which the Magna Carta was obtained. It looks at the variety of versions of the charter and the texts and documents which are integral to the history of its interpretation.

Additionally, this issue includes a short series of articles on South American Law and Legal Resources:

Legal Information Management

ISSN: 1472-6696, EISSN: 1741-2021

Legal Information Management

Volume 15 / Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 73 - 148

Published Online on 19th June 2015


David Wills
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 73 - 73
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000201 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Feature Article

Invoking Magna Carta: Locating Information Objects and Meaning in the 13th to 19th Centuries
Alexander Lock, Jonathan Sims
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 74 - 85
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000249 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Occasional Series

A Legal Journey Through the UN, Academia, and the ICJ: Conversations with Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE, JSD, FBA, QC
Lesley Dingle
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 86 - 94
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000250 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

South American Law And Legal Resources

Justice Systems in Latin America: the Challenge of Civil Procedure Reforms
Santiago Pereira Campos
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 95 - 99
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000262 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Judicial Power in Latin America: a Short Survey
Teresa M. Miguel-Stearns
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 100 - 107
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000274 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Tools for Academic Research on Human Rights in Latin America: the Inter-American Human Rights System
Gloria Orrego Hoyos
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 108 - 115
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000298 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

The New Civil Procedure Code and the Challenges for the Brazilian Legal Education System
RenĂª Francisco Hellman, Mariana Cesto
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 116 - 120
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000304 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Reflections on the Issue of Reproductive Health in Argentina: Challenges for Egalitarian Access
Mariana Lavalle, Mercedes Robba
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 121 - 131
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000316 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

International Perspectives

Queensland Community Legal Centres' Use of Information Technology to Deliver Access to Justice
James Farrell, Emma Phillips
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 131 - 136
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000328 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Current Issues

‘Good’ Law
Daniel Hoadley
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 137 - 138
doi: 10.1017/S147266961500033X (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Henry Button
Kate Faulkner
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 139 - 144
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000341 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Current Awareness

Current Awareness
Katherine Read, Laura Griffiths
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 02 , June 2015, pp 145 - 148
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000353 (About doi) Published Online on 19th June 2015
[ abstract ]

Librarian Chic on the Runway of London Fashion Week.

Librarians may not always wear cardigans (admittedly I'm wearing one as I type this), but our style and grace and general wonderfulness has impacted the fashions of designer Orla Kiely.

Orla Keily presented a 'Librarian Chic' fashion collection during London Dashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at The Vinyl Factory Gallery in earlier this year.

A gallery of the runway show for the collection is available from The Age.

ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Alice Hewitt. 
Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University. 

Updating your details on the ALLA website

Did you know that you can update your membership details on the ALLA website? To log in, enter your username and password. Your username will be firstnamesurname. (Example, Jane Smith would be janesmith.)

You can update any personal information listed in your profile by selecting the link to ‘edit your profile’. This will ensure that ALLA's records are up-to-date. It is vital that your email address in particular is current for you to continue to receive messages about events, news and communications.

To find your member number:
  1.  Select ‘ALLA Member Directory’
  2. Search for your name in the field provided.
Your member ID will be shown next to your name.

If you do not know your password, enter your email address in the Forgotten Password box. A password will then be emailed to that address. Note that if you originally registered with ALLA with an email address that no longer works, you won’t be able to retrieve your password. In that case, email to have your email address updated and password reset.

While you're on the ALLA website, have a look at the resources for members, including the Australian Law Librarian journal and notes and recordings from seminars.

John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Anniversary Lecture

News from Curtin University:

Mr Peter FitzSimons will present the 2015 John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Anniversary Lecture on Monday 27 July. The Honourable Julia Gillard, Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, will give an introduction.

Click here for more details and registration information. The event is free, but space is limited.

Summary of consultation regarding Law Library at the Supreme Court of Western Australia

Below are notes from meeting held regarding the future of the Law Library at the Supreme Court of Western Australia, held in May 2015.

The Library Integration Project involves the relocation and integration of the Legal Practice Board Library (Law Library at the Supreme Court of Western Australia) and the Department of Attorney General library.

The integrated library will be located at Level 2 of the Old Treasury building
 It is scheduled to commence on 1 July 2016.

They have deemed a prioritisation of access – in descending order of priority (note that 1, 2. And 3 have 24/7 access)
  1. Judiciary and court officers
  2. Senior government legal officers
  3. DotAG legal officers
  4. Practitioners
The integrated library collection will comprise of an on-site and off-site collection as there is not enough space to hold both collections in the new office space. The difficulty is determining what must stay on-site.

Practitioners will be able to view catalogue information for items in the off-site collection and will be able to request items. Please note that it will be an expected 24 hour turnaround for retrieving items off-site.

Practitioners will have remote access to the online catalogue.

The on-site collection will be a browsing collection, meaning that items will not be able to be borrowed (except to take to court). This browsing collection may be limited as it seems like the majority of the collection will be housed in compactus.

At any time, a small proportion of the library’s resources will be on loan to the judiciary and government officers, therefore availability may be delayed.

Practitioners will continue to have access to major electronic publishers on two public computers.

Hardcopy inter-library loans will no longer be available, including textbooks.

Self-service photocopying and printing will continue to be available for a charge. The billing system is yet to be determined but it is unlikely that you will be able to pay with cash.

New Hein blog column seeking contributions

The Hein Blog has a new column called Trends Interactive: A Dialog on Law Libraries and Technology. Topics to be discussed in the column include collection development, service specialisation, staffing, and measuring value.

The inaugural column by Michelle Wu (Director of the law Library and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center) discusses staffing implications as law libraries' service models change in relation to technological developments.

Want to contribute to the column? Instructions for submitting are here.

Save the date! ALLA(WA) AGM 28th July

The Australian Law Librarians Association WA Division will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 28th July 2015, commencing at 5.30 pm at Central Park Theatrette. The agenda is here.

Please notify by Friday, 24th July if you plan to attend.

ALLA(WA) members: if you cannot attend, please appoint another member to attend in your place so that we reach quorum. The proxy form is here.

The 2014/2015 Committee have organised wine and cheese for attendees after the AGM proceedings. We look forward to seeing you there!