#ALLATweetUp on Storify

Did you miss the first ever #ALLATweetUp last Wednesday afternoon?

The topic of discussion was
What does innovation in law libraries look like to you?

Questions discussed were:

  1. The word innovation has been thrown around a lot recently. What does law library innovation mean to you?
  2. What opportunities do you think law libraries have to innovate within their orgs?
  3. Is it real or buzz? Do you think the legal industry IS innovating?
  4. What do you think are the key elements for effective implementation of innovation in law libraries or the legal industry?
  5. What do you think are the roadblocks (if any) to innovation in law libraries?
  6. What role do you see library and information professionals hold in legal innovation more generally?
  7. How can we as library and information professionals promote, support and encourage innovation within our organisations?

ALLA Ltd has put together a great Storify of all the action and we've embedded it below.

If you have any ideas that you want to contribute, comment below or send us a tweet @lawlibsWA.

ALLA (WA) President's Corner - Vol. 1 Issue. 2

Hi ALLA(WA) Members

Natalie McDonald
Natalie McDonald, ALLA (WA) President
Please see below for an update on the services and events of the ALLA(WA).

Upcoming ALLA(WA) PD & Social Events
The ALLA(WA) CPD Sub Committee have created a calendar of proposed upcoming events for the 2016/2017 period which have been available on the Calendar of Events page.  One event per month will be arranged (sometimes even two), with nothing scheduled over the December-January holiday period.

A brown bag CPD session was held on 13th October where Mawghan Elverd, the recipient of the Wolters Kluwer CCH Conference Bursary, shared some of her highlights of the August 2016 ALLA Conference in Melbourne, Victoria.  All who attended came away with some valuable insights. We thank those who took time to provide feedback after this event.

The End of Year Celebration will be held on Wednesday 30th November 2016.   A Save the Date has already been emailed to members and shared on our social media channels, more information will follow shortly.

MOU Update
The MOU vote will be held on Wednesday 30th November 2016, the same date as the End of Year Celebration. One of our focus this year is to look at ways of improving the attendance by combining events.  We would be interested to hear your feedback at the conclusion of these events.

The ACT, NT, NSW, SA and Victorian Divisions have voted and signed the new MOU.  The ALLA (WA) Committee requested further information from the Board, based on member concerns, which we have now received (i.e. financial stability, value for money).  The information will be sent to members to help them make their decision to vote for or against the signing of the new MOU.

ALLA Connect
The ALLA Ltd Board is introducing ALLA Connect.  This new initiative is a networking/sharing program for ALLA members.  The aim of the project is to provide members with the opportunity to network outside of their current professional circles. The intention of ALLA Connect is to enable members to connect on an individual and group level with individuals they may not otherwise be able to connect with.  I will be representing the WA Division and will provide further updates on this project.

Certificates of Appreciation
There are some wonderful people in the ALLA that sometimes go unnoticed.   To acknowledge these people, we are calling for nominations for Certificates of Appreciation.  If you would like to nominate a member, please take a look at the Nomination Criteria outlined here and send your nominations to allawaexec@gmail.com. If suitable nominations are received, Certificates will be presented at the End of Year Celebration.

WA Unreported Judgments
Unfortunately AustLII are yet to make available the WA unreported judgments.  We have been continuing to follow up with this matter and will bring you updates via the Blog when this occurs, or when we receive an update from AustLII.

Warden’s Court Decisions
Anthony Papamatheos from Francis Burt Chambers gave a very interesting seminar on the Mining Act 1978 (WA) before the Warden or Warden's Court in September.  In lieu of thank you gift, Anthony requested we work at getting the Mining Warden’s Court decisions on AustLII (currently they are housed on the Dept of Mines and Petroleum website and are so hard to find and search). This is in progress and we will update you further as information becomes available.

The Compliance & Regulatory Sub Committee have been busily updating the ALLA(WA) Constitution to ensure it complies with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) and also updating the Policies and Register of Decisions.

The Policies and Register of Decisions will be finalised once the MOU vote has occurred.  When the ALLA(WA) Constitution is updated a copy will be sent to members.  As we are only amending the existing rules to ensure they comply with the requirements of the new Act, we don’t need member approval and the Committee can approve the amended rules.

These documents will be shared and made available electronically once finalised.

ALLA (WA) is now on Facebook! Check us out @LawLibsWA. So far we have 16 page likes - including interactions with people from as far away as New Jersey - of course, we would like more!

Union list : Law Library Serial Holdings in WA
The Union List was last published in 2006 and since then the holdings have been significantly amended.  We are in the process of updating the Union List and will make it available electronically.
This is a large task and I cannot put an end date on it at the moment.

But…the Union list is looking for a new name!  If you have any ideas we would love to hear from you.  There is a small prize for the most innovative name.   Please email your suggestions to allawaexec@gmail.com

Natalie McDonald
2016/2017 ALLA(WA) President
Email: natalie.mcdonald@lavanlegal.com.au

Save the Date - ALLA (WA) MOU Vote & End of Year Party

In preparation for our upcoming Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Vote and our End of Year Celebration please mark your calendars for 5.30pm Wednesday 30th of November 2016.

More details about the MOU, and the event will be shared with members shortly.

This fully catered event is exclusively for ALLA (WA) members. If you are not a member of ALLA and would like to join to take part in these, and other important ALLA (WA) initiatives and events, se the ALLA website: http://alla.asn.au/membership/join-alla/

ALLA Tweet Up - 26 October

What does innovation in law libraries look like to you?

Represent WA and join Law Librarians all over Australia to share your thoughts at the first ever ALLA Tweet Up on 26 October at 7pm AEST.

Use the hashtag: #ALLAtweetup


ALLA (WA): @LawLibsWA
ALLA Ltd.: @AustLawLibAssoc

ALLA (WA) Upcoming Events 2016-2017

Have you ever wondered what the ALLA (WA) Committee has planned for the rest of the year? Ever wondered when we meet to do the planning?

Take a look at our Calendar of Events page. This page contains the proposed schedule of CPD and social events, along with the schedule of Committee events for 2016-2017.

The Committee meets each month to work towards providing services for our membership. If you wish anything to be discussed a the meeting, please feel free to contact a committee member. Contact details for all committee members are available from the About the Committee page.

Event Reminder: ALLA (WA) CPD Event: ALLA Conference 2016 Wrap Up

Come join us as Mawghan Elverd, the recipient of the Wolters Kluwer CCH Conference Bursary, shares some highlights of the August 2016 ALLA Conference in Melbourne, Victoria.

This event is a BYO Brown Bag Lunch Session.

When: 1 - 2 pm, Thursday 13th October
Where: Jackson McDonald, Level 17
225 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Cost: Free to members, $5 non-members.

RSVP by COB Tuesday 11th October to
Alice Hewitt a.hewitt@ecu.edu.au

Did you know: Along with our Twitter @lawlibsWA, ALLA(WA)  now has our own Facebook page. Stay up to date with news, events, job opportunities by giving us a 'like'.

ALLA (WA) is now on Facebook!

We're pleased to announce that in addition to our Twitter @lawlibsWA , ALLA (WA) now has our very own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lawlibsWA/ 

Make sure you give us a "like" and stay up to date with news, job opportunities, events, and everything ALLA (WA).

Job Opportunity: Liaison Librarian, Law, The University of Melbourne

This position was originally advertised on Seek.com.au

Liaison Librarian, Law

  • Join Australia's number 1 University 
  • Career opportunities, professional development, work-life balance.
  • Use your expertise and innovative thinking to truly have an impact.

Who says you can't change the world? We expect to do nothing less.

Academic Services, University Services

Salary: $77,207 - $83,573 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

About University Services

University Services comprises of 1,600 professional staff focused on providing client centric and innovative services to the University. The group is providing transformational change, defining and influencing future service enhancements within the University of Melbourne. The Liaison Librarian, Law is a member of the Law Library liaison team which sits within the Scholarly Information portfolio.

About the role

This role provides library liaison services to staff, students and researchers in the Melbourne Law School, Australia's premier law school. Liaison librarians ensure that teaching, learning and research are enhanced through skilled and ethical use of library services and resources. This position particularly focuses on supporting the Law School's learning and teaching programs. Building a network of strong and effective relationships with Law School academics and colleagues is critical to successfully undertaking the role.

As Liaison Librarian, Law you will be passionate about continuous improvement and innovation with a proven record of influencing and engaging others with your effective communication skills. Your strong customer centric focus will ensure you build strong relationships with clients and colleagues. You will use your knowledge of legal librarianship, legal resources and pedagogy to deliver expert learning and teaching services to the staff and students of the Melbourne Law School. You will participate actively in the Library's extensive program of professional development and opportunities to take the next step in your career in legal or general academic librarianship and information management.

About you

  • Post graduate qualifications in librarianship or a relevant discipline and relevant experience. Eligibility for associate membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Expert knowledge, skills and experience in traditional and emerging areas of academic librarianship to support teaching, learning and research and learning in the Melbourne Law School
  • Working knowledge of legal online and print information resources, especially Australian legal resources
  • Depth of knowledge and skills for learning and teaching in higher education, such as pedagogy, learning design and digital learning
  • Proven ability to initiate and build effective relationships with clients
  • Proven ability to thrive in a changing and fast paced environment


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

To find out more, go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/working/benefits


The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Close date: 12 Oct 2016

Position Description & Selection Criteria