Time to update your bookmarks - State Law Publisher WA URL change

On Friday March 16th the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office took over the hosting of the WA legislation website from the State Law Publisher.

The new web address for WA legislation is now www.legislation.wa.gov.au.  

The website functionality is unchanged, but it is now badged as Department of Justice/Parliamentary Counsel’s Office rather than Department of Premier and Cabinet/State Law Publisher.

Queensland Judgments website in Beta

The Queensland Judgments website has just been launched by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland and the Supreme Court Library of Queensland.

It contains a complete set of the Queensland Reports, published in both its original format (PDF) and in a searchable online format.

The website also contains a number of other valuable features:
  • a complete set of recent unreported Supreme Court judgments (from 2002), which is being gradually expanded as the Library’s full print collection of unreported Supreme Court judgments is digitised.
  • an appeal database, which provides current and historical data about appeals from judgments in the collection.
  • a new UCPR service, which seeks to identify the leading judgments on civil procedure in Queensland.
The website is currently being published in a beta version, to give users an opportunity to suggest improvements.

I encourage all members to visit the new website and register to obtain full access to all its features.  The website is to be found at – www.queenslandjudgments.com.au.

Easter Breakfast invitation

When: Tuesday 27 March , 7:30 am.
Where: Miss Maud Restaurant, 97 Murray Street, Perth
Cost: $27.00 per person, please bring cash as no split billing.

RSVP: Judith Allan by Friday 23 March


ALLA(WA) invites Western Australian Law Library professionals to participate in our Employment and Salary Survey for 2018. 

The survey will be open from Thursday 22 February and closes Friday 16th March and takes no more than 5 minutes to complete. 

In the past, the survey has proven useful to law library professionals in their annual salary negotiations. Please respond to the survey only once unless you work in multiple organizations.

Please click the following link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMLGWPR

Please contact Stephen Griffiths with any questions.

Advanced Feedback Talk with LexisNexis

When:  5.00pm (for a 5.15pm start), Tuesday 13 March 2018
Where: LexisNexis, BGC Conference Centre
              Ground Floor, BGC Centre
  28 The Esplanade, Perth

RSVP:  By COB 9 March 2018 to Judy Allan

Following advocacy from ALLA (WA), this session is an opportunity for ALLA (WA) Members (excluding publishers) to have their concerns and experiences with Lexis Advance heard.

Presenters from LexisNexis will include, Simon Wilkins (General Manager, Australia), Jo Wade (Head of Project Development, APAC) and Cormac Maguire (Customer Experience Manager, Australia).
LexisNexis will be hosting a catered 90 minute session that will take the following format: 
  • A snapshot based on the most common questions LexisNexis receives;

o   Authentication
o   Content
o   Upgrade Timeline
o   Review of the platform enhancements since launch

  •         What’s next on the roadmap for 2018
  •         Q&A session

If members have any feedback or concerns they would like addressed at the session, you can email them directly to Belinda Cusack, or if you wish to remain anonymous you can provide them to Judy Allan with your RSVP.

Got your ticket to ALLA 2018 yet?

May is fast approaching... Have you got your ticket for the 2018 ALLA conference yet?
Discounted Early bird registration rates are available till 2 March with a range of full registration and day registration options available. 
In addition two days of fantastic speakers, you can also register for pre-conference workshops and tours. 
The registration portal is available at http://allaconference.com.au/2018/index.php/register/ 
We can't wait to #seeyouinDarwin 
Have you seen the line up?
In addition to an exciting program, the Conference Committee is delighted to bring to ALLA 2018 three keynote speakers who represent the conference theme of Local Footprint, Global Impact:
·        Ruth Bird, EIFL ‘elibrary Myanmar Project Capacity Building Manager’ and former Bodleian Law Librarian
·        Danial Kelly, Senior Lecturer in the Charles Darwin Univerisity (CDU) School of Law
·        Sue Tongue, Special Counsel in Minter Ellison’s Canberra office
Come to ALLA 2018 to hear from these fantastic speakers.
Details on each keynote is available here 

Parliamentary tour event report

The Parliamentary Library hosted a fantastic demonstration and tour for ALLA (WA) and Curtis students on February 7 2018.

We heard from Niamh Corbett and other members of the of the library team who do reference, including late nights when parliament in sitting, maintain a fantastic media database for the members, keep biographies of members current and do collection development in an environment where the requirements of the parliamentarians can vary according to the latest policy directions. The service this team provides was mind blowing!

The team shared a delicious and generous morning tea with us

Afterwards most of use went on a tour of the parliamentary chambers, and learnt some tidbits that can be new even to experienced law librarians, such as a detailed information on notable women in parliament.

We are most grateful to Niamh, for Judy Ballantyne for setting it up, to the team for spending their time sharing what they do, and to Sarah, our guide for the tour.