End-of-year celebration

The ALLA (WA) end-of-year get-together was held at The Generous Squire on 5 December.  Thirty-three people attended for a couple of hours of eating, drinking and chatting on the roof terrace.  We had our own half of the terrace.  It was quite crowded which had the advantage of making mingling easy.  It was all fun, especially for the four ladies who won the LexisNexis $50 Myer vouchers -
congratulations to Julitha Sawyer, Nicole Davey, Belinda Eisenhauer and Lorraine Pearce.  Congratulations also to Kirsty McPhee and Belinda Eisenhauer who were announced as joint winners of the Joint Study Institute Scholarship.

Jenny Lucre

PS  Photos of the event will follow once permission for publication has been sought and granted by the people included in each photo.

New staff member at Herbert Smith Freehills

Maria Slevin has been appointed as the Library Technician at Herbert Smith Freehills.  Maria is working part-time (Wednesday to Friday).

Law Library at the Supreme Court : Christmas/New Year

Law Library at the Supreme Court

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Staff at the Law Library, Supreme Court would like to extend their sincerest thanks to WA practitioners and law librarians for their support during the past year and extend their best wishes over the coming festive season.

Please note the Law Library’s closed days over the Christmas/New Year period.  For further information, please contact the library on 9421 5370 or at scll@lpbwa.com.

21 December
24 December

25 December

26 December

27 December

28 December

31 December

1 January

2 January

Reminder re Christmas party

This is a reminder that the Christmas party is tomorrow night (5 December) at The Generous Squire -

The festivities begin at 5.30pm.

Door prizes courtesy of LexisNexis.

Lei will announce who was the successful applicant for the Joint Study Scholarship.

Legal Information Management : new issue

This issue includes papers presented at the BIALL Conference -


Creative minds at Legal Aid WA

Judy and I have created a tree out of law reports and it looks so good I thought others might want to see it.  Legal Aid has a competition each year for the best decorated section, but no matter how hard we tried, we always seemed to get pipped at the post, so this year I had to come up with something to blow the judges away.  Fingers crossed we have succeeded this year.  Happy Christmas to all.

Deb Harvey

Wrap-up of Brisbane Conference

Twenty-three ALLA(WA) members attended Herbert Smith Freehills on 21 November to hear Fiona Archibald report back on her experiences at the ALLA Conference in Brisbane in September.

As many of the papers are on the ALLA website, Fiona gave us a general flavour of the conference, the theme of which was Respect the Past, Embrace the Future, rather than a précis of the papers.  Overall, Fiona thought that all of the speakers were wonderful - with a special mention of Francis Johns, whose Woody-Allenesque style [as described by a tweeter] provided an exemplar of how to present a subject by using humour and few notes or PowerPoint slides.

Apparently, the Supreme Court Library tour was very good too, as was the dinner.  The dinner speaker was John Birmingham, author of He Died with a Felafel in his Hand, and he was very entertaining.

Thanks to Fiona for an informative presentation.  Thanks also to Cindy and Lori at Herbert Smith Freehills for providing the venue as well as a lovely lunch.  The coffee machine in particular was an experience for most of us and a lovely cuppa followed by a tour of the law library finished off an enjoyable lunchtime.

Jenny Lucre

AALL/ILTA Digital White Paper: The New Librarian

This white paper may be of interest to some of you, particularly as many of us are now managing or working in a highly-focused electronic library environment.

AALL/ILTA Digital White Paper: The New Librarian

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) have collaborated to create a white paper, The New Librarian, that discusses some of the challenges facing the law library profession and how librarians are confronting those challenges head-on.
Table of Contents:

Profile of Judy Allan

Our very own Judy Allan, Legal Aid WA, has been profiled in the international open-access library journal - Associates -


Message from State President

Dear Members,

We have hit November already - it is unbelievable.

We have so many exciting events and projects planned for the rest of the financial year, starting off with Fiona Archibald, our ALLA(WA) Conference Bursary winner, giving members a wrap-up of what happened at the conference in Brisbane - dancing librarians, need we say more? - on 21 November at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Our Christmas function on 5 December at The Generous Squire is also fast approaching. If you intend to attend the conference wrap-up and/or the Christmas function, please RSVP to Belinda Eisenhauer. We would love to see you all there!

In terms of projects planned, our biennial Employment and Salary Survey will be run in the new year. We encourage all members to participate as the survey provides information relating to the nature of law libraries and the value firms and organisations place on the services we provide.

We also have changes planned for the blog, placing a bigger focus on current awareness and bringing information to you. This includes a new current awareness page and an index with citations and links (if possible) to interesting articles, wikis, blogs and anything we feel might be of interest to you.

Last, but not least, is the Joint Studies Institute (JSI) Scholarship. Applications for the scholarship will close on 9 November (which is this Friday) so please send your applications through to Lei Lin for a chance to attend this fantastic event in Melbourne in 2013. Events like the JSI do not happen in Australia very often and the scholarship can certainly help you get there.

If you have any suggestions or feedback on the blog, please feel free to contact Fiona Archibald, our Blog Editor.

That’s it for now. We hope to see you at the Christmas function!


ALLA(WA) President 2012/2013

Submission to ALRC inquiry

Dear Members

As many would be aware the Australian Law Reform Commission have released a paper on Copyright and the Digital Economy. In particular there is a section on Libraries from page 40.


ALLA will be making a submission as copyright is a major concern of libraries, including licensing, archiving and for what is allowable for education reasons.

I would appreciate if you could take a moment to read the questions -http://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/copyright-and-digital-economy-ip-42/questions - and reply to me with your responses to collate into the ALLA response. Feel free to submit something separately, as your organisation may have more specific concerns you wish to address.

You can email me back your points on the questions.

The closing submission date is 16 November 2012, so it would be appreciated if you could respond by 13 November.

Lisa Sylvester

National President
Australian Law Librarians' Association

3-week employment opportunity

Dear Colleagues

The Federal Court of Australia is seeking a Librarian or Library Technician for approximately 3 weeks to help consolidate the library collections of the National Native Title Tribunal into the principal collection in Perth and assist library staff with the integration of parts of the collection into the FCA Perth library.

The project will involve:

· checking bibliographic details for duplicate items
· searching and editing the catalogue
· preparing lists of duplicate titles
· lifting boxes and moving books.

We are seeking a Library Technician or Librarian with the following skills and experience:

· ALIA accredited Library Technician or Librarian qualifications, or currently studying towards qualifications
· Experience using an automated library system, Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with FIRST is desirable
· Experience cataloguing library resources
· Attention to detail
· Ability to work independently and in a small team
· Demonstrated time management with the ability to plan work and prioritise tasks in order to meet deadlines.

We anticipate the project commencing 19th November, however there is some flexibility in working days/hours.

Please send your CV with a brief statement demonstrating your skills and experience and the contact details of one referee to amanda.saunders@fedcourt.gov.au by 9th November 2012.

For further information please call me on ph: 9268 7138.


Amanda Saunders
Manager, Library & Information Services (WA)
Federal Court of Australia

Paid practical work experience

Paid Practical Work Experience - Legislative Council, Parliament House

The Legislative Council is currently running a project to recall its archived records from their current storage, and to:

- ensure they are on the new eDRMS system properly

- ensure the records are stored in accordance with SRO standards (removal of inappropriate plastics, metals, sticky notes etc)

- assessed in accordance with GDAs and the Legislative Council R&DS and separated for destruction, to be sent to State Records Office in future, or to be kept by the Legislative Council permanently; and

- reboxed in National Archive quality boxes.

Although the work is unrelenting in nature, the records are interesting, mainly being the inquiry records of Parliamentary Committees. Work is located in West Perth and negotiable for at least two days per week over the University summer semester break with the possibility of ongoing employment till mid-2013.

Applicants should demonstrate:

- initiative and ‘self starter’ aptitude

- ability to work independently and in a team

- broad and demonstrable IT experience including use of databases (preferably Lotus Notes), Word, and an eDRMS

- methodical approach to work.

Please forward resumes of no more than two pages to kalcock@parliament.wa.gov.au by COB 5 November 2012.

Lise Summers

Curtin University

Amendments to Union List

Ros Phillips has supplied the following -


Australian Child Support Cases
AGS: 1998 - 2006

Australian Bankruptcy Cases (New Series)
AGS: Vol. 1 (1999 - 2004) - Vol. 8 (2009 - 2011)

Australian Family Law Cases
AGS: 1976 - 2011

Australian Professional Liability Medical Cases
Publisher's run: 1992 -
AGS: 1992 - 2011

Australian Tax Cases
AGS: 1969 - 2011

Australian Torts Reports
AGS: 1984 - 2010

( Australian Trade Practices Reports (ATPR)
( Continued by: Australian Competition and Consumer Law Cases
( AGS: Vol. 1 (1974) - Vol. 33 (2011)
( Australian Trade Practices Reports (ATPR)
( Publisher's run: Vol. 1 (1974) - Vol. 32 (2010)
( Continued by: Australian Competition and Consumer Law Cases
( AGS: Complete
( Australian Competition and Consumer Law Cases (ATPR)
( Continues: Australian Trade Practices Reports
( Publisher's run: Vol. 33 (2011) -
( AGS: Vol. 33 (2011) only

The Tax Specialist
AGS: Vol. 1 (1997) - Vol. 16 No. 1 (Aug. 2012)

Western Australian Reports
(AGS: 1960 - 1989) ; Vol. 1 (1988) - Vol. 41 (2010).

Job vacancy : advertised on SEEK

Library Technician - Perth

This top tier Australian law firm is looking for a library technician to join their team in Perth

What the job will involve -

Assist in the provision of library and information services for staff, both in the Perth office and nationally. The library technician is responsible for:
organising and maintaining the Knowledge Centre's serial collection
assisting with current awareness tasks
undertaking collection maintenance
assisting with interlibrary loans
providing support to the reference service when required
running day end and any other library management system reports as required
allocating and supervising the tasks of the Knowledge Centre library assistant where relevant

What you need to bring to the job -

Associate Diploma of Arts (Library Practice) or equivalent
Minimum 1 year's experience in a specialist or law library
Experience with an automated library system
Experience in serials accessioning
Excellent computer skills
Knowledge of loose-leaf filing
Ability to work in a national team and independently
The flexibility to vary working hours to suit client and library needs from time to time

Experience in searching online and electronic services such as CCH Intelliconnect, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis etc.
Experience with legal reference work

For more information or a confidential discussion, please contact Catherine Hill on 02 9263 0000

Christmas function : save the date

ALLA (WA) invites members to:

save the date for the ALLA (WA) Christmas function

When:  Wednesday, 5 December 5.30-7.30pm

The Generous Squire
397 Murray Street (Shafto Lane)
Perth CBD

Official invitation flyer to follow soon.

Summary of CPD event at Ashurst

Fourteen people attended a talk by lawyer, Jason Raftos, at Ashurst at lunchtime on Monday, 8 October.  The topic was based on whether an employer has any powers to regulate the behaviour of employees outside the workplace.  The short answer is "yes", but it does depend on circumstances.  If the conduct is in a public place and won’t reflect adversely on the integrity of the employers, an employee will probably keep his or her job.  It is a very grey area though.

Jason provided and talked on interesting cases involving Christmas parties, drink-driving, theft, physical assault and Facebook.  As Facebook becomes even more popular, Jason definitely advised against using it to vent grievances against your employer.  Overall, a very interesting and informative talk.  Thanks to Jason and also to Lei for providing the venue and drinks.

Jenny Lucre

Update re Leanne Whykes

The last post was a little out-of-date.  Leanne started at Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne on 1 October.  Thanks to Cindy Duong for this update.

News re Leanne Whykes

Some of you will remember Leanne Whykes who moved to Melbourne and took up a training specialist role with Thomson Reuters.  Leanne is now the Law Librarian at Deakin University.

Welcome to Lorraine Pearce

Congratulations to Lorraine Pearce who has been appointed to the newly-created position of Library Manager at Kott Gunning.

Lorraine has a background in public libraries and is new to law librarianship.  Please give her every assistance as she finds her feet in her new role.

Firms merge

On 1 October, the law firms of Herbert Smith and Freehills merged to create a new firm - Herbert Smith Freehills.

If you wish to contact the Knowledge Centre in Perth, our email address is now knowledgecentreper@hsf.com.  Please note that our mailing address and phone numbers have not changed.

Kind regards,
Cindy Duong
Knowledge Centre Team Leader
Herbert Smith Freehills

T +61 8 9211 7942 M +61 419 247 760 F +61 8 9211 7878


Visit to Francis Burt Law Education Programme

A visit to the Francis Burt Law Education Programme was held on 21 September.  Ten people attended this fun and informative event led by the knowledgeable Dean Curtis.

First we had a tour around the Supreme Court then moved across to Magistrates Court 41 where we sat and watched a Magistrate handing out justice to those accused of a variety of offences, including possession of drugs and trespass.  Then back to the Supreme Court where we were assigned roles and costumes for a re-enactment of the 1925 trial of Audrey Jacob (played by Luise Crisafulli) who shot and killed her fiancé in the Government House ballroom.  Photos were taken amid much laughter.  Overall, it was a very enjoyable morning.

Jenny Lucre
Department of the Attorney General

Quick on Costs : Restructure

One of our members has brought to our attention that Quick on Costs (Thomson Reuters) is still referencing the Legal Practice Act 2003 (WA).

Stel Podias, in his publisher liaison role, has spoken to Gregory Sarias, Editor of Quick on Costs.  A fully-updated Quick on Costs will be relaunched in 2014.  To quote from the reply received by Stel -

"...we expect that there will be some disparity in the currency between areas of the service that have been revised, and those that are yet to be, and we apologise if this causes any inconvenience.

In the meantime however, I will along with the authors, check through references to the old Legal Practice Act 2003 and see where commentary needs to be updated to discuss the Legal Profession Act 2008 - especially throughout Chapters 1 and 2".

Please contact Stel should you have any further concerns re this title and he will liaise with the publisher on your behalf.


Notice from Law Society of WA


1.              Bachelor of Laws degree - Curtin University

The Chair of the Legal Practice Board, Ian Weldon, has advised that the Board has approved a Bachelor of Laws degree from Curtin University as an approved academic qualification for the purpose of admission to the legal profession in Western Australia and has resolved to amend the Legal Profession Amendment (Admission) Rules 2009 accordingly.
Find out more -


A snapshot of ALLA 2012

Photos courtesy of Kirsty McPhee

John Birmingham, guest speaker at the Conference Dinner

Food, glorious food
Yes sir, I can boogie

Laser show on the Brisbane River - part of the Brisbane Festival

New binder for Criminal Law WA

Good news for those tired of wrestling with obese looseleaf binders.  LexisNexis has agreed to issue a fourth volume for this title.  All subscribers will receive official notification.  The new binder is expected to be issued with an update in late October or early November.

Shane Burnett has left Thomson Reuters

Shane has moved to employment in the WA energy and resources sector.  We thank Shane for the support he has given to ALLA (WA) and wish him well in his new position.

Speech from ALLA Conference Dinner

John Birmingham has posted the talk he gave at the Conference Dinner on his blog Cheeseburger Gothic -


John Birmingham has his say

A quote from John Birmingham's column in today's Brisbane Times re the Newman Government's budget cuts in Queensland -

"A law librarian with 20 years experience of ensuring that the state’s lawmakers don’t make a terrible boo-boo the next time they try to make a law? Ha! Pack your box, sweetheart, and don’t let the doorknob hit you in the arse on the way out".

Read more:  http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/blogs/blunt-instrument/we-didnt-want-bligh-but-we-sure-didnt-want-this-20120917-262iw.html#ixzz26mnzSRvf.

New issue of Legal Information Management is available


Coup for WA

Kirsty McPhee was appointed National Vice-President at the ALLA AGM on 13 September.  Hence, she will become National President of the Association in September 2013.

Congratulations to Kirsty on this personal achievement which is also a fillip for law librarianship in this State.  May you have a rewarding twelve months and don't forget that you have the support of your colleagues in Perth should you need it.

Photos from Brisbane

Kirsty's view from the boardroom at Ashurst Australia during the National Executive Committee Meeting

Title page of Justin's prize for tweeting with inscription by John Bimingham

Our prize tweeter

Justin Booker continues to provide fodder for this blog.  At the ALLA Conference Dinner he won a prize for one of the best tweets related to the Conference.  For his efforts, he received a copy of one of guest speaker John Birmingham's books which the author graciously signed with a personal message to Justin's tweeter alter-ego.

Congratulations to Kirsty and Mawghan

Kirsty McPhee of Tottle Partners and Mawghan Elverd of Jackson McDonald were awarded ALLA Certificates of Appreciation on Thursday at the national AGM.  These awards are given "to a member of the Australian Law Librarians' Association who has made a significant contribution to ALLA or to the profession of law librarianship generally in 2011-12".

Justin captures a fair maiden's heart

It is with much pleasure that we announce that Justin Booker and Larissa Pryce were married on Saturday, 1 September.  Congratulations to you both - we wish you a future filled with happy days.  This photo was taken after the wedding reception - in a sign of the times, on Justin's iPod.

Good news for Cindy Duong

Congratulations to Cindy who has been appointed Knowledge Centre Team Leader at Freehills Perth.  We wish her all the best in her new role.

A new face at Tottle Partners

Congratulations to Sheralee Westphal on her appointment as library assistant at Tottle Partners.  Sheralee will work three hours a week assisting Kirsty McPhee.  She is currently studying for a Diploma of Library and Information Studies at Central TAFE and is new to law libraries.  Please make her welcome.

Law Institute of Victoria : Media Release

Thursday 23 August 2012


The Law Institute of Victoria today welcomed moves to establish a shared Law Library of Victoria accessible by all legal practitioners, judges, magistrates, and tribunal members.

LIV President Michael Holcroft today signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Supreme Court of Victoria, the County Court, Magistrates’ Court, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Department of Justice, Victorian Bar and the LIV.

“This is the first stage to take our historic, but sometimes impractical, individual libraries into the 24 hour remote access platform required in the 21st century”, he said.

“Particularly for our country and suburban lawyers, the establishment of one common library facility, with 24 hour 7 day a week complete remote access, is key.

“The days of physically visiting a law library and taking down a dusty tome from a shelf are almost over. The modern practice of law demands access to documents and texts at all hours from all locations,” Mr Holcroft said.

The Law Institute of Victoria maintains a well resourced library for its members, which will ultimately become part of the Law Library of Victoria.

Mr Holcroft said it was also important to ensure that the historic Supreme Court library collections were protected and maintained.

“It is important to improve the access of users to a wider range of library materials and services which at the same time maintaining our priceless Supreme Court collection, he said.

The Law Institute of Victoria has over 16,000 members, many of whom are based in suburban or country locations.

Mr Holcroft congratulated the Supreme Court Library committee, and in particular Court of Appeal President Chris Maxwell and Justice Cameron Macaulay for their efforts in working to achieve agreement between all parties.

Welcome to the newbies

The first meeting of the new ALLA (WA) Committee was held yesterday afternoon at the Federal Court.  Lei Lin, in her role as President, welcomed the new members of the Committee - Jenny Lucre (Magistrates Court), Stel Podias (Department of Commerce) and Linda Simonis (Downings Legal).

Jenny and Linda are joining Belinda Eisenhauer to devise a program of CPD and social events for the year ahead, while Stel has volunteered to take on the publishers' liaison role.

A list of all Committee members and their new responsibilities will follow shortly.

ALL over the place

This post hopes to be the first in a series of photos depicting our very own Australian Law Librarian journal with a variety of celebrities and in different locations around the world.

The journal's first meet-and-greet was with members of the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, who were here in Australia for their NKOTBSB world tour in May.

Mawghan with Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys.  Photo taken after he had a quick flick through the journal and asked what a law librarian was!

Mawghan with Danny Wood from New Kids on the Block, after trying to explain what a Law Librarian was for about 5 minutes only to be told “I don’t understand you”

Finally, a picture of Mawghan with all of the Backstreet Boys!

Going on holidays? Don't forget to take the Australian Law Librarian! You just never know who you will meet, or what you will see.

The Australian Legal Landscape: Global and Comparative Perspectives

Dear CALL/ACDB Members,
We want to let you know that the 8th Joint Study Institute (JSI)  “The Australian Legal Landscape: Global and Comparative Perspectives” will be held at Melbourne Law School from Wednesday evening, February 13  - Saturday, February 16, 2013.

The 2013 JSI will provide unique opportunities to network and learn about the law, legal research, legal education, legal profession and legal publishing in Australia with global and comparative commentary.

For information about the program and conference events go to: http://alla.asn.au/conferences/jsi2013

Speakers will include leading academics from Melbourne Law School

To register, complete the registration form at:

The Conference Hotel is Rydges on Swanston.  To book your accommodation, go to the JSI booking page at: http://www.rydges.com/customised-web-page/joint-study-institute/

Joint Study Institutes are hosted by the following law library professional associations:
  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL),
  • Australian Law Librarians Association (ALLA),
  • British & Irish Association of Law Libraries (BIALL),
  • Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des  Bibliotheques de Droit (CALL/ACBD) and
  • New Zealand Law Librarians' Association (NZLLA).

For information about the tradition of Joint Study Institutes, see: http://www.callacbd.ca/conferences/JSI/history/index.htm

We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy a stimulating educational program and Melbourne’s diverse cultural, culinary, historical and bibliographic attractions.


2013 JSI Co-convenors,
Carole Hinchcliff, Robin Gardner, Kirsty Wilson
Melbourne Law School Library

Vanessa  Blackmore
NSW Attorney General’s Department Law Library

James Butler
Supreme Court of Victoria Law Library

Tottle Partners : Library Assistant

Tottle Partners is a West Australian law firm, specialising in dispute resolution, corporate, commercial, construction, property and insurance law.

We are seeking an enthusiastic library student (technician or librarian) to join our team in the role of Casual Library Assistant.  The position will be responsible for the provision of Current Awareness Services, accessioning and maintenance of loose-leaf services.  The position involves working 3-4 hours per week, with the flexible working arrangements that will allow the successful applicant to set their own hours of work and ensure time off during study and exam periods as required.

The position will report to our Knowledge and Business Development Manager.

The successful applicant will be able to work autonomously, possess a keen sense of attention to detail and should have an interest in pursuing a career in law libraries.  No previous experience in a law firm is required.

All applications should include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, as well as a copy of your current CV.  Applications should be sent to Kirsty McPhee, Knowledge and Business Development Manager, Tottle Partners, Level 40, 108 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000 or by email to kmcphee@tottle.com.

The deadline for applications is COB Friday, 10 August 2012.

Kirsty McPhee

A new position for Lisa Vicary

It is particularly pleasing to announce that, after being made redundant due to a change in the management of the National Native Title Tribunal Library, Lisa commences work in the library at Clayton Utz on 13 August.

Congratulations, Lisa.

Justin scores a trifecta!

Justin Booker is certainly making his presence felt on this blog.  He is leaving UWA next month to take up the position of Manager, Perth Knowledge Centre, at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Congratulations, Justin (again!).

Save the date

A visit to the Francis Burt Law Education Programme has been arranged for 21 September.  More details about this visit, together with an invitation to register your attendance, will follow closer to the date.

Justin strikes again!

Yes folks, Justin Booker from UWA has been announced as the recipient of the Lynn Pollack Memorial Scholarship for 2012.  Congratulations Justin - what is next? - Australian of the Year perhaps!

As this scholarship gives Justin the opportunity to attend the ALLA Conference in Brisbane in September, he has decided to decline the CCH Bursary from ALLA (WA).  More details regarding the bursary will follow.

ALLA AGM : Special Resolution and proxy forms

Members of ALLA (WA) should have received a copy of the Special Resolution to voluntarily wind up ALLA Inc in the mail, together with a proxy voting form.

Proxy forms can be sent to Kirsty McPhee of Tottle Partners who will be attending the ALLA AGM during the Brisbane Conference.

Please send your completed proxy forms to Kirsty by 6 September - library@tottle.com.  The form should be completed as in the example below.

I Jane Doe
of Acme Legal
being a member of Australian Law Librarians' Association Inc
appoint Kirsty McPhee
of Tottle Partners

The welcome return of Alissa

Alissa Inglis (nee Sputore) has returned to WA.  She commences as a faculty liason librarian at UWA on Monday, 30 July.  Please note that she continues to work under her maiden name and her email address will be alissa.sputore@uwa.edu.au.

Librarian required for 12-month contract

Dear colleagues

An advert has been placed on SEEK for a Librarian (12 month contract).


Closing date 27th July 2012.

This is a Specified Callings Level 1 position located at the Supreme Court Law Library.

Please note that relief duties at the branch library are no longer necessary.

Any enquires for the position can be directed to Catherine Macgill on 9421 5370.

Catherine Macgill | Law Librarian
Law Library, Supreme Court of Western Australia Barrack Street Perth WA 6000
Ph: (08) 9421 5372. Reference desk: (08) 9421 5370 catherine.macgill@scwalawlibrary.com.au

Addendum -

Please note this is not Stephen Griffith's position but is the LPB position vacated by Stel Podias moving to the Department of Commerce.

Stephen has a permanent government position which he will take up in August.


Another library bites the dust!

On 1 July, the Federal Court took responsibility for the management of the library at the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT).  This is an outcome of the Federal Government's decision to transfer the NNTT's corporate services and mediation functions to the Federal Court.

Unfortunately, this has resulted in Lisa Vicary losing her job with the NNTT.  Lisa's last day is Thursday, 19 July.

We wish Lisa every success in finding a new position.  If anyone can help her in this endeavour, please contact her at ljvicary@gmail.com.

Please contact either Amanda or Fiona at the Federal Court library should you have any queries regarding the NNTT's library collection and services - walib@fedcourt.gov.au or 9268 7140.

Position still available - re-posted

The EnergySafety division of the Department of Commerce, based at Cannington, is looking for a librarian.  The role requires about 3-4 hours per week.  If interested, please contact -

Laverne Castelino
A/Director Business Services

Tel:  9422 5250

Senior Librarian Position (Reference AV1657) - DPC

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is seeking to fill the role of Senior Librarian (SCL 2) on a fixed-term, full-time basis for a period of up to 11 months.
The Senior Librarian assists the Manager in the planning, development and organisation of information services and systems to ensure the effective retrieval and dissemination of timely information to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department of Treasury, Department of Finance, Office of the Premier, Ministers' offices, Public Sector Commission and other clients.

Prospective applicants must obtain a Job Application Package, which provides details about the duties of the position and the selection criteria.

The package, and information about how to apply, can be obtained from the website jobs.wa.gov.au or by calling (08) 6552 5617.

Applications close at 5:00pm Tuesday, 24 July 2012.

For further information about the position, please contact Alison Underwood on (08) 6552 5522.

Alison Underwood
Acting Manager
Information Services - Department  of the Premier and Cabinet
6th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH 6005
t: 08 6552 5522

Welcome back Belinda!

Belinda Eisenhauer has returned to work today after her accident, but is confined to light duties for the timebeing.

Stel's new position

Stel Podias has left the Law Library at the Supreme Court due to the cessation of his temporary contract and has taken a position at the Department of Commerce.

2012 CCH ALLA(WA) Conference Bursary

It is my pleasure to announce that the 2012 CCH ALLA(WA) Conference Bursary has been awarded to Justin Booker (UWA). Justin will receive $1500 towards the costs of attending the 2012 ALLA Conference – Respect the Past, Embrace the Future – in Brisbane in September. After the conference, Justin will give a presentation to the WA members to share the experience and knowledge he has gained.

We received a number of excellent applications – I would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply and encourage those who were unsuccessful to apply again in 2013.

I would like to thank CCH for their generosity and support of this award – without their financial assistance the Association would not have been able to offer this opportunity to our members.

Congratulations Justin.

Kind regards,
Kirsty McPhee
ALLA(WA) President

Practitioners' Branch library at the Central Law Courts

Please note, the Practitioners' Branch library at the Central Law Courts will be closing on 20 July 2012, rather than 20 August 2012 as previously noted.  Sorry for the confusion and for full details please see below:

Dear Colleagues

I need to advise you the Practitioners' Branch library at the Central Law Courts will be closing on 20 July 2012.

The decision to close the library has been made by the Department of the Attorney General in keeping with current government  budgetary restraints.
Please advise any of your staff or legal officers who make regular use of this library.

I also need to advise you the Law Library has had to implement budgetary restraints in its collections development that may affect the document delivery and interlibrary loan services it provides. Whilst we do not expect the reduction in our collection to have immediate effect  I suggest if other libraries are considering cancelling titles that they check whether the Law Library is maintaining theirs.

The future of the Law Library as a resource for practitioners in person and for document delivery/ interlibrary loans has been and continues to be under review by the Legal Practice Board and the Department of the Attorney General. Whilst we are going through this period no permanent staff appointments can be made. We will be advertising fixed term contracts to fill our current vacancies.

Normal hours of operation will be resumed when our staffing issues are resolved.

Please note the library is open to users from 8.30am - 5pm.

Document delivery and interlibrary loan services operate between 9am and 4pm.

My most sincere apologies for this break in our service.
Catherine Macgill| Law Librarian
Law Library, Supreme Court of Western Australia

Barrack Street Perth WA 6000 Ph: (08) 9421 5372.  Reference desk: (08) 9421 5370 catherine.macgill@scwalawlibrary.com.au