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 prĂ©cis 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.
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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 - - 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