Possibility of short-term work

The Department of Sport and Recreation may be able to offer work for a few weeks on a project to review and collate legal documents.  Please contact Renae Clement if you are interested, or know someone who may be.

Renae Clement
Librarian / Actg FOI Coordinator
Department of Sport and Recreation
Clearinghouse for Sport (WA Branch)

(08) 9492 9870 or (08) 9492 9869

Don't let Justin drink alone

Want to hear the next Call to the Bar?

Justin is planning a bar hop mid-June so let him know if you want to come along.

In response to questions asked...

Catherine Macgill (Law Librarian, Law Library, Supreme Court of WA)

states -

The current state of plans for the future of the Law Library collection is as follows.

The recommendation to the Attorney General is that practitioners will have access to the new Supreme Court Library on a user-pays basis.  There has not as yet been any memorandum of understanding drawn up.

A project team to resolve the issue (among other things) of service to practitioners is to be established with members from the Law Society, the Legal Practice Board, the Judiciary and the Department of the Attorney General.  This committee has not yet met.

The State Reference Library and the City of Perth Library have been approached with the view to housing a law collection for public access.  Neither party was interested in doing so.

Brown bag : Rights of the Unborn Child

CPD seminar
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
The rights of the unborn child, as the law currently stands in WA and the proposed amendments

Mrs Lorraine Finlay, lecturer in criminal law at the Murdoch University School of Law, addressed a group of 15 delegates at a lunchtime brown bag seminar in Downings boardroom on Wednesday, 15 May.  She spoke on the rights of the unborn child, addressing a neglected area in WA legislation, and citing some cases which had touched the general public where, through no fault of the expectant mother, the unborn child had been lost through criminal action, without any recourse for justice.  Her fascinating presentation led to many questions from the floor, and further discussion in this informal setting.  In addition, some new points were raised, much to Lorraine's delight!  We all came away with some issues to digest.

Thank you, Linda, for your hospitality at Downings!

Belinda Eisenhauer

Joint Study Institute : reporting back...continued

Joint Studies Institute
13-16 February 2013

Report : Belinda Eisenhauer


Kirsty and I were fortunate to attend the JSI Conference in Melbourne in mid-February 2013. We stayed in the conference hotel, the Rydges on Swanston Street, on the campus of Melbourne University, 10 minutes walk to the Law School (the oldest in the country, opening its doors in 1857).

The thoroughness of the planning was evident from the start, with regular updates being issued to those who had registered, with useful tips such as where to find the weather conditions (especially for the international visitors) and the dress code for the three evening functions.

No single detail had been forgotten – even the newly-introduced Myki electronic travel card had been provided for each delegate, ready for us to collect at our hotel reception.

The JSI Conference has been hosted once before in Australia - in Sydney in 2004.

There were 50 delegates from common law countries such as New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Eire and, of course, Australia. There were 3 law librarians from WA.

We had all come together on shared territory to share and compare our experience as law librarians. We compared databases and publishers, classifications systems, professional criteria, and offered information about our countries. We had so much to share and talk about – we were never at a loss for a topic of conversation.

The registration and the opening of the 2013 JSI Conference was at the Supreme Court Library, which was most convenient for most delegates.

The conference was opened by Chief Justice Marilyn Warren, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Overview of three conference papers presented


Dr Mark McMillan (Law School, University of Melbourne) and Steven Ellis, Esq (University of Boston School of Law)

The Welcome to Country statement at the beginning of events was explained by Mark, for visitors that this is adopted in Australia. This is one step closer to acknowledging the place of the Aboriginal people in Australia’s past and present. This is an important development. We must bear in mind that it was only in 1967 that Aboriginals gained citizenship. Aboriginals are 1.5% of the Australian population. We all have a shared future in Australia. We cannot develop in a vacuum and must study the US and the Canadian Constitutions, as well as our past, to build a new Australian Constitution, which includes the indigenous peoples. We must study other countries too – they are important in this; we can use their experiences to help us.

It will not be easy; constitutional reform is difficult in Australia. He pointed out that 8 out of 44 referenda have been successful in Australia.  He doesn’t hold out much hope for much change soon, but at least a start has been made in addressing the situation.


The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (former Justice of the High Court of Australia)

The presenter acknowledged that he had the advantage of not having a titled paper in the program, which gave him a lot of latitude! The paper was entitled Librarians I have loved, to commemorate St. Valentine's Day (February 14) and his lifelong celebration of librarians.

He spoke of his fond memories of librarians right from his first days at school, and remembering their names, and throughout his career in law, mentioning Naomi Glynn who became a judge and Petal Kinder, and paid tribute to Graham Greenleaf who initiated AustLII. He congratulated librarians in that they made a lot of noise in libraries – the noise of ideas. Librarians have helped legal practitioners appreciate the richness of the English language, as every concept we have has two words of differing origins – one Germanic and one Romance language, for example “will” and “estate”.

He recommended that we get over our parochialism and think globally – we need to think in sync with the world, not in isolation.

The law field today is a business – it is no longer a vocation or calling.  Hence, problems have manifested themselves as depression and worse, when new graduates with high-flying ideas of the glory of being a law graduate are confronted with reality . The profession today is a roller-coaster of emotions.

This paper was a very personal creation, born of a long career in law, from experience and memories. There were no hard facts and figures based on research. He wrapped the audience in a cocoon of gentle memories and poetic words.


Dr Jacqueline Horan (Law School, University of Melbourne)

The advent of technology has put the Australian judicial system in a difficult place – the Internet and DNA analysis have rocked the traditional system in Australia. The DNA analysis techniques have given a lot of power to forensic research – power which must be used cautiously. It has become too easy to make quantum leaps to incorrect conclusions.

With internet, a text-savvy active group of people (the jury in the court room), who have been actively encouraged to seek knowledge by questioning, suddenly have to become passive and non-questioning.

Jurors are not allowed to do their own research – if a copy of the Oxford dictionary or a Wikipedia printout is found in a juror’s possession, that person can be prosecuted, due to the fact that pre-judicial publicity could jeopardise the verdict. An active, questioning being is suddenly not allowed to question the judge in a court room. The jury system is not working well under these new developments. Jurors need to be encouraged to ask questions.

In some countries such as Japan, Kazakhstan and South Korea, mixed juries have evolved, where judges and jurors sit together to formulate a decision. We need to study other countries’ experiences of juries more thoroughly.

This was the only paper on criminal law given at the conference.

Personal impressions of the JSI conference

Delightful to meet the people whose names one had come to know. Ruth Bird from the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, and whom we know through her Letter from Oxford published in the Australian Law Librarian, being an example.

Imagination had been used in planning the venues and activities – a different venue every day to stimulate the delegates: Day One was the Law School seminar room, Day Two in the morning was the seminar room in the Baileau Library, at University of Melbourne, in the afternoon was a lecture hall at the university and Day Three (final day) was the Rydges' conference room.

The committee had worked very hard to make us feel welcome and make our stay as pleasant as possible; nothing had been forgotten – not even the issuing of the Myki card. Appreciated receiving the dress code tip, as well.

Registration was at the same place as the first evening’s reception – the Supreme Court Library – an excellent idea!

Communication prior and during the conference was excellent.

Shame it was so short – we were just beginning to get to know each other, then it was all over!


I would like to thank ALLA (WA) for granting us the opportunity to travel to the JSI Conference in February 2013. I greatly appreciated the opportunity; it was everything I had hoped it would be and more besides.

Thank you.

The very hardworking Committee of the JSI Conference also need to be congratulated for their superb planning:

Carol Hinchcliff – University of Melbourne Law School;
Robyn Gardner – University of Melbourne Law School;
Kirsty Wilson – University of Melbourne Law School;
Vanessa Blackmore – Supreme Court of NSW Library, Sydney;
James Butler – formerly of Supreme Court of Victoria Library.

Belinda Eisenhauer

Joint Study Institute : reporting back

Twenty-four people attended the ALLA (WA) Easter breakfast held at Herbert Smith Freehills on 27 March.  Their wonderful coffee machine again received a good workout and we all enjoyed a light breakfast and an abundance of the obligatory Easter eggs.

Belinda Eisenhauer and Kirsty McPhee reported back on the JSI that they attended in Melbourne in February.  The topics presented seemed as fascinating as they were diverse - plain packaging for cigarettes and cigars, rights of refugees and the behaviour of financial institutions.  The ladies were very enthusiastic and I think everyone at the breakast wished they could have been at the JSI too.

Jenny Lucre

New feature

Called to the Bar - Now and Venn

When I was working for a certain academic institution out Nedlands way (you work it out) I used to coordinate a monthly gathering of library workers. We would go to a different wine bar each month and blog a review. You can still see the reviews online here.

Now that I work for a law firm in the city, which is ground zero for wine bars in Perth, I thought it was time to start doing this again, only this time for the ALLA WA blog. Plus, I can buy a drink for all those people I owe one to. Namely those that have provided me with scans of various law reports. These hopefully regular posts will be appearing under the title of “Called to the Bar”. Enjoy.

For the first post of this re-badged venture I took a trip to Venn Bar . Venn operates on many levels, literally and figuratively. They have upstairs and ground floor areas and they also function as an art gallery. They have a cool gift shop too but that wasn’t open by the time I got there at about quarter past 6 on Wednesday 1 May.

I was able to get a seat without too much hassle. The place was comfortably packed if you know what I mean.

I was all set to order a cider and a pizza when the guy behind the bar pointed out that there was a special on Wednesdays; beer and pizza for $15. Since the pizza ordinarily is $15 you’re getting a beer for free. Now, how can you not like a bar that offers that? Points to the bar staff for this.

Points are deducted from the bar staff for later ignoring my drinking companion NS. He had the misfortune to be standing at the bar when a pretty blonde came along and she got served first. NS works for the ABC. He might do a story about this discrimination. We’ll see.

Both NS and I had to wait a bit for our respective pizzas. Mine was tasty but my free beer was almost all gone by this time.

Venn Bar presents well, being sleek and modern both on the ground floor and upstairs and now even outdoors. They have just added an outside area leading into Raine Square, that operates as a cafe area. This area isn’t licensed, so you can’t take drinks out there.

The too loud music was in competition to the low level lighting so it was hard to tell what ambience was being aimed for. I personally was on the side of the lights. Gathering from how loud others around me had to talk to be heard I suspect they too were in this camp.

Apart from this and the predilection of the bar staff for serving pretty blondes first, Venn Bar is a great venue. If you are hearing the call of the bar Venn Bar is worth a visit.

All ALLA WA members are welcome to come with me on my next bar hop. Let me know if you are interested.

Justin Booker

Free copyright training : State Library

From WAIN -

Australian Libraries Copyright Committee presents FREE copyright training available to all interested persons.

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).

Date: Thursday 6th June 2013

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm (with repeat session 1:30pm – 4:30pm)

Location: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia

‘Get your collections out there: understanding the copyright framework around online collections’ follows on from last year’s ALCC training, which tackled the copyright basics. This year’s training aims to demystify copyright law for librarians looking to promote collections online, and help staff develop risk management guidelines for using copyright works.


9:30am Part 1 – Making friends with copyright
Quick run through of the basics! Protection, duration, and copyright exceptions

10:30am Tea break

11:00am Part 2 – Engaging with your collections online
Dealing with digital challenges: content licensing, digitisation, data and text mining, social media use, Creative Commons and more!

12:30pm Close

To register:

RSVP to Shelli Johnston shelli.johnston@slwa.wa.gov.au with: your name/ your organisation/ session you will be attending (AM or PM)

Kind regards,

Shelli Johnston
Public Library Liaison Technician

T (08)9427 3213
F +618 9427 3256
E shelli.johnston@slwa.wa.gov.au

The future of the profession : themes and scenarios 2025

Latest News : ALIA
Discussion Paper released 1 May 2013

Future of the profession The Future of the Profession is an ALIA Board project examining what the future holds for library and information services. The purpose of this paper is to promote discussion across the sector between library leaders, information service providers, vendors, practitioners, students, commentators, colleagues in Australia and internationally – anyone and everyone with an interest in the field. To find out more, download the document or comment on it, please visit the ALIA futures wiki.