Legal Information Manager Position - Lavan Legal

Lavan Legal is an independent Western Australian law firm with a team of over 170 employees including 21 Partners. Our law firm has an excellent history and reputation for providing clear, commercially focused legal advice and we strive to live up to our ideal of being “leaders in law”. Due to the upcoming retirement of our long serving Legal Information Manager we are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Librarian to lead our library team.

About the role
Reporting to the Managing Partner, this position is primarily responsible for managing the Lavan Legal library in an efficient and cost effective manner and satisfying all the information needs of the Firm.

Key responsibilities
There are many responsibilities for this position, with the key ones being:
  • Provision of in-depth legal research. This involves working closely with solicitors to analyse and provide answers to complex questions of law. Solicitors are provided with comprehensive current  awareness services and the Librarian is responsible for co-ordinating this service.
  • Preparation and monitoring of the budget, liaising with publishers, maintaining online resources and cataloguing and indexing are among other responsibilities.
  • Training of legal staff in the use of all printed and electronic sources and associated methods of research is an important part of the role.
  • Supervision of the library technician, including delegation of tasks, monitoring workflow and performance and career path analysis.

About you
You will hold a library or library science (or equivalent) tertiary qualification with prior experience in law libraries or corporate business libraries. Communication skills including report writing and a high level of computer literacy are essential.

How to apply
Please submit your cover letter and CV for consideration by email to by close of business Thursday, 4 December 2014. If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Julie Richards on (08) 9288 6895.

Use of Social Media by the Library: White Paper

Taylor & Francis have released a white paper that reveals research showing that 88% of librarians think that social media will become more important in the future.

The white paper, Use of social media by the library  is available on the Taylor & Francis LibSite which states:

"This white paper has been research and compiled by Taylor & Francis to provide an overview of current practices relating to the use by libraries of social media, from a world-wide perspective, against which individual institutions can benchmark their own activities and be inspired to try new approaches"

If you don't have time to read the full paper, take a look at the companion infographics:

The Arts Council England's Creative Launch

Arts Council England launched a new journal on 18 November – Create : a journal of perspectives on the value of art and culture.  In the inaugural issue, authors Neil Gaiman and Toby Litt “discuss the power of libraries and literature to imagine our future”.  

Thanks to Fiona Archibald for this contribution. 

2014 ALLA Conference

Take a look at who was spotted representing Western Australia at the 2014 ALLA Conference. Photos courtesy of our friends at ALLA (SA).

L-R: Kirsty McPhee (Tottles Partners), Amanda Saunders ( Federal Court), Jennifer Moore (Edith Cowan University), Lisa Lester (WCIT), Bernadette Gargan (then Murdoch University, now VCAT Library), Anne Greenshields (The University of Notre Dame), Mawghan Elverd (Back, Jackson McDonald ), Lisa Webb (Law Library at the Supreme Court), Jaya Ralph (Curtin University)
L-R: Kirsty McPhee (Tottles Partners), Amanda Saunders (Back, Federal Court), Lisa Webb (Law Library at the Supreme Court), Mawghan Elverd (Back, Jackson McDonald ), Bernadette Gargan (then Murdoch University, now VCAT Library), Jaya Ralph (Curtin University), Anne Greenshields (The University of Notre Dame), Lisa Lester (WCIT), Jennifer Moore (Edith Cowan University)

Monday Morning Email Mountain

You know how it goes.

Friday afternoon you leave your office sorted - no pesky pile of emails waiting for you. But by Monday morning, you have a small mountain waiting for you upon return. And if you go on leave, it's a nice mountain range.

Ever thought that there must be a better way of managing all the emails you get? If its anything like me and you are facing hundreds each morning, I'm sure you're hoping for something to help.

Carson Tate is a management consultant and author of Work Simply: Embracing the power of your personal productivity style can provide some guidance on helping you manage your daily email deluge.

Tate recently published on her LinkedIn blog a post to help you "Stop wasting your precious time and act on an email. Read it, decide what you need to do with it and act on it."

Her four steps to the process, which she outlines in more detail are:
  1. Read your email messages once
  2. Decide - What is this email message? Does it require action?
  3. Act on your email messages
  4. Contain your email messages

Thanks to Mawghan for the link. 

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014

A bill has recently been introduced before federal parliament that will be of interest to information professionals: the Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014.

One important bit from the Explanatory Memorandum:

The existing Acts database established under the Acts Publication Act and the existing Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (both are accessible by ComLaw) will be integrated into a single register called the Federal Register of Legislation (the Register). The Register may contain other relevant documents and information likely to be useful to users of the Register.


The Bill establishes a new category of instruments called notifiable instruments, which will be able to be registered in authoritative form. This new category of instrument is designed to cover instruments that are not appropriate to register as legislative instruments, but for which public accessibility and central management on the Register is desirable. 

Hat tip to the onlineInsider blog (Thomson Reuters)

Congrats, Monica

Congratulations to Monica Smith, currently with DLA Piper, who was the successful applicant for the position as Team Leader, Library and Information Services, Department of the Attorney General.  Monica will leave DLA Piper on 14 November and begin her new position on 17 November.

Position open at DLA Piper

Posted on behalf of DLA Piper

DLA Piper is the truly local, truly global business law firm. Joining DLA Piper means not only joining an experienced local team, but also being part of a global network with offices located in more than 30 countries around the world, including five offices in Australia. We believe the quality of our services is defined by the quality of our people.
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a full time Librarian based in our Perth office.
We are looking for a qualified and experienced librarian with a demonstrated ability to provide superior quality legal and business research in a local and national team environment.

Qualifications in Library & Information Management or Knowledge Management are essential and experience in a legal or corporate environment is desirable.

Your duties will include...
·        Reference/research support to the library's clients across Australia
·        Subject specialisation and/or practice group liaison
·        Promotion of library services and resources
·        Participation in library team projects as required
·        Training staff in research skills and databases

You will need to...
·        demonstrate a strong commitment to excellent client service
·        have a thorough knowledge of legal and business research resources and strategies
·        have excellent written and oral communication skills
·        have strong IT skills and be prepared to learn new technologies
·        share a commitment to a team culture and performance
·        have the ability to work within a distributed team environment as well as autonomously
Applications will need to be submitted via the advertisement on Seek:
Contact - Lauren Camporeale, Human Resources Coordinator:
Ph: 6467 6083  

Closing Date - Ongoing