Call for Papers IFLA 2016 - Law Libraries Section

Cross-posted from multiple mailing lists

The IFLA Law Libraries Section with Public Libraries Section & Government Information and Official Publications Section is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at a session to be held at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio (USA), August 13–19, 2016.

Theme: “Bringing the Law to the Library: Connections, Collaboration, and Community in Support of Access to Justice and the Rule of Law".

Session Theme
People around the world need government and legal information, but often they are not located near a physical law library collection and they lack the means or knowledge to access to online legal resources. For most users, navigating the finer points of legal materials in any format requires some assistance. Public librarians have front-line access to people who want to use legal resources but they are often not trained in the use of those resources, in print or online. This session will focus on how law libraries and public libraries around the globe are finding ways to facilitate access to justice resources through innovative collaborations and initiatives.

We invite papers that:

  • Explore how collaborations between law librarians and public librarians, in particular with respect to trainings for public librarians, are better able to assist a wider range of patrons with their legal needs.
  • Highlight models for collaboration among law librarians and public librarians and other innovative initiatives that are serving to connect people with the legal information they need.
  • Describe the types of open access and free web resources that law libraries and public libraries are using to connect people with the legal information they need for their scholarship, their work, and their personal lives.
Papers should reflect the conference theme, “Connections. Collaboration. Community.” The program will feature keynote speakers who will present PowerPoint presentations of 15-20 minutes each. At least one of the paper's authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers. However, a special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters if that is required. Authors of accepted presentations will be requested to agree to publication of their paper in the IFLA library under a Creative Commons licence to their work.

Language of the session: Papers should be in one of the seven IFLA official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish, however, abstracts must be in English. 

Deadline: Proposal abstracts must be submitted by January 15, 2016. Selected presenters will be notified by February 15, 2016. Abstracts must be in English and should include: the Title of proposed presentation, the Abstract of the proposed paper (no more than 300 words), the Name(s) of presenter(s) plus position and/or title, Employer / affiliated institution, Contact information including e-mail address, telephone number, and a Short biographical statement of presenter(s).

For more details on submitting, visit the IFLA website.

American Association of Law Libraries proposed name change

Readers may have seen reports recently that the board of the American Association of Law Libraries has proposed renaming the organisation as the Association for Legal Information. The final decision yet to be made by members, but this blog post from an American law librarian offers thoughtful commentary on the issue.

From her perspective, the name "librarian" is not necessarily neutral and may not be adequately inclusive. Moreover, in a profession so defined by constant change, it makes sense for the association to be open to new possibilities afforded by a new identity.

The full post offers more insights on the landscape of law librarianship in general.

What if the Australian Law Librarians' Association considered a similar change?

Hat tip:
ALLA(WA) Vice President - Natalie McDonald.
Legal Information Manager, Lavan Legal.

1 billion creative commons licences

Formats of content available under CC licences.
Graphic from the State of the Commons report 2015, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseGlyphicons by Jan Kovařík CC BY 3.0

It was reported this month that since 2002, creators have applied 1 billion Creative Commons licences to their works allowing others to access, share, and reuse them for free.

According to the State of the Commons report:

"If we want to live in a digital world that is fair, diverse, vibrant, serendipitous, and safe for everyone, we will have to choose to make it that way. If that world is going to be accessible, equitable, and full of innovation and opportunity, it will require our leadership to foster and defend these ideals. Founded in 2001, Creative Commons has created legal and technical infrastructure that is fundamental to the Web we know and love. Today, our work goes beyond the ubiquitous CC licenses to foster cooperation and sharing, support collaborative communities, and drive engagement across the spectrum of open knowledge and free culture."

Original content on the ALLA(WA) blog is licenced under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-SA), so feel free to share and remix! Increasingly, scholarly and professional journals (like those of library associations) are publishing their works with Creative Commons licences, a trend that is sure to continue.

Hat tip:
ALLA(WA) President - Alice Hewitt.
Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University.

Latest issue of Legal Information Management

Legal Information Management

Volume 15 / Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 207 - 286

Published Online on 14th December 2015


David Wills 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 207 - 207 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000535 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 


Rikki Breem 1934–2015
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 208 - 209 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000547 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

Feature Article

The Raven, the Writing-Desk and the Reports: a Sesquicentennial Tale of Nonsense and Law Report Reform
Alison Million 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 210 - 217 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000559 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

Selection Of Papers From The Biall Conference 2015

Infiltrate and Conquer: Showing the World What Librarians Can Do
Emily Allbon 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 218 - 224 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000560 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

Collaborating and Co-operating to Make the Connection: How Law Librarians and Academics Can Work Together to Develop Communities of Legal Practice
Angela Donaldson, Graham Ferris 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 224 - 233 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000572 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

A Copyright Snapshot: the Impact of New Copyright Legislation on Information Professionals
Emily Stannard 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 233 - 239 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000584 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

FRBR, RDA and Law Libraries
Helen Doyle 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 240 - 247 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000596 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

Challenges Faced and Practical Techniques for Managing a Dispersed Team
Rona Blair 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 248 - 252 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000602 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

The Library Without Walls: Striving for an Excellent Law Library Service Post-Earthquake
Sara Roberts 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 252 - 260 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000614 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

Moving or Relocating a Library
Ruth Bird 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 260 - 263 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000626 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

Current Issues

SLS/BIALL Academic Law Library Survey 2013/2014
David Gee 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 264 - 282 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000638 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

Current Awareness

Current Awareness
Katherine Read, Laura Griffiths 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 283 - 285 
doi: 10.1017/S1472669615000651 (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

Book Review

Loyita Worley and Sarah Spells (eds.) BIALL Handbook of Legal Information Management. 2nd ed. Farnham (UK): Ashgate, 2014. xxx, 422p. £90.00. ISBN 978-1-4094-2396-6.
David Gee 
Legal Information Management , Volume 15 , Issue 04 , December 2015, pp 286 - 286 
doi: 10.1017/S147266961500064X (About doi) Published Online on 14th December 2015 
[ abstract ] 

IFLA conference grants available

The 2016 IFLA World Library and Information Congress will be held in August in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

The 2016 National Committee is offering a fellowship grant to librarians outside North America to attend the conference, covering travel, registration, and accommodation. Applications are due on 31 December 2015. For more information, visit the IFLA conference website.

Free access to UK case law via JustisOne

Justis publishing have released a free version of their latest platform, JustisOne. You can register for a free account here which will provide you with access to all case law featured on their platform from 2011 onwards.

Great opportunity: help with the Australian Law Librarian journal

Ever read the Australian Law Librarian and thought “I could do that”?

Ever wanted to share your legal research skills with your professional colleagues?

Ever felt the desire to give in to your inner editorial genius? (Are you deeply moved by the correct placement of the Oxford comma?)

Well here is your chance.

The Australian Law Librarian is seeking volunteers to assist with the Journal in the following roles:
  • A guest editor for one issue of the journal
  • Sourcing articles
  • Writing articles
  • Proof reading and preparing articles for publication 
If you are interested in this great opportunity for service and professional development, please contact ALLA(WA) President Alice Hewitt as soon as possible.

Joining the Australian Law Librarian team would be a great opportunity to develop connections and produce a great publication. What a better way to start the new year?

ALLA certificates of appreciation 2015

Fiona, Mawghan, and Linda were selected by their fellow ALLA(WA) members to be awarded ALLA certificates of appreciation in 2015. Thank you all for their service, leadership, and mentorship.

Fiona Archibald

Fiona’s dedication to ALLA (WA) and her long standing commitment as a valuable member of the WA Committee show that she is a worthy recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation. The Committee has relied heavily on her knowledge of ALLA and of law librarianship – and her impeccable editing skills are appreciated almost as much as her good humour and caring. She has previously put great effort into coordinating the ALLA (WA) blog and we are grateful for all her valued contributions over the years.

Mawghan Elverd

Mawghan has gone above and beyond the call of duty over the course of her presidency of ALLA (WA) and service to the Committee. Not only did she put a lot of energy into leading ALLA (WA), she even volunteered to stay on as President for a second term. She remains a valued Committee member who is always quick to think of other people’s professional and personal needs, and takes care to build a supporting community. She is definitely a credit to ALLA and to the profession. 

Linda McNamara

Linda McNamara (formerly Linda de Nicolai) started her career in law librarianship in the 1980s. Working in law firms in the early days of her career, she then moved to the Federal Court in 1984 and worked there until late 1985. Linda then moved to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, which later became Australian Government Solicitor’s Office. She worked at AGS until 1995, when she moved to the Commonwealth DPP, where she has been ever since. Linda was an active member of the ALLGWA committee since its early days, including as secretary. She was instrumental in the development of the Union List of Law Reports in Law Libraries in WA, as well other publications. When WA had their turn at editing Australian Law Librarian, Linda was part of the editorial team. Linda also collaboratively indexed Australian Law Librarian for many years. She also set up an indexing workshop in 2000 which was mentioned in the journal as follows: “Linda McNamara... never does things by halves. When the WA Division took on the editorship of the journal she offered to bring the indexes up to date. In an order to do the job properly she looked around for a short course in indexing but found that there were none being offered in Perth. So together with her colleague, Shelley Campbell, our intrepid Linda set about organising her own.” Linda has been an outstanding mentor, adviser and friend to many law librarians over the years, both in WA and interstate.

ALLA(WA) Christmas function recap

ALLA(WA) members gathered on a warm evening in the CBD to close out 2015 with food, drink, and laughter at the annual Christmas function.

LexisNexis continued to provide generous sponsorship of the event, and four fortunate members came away with gift vouchers to kick off the season:
  • Stephen Griffiths, Department of the Attorney General (WA)
  • Alice Hewitt, Murdoch University
  • Jenny Lucre, Department of the Attorney General (WA)
  • Natalie McDonald, Lavan Legal
Thank you, LexisNexis, for your support!

Beyond the usual festivities, the evening was a very special one, as three members were presented with certificates of appreciation from ALLA. Congratulations to Fiona Archibald, Mawghan Elverd, and Linda McNamara. Read more about their contributions here.

Justis blog

Did you know that the publisher Justis has a blog? Even if you don't subscribe to their products, you might find the blog to be a useful current awareness tool for UK and EU law. A couple of times per week, posts on the blog summarise and discuss key judicial decisions and legislation passed in Europe. Feature articles and research tips also occasionally appear. Visit the blog to have a look and sign up for notifications.

A law librarian's dream job?

The Harvard Law School Library is seeking a new Executive Director. There is no date or deadline on the job posting, but it was mentioned on the Library's blog on 23 November 2015.

The job description summary is fascinating for those of us who work in very different environments:

"The Executive Director oversees the operations and programmatic efforts of the largest academic law library in the world. In partnership with the Vice Dean of Library and Information Resources, she or he sets the budget priorities for the library and manages its approximately fourteen million dollar budget. The ED provides strategic planning for the library’s departments, services, and over fifty-person staff. As the administrative leader of the library, the ED manages relationships with the central Harvard Library staff working in the law library and their supervisors in the central Harvard Library. The Harvard Law School Library is home to the Library Innovation Lab and the successful candidate will be aware of advances in library services and technology and promote experimentation within the library. He or she also serves as a member of the Harvard Law School’s Senior Administrative team and represents the law school on university and national committees."

Hat tip:
ALLA(WA) President - Alice Hewitt. Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University.

'Compare' function on State Law Publisher

Did you know?

On the State Law Publisher website, when you go into the versions page for an act, there's a new option called Compare, which will show the difference(s) an amending act has made.

So for instance, when clicking on:

Compare between: [12 Dec 2005, 05-b0-02] and [09 Apr 2006, 05-c0-06] is an example what is shown:

ALLA(WA) Committee member - Anne Young.
KM Librarian (Litigation and Regulatory), DLA Piper.

Can legal information be crowdsourced?

A recent post by Nate Russell on the Slaw blog begins with a brief discussion of "judicial quips" that scoff at the notion of citing Wikipedia in legal context. This cliched reaction or ridicule, though, can obscure the potential value of taking a crowdsourcing approach to assembling a compendium of authoritative and up-to-date information.

Russell introduces Clicklaw Wikibooks as an emerging example of open access legal information with contributions drawn from multiple sources:

"Clicklaw Wikibooks takes the information locked away in booklets, guides and other resources for self-represented people, and releases it in several different ways to promote accessibility, from EPUBs, to smart SEO-friendly webpages, to books in print, on demand, in libraries, etc. The Clicklaw Wikibooks platform is a customized install of MediaWiki. As the name implies, its emphasis is on “books” (rather than stand alone “articles” per se). It currently hosts 20 or so titles and it looks and works a lot like Wikipedia, but with some key differences: 1. Only approved editors can make edits — not the anonymous user. 2. Clicklaw Wikibook titles are optimized for export in various formats—with one-click to give you a whole wikibook in digital, printable, and even printed and bound formats."

Based in British Columbia (Canada), a key purpose of the resource is to provide convenient and relevant information to the general public and to public libraries. See the post for more information on how the project is being assessed.

Other crowdsourcing projects exist in the legal world with varying degrees of success, but it remains to be seen whether this approach will catch on—and how it will impact libraries and legal information management.

ALLA(WA) Secretary - Megan Fitzgibbons.
Librarian, University of Western Australia.

Report back on current awareness roundtable – 20th October 2015

ALLA(WA) held a current awareness roundtable on 20th October 2015 at Jackson McDonald to discuss current awareness and the resources available to assist with keeping up-to-date with case law, legislation and news.

A number of discussions took place, and the following question was put to the 11 members that attended:

How do library staff notify clients/fee earners of new law reports, journals etc. when many of us are now predominantly electronic?
One member indicated that it is responsibility of the fee earner to keep up-to-date by signing up to receive the LexisNexis notifiers, alerts via Westlaw AU etc.

A number of members mentioned that they still spend time either photocopying the contents pages of law reports and journals or circulating the electronic issues/table of contents to subscribed fee earners.

Some members mentioned that the use of the library catalogue allows for current awareness to be streamlined. First library software for example allows library staff to link to electronic journals and issues, and it is the responsibility of users to subscribe to relevant current awareness alerts.

Following on from that, a brainstorming session encouraged members to discuss relevant subscriptions, free resources and products that can assist with current awareness and research.

What are the resources you use for legislation current awareness?
A number of members indicated that they subscribe to LawLex. This service provides for bill tracking and alerts to be set up for amendments to Acts and subsidiary legislation. Some members utilise the ‘As made’ or ‘As passed’ section on Comlaw or State Law Publisher to keep track of new legislation.

Alerts to media statements from the Government of Western Australia and the Commonwealth government provide notification of new and prospective amendments to legislation, as well awareness of state wide projects and developments.

The Western Australian Parliament and the Commonwealth Parliament allow users to monitor or track the progress of a Bill through Parliament.

What are the resources you use for case law alerts? 

Daily unreported judgments is a free email service that identifies new cases that have been handed down by the courts.

Jade Barnet allows subscribers to set up alerts on specific topics of law, legislation etc.

Court notifiers (not an exhaustive list): High Court of Australia; Supreme Court of Western Australia; District Court of Western Australia.

What services/subscriptions can be used for media and newspaper alerts? 

Daily Business News alert is a free email alert that provides an overview of business news within Western Australia.

InfoXpress is a daily subscription that provides a summary of daily business news from The Age, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review.Other subscription services that cover media and newspaper alerts include: NexisNews; Capital Monitor.

What are other alerting services?
ASX alerts is a complimentary service for subscribers to the Australian Stock Exchange Listing Rules through LexisNexis. Subscribers receive a notification when the listing rules are updated.

Bloomberg is a subscription service, where members can sign up to receive alerts and live company data for listed companies.Other similar subscription services include: Company360; DatAnalysis.

InvestorPA is a free alerting service for Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) company announcements.Subscribers can sign up to receive alerts for up to 100 companies.

LexisNexis LegalExpress is complimentary service for existing LexisNexis customers.It contains legal news headlines, short case notes and a concise list of newly released legislative information.
You can choose to customise your information if you are interested in particular subject areas or jurisdictions only.

Lexology a free service that provides tailored subject specific updates for articles written by leading Australian and international law firms.

If you know of any other relevant resources, please fee free to comment below.

ALLA(WA) Past President - Mawghan Elverd.
Senior Librarian, Jackson McDonald.

Not so fast!

In this blog post Susan Munro asks what is the right pace of change and looks at two assumptions of legal publishing which have challenged our belief of what to change and what not to. I am sure we have all come across these two assumptions, some of us on a daily basis. These assumptions are:
  • Print is on its way out.
  • Digital natives intuitively know how to use any technology.
View the article here.

ALLA webinar on Future Libraries

Cross-posted from ALLA National

Collaborate and Learn

This month ALLA is proud to collaborate with Kim Sherwin from ARUP.

Over the coming months ALLA will collaborate with leaders in the information industry to bring you expertise and knowledge that will enable you to turn information into knowledge.

Future Libraries by Arup: our role, our space & our research

Kim will present on the role of the Library team at Arup and the delivery of their new and exciting workshop space in Sydney.

Kim will also talk about the Future Libraries research that Arup published earlier this year. The session will provide a journey through the opportunity rich environment that Arup provides. It will also challenge our thinking of what's possible for libraries of the future

When: Tuesday, 8th of December, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM AEDT  (10:00 AM in Perth)

Cost: Free to ALLA members

Registration: click here

We Thank: CCH Wolters Kluwer for assistance with the GoToMeeting

About Kim:

Once a Law Librarian, Kim is now a Senior Librarian and Knowledge Specialist at Arup. Arup is a global engineering and design consultancy and has been involved in some of the worlds most iconic buildings, including the Sydney Opera House.

Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (UK) papers available online

The International Association of Law Libraries has posted news from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) about an important digitisation project.

Thousands of Case Papers from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council are now freely available on BAILII. The database includes all decisions from 1996 and selected historical decisions back to 1890.

The report by Steven Whittle of IALS explains that:

"The Judicial Committee of The Privy Council is the court of final appeal for the UK overseas territories and Crown dependencies and for those Commonwealth countries that have retained the appeal to Her Majesty in Council or, in the case of Republics, to the Judicial Committee. As well, the Privy Council hears some appeals within the UK. Historically, it was the supreme appellate court of the British Empire, whose decisions also provided persuasive authority in British courts. It has decided cases across a wide range of legal topics such as: admiralty, constitutional and ecclesiastical matters, contract, murder, status of persons; and had a key role in the export and assimilation of common law around the world."

Have a look at the IALL post for more details on this project. Hat tip:

Business News articles for free, this week only

According to the print edition, articles from the Business News are available for free on its website for this week only (23rd November). Peruse the news items, search for companies and look at the book of lists.

Hat tip:
ALLA(WA) Committee member - Anne Young.
KM Librarian (Litigation and Regulatory), DLA Piper.

12 Apps of Christmas - Open course hosted by Regent’s University London

Text cross-posted from various e-mail lists

Have you ever thought about taking part in a MOOC but were worried it would take too much of your time?

Are you interested in exploring which free mobile apps could help you in your teaching or supporting your students?

Would you like to take part in a fun, free, practical online course this December?

Then the 12 Apps of Christmas could be for you.

Last year, hundreds of educators and librarians around the world took part in a new open course hosted by Regent’s University London - the 12 Apps of Christmas. In just a few minutes a day, they learned about and tried out a range of free mobile apps with potential classroom use, built a community of practice, and had fun doing so.

The course was a success, winning the Credo Digital Information Literacy Award and inspiring people to run versions at other institutions. Now, the original is back – better than ever !

From 1st to 16th December this year, we will be presenting Christmas 2.0! The 12 Apps of Christmas 2015 will offer a completely new range of carefully selected apps, while keeping to the same simple, entertaining formula which made it so successful last year. Expect guest posts, engaging hands-on activities, and a chance to be part of a friendly, enquiring community of educators worldwide. And for those of you who took part last year – yes, we’re afraid the Christmas cracker jokes will be back…

To enrol on the 12 Apps of Christmas 2015, go to

For more information contact Chris Rowell,  Deputy Learning Technology Manager,  Learning Resources at Regent’s University London,

Michael Kirby's 10 Commandments to Australian Law Schools

Thomson Reuters is providing online access to the text of the Hon. Michael Kirby's Leo Cussen Justice Lecture at the Australian Law Teachers' Association Conference earlier this year. It's interesting reading for librarians who are involved in supporting legal education in universities. The ten 'commandments' to Law Schools presented in the lecture are:
  1. Assure a more diverse intake
  2. Attend to vulnerable students, so that they survive their studies
  3. Address some particular subjects of poverty law
  4. Encourage engagement by future lawyers with civil society
  5. Promote engagement with all forms of legal aid
  6. Acknowledge the importance of the law on costs
  7. Enhance access to law through new technology
  8. Establish miscarriage of justice and innocence clinics
  9. Undertake reliant empirical research and law reform projects
  10. Consider basic lessons to be derived from foreign systems
The text of the lecture can be downloaded from the Thomson Reuters Insight blog for free, although it's necessary to enter personal information in a form before access is granted.

Harvard University opens up its legal library

American case law is being made available outside expensive paywalls thanks to Harvard University who is digitising their complete legal library. They have made this possible by partnering with Ravel Law who are funding this project. 40,000 physical books are in the process of being scanned so they may be freely available to the public and fully searchable online. This open platform will be of particular importance to small law firms with limited resources as well as the general public. The expected completion date is in 2017 and cases will be available at

Read the full article here.

Looking for US court decisions?

A handy link if you need to find US case law:

The Law Librarians' Society of Washington D.C. has compiled a website with quick links to sources of U.S. federal court decisions.

Grant to attend American Association of Law Libraries conference

Cross-posted from the WAIN mailing list

The Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2016 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians. The Grant subsidizes a foreign law librarian to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the world's largest law librarian professional organization.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for the AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois (July 16-19, 2016) provides a waiver of the AALL Annual Meeting full registration fee and a money grant of a minimum US $2,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs

 Details regarding the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians as well as the application form can be found at

The application deadline is December 15, 2015.

Applicants must be law librarians or other professionals working in the legal information field, currently employed in countries other than the United States, and with significant responsibility for the organization, preservation, or provision of legal information. The Grant Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.

Please note: Grant winners must pay all expenses in advance. Grant awards will only be disbursed at the AALL Annual Meeting.

Please feel free to contact me or another committee member if you have any questions about the 2016 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians. Also, please feel free to distribute this announcement to any listserv or individual who might be interested in attending the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting.

Sincerely, Sherry Leysen 2016 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee

Queensland Statutes Reprints Online

The Supreme Court Library Queensland, in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology Law Library, has issued a press release announcing that two sets of statutes reprints are now online: the 1962 Reprints, and the pre-1991 series of reprints (also known as the 'White Reprints'). Australian Law Librarians’ Association (Queensland) Inc.supported these projects. The full press release is here [PDF].

The Journal in the depths of Africa

The Australian Law Librarian is a well travelled journal with its recent journey to iMfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa.

Can you see what we can see underneath the tree? 
Below is the close up:

It was an amazing experience. We saw many different animals, large and small, and slept in the game reserve for 3 nights sharing our sleeping quarters with one scorpion, one centipede and one baboon spider who very kindly made themselves known to us.

Where will the Journal travel to next?

ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Jaya Ralph
Librarian, Curtin University

ALLA(WA) wine and cheese discussion 11th November

ALLA(WA) members, you're invited to a wine and cheese discussion on 11th November at 5.15. You should have received an invitation by e-mail with the details. If you didn't receive it, please contact us at We look forward to seeing you there!

App design as emerging skill for legal profession?

Legal information has been accessed electronically for decades, but how many legal professionals have technical skills in designing tools for organising or delivering information resources? The Melbourne Law School offers a unit called Law Apps [PDF unit guide] in which students design apps that deliver advice for common legal problems. A design competition is also part of the project, as described in this press release. Perhaps this type of skill will become more prevalent in legal education in the future?

WA Industrial Gazette online back to 1965

Did you know?

The Western Australian Industrial Gazette is now online back to 1965 (volume 45) on the State Law Publisher website.

The gazettes can be browsed by date, and there is also a cross-search function. In addition, indices and appendices can be downloaded.

The myths of the digital native (via 3 geeks and a law blog)

On Three Geeks and a Law Blog, Casey Flaherty recently offered insightful commentary on the "myth of the digital native", particularly in the context of legal education and training. Check out both part 1 and part 2 of the topic.

The myth in question is the notion that people who have grown up using computers are therefore adept at using any kind of "technology" (itself a vague term) naturally, without any training.

Flaherty offers evidence from his 20-something students' performance on his Legal Tech Assessment test, which focuses on word processing and spreadsheet tasks. It's probably not a shock to anyone who works with university students or recent graduates that the results were fairly dismal.

The reason, Flaherty argues, is that "Everyone just assumes that they know things that they had no way of knowing absent training. They are not stupid, lazy, or untalented. They are smart, hard working, and full of promise. They simply lack training in one particular area that has the potential to make their lives better."

Indeed, Flaherty further argues that better basic technology skills would improve legal professionals' efficiency and job satisfaction. But no one, including the so-called millennials themselves, seem to see the need for training in basic productivity, information management, and research tools.

Do librarians have a role to play in this conversation?

ALLA(WA) Secretary - Megan Fitzgibbons.
Librarian, University of Western Australia.

ALLA National Conference survey

The following update is from the ALLA National Conference convenors

We are very excited to launch the website for the 2016 ALLA National Conference, to be held at the State Library of Victoria August 24-26, 2016.

Watch for further announcements by email or follow the conference hashtag on Twitter (#ALLA2016Conf) for updates about the conference program, speaker announcements and much more!

We want the 2016 conference to be one that reflects the needs and interests of our entire membership. To this end, it would be great if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey, letting the committee know your ideas and suggestions for topics, speakers, events or anything else you would like to see at the conference.This will greatly assist the committee in crafting a truly spectacular conference for you all! The survey will be open until the end of November, so get your thinking caps on and suggest away!

This is the first of what will be many exciting updates regarding the 2016 conference. If you have any feedback/comments/concerns please do not hesitate to contact the convenors Leanne and Veryan.

Happy Halloween from ALLA(WA)

For your zombie-related Halloween reading pleasure, might we recommend the following:

Maintaining Academic Library Services During the Zombie Apocalypse by Sarah McHone-Chase and Lynne M. Thomas, a chapter in Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies published by the University of Ottawa Press [link to Google Books]

7 reasons libraries are our only hope in case of a zombie apocalypse, posted on Bustle. Yes, there are animated gifs! If the site doesn't work, try the cached page.

Update: Law via Internet conference places still available

Cross-posted from the ALLA-ANZ email list

The Programme, with session times, for the 15th Law via Internet Conference, starting in Sydney in two weeks time, is now available at

The Hon Gabrielle Upton, Attorney-General of New South Wales, will give the opening address to the Conference, following the welcome from Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice Chancellor and President, UNSW Australia. Paul Chadwick, distinguished journalist and lawyer, will then address the Plenary Session, on the relationships the media and free access to law. Fourteen parallel sessions, most with three presentations, then follow.

Registration closes on 2nd November 2015, and some places are still available.

CPD opportunity for ALLA members: 10 ways of getting insights using Manzama

Collaborate and Learn

This month ALLA is proud to collaborate with Manzama. 

Over the coming months ALLA will collaborate with leaders in the information industry to bring you expertise and knowledge that will enable you to turn information into knowledge.

10 ways of getting insights using Manzama – Presented by Ian Mears
Manzama is a 'listening tool' - searching a curated slice of valuable sources of information from the open web. It is the only such tool created specifically for busy professionals and the legal industry. The solution delivers industry and client news to ensure legal professionals are up-to-date with their clients' industries, and not just legal developments. Creating a better relationship with clients and highlighting opportunities.

As well as using individual customised profiles to cut through 'big-data' and deliver daily news alerts, there are other ways that knowledge professionals are deploying Manzama through their organisations.

Please join the webinar to learn more about 10 different methods of finding and sharing relevant news.

Click here to register. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
When:  Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM AEDT
Cost: Free to ALLA members, join us if you are interested
We thank: Manzama for assistance

About Ian:
Ian is the Sales & Account Manager, Australia / New Zealand for Manzama. He is responsible for Manzama business development and client services in the Asia Pacific region and for ensuring each of our valued clients gets the most out of their investment.
Our next-generation Content Intelligence Platform is specifically designed for professionals, it mines and analyses vast amounts of business related information and delivers unique and highly relevant intelligence to each stakeholder across the organisation - allowing each to stay updated on client, practice, and industry developments while also keeping abreast of competitive intelligence. 

ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Jaya Ralph
Librarian, Curtin University