Copyright training 27th July

The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee is offering training sessions in Perth on Monday, 27 July. The sessions are free to to member organisations and their employees - ALIA, NSLA, CAUL, NLA, AGLIN, NAA, CAARA and Aust Soc Archivists (note: ALLA is not included). Each half day session costs $60 for non-members.

For more details and registration information, visit the ALCC website. Space is limited, so don't delay!

IP Academic & Information Environmentalism Conferences: Call for Abstracts

The following announcement was distributed on various mailing lists. Apologies for cross-posting.

On 2-5 February 2016 the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Australia will host two consecutive intellectual property conferences in the historic and vibrant port city of Fremantle Western Australia:

  • Intellectual Property Academics Conference (2-4 February 2016)
  • Information Environmentalism Conference (4-5 February 2016)
The two conferences will likely overlap to some extent. The call for abstracts for both conferences can be found at the conference website. The call will remain open until 30 September 2015. Further details about each conference, including costs and accommodation, will be forthcoming on the website over the next few months.

Conference organising committee: Robert Cunningham Michael Blakeney, Jani McCutcheon and Ken Shao of UWA

Note that librarians are among those who are encouraged to submit abstracts for the Information Environmentalism Conference. The possible themes include:
  • Intellectual property and environmental sustainability
  • Creative commons/public domain/information commons
  • Open source and open access initiatives
  • Biopiracy and Indigenous information sovereignty
  • Industry examples of intellectual property over-reach
  • Emerging hybrid social production models (e.g. 3D printing, AirBnB, Uber, peer-to-peer finance)
  • New media and privacy violation (information pollution)

CPD Event: Canadian Association of Law Libraries /ACBD Conference 2015 Wrap Up

Hear the CALL

ALLA(WA) Presents a Conference Wrap-Up

Come join us as Alice Hewitt shares some of the highlights of the May 2015 CALL/ACBD Conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. 

This session will be followed by light refreshments and a tour of the new Legal Aid Library.

When: 4.30pm, Tuesday 7th July

Where: Legal Aid, Ground Floor, 32 St Georges Terrace
Meet on the ground floor to be escorted up.

RSVP by Friday 3rd July to Luise Crisafulli,

Posted on behalf of The One Umbrella recruiters

Research Librarian - Perth Twelve Month Contract

Leading International Law Firm · Part Time Hours Considered

 This leading international law firm is seeking a Librarian with excellent reference and research skills to provide the information needs of its legal staff in its Perth office, as well as to its colleagues in the Asia Pacific region of Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing.

You will be adept at using a range of subscription, legal and business research databases and resources to provide complex and solutions-focussed research; and practised at delivering training in the use of these resources across a range of legal research topics, either one on one, or to a group.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will need:
  • Excellent reference and research skills with solid experience within a legal library environment
  • Exceptional knowledge and understanding of a wide range of legal and business research databases and tools
  • Experience presenting training, and an understanding of adult learning principles and information literacy
  • Professional library qualifications (eligibility for Associate Membership of the Australian Library and Information Association)
  • An eye for detail, the ability to work accurately and effectively even under pressure, both independently and as part of a geographically dispersed team
  • Outstanding problem solving skills demonstrating critical, reflective and creative thinking

Should you wish to apply, please contact Connie or Catherine on (02) 9263-0000 for a confidential discussion, or forward your resume for consideration to See posting here.

ALLA Membership 2015-2016

It's the time of year again - renewals for ALLA membership are now due.

Memberships for the 2015-2016 financial year will remain at the current rate. Please complete the downloadable membership application/renewal form and email it to

If you are an ALLA member who has not received a membership renewal by June 2015, please email with your current contact details.

Please note: honorary life members will still need to renew their memberships yearly to ensure their details are kept up to date.

Membership Renewals Due By 30 June 2015.

For new members wishing to join ALLA, details of member benefits and how to join are available from the ALLA website.

Technology skills for legal professionals

Sarah Glassmeyer of the Slaw blog recently proposed a list of 'technology' skills and concepts that law professors (and legal professionals) should master or at least understand. Ostensibly an attempt to make the broad term 'technology' more concrete, the list includes skills in a range of areas including social media communication tools, presentation programs (with the corollary of finding free-to-use images), eDiscovery, and virtual law offices. A follow up post in the SlawTips column adds a few more mechanics like understanding URLs and using advanced search functions.

Click on the posts for more information. Both are handy for librarians to guide their personal professional development.

More importantly, though, the lists beg the question: what role, if any, do librarians and information professionals have in ensuring that students, academics, and practitioners develop these essential skills? Let us know in the comments if you, as an information professional, have a role in teaching 'technology' skills in a university, government organisation, or private firm. Are any crucial skills missing from the Slaw lists?

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

Senior Law Librarian Position - Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is an international law firm opening offices in both Perth and Sydney.

An opportunity exists for an experienced senior Law Librarian to undertake a short-term project to recommend and source relevant online databases, electronic subscriptions and titles for print collections. Electronic resources would need to be networked to both offices.

Note – this is a temporary position only and the position can be located in either Perth or Sydney.

The successful candidate should have the following:
  • experience as a professional librarian in a law library;
  • subscription management experience, including the negotiation of electronic licences and costs with publishers;
  • excellent research and reference skills and the ability to identify the essential resources required by different legal practice groups;
  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; and
  • relevant tertiary qualifications and eligibility for professional membership to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

Please send applications by reply email to Hogan Lovells Practice Manager, Corene Baird.

This was originally posted through the ALLA-ANZ mailing list.

Federal Parliamentary Press Releases are now in Trove

Good news for those who like parliamentary press releases.

Recent posts through the Trove forum and the ALLA-ANZ mailing list let us know the good news:

"The Trove Team has continued to expand Australian political history coverage in Trove with the inclusion of over 200,000 press releases from members of the Australian Federal Parliament, thanks to the Australian Parliamentary Library.

For many years the Parliamentary Library has been collecting and digitising press releases issued by federal politicians. The Library has agreed to Trove harvesting this information from its databases. The majority of press releases date from the 1990s to today, with a smattering of earlier documents from 1889 onwards."

"Interested in the radio personalities politicians are talking to? You will also find the Parliamentary Library's transcripts of more than 13,000 radio broadcasts in the Music, Sound and Video zone, including a 1975 ABC AM interview with Gough Whitlam and Vincent Lingiari on the handover of part of Wave Hill Cattle Station.

Every hot button political topic from the last two and a half decades will have press releases from your Federal Members of Parliament in this collection. If you'd like to limit your search to the Australian Parliamentary Library's Press Releases database, go to the Advanced Search and search for "Press Releases" in the library name, or add nuc:"APAR:PR" to your search

These records are updated in Trove three times per week so you can stay in touch with today's history."

Event: Reading Practices in a Digital World: Two Case Studies

Our friends over at ALLAWest and InfoSci@ECU cordially invite you to attend

Reading Practices in a Digital World

Lecture by Dr. Vivian Howard (Dalhousie University, Canada)

This event is a unique opportunity to learn from a visiting academic whose research focuses on literacy and young people.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday 25 June
Time: 5:30 for 6pm
Cost: Free
Venue: State Library Theatre
RSVP by 23 June here.

Reading Practices in a Digital World: Two Case Studies

One Book, One Community (OBOC) programs represent an intersection of traditional forms of reading and reading practices with communication technologies of the twenty-first century. OBOCs aim to create community through book-related interactions. In particular, digital technologies can be used to unite geographically disparate people in ephemeral communities – i.e., people who are not necessarily local to one another – through the practice of shared reading. Begun in 2012, One Book Nova Scotia (1BNS) is organized by Libraries Nova Scotia, and is described on the program’s website as “a province-wide community reading event for adults” ( This case study analyses the success of the One Book Nova Scotia program in achieving its goals of developing a reading culture and community based on the findings of a participant survey and an analysis of the Twitter discussion. The paper concludes with some recommendations to improve the effectiveness of OBOC future programs.

The second case study focuses on reading apps for preschool children. As a new technology, interactive multimedia reading apps for young children have not been the focus of much previous research and our understanding of their use is limited. The objective of this recent research project is to gauge parents’ and caregivers’ perceptions of reading apps for preschool children. This research project investigates the extent to which parents/caregivers are choosing reading apps for their children, what factors they take into consideration when choosing reading apps, and what they consider to be the benefits and drawbacks of this technology in encouraging their children to enjoy reading for pleasure.

Vivian Howard is Associate Professor in the School of Information Management and Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include barriers and motivators for pleasure reading, particularly for young readers; social reading initiatives; and Atlantic Canadian literature for children and teens. She is the editor of the YA Hotline newsletter and is the principal investigator of a research team developing the Sea Stacks website.

This invitation was originally posted over on the ALIAWest Blog, BIBLIA. They're currently attempting #blogjune - posting daily for the month of June. Support your fellow Western Australian Librarians and take a look.  

Survey: Australian Committee on Cataloguing

This was originally sent through the WAIN mailing list.

Dear colleagues

The Australian Committee on Cataloguing (ACOC) seeks your input to assist the Committee to understand the knowledge and experience of practitioners and managers within the Australian library community, to ascertain topics of interest and concern, and to explore ways to build a strong community of practice within the Australian resource description community.

ACOC has created a survey seeking feedback from people working in library and information services generally, but particularly from practitioners and managers involved with resource description. The information gathered in this survey will assist ACOC to plan future outreach, events and programs. A summary of the survey results will be posted on the ACOC website:

The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete, and will remain open until COB Monday 8 June.

The survey contains some questions that require an answer, and these questions are prefixed with an asterisk (*).

No personal information is collected as part of this survey.  If you have any questions about this survey, please contact ACOC at

More information about ACOC and its role is available on our website.

Thank you for your help


Catherine Argus
ACOC Chair

Catherine Argus | Acting Director | Access & Digital Services Branch
National Library of Australia