Job opening: Liaison Librarian (Law) at Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University is seeking a Liaison Librarian (Law).


  • Full time, continuing appointment based in North Sydney
  • Design and implement a range of library services
  • Act as the primary library contact for law academic staff and students
More information is here.

Applications close Sunday 6 September 2015

Slaw's A Few Good Email Lists.

Lyonette "Lyo" Louis-Jacques is Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School D'Angelo Law Library and has recently written a piece for Slaw about listservs and their relevance today.

The article, A Few Good (Email) Lists gives a number of handy listservs you might be interested in. It even mentions ALLA-ANZ.

For more listservs, take a look at our Law Librarian's Mailing Lists post.

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

Baby news

 Larissa and Justin Booker welcomed their son Grayston to the world on 11 August. Congratulations to the proud parents and big brother Sterling!

Law firm librarians underutilised?

An interesting post on 3 Geeks and a Law Blog offers a reaction to the recent Bloomberg Law article "Law Firm Librarians Feel Underused and Underpaid". The article reports on a survey of 80 law firm librarians in the US in which the vast majority report that their skills aren't being fully utilised and that they're underpaid.

In the blog post, Mark Gediman points out that there is much greater capacity for librarians to be involved in business development and competitive intelligence in a systematic, integrated way. These activities require both research and analysis to connect trends to the larger strategy in the firm—which are areas in which librarians have useful skills.

The last paragraph sums it: "Let’s face it, the days of 'they know what I can do and they know where to find me if they need me to do it' are long gone." How are you proving your value?

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

ALLA National AGM 17th September

Posted on the ALLA-ANZ e-mail list

The ALLA (National) Annual General Meeting will be held via webinar / teleconference at 1.00PM AEST (11.00AM AWST) on Thursday September 17th 2015.

The agenda is available on the ALLA website.

One of the most important tasks of the AGM is the appointment of the new Board. ALLA Ltd is calling for nominations for the following positions:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 3 General Directors
The nominations document on the website lists a number of benefits for members who join the Board. All directors have the exciting opportunity to play an active role in the future planning and strategic decisions of our Association.

Our current Vice-President, Elizabeth Langeveldt, will become the National President of the Australian Law Librarians Association Ltd. The Board is particularly interested in receiving nominations for the role of Vice President and Secretary as there will be no nominations for these positions by current directors.

If you would like to know more about becoming a director, please contact Karen Rowe-Nurse, myself or any of the other ALLA directors - we are all very happy to answer questions or discuss our experiences on the Board.

Nominations must be received by Thursday 3rd September 2015. If more than one nomination is received for a position, a vote will be held by members as per the ALLA Ltd Constitution.

Kind regards,
Amanda Surrey Secretary and Director, ALLA Ltd

Job opening at the Parliamentary Library

Posted on the ALLA-ANZ e-mail list 

 The Parliamentary Library is recruiting for a PSL5 Client Services Librarian vacancy within the Central Enquiry Point section, Collections & Databases branch.

The Parliamentary Library provides high quality information, analysis and advice to Senators and Members of Parliament in support of the parliamentary and representational roles. The Central Enquiry Point supports the functions of the Parliamentary Library by providing the first point of contact for its clients. Our staff must have well developed communication and client service skills, work well in a team and be committed to professional development.

The vacancy at the Central Enquiry Point is for a Librarian to monitor client requests, assist with research and rostering of the Central Enquiry Point, and provide training in Library services.

For more information please contact Mr Leo Terpstra on 6277 2787 or visit: 

Applications close Sunday 23 August 2015.

Part Time Law Librarian Postition - Monash University

Originally advertised on

The Opportunity

Monash University Library is seeking an enthusiastic librarian to join a specialist team of librarians and learning skills advisers who contribute to curriculum innovation and enable students and staff to achieve their education and research goals.

Responsibilities will include providing advice on information research, and contributing to the creation and delivery of information research skill development activities with a particular focus on eLearning. You will also participate in branch operations and have opportunities to work in other areas of the Library as part of this role.

The position is located at the Law Library on the Clayton campus.

Applicants should be eligible for associate membership of the Australian Library and Information Association, have appropriate experience, and strong communication, interpersonal and team work skills. If you feel that you have the skills and experience to make this role a success your application is encouraged.

This role is a 0.8 fraction position, with additional rotating weekend shifts. Flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs"


Ms Kay Tucker, Law Library Manager, 03 9905 1516

Position Description

PD - Librarian

Closing Date

Tuesday 1 September 2015, 11:55pm Australian Eastern Standard Time
Job No. 537785
Faculty / Portfolio: Provost and Senior Vice-President Portfolio
Monash University Library
Law Library
Location: Clayton campus
Employment Type: Part-time, (0.8)
Duration: Continuing appointment
Remuneration: Pro-rata of $70,858 - $81,391 pa HEW Level 05 (includes 17% employer superannuation)

    Achieve at a world top 100 university
    Leading academic library
    Clayton campus

If you're after a rewarding career, Monash University can help make it happen. With leading academics and world-class resources, combined with a ranking in the top 100 universities worldwide, we offer all you need to build a brighter future


Job opening at the Supreme Court Library Queensland

The Supreme Court Library Queensland has a position open for a Research and Training Librarian/Officer. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2015. For more information, see the SCLQ website.

Registrations now open for QUT's Law Librarianship: Legals Research course

Law Librarianship: Legal Research – QUT's popular course is available online from September 2015!

Are you looking to make the leap into law librarianship?

Or perhaps you're a public, academic or corporate librarian who wants to be better equipped to help clients navigate the complexities of legal information resources

QUT has got your professional development covered!

After the success of the initial online offering of our Law Librarianship: Legal Research course in 2014, we are offering the course online again by popular demand from September 2015.

About the course

This course, developed with the support of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association, introduces you to the Australian legal system and the world of legal research. The program specifically helps you to explore and evaluate primary and secondary legal research sources, covering Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictions. There is a strong focus on helping you to develop strategies to identify the characteristics of legal enquiry and to locate relevant, authoritative information to meet your clients’ needs. 

This course is perfect for

  • professionals that want to make the leap into law librarianship
  • more experienced law librarians looking for a refresher course
  • librarians from other sectors - learn all about legal research to help you answer law enquiries more effectively
  • LIS students
  • those looking to earn points for the ALIA PD Scheme.

You even have the option of completing assessment to gain formal course credit towards a qualification in Library and Information Studies*.

Benefit from QUT’s expertise in online teaching

This is not your typical online training course! Participants in the Law Librarianship: Legal Research online course will engage in a range of facilitated learning experiences, self-paced and in real time, which reflect QUT’s flexible and innovative approach to teaching and learning in the Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Studies) course.

Course details

When: 29 September to 24 November

Online classes will run on Tuesday evenings (6pm-8pm AEST) over 9 weeks, starting 29 September. Can't make a class? Catch up with a recording, available through QUT’s online learning platform.

Registration: Register online now to secure your place. Registrations close on 15 September 2015.

About the facilitator

Dr Gillian Hallam is Adjunct Professor with QUT. As an experienced educator and trainer, Gillian develops and delivers highly specialised academic and professional programs for the library and information services sector in Australia and overseas. She also provides consultancy services to academic, public and special libraries.  Prior to joining QUT, she worked as a librarian in the corporate sector, managing business and legal information.

Further information

Contact Kate Davis

* Check with your institution about options for applying course credit.

EBLIP conference presentation from Legal Aid Queensland

I was fortunate to attend the recent, excellent 8th Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP8) conference, hosted at Queensland University of Technology. The program is available online.

To get a taste of the conference, have a look at the Twitter stream or view the recording of the ‘Evidently Practical’ panel discussion. There were many interesting and thought-provoking sessions, but one of particular interest to ALLA(WA) members was “A training needs analysis case study at Legal Aid Queensland” by Claudia Davies and Richard Vankoningsveld.

The aims of their project were to develop a sustainable training needs analysis (TNA) methodology for the organisation and also to assess whether appropriate evidence of users’ needs was being collected.

They deliberately avoided clients’ self-assessment of their needs. Instead, they focused on empirical evidence, using a multi-faceted approach with 5 components:
  1. Query logs (i.e., clients’ searches on in-house databases)
  2. Usage statistics from vendors
  3. Records of research requests
  4. Client observation (i.e., librarians shadowed lawyers during their work day)
  5. Client stakeholder interviews
By using these varied sources of evidence, they were able to develop a holistic picture of their clients’ behaviours and needs, which in turn now informs their service delivery and provision of training. A few interesting tidbits from their findings include:
  • Based on vendors’ search logs, people tend to only view 1 or 2 documents per search result set
  • In databases like LexisNexis, users searched by keywords 90% of the time rather than browsing, except for the criminal law commentary sources
  • quick links to key resources by topics are very popular, accounting for around 80% of all catalogue activity
  • Many of their research requests are simple reference queries. The reasons for this need further investigation (lack of time or lack of skill?)
  • Clients prefer face-to-face rather than online training
In the end, Richard confessed that all of this data collection took much longer than anticipated, but it appears that it was worthwhile for the insight they gained. Perhaps this project can serve as inspiration for other law librarians to use evidence to inform their practice—not just as a ‘special occasion’, but as a normal way of working (to paraphrase keynote speaker Virginia Wilson).

The presentation also noted that there is a gap in the literature with regard to legal professionals' information seeking behaviour, perhaps because the legal profession is quite ‘proprietary’. Ready for a research project, anyone?

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

Law librarians' role in the Happy Birthday lawsuit

Law librarians already know that they contribute significantly to their organisations, but it's always great when this can be proved to others in a dramatic fashion!

The story of University of Pittsburgh law librarians Linda Tashbook and Marc Silverman is certainly a boon to the profession. The pair retrieved an old copy of The Everyday Song Book from the university's library and made it available to lawyers in the the American class-action lawsuit Good Morning To You Productions Corp. v Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. The book is being submitted as evidence that the term of copyright has expired on the song "Happy Birthday", meaning that Warner/Chappell Music is not entitled to royalties.

Read more in these reports:

Public lecture: "Magna Carta: Celebrating 800 Years of Law and Liberty"

The UWA Law School together with the UWA Business School are hosting a lecture by the Hon Christian Porter MP on "Magna Carta: Celebrating 800 Years of Law and Liberty". The event is open to the public.

DATE Friday 28 August 2015

TIME 6:30pm - 8:30pm

VENUE Auditorium, The University Club of WA Hackett Entrance 1, Crawley

RSVP by Friday 21 August