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.