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Legal Information Management  

Volume 16 / Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 1 - 56

Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Editorial         David Wills
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 1 - 1
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000013 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Barbara Anne Zolynski 16 June 1953 – 6 October 2015 Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 2 - 2
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000025 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Focus On Official Publications

UK Official Publications: Managing the Transition to Electronic Deposit at the British Library Jennie Grimshaw
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 3 - 9
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000037 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Official Papers at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
Hannah Chandler
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 9 - 13
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000049 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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International Perspectives

The Intersection of Freedom of Information, Privacy Legislation and Library Services in Canadian Jurisdictions Margo Jeske, Channarong Intahchomphoo, Emily Landriault, Bruno Ricardo Bioni
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 14 - 21
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000050 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Politics and the Art of Indexing: Teamwork in a Legislative Environment
Cheryl Caballero, Erica Smith, Rosalind Guldner
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 22 - 25
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000062 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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No-Cost and Low-Cost Ways to Monitor U.S. Legal Information
Alison Shea
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 25 - 30
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000074 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Current Issues

The Women's Legal Landmarks Project: Celebrating 100 Years of Women in the Law in the UK and Ireland Rosemary Auchmuty, Erika Rackley
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 30 - 34
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000104 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Telling Legal Backstories: Making Historic Case Papers from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council Available to All Online
Steven Whittle
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 34 - 39
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000098 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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184 Years Not Out: a Brief history of the Library of the Law Society of England and Wales
Michael Maher
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 40 - 43
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000116 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Tunes, Tubes and Clouds: Getting Your In-House Talent Out of the House and Online. Part 1: Production
Daniel Bates
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 44 - 48
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000086 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Back to School: a Student Insight into LIS Qualifications, the LIS Sector and What it can Offer to New Professionals
Josephine Bailey
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 49 - 53
doi: 10.1017/S1472669616000128 (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Current Awareness

Current Awareness Katherine Read, Laura Griffiths
Legal Information Management , Volume 16 , Issue 01 , March 2016, pp 54 - 56
doi: 10.1017/S147266961600013X (About doi) Published Online on 16th March 2016
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Curtin University Law School now in the city

Curtin University has opened a new Law School campus in Perth’s Central Business District within an existing 1912 heritage listed building located at 57 Murray Street. Situated in the Perth CBD in close proximity to the Supreme Court, District Court and Perth Magistrate’s Court, as well as statutory tribunals such as the State Administrative Tribunal, the city campus will facilitate student’s education within an applied industry setting in line with Curtin’s primary vision of developing job-ready graduates. The new facility will also provide a unique home for the Law School and provide a hub for both formal and informal interactions between the staff, students and in-house legal professionals.

Teaching and learning has been optimised within the building through the use of state-of-the-art collaborative and distributed learning space design and learning technologies. These facilities include a technologically equipped moot court, allowing for both traditional and seminar based learning, as well as practical interactions.

The School of Law is currently working towards the establishment of private practice barrister offices co-located in the premises which will enable legal professionals to contribute to the educational program. A Legal clinic is also planned to be included as part of the facility which will specialise in legal issues for small businesses, to give students further opportunities to interact with the legal profession and the public.

If you have any queries please contact:

Jaya Ralph
Faculty Librarian - Law (and ALLA WA committee member)
Curtin University

Congratulations to Richard Vankoningsveld

ALLA has appointed Richard Vankoningsveld to the position of Membership Co-ordinator.

Richard has currently been employed at Legal Aid Queensland, has previously had significant involvement in ALLA Queensland Division, and brings a wealth of knowledge on technical issues to the role.
The role is for a fixed term of 3 years initially.
Welcome to you Richard!

Freedom of information: why you should care

Freedom of access to information is part of our professional ethics:

Librarians and other information workers reject the denial and restriction of access to information and ideas most particularly through censorship whether by states, governments, or religious or civil society institutions. (IFLA Code of Ethics, also endorsed by ALIA)

So here is an important element to that debate:

Whilst the discussion of the legal issues are US centric, there are useful descriptions of what is happening in the internet space from some of the big players and why we as information professionals should care.

Margaret Allen
CEO and State Librarian
State Library of Western Australia

2016 ALLA Fellowship

The 2016 ALLA Fellowship has been awarded to Holger Aman.

Holger has elected to attend the IALL Conference in Oxford in July.

The ALLA Board congratulates him and looks forward to hearing about the conference and his travels.

Australian Law Librarian: Guest editor and call for articles

Alex Cato, our ALLA National Vice President, is the new guest editor for the next issue of the Australian Law Librarian Journal.

She is looking for your articles!

Alex's email address is should you wish to send an article or ask a question.

Congratulations to David Medlen

Tottle Partners have appointed David Medlen to the position of Library Assistant. Best wishes in your new position David!

'Why Johnny and Jane Cannot Research'

Here's an interesting paper about legal research education, by Caroline Osborne from Washington and Lee University . Worth a read.

The State of Legal Research Education; A Survey of First Year Legal Research Programs or 'Why Johnny and Jane Cannot Research'

IPKat blog

IPKat image from IPKat blog, CC-BY licence

Anyone who is interested in keeping current with intellectual property should have a look at the IPKat blog, which offers news and analysis on IP:

Since June 2003 the IPKat weblog has covered copyright, patent, trade mark, info-tech and privacy/confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective.

A recent post offers a handy round-up of trends in IP data, as usual with plenty of memes to lighten up this difficult subject area.

IPKat is also on Twitter.

IALL's 35th Annual Course

Applications for financial assistance to enable law librarians to attend IALL's 35th Annual Course in Oxford in the UK from Sunday 31st July to Wednesday 3rd August 2016 are now being accepted.

To apply for a Regular Bursary or a Members-Only Bursary, you must use the online application forms found at

All applications and accompanying documentation must be in English.

Deadline is Sunday 1st May 2016.

The Vibe

One of the challenges many lawyers face is keeping up to date with developments in their area of practice. Most are time poor and/or ‘mobile’ so don’t have time to sit and read emails on current awareness. Social media offers an alternative to the traditional dissemination of items through tablets and mobile phones.

The Victoria Legal Aid Library uses the Flipboard platform and has created an online magazine titled The Vibe. Although primarily aimed at our lawyers’ practice areas, it is accessible to the wider public.

We are interested in exploring other means of using social media to communicate with our lawyers and are wondering if any libraries use social media for their current awareness services. I’d be happy to share responses if anyone is interested.

Graeme Barry
Library Projects Office
Victoria Legal Aid

Employment and Salary Survey 2016

ALLA(WA) invites Western Australian Law Library professionals to participate in our Employment and Salary Survey for 2016. The survey will be open from Monday 14th March and closes Friday 8th April and takes no more than 5 minutes to complete.

In the past, the survey has proven useful to law library professionals in their annual salary negotiations. Please respond to the survey only once unless you work in multiple organizations.

Please click the following link to access the survey:

Please contact Mawghan Elverd or Luise Crisafulli with any questions.

IFLA Green Library Award

ENSULIB (the IFLA Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group) has the pleasure to announce the IFLA Green Library Award 2016.

Winners will receive 500 Euro, sponsored by de Gruyter.

Find all the information about the award objectives, guidelines, selection criteria and application form from the following link:

Deadline is 1 April 2016

Meet ALLA(WA): Jaya

Meet ALLA(WA) members through our "this is how I work" series. If you would like to be profiled, please contact us at


Current gig
: Faculty Librarian - Law, Curtin University Library.

One word that best describes how you work: Organised. I work 3 days a week so have to be extremely organised to get maximum efficiency out of these 3 days and to make every moment count!

What's your workplace setup like? My office is within the Curtin Business School (CBS) and I sit with the Faculty Librarian for Business, Kitty Delaney as well the staff from the CBS Communication Skills Centre. This unison ensures there is plenty of brainstorming and flowing of ideas between us which leads to new workshops and the creation of new learning objects. Things are never stagnant in this office! My desk is covered with post-it notes and deadline lists. I use 2 screens and have my iPhone and iPad within arms reach at all times. It is my space and I love it.

What apps, software, or tools do you love for legal research or general productivity? I couldn't live without my Outlook calendar and I couldn't function without being able to access this on the move. I am governed by my heavily scheduled days which regularly change between meetings, workshops, presentations, professional development activities or ALLA meetings so I need to be constantly one step ahead of myself. My iPad allows me to access this schedule anywhere for example: in a meeting, out on campus, at home or on the bus. I draw the line though at in the bath!

What's your best time-saving shortcut or life hack? Being a mum to two small children means I use lots of time-saving shortcuts at home, most of which are stuck to my walls! These range from photograph charts reminding little people what things they have to do in the morning before we can leave the house, to complicated reward systems and certificates - all of which mean I can be as productive as I can be because my children are co-operating!

What are you currently reading for work or for fun? Leona: The Die is Cast by Jenny Rogneby. A detective novel with a simply delicious twist. I can't put it down! (Because it's a detective novel it counts as work related, right?).

What's the best professional advice you've ever received? Network. Meeting people has brought about the most changes in my career and has played a powerful role in my professional development. Networking has never been an easy thing for me but I have stepped out of comfort zone and found the many advantages meeting the legal librarian network around me which is extremely supportive. In the words of Cinderella: "Have courage and be kind".

I'm passionate about....helping people. It is the simplest thing but creates the greatest impact and ensures longevity for your role and career. I don't want to see students and staff in my faculty struggle on their own unnecessarily - it's much more fun when we can struggle together!