Vacancy at Allens Library - Melbourne

Allens has a position available for a recently qualified Research Librarian in Melbourne. The advertisement is live on the Allens website and on Seek. The role is being offered on a 12 month contract basis.

How to apply

Please apply via Allens online portal.

Applications should be addressed to Christa Howat, Resourcing Consultant. For more information please call Christa on 07 3334 3115.

ALLA (WA) / Wolters Kluwer CCH Conference Bursary

The Australian Law Librarians’ Association Ltd (WA Division), in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer CCH, is delighted to offer a bursary of $1500 for one of our members to attend the Australian Law Librarians’ Association 2016 Conference held at the State Library Victoria, Melbourne from 24-26 August 2016.

The successful candidate will be expected to prepare a report on the conference and present it to ALLA (WA) members upon their return.

Further details and selection criteria can be found below. For details about the conference, please visit the ALLA website: or the official ALLA 2016 Conference website:

The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 20th May 2016 (AWST).  The successful applicant will be notified by Friday 27th May 2016.

Applications addressing the attached selection criteria can be emailed to Alice Hewitt – .  You will be sent an email confirming receipt of your application within 1-2 business days.

ALLA (WA) would like to thank Wolters Kluwer CCH for their generous sponsorship of this award and their continued support of the Association.

Please note this Bursary is only open to members of ALLA (WA). If you are interested in joining, see

Good luck!
ALLA (WA Division) – Guidelines for Selection of Candidates for the ALLA (WA
Division) Conference Bursary
Applications should include the following details:
  •  Current CV including name and address, position details, experience, qualifications, and the contact details of two referees.
  •  Any contributions made by the applicant to law librarianship.
  •  Any ALLA(WA) committee positions held by applicant or involvement with the group (non-committee members can still apply).
  •  Any special projects undertaken and relevant to law librarianship.
  •  Any awards or professional recognition.
  •  Any published documentation.
The following selection criteria must be addressed:
Selection criteria
  •  Current membership of the ALLA.
  •  Participation in and understanding of ALLA activities at a state level.
  •  Commitment to professional development, with an emphasis on law librarianship demonstrated by attendance at ALLA functions and events.
  •  Ability to act as an ambassador for the ALLA(WA) group at conferences and seminars.
  •  Ability and willingness to produce a verbal and written presentation as feedback to the group about the conference / seminar attended.
  •  Has not received this Bursary in the last 5 years.
  •  Varied experience in librarianship, particularly in the law area.
Applications should be submitted by email to the contact name.
Selection Panel
  •  The panel shall comprise of three members of the state committee.
  •  Any committee member who applies for the Bursary, or is a referee for an applicant, shall withdraw from the panel.
  •  The President will coordinate the selection process.
  •  Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  •  The decision of the panel will be final.
  •  Applications will be treated confidentially.
  •  The President will inform the applicants of the winner.
  •  Details of the successful applicant will be published via email and social media, mirroring the promotion process.
  •  Call for applications for the Bursary will be advertised via email to all WA Members, and on the ALLA(WA) blog and Twitter account. The Bursary will also be advertised more widely on the ALLA(WA) (previously ALLGWA) mailing list but for members only to apply.
Condition on the successful applicant
  •  Attendance at the CCH booth at some point throughout the conference for a photo that may be used for social media purposes.
  •  A written report and verbal presentation to the group will be required within 4 months of attending the conference / seminar. Failure to do so will result in repayment of the full bursary.
  •  The written report may be published, in whole or in part, on the ALLA (WA) Blog, and/or the Australian Law Librarian Journal.


This is how the world ends

Interesting article from Linex about how important Law Librarians are. Read it here.

Publishing in Australian Law Journals

The following report was prepared for the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) by Kathy Bowrey from the University of New South Wales.

It is titled "A report into methodologies underpinning Australian law journal rankings".

It may be of interest to those who publish in Australian law journals and to the academic law librarians amongst us.

It is available from the SSRN (Social Science Research Network) at

Hat tip to Alice Hewitt

Librarian, Reference & Information Services, Murdoch University Library

ALLA Conference website

The ALLA Conference website has details of registration fees. The early bird discount applies for registrations before 7th July.

Go to:

FUNDING GRANTS FOR female leaders

Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all industry sectors. The initiative will provide women in all industry sectors with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in all sectors at two levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details. The deadline for expressing your interest for this funding in your sector ends on April 29th.

1. Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.

2. Women Managers can apply for $5,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.

To find out more please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 03 9270 9016 or via

University of Melbourne seeking Library Cadets

The University Library at the University of Melbourne is seeking two Library Cadets. Applications close on April 27.

For more information go to:

International Association of Law Libraries bursaries available

Applications for financial assistance to enable law librarians to attend the International Association of Law Libraries 35th Annual Course – IALL 2016 – in Oxford, United Kingdom from 31 July to 3 August 2016 are now being accepted. Applications close on Sunday 1st May 2016.

To find out more about the bursaries please go to:

To find out more about the Annual Course please go to:

The programme is available here:

monash university seeking a learning skills advisor

Monash University are seeking a Learning Skills Adviser. Located at the Law Library, Clayton campus, and working as part of the Law Faculty and Research and Learning Team, this position is 0.8.

More details can be found at

Australian Law Librarian seeking contributions

The Australian Law Librarian (ALL) journal are seeking contributions for Volume 24, Issue 3. The theme of this issue is Education and Educating.

Education - Within the industry there are an increasing number of professionals returning to study (or never stopping). ALL would love to hear from those in the beginning, middle or end of that study about what prompted you to enrol. What course are you doing? Are MOOCs your thing? Are you returning to university for post grad qualifications? Masters, Law Degree, PhD or something else? What course are you doing and how? What are your tips for those who are struggling to find the time to study? What would you change about your experience if you could? Or are you an independent studier, what are the tools, collections, resources you use to keep studying?

Educating - In this issue ALL are also looking for contributions from the educators. Whether you are educating future library and information professionals, future lawyers or current practicing lawyers. What do you see as the essential skills for tomorrow? What format are you presenting the training? What lessons have you learnt? What do you see as the opportunities and challenges?

The journal editors are also seeking contributions for Bookshelf Essentials. What are the 3 books that must be on your shelf and why? If you have any other ideas in the works they want them too!

Contributions for the journal are due 15 July 2016 (heaps of time!)

If you are interested in contributing or have any questions please contact Alex Cato, ALL Journal Editor

Library Board of WA Award for Excellence

Nominations are now called for the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence.

The Award for Excellence is intended to recognize a particular service, event, program, piece of research or partnership completed within the last two years by any person, library or organisation in Western Australia.

The award is a valuable opportunity for library practitioners to receive recognition for their achievements in the field of library practice. The winner will be announced at an event in Library and Information Week at the State Library of Western Australia in May 2016, and will receive $5,000 prize money.

Entries close on Friday 8 April 2016.

Further information regarding the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence, as well as the nomination form, can be found at

ALLA(WA) WestLaw Breakfast presentation

ALLA(WA) invites members to a breakfast presentation from Thomson Reuters delivered by Mercedes Bertus on Westlaw AU and Thomson Reuters WestLaw.

WESTLAW AU ORGANISATION ALERTS: Learn how to set up and manage alerts for individuals and groups within an organisation.

THOMSON REUTERS WESTLAW: Learn how to browse and search content for UK, US, Canada, EU and Hong Kong in this overview of the key features of the new platform.

When: Tuesday 12 April 2016
Time: 7.45am - 8.45am (8am presentation start)
Where: Legal Aid Library, L2, 32 St Georges Terrace, Perth
RSVP: Luise Crisafulli ( by Friday 8 April.

A light breakfast will be provided.