ALLA Journal goes to Napal

The ALLA journal has now made it into high altitude accompanying me on a trip to Nepal. We started with a few days sightseeing in Kathmandu. I was amazed to see a sign saying "central law library" whilst on a taxi ride. Note the reconstruction work to the old royal palace here, due to earthquake damage.
My family and I then set off for a trek outside the city of Pokhara. We caught a glimpse of the famous mountain Machhapuchare, or Fishtail, which has never been climbed to the top, as well as Annapurna South.

I was very glad to have the journal with me and read it cover to cover! Though visibility worsened so we couldn't see mountains after the above we still enjoyed experiencing the Nepalese countryside and villages.

Anne Young
KM Librarian (Litigation and Regulatory)
DLA Piper

Editors Note:

This blog post was originally posted stating that the famous mountain was called "Machu Pichu", the correct mountain name has now been updated. (31/08/2016). We apologise for any confusion. 


Ross Intelligence: a new way of looking at legal research

The legal world in the U.S is about to be shaken up with a new legal research service called Ross Intelligence. Lawyers can type in their legal research question to be taken straight to the answer.

Question is: which publications and information is this system searching?

Read the full article here.

Ross Intelligence website
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ALLA(WA) Supreme Court Law Library Farewell Event

In light of the pending closure of the Law Library at the Supreme Court of Western Australia, to help celebrate the wonderful service and acknowledge the fantastic work of the library staff, you are invited to attend the Supreme Court Law Library Farewell hosted by ALLA (WA).

This event is open to all. 

When: Thursday 23 June 2016

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: The Boheme, 300 Murray Street Perth

RSVP: Gil Bevan by Tuesday 21 June 2016.

Escape together! Networking event

From WAIN:

Escape together! ALIA & RIMPA New Grads and Curtin LIS Alumni networking event

The ALIA & RIMPA New Grads and Curtin LIS Alumni are hosting a networking event in June! It’s taken us a few months to organise our first event of 2016; we’ve been working to make our gatherings as exciting and worthwhile as ever.

The June event will be held at Mystic Clue, one of Perth’s real-life room escape puzzle adventures. We will be put inside a themed room, in groups of up to eight people, to follow a story, read clues and solve puzzles in order to get out of the room.

The event will be a great way for new library and records people to get to know each other, because team work will be vital for success!

What: Team work and puzzle solving to complete room escape game
Where: Mystic Clue, Unit 7/ 1451 Albany Highway Cannington WA 6107
When: 4.45pm, Saturday 18 June 2016 (the games start at 5pm, latecomers will not be able to join in)
Cost: $30 per person (to be paid on the day)
RSVP: (by Wednesday 15 June)

Each room escape game can take up to 90 minutes from 5pm. If any team gets really confused the owners will give them extra clues, it’s meant to be fun not frustrating! Make sure you eat before you come as no food or drink is allowed in the rooms.

It is very important that everyone arrives on time, as we will enter the rooms at 5pm and once we are in no one else can join in. We don’t want anyone to get left out!

Take a look at the website for more information:

Please RSVP if you would like to come. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Judgments Support Officer Position - Supreme Court Library Queensland

The Supreme Court Library Queensland is currently recruiting for the position of Judgments Support Officer (CCAD):

Judgments Support Officer

This position works within a small team to provide a range of judgments and sentencing information services, including the Library's CaseLaw services, the Queensland Sentencing Information Service (QSIS) and the Criminal Codes Appellate Decisions (CCAD) database.

  • Maintain, update and validate databases of sentencing statistics to ensure currency and reliability
  • Undertake the production and processing of content for the QSIS, CCAD and CaseLaw  services, and provide administrative support, to ensure efficient and timely service delivery
  • Assist with the analysis and validation of data in QSIS and CCAD to ensure the integrity and accuracy of those services
  • Monitor developments in case law and legislation relevant to QSIS, CCAD and other judgments services and compile summaries of case law as required
  • Support the Judgments Services Manager in liaising with key information suppliers and other stakeholders, and with any project consultants working on QSIS or other judgments services projects
  • Respond to customer enquiries and provide ongoing customer support in relation to judgments and sentencing services, both in person and via telephone and email
  • Develop and maintain user guides, procedures manuals and training resources for QSIS, CCAD and other judgment services as required
  • Deliver training to users of QSIS, CCAD and other judgments services
  • Assist the Judgments Services Manager with the measurement of judgments services activities and compilation of data for reporting purposes
  • Assist the Judgments Services Manager in promoting QSIS, CCAD and other judgments services to prospective customers and with implementing other marketing initiatives relevant to judgments services
  • Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement, including identifying potential efficiencies and enhancements in the production of judgments and sentencing services


The position description for this role is available via the Supreme Court Library Queensland website.


Applicants must address the selection criteria, include a covering letter and CV, and send application to:

For further information please contact the Librarian via

More information about SCLQ is available on our website.

Closing date: Monday 06 June 2016

Librarian Position - Yale Law School

Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School
Yale University

Please apply at:
STARS Req No. 37813BR

Position focus
The Associate Librarian for Administration reports directly to the Law Librarian and together with other members of Executive Committee (the Associate Librarian for Collections & Access, Associate Librarian for Technical Services, and Associate Librarian for Reference & Instructional Services) strategically leads the Law Library as a vital center for research and teaching within the Law School, the University, and for an international community of scholars. The management team collaboratively develops and implements Law Library policies, procedures, structure, and strategies for delivering services and resources to the YLS community and beyond. This position requires the exercise of professional judgment, teamwork, cultural competence, and a clear understanding of the Law Library’s vision, mission, and role.  

The Associate Law Librarian for Administration oversees and supervises the operations of the Law Library's administrative office, which includes two support staff. Manages administrative services in consultation with the Law Librarian and in her absence. Plays a leading role in budget, space, and emergency planning for the Law Library. Monitors the administrative budget and makes spending decisions. Supports and advises supervisors on issues relating to the Law Library's human resources including goal setting, performance review, promotion, merit, professional development, discipline, and union relations. Chairs search committees. Coordinates Law Library committees and participates in many committees ex officio. Assists with planning and monitoring Law Library programs and services, including evaluation and articulation of quality library services through data collection, analysis, assessment, and reporting. Leads the compilation of data for the ABA, ARL, USN&WR, and ALLStAR Benchmarking reports, and possibly others.

Maintains an understanding of trends and developments in legal publishing and information technology and contributes this expertise to strategic planning for the future growth and development of the Law Library. Supports the Law Library's relations with the Law School, the University and University Libraries, library consortia, and professional organizations. Actively participates in the life of the law school and the university, and is professionally active. May also have teaching, service, scholarship, and other administrative responsibilities.

Departmental URL

Required Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree.
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • At least 5 years progressively responsible experience, two of which involve supervising staff.

Required Skills and Abilities
  1. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a law library. Demonstrated commitment to the vital role libraries play in supporting legal scholarship. Demonstrated understanding of current trends in academic law schools and law libraries.
  2. Demonstrated ability to lead people with emotional intelligence, cultural competence, positive attitude, and organizational loyalty. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback, consult appropriately, and make independent decisions.
  3. Demonstrated ability to supervise staff at all levels; superior supervisory skills with demonstrated ability to problem solved and diplomatically and successfully manage difficult conversations and situations. Demonstrated ability setting goals, managing performance, and developing professionals. 
  4. Demonstrated ability to manage large projects. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Demonstrated ability to prioritize, work on various projects simultaneously, and manage many interruptions throughout the day. Strong work ethic; self-motivated.
  5. Demonstrated ability to budget, plan, collect and analyze data, including surveys. Demonstrated ability to engage law school faculty and students with the library. Demonstrated ability and desire to continue to grow and develop as a leader in the profession of academic law librarianship.

Preferred Education, Experience, Skills
  • Three or more years supervising professional and support staff; experience with a unionized work force
  • Two or more years overseeing and administering a budget using enterprise financial systems
  • Five or more years working in a variety of roles in an academic law library that serves patrons who are actively engaged in research and scholarship
  • Teaching experience
  • Comfort with and interest in technology
  • Working knowledge of a foreign language

Librarian Position - Murdoch University

  • Continuous, full time employment
  • Level 05/06 | $63k-$77k plus 17% superannuation and salary packaging opportunities
  • Ref: 0152B05/201627
  • Closing date:  Monday 6 June 2016

The Library provides students and staff with a friendly, engaging and professional service and is primarily responsible for providing information resources and services to the academic community in support of learning, teaching and research.

The Role

Applications are invited from a creative and dynamic individual to join the Murdoch University Library.  The position is an integral part of the Learning and Engagement Team. This particular position requires a librarian to provide information literacy training in support the School of Law.

The role will participate in the design, delivery and evaluation of a dynamic reference and information service using appropriate and emerging technologies.

For further information about this position, please refer to the Position Description available here.

Skills and Experience

To be successful in the role, you will have high level written and communication skills and an ability to liaise successfully with the School of Law, providing training and reference services of a high standard.

Think Murdoch

Recognised by The Times Higher Education as one of the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50, Murdoch University is internationally recognised as a research-led institution.

This is a great time to join Murdoch.  There are a multitude of opportunities and exciting projects that are presented by the State Government Activity Centre on our doorstep.  The co-location of the New Fiona Stanley Hospital and the St John of God Hospital provide many synergies for our learning and teaching, research and community engagement.

For more information or to apply
Please visit to view the Guide for Applicants and Position Description, here you will also find the online form to submit your application. Please note that emailed applications will not be accepted.

Please note visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Closing date:  Monday 6 June 2016

Law via the Internet conference

From the ALLA-ANZ list:

Just a reminder that the 2016 Law via the Internet Conference will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, 8-9 September 2016 -

The Call for papers is at and abstracts are due on 13 June.

ALLA Conference 2016 Program Released

In case you're considering applying for the ALLA (WA)/ Wolters Kluwer CCH Conference Bursary for 2016 and are holding off for the program to be released - good news! The ALLA Conference 2016 program is now on the conference website.

Don't forget the deadline for Bursary applications has been extended to Friday the 3rd of June. For more details see this post.

Now... to decide on which tour to go on....

The Free Access to Law Movement (FALM)

The Free Access to Law Movement (FALM) now has a website at and you can follow FALM on Twitter for free access to law news at

Well worth a visit!

Hat tip to Graham Greenleaf, Professor of Law & Information Systems, UNSW Australia.

ALLA(WA)/CCH conference bursary deadline extended!

*Application Deadline Extended to 5pm Friday 3rd June 2016 (AWST)*

Dear Members,

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 in the attached document. 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 3rd June 2016 (AWST). The successful applicant will be notified by Friday 10th June 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.

Good luck!

Alice Hewitt
ALLA(WA) President

Update on the 2016 ALLA Conference

From the ALLA National Blog 

Hopefully you have already synched the 2016 ALLA Conference dates in your diary, calendar, phone, yearly planner and the back of your hand! If not, the dates you need to block out are 24 – 26 August 2016. And don’t forget the location – the majestic State Library of Victoria.

Follow conference announcements on twitter via the ALLA Twitter account, @AustLawLibAssoc using the hashtag #ALLA2016Conf. Watch this twitter space for announcements about registration, speakers and social events. Details about the conference registration is now available on the Conference website.

The Conference Committee is busy putting together a bumper program to inspire your attendance. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please visit the Conference website for details on submitting an abstract. We are offering a 20% discount on conference registration to speakers, so send through your submissions.

Know a super-librarian, or key mover or shaker? The Committee is also happy to receive suggestions for speakers, so send your ideas through to

We know that the thought of talking in front of your peers can be daunting and, as we want everyone to enjoy the conference as much as possible, we are looking to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. To that end, if anyone who has previously presented at a conference, or has experience presenting to large groups, and would like to mentor first time presenters (or any presenters who would like to take up the opportunity), we would be immensely pleased to facilitate this. Please email if you are interested in mentoring.

Last chance: Apply for ALLA(WA)/CCH conference bursary now!


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.

Information Professionals Photo Event

Attention Information Professionals in Western Australia!

You are invited to participate in the 2016 historic group photograph of ‘Information Professionals in WA’ - the first event of its kind in Western Australia.

The concept:

It is hoped that the Information Professionals in WA event will bring together information professionals from all industries and sectors, including librarians, library technicians and officers and records professionals, etc.  The event aims to:

  • Provide an unique photo opportunity to capture the library and information industry in WA collectively, and also provide an option to capture each association and group individually.
  • Facilitate a networking opportunity and encourage information groups and associations to work collaboratively in the future.
  • Promote the differences and commonalities between specific groups and associations.
  • Provide the opportunity for the images to be published in industry journals, websites and blogs, to advertise the historical importance of capturing who we are as library and information professionals in Western Australia.
A similar event occurred for women in the legal profession in 1999 and again in October 2015 with resounding success and we believe that with your help Information Professionals in WA will be just as successful.

**Please note that this event is restricted to members of participating groups and associations.

If you are a member of a library and information group that would like to be involved, or to RSVP your attendance, please contact Mawghan Elverd –

Service Changes: Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission Library

The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission Library has recently downsized its collection, and will be re-locating to new premises.

As a result of this move, the Industrial Relations Commission Library will no longer to be able to allow public access to the Library collection.   However, they will still take email and phone enquiries. 

This change will take effect from Monday 16 May 2016.