Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday break.

We will see you all in 2018!

Throwback Thursday: Christmas Edition

It's almost Christmas, and with only a few days to go before the holiday break I've realised that the last day of work for the year is actually the longest day of the year as it's the summer solstice.

So with that in mind, here's some light reading for those of us lucky enough to have a slow day. Check out our previous blog post from 19 December 2013: Christmas Decorations

Closure of Department of Premier and Cabinet Library and Research Services

Adieu or au revoir? Goodbye or see you later?

We certainly hope to see Alison, Margaret and Noelle again but whether the Department of Premier and Cabinet Library will resurface is anyone’s guess.

On 15 December 2017, the Library formally ceased to exist. The collection and two of the library staff have moved to the State Library with a view to implementing a service to the Department.

The fate of the Government Libraries Directory is yet to be decided. It would be a shame if it didn’t continue, if only as a reminder of what once was.

Lists of the Top Whatevers for the Year.

So it’s that time of year again – lists and more lists – apart from Santa’s Naughty and Nice lists, there are lists of people and presents, food to prepare, what to pack for the trip [if you are lucky enough] and then there are the Lists of the Top whatevers for the Year.

From the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog comes such a list: Top ten 3 Geeks blog posts for 2017.

Of particular interest are numbers 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8 by Greg Lambert, current President of the American Association of Law Libraries, with my favourite being "DoYou Miss Me Yet?" – Re-establishing the Corporate Librarians

In this era of readily accessible information, we do not suffer from a lack of information resources, we suffer from an abundance of irrelevant information that looks on its surface to be relevant. Information professionals are your line of defense against the abundance of information, and are your due diligence agents for identifying the resources which best fit your needs and your budgets.

Legal Profession Uniform Law Library (Australia) now on AustLII

The Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner has let us know that the Legal Profession Uniform Law Library (Australia) is now available on AustLII

The library contains all Statutes, Rules, Regulations, Guidelines and Directions, and a growing body of DLRA determinations relating to the Legal Profession Uniform Law, together with all published decisions made under the Legal Profession Uniform Law since it commenced in NSW and Victoria on 1 July 2015.

The creation of the online library ensures all material pertaining to the Legal Profession Uniform Law is now contained in the one place allowing for easier keyword searches for cases involving the Uniform Law.

You can access the Legal Profession Uniform Law Library (Australia) on AustLII here.

One thing that surprises you as a librarian

Alison Jones, a Knowledge Manager and Librarian posted the following on her LinkedIn:

Was pleased to write this guest piece for Vable on the one thing that surprised me about being a librarian... which was coming to the realisation that while the lawyers I work with are experts in the law, their librarians are the experts in legal research. And how having the confidence to assist them with legal research, especially through training, has assisted with the library being well regarded within my organisation.

In the Vable piece, 'The One Thing That Suprised Me About Being a Librarian' Alison speaks about how our value as librarians 'resides in our ability to mediate between the collection and the people we serve.'

Speaking about the Library as a Collection and the Librarian as an Intermediary, Jones goes on to discuss the knowledge gap between legal research required at law school and legal research required in a law firm.

What do you think of what Jones' says? What do you see as a major gap in legal research knowledge? What surprises you as a librarian?

Time to Get Writing - Australian Law Librarian Journal

Unfortunately, due to insufficient contributions, we have been forced to delay the publication of the journal till the new year. A combined Issue 4 2017 and Issue 1 2018 will be published in March next year.

Because it will be a combined issue the journal is seeking articles on two topics:

  • Professional development
    • Share your experiences on mentoring, being mentored and growing as a professional
  • Library, Information and The law
    • As library and information professionals, many of us spend our days researching the law, with this issue we take the time to reflect on the law. Share your thoughts on the latest developments in the law.

Contributions are needed by 20 January 2018. 

We also warmly welcome articles outside of these themes.

The journal is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to your field by sharing your knowledge and learning with the wider profession and I hope you will consider contributing.


Alex Cato

Journal Editor, ALLA Ltd

This was originally posted on the ALLA-ANZ List. Apologies for Cross-Posting. 

Who signed what?

Ever needed to find out what the ratification status of human rights treaties are?

Take a look at this interactive map from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Event Reminder: ALLA (WA) End of Year Celebration

This is a reminder post that RSVP's close Monday, 11 December 2017.

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to our annual End of Year Celebration.

When: Tuesday, 19th December 2017
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Where: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia

RSVP to Judy Allan by COB Monday 11 December 2017.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

This fully catered event is exclusively for ALLA (WA) members.
If you are not a member of ALLA and would like to join to take part in these, and other important ALLA (WA) initiatives and events, see the ALLA Ltd. website.

The History of Libraries

From the Bodleian, the Folger and the Smithsonian to the fabled libraries of middle earth, libraries are places filled with magic.

The magic of libraries infected Stuart Kells many years ago, when he picked up a very rare and beautiful book.

Kells has been fascinated since and has dedicated his life to the study of rare and precious books.

Take a look at the ABC Radio Conversations with Richard Fidler episode 'The history of libraries from before stone tablets, to printed books' - I quite like the part where he mentions his wife is a Librarian!

#ALLA2018 Draft Conference Program Out Now

The ALLA Conference Committee has been working tirelessly to bring to you a fantastic program for ALLA 2018.

Next years conference will bring global and local perspectives to beautiful Darwin. So take a look and start planning your trip!

The draft conference program is available from the conference website.


ALLA would like to thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

  • Platinum sponsor: Justis 
  • Gold Sponsors: Gale, ICLR, Thomson Reuters
  • Silver Sponsors: Oxford, Timebase, Wildy & Sons, Wolters Kluwer
  • Bronze: Bloomsbury, Fairfax, FIRST, HeinOnline, Softlink

Want to help make #ALLA2018 the event of the year? The Conference Committee are still looking for more sponsors! 

Fantastic packages are available to sponsor including bronze sponsorship, sponsoring the conference app, lunches and morning/afternoon tea. Take a look for more details

Star Wars and the Law: Was the Treaty of Coruscant enforceable?

For legal minded Star Wars fans, you might be interested in taking a look at Wookieepedia for coverage of "laws and rules across the galaxy.

Or alternatively you could take a look at LexisNexis' round up of the Top 5 Star Wars Verdicts and Settlements.

It has been said by a Toronto lawyer and legal academic,

As provocative as litigation over unauthorized lightsabres and stormtroopers may be, it’s the “animated erotic parody” lawsuit that will have you as confused as a wookie

May the reasonable force be with you.

Hat Tip: 
Thanks to the Slaw post Star Wars, Like All Things, Is Legal by Omar Ha-Redeye

AustLII & The WASC Judgment dates

Great news for those who like WASC judgments from AustLII: The date range has been updated!

AGLC4 Release Date

The release of the 4th edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC4) has been delayed till July 2018.

For those not aware, AGLC is published by the Melbourne Law School (MLS) as a collaboration between the Melbourne University Law Review (MULR) and the Melbourne Journal of International Law (MJIL). After meeting with the current and future editors of the both publications, the AGLC4 committee have postponed the final release date of AGCL4 to 1 July 2018. 

This extended deadline is to allow for adequate time to complete the proofreading and formatting work still remaining. The AGCL4 committee believes that the intended release date of Semester 1, 2018 would have compromised on the quality of AGLC4.

The AGLC4 Committee believes that a mid-year release will also allow for a six-month transition period from July to December 2018 for AGLC3 to be phased out. During this transition period, libraries will be able to train their staff in AGLC4 before the start of the academic year in 2019.

Relevant stakeholders have been thanked by the AGLC4 committee has thanked for their patience in the publication delay.

The AGLC4 Committee is willing to respond to queries relating to the publication delay and can be contacted via email.

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: Alice Hewitt

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

Alice Hewitt, ALLA (WA) Secretary 2017-2018 
Alice Hewitt, on set.

Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career? Oh this one is always hard, my career has been a bit varied so far and at the moment I'm doing some very interesting Project Coordinator stuff that even includes video production! (Who saw that coming when I became a Librarian?). 
I'm moving back into law libraries in the new year, and part of that decision was inspired by all the great law librarians in WA (and even those I've met all over Australia and across the globe!). 
I guess I'm easily inspired as every day I'm inspired by something to try something new, make a plan, learn something and sometimes even forget something! 

What is the proudest moment in your professional life? I've been proud of the variety. I'm not a one trick pony! 
I've been pretty proud of successfully receiving Public Purposes Trust grants to purchase specialist law texts. I've also been proud of successfully introducing De-Stress Fest to the students of ECU (the day the kittens arrived was brilliant!). I've been proud of my recent project - which although a challenge - has seen me coordinate a cross team group of experts to deliver an awesome (I'm biased) online module for students. I've been proud of going to the ACBD/CALL Conference and representing ALLA Ltd at the AGM there.. I've been proud of revamping LibGuides and watching the usage rates soar. I'm proud of every student who I have helped complete their assignment, their PhD, prepare for a moot, and even just figure out referencing so they no longer need to stress over that! 
Aside from showing the world that being a Librarian is far more varied than what most people believes, I think this shows I take pride in my work, particularly new challenges. But mostly, I take pride because I enjoy it. (So students and graduate librarians, embrace every opportunity!)

Career advice – what’s your top tip? Repeating myself here, but embrace the opportunities. Don't be afraid of new. And most definitely, don't be afraid of failing - you can learn an awful lot from that!

What’s your favourite legal research tool? The one I've never stopped using, even when not working in a law library is Legify - makes authoritative legislation so quick to locate! Another I love is JustCite - particular its ability to link through to the full text on another law database. 

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be? Next year is a new job for me, so that will be my project. Learning the ropes, and maybe even tying a few in knots to make them easier to handle. 

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?) It's not a recent book as I don't really read many books these days (not enough brain power when I get home or is it just and addiction to Netflix?). The book that always comes to mind when I'm asked this is something I read way back when I was in High School : The Raging Quiet - Sheryl Jordan

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be? A Cephlapod. Those guys know things, I mean, who else can rewrite their own genes?  Also, I'm currently allergic to the little buggers and think it would be an entertaining twist. I'll just make sure not to turn into the kind that gets eaten for dinner though - maybe this one.

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee? Feels so long ago now when I joined. Back then I joined because I was a new grad, just starting out in law libraries. It's been a great way to learn, network and develop connections within the industry. I encourage everyone, even if you're not a new grad, to think about joining - so much to know and associations (and the volunteers) are how the library industry moves forward. 

Job Opportunity: Legal Research and Customer Support Officer/Librarian, Supreme Court of Queensland

This position was originally advertised on seek.com.au

Who We Are

The Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ) is Queensland's principal legal information provider, delivering innovative information services to members of the judiciary, legal profession and community. It offers engaging legal heritage and education activities, including exhibitions, lectures, and a highly valued education program.

The Opportunity

The Legal Research and Customer Support Officer/Librarian works as part of a small Information Services team. This position assists with the delivery of a high quality information service to library customers, including research and reference assistance, training and support in using library technology and systems, document delivery, and related customer services. This role spans two salary classification levels to provide opportunities for those new to the field and those experienced within it. More details about responsibilities are available on our website: http://www.sclqld.org.au/about-us/careers-with-sclq/

Your Skills

The successful candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a customer-centric team delivering timely and high quality information services and promoting the library and its services
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and apply research methodology to meet the information needs of library customers–or rapidly acquire that ability
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly impart information and deliver training, in both individual and group settings–or rapidly acquire that ability
  • Competence and comfort in utilising and assisting others to utilise information technology–or ability to rapidly develop those attributes
  • High level interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with a range of stakeholders at all levels, maintaining a high level of discretion in relation to customer enquiries, and to contribute to team harmony and cohesion
  • Ability to plan, prioritise workloads and negotiate satisfactory outcomes within set timeframes
  • Highly developed oral and sound written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service and to business process improvement and innovation in service delivery
  • Flexibility and good problem solving ability.

Position Description

The position description for this role is available on the Supreme Court of Queensland website.

How to Apply

Applicants must address the items listed under Your Skills and include a covering letter and CV.

Click on the apply button on seek.com or send applications to: vacancies@sclqld.org.au

More information about SCLQ is available on our website.

Applications close 5pm (AEST) Monday 4 December 2017.

For further information about the role contact Carlo Iacono.

You're Invited: End of Year Celebration!

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to our annual End of Year Celebration.

When: Tuesday, 19th December 2017
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Where: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia

RSVP to Judy Allan by COB Monday 11 December 2017.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

This fully catered event is exclusively for ALLA (WA) members.
If you are not a member of ALLA and would like to join to take part in these, and other important ALLA (WA) initiatives and events, see the ALLA Ltd. website.

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: Anne Young

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

Anne Young, ALLA (WA) Treasurer 2017-2018
Anne Young

Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career? I've mentioned my initial mentor, Margaret Quill,  in a previous post , so I'd like here to praise the team at Murdoch University back in 2002-3 - Anne Greenshields, Soun Wong and Helen Bromleigh.  They were a very welcoming bunch and I particularly enjoyed the lunch simulating discussions at lunch times there!  I learnt a lot from helping Anne run information literacy to the students, which at that point included looking up legal encyclopedias  in print.

What is the proudest moment in your professional life? While proud isn't quite the word I'd use, I was very grateful (and secretly surprised)  that after my first baby, when I 'd been thinking about milk and nappies etc for 7 months, that I  was able to slip back into the law library world (at UWA, that time) within a day or so. It was an encouraging  experience I drew upon in 2013, when I returned to the law library world at HSF after an 8.5 year gap away in the country.

Career advice – what’s your top tip? Get as much experience as you can - volunteering and  work experience can be helpful

What’s your favourite legal research tool? Last time I mentioned Jade, which I enjoy for pinpoint references. I'd like this time to give a shout-out to  Lawone by Timebase. I like its quick links to explanatory material, and tables of amendments and commencements. And there's some great features on Lexis Advance, which I'm  looking forward to talking about at our next ALLA (WA) CPD Event. 

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be? Improving the search capabilities of the WA Government Gazette.  I'd like someone to do this anyway!

I'm not really a one project sort of librarian as I prefer having lots of research requests coming in.

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?) My favourite novel is Middlemarch, by George Eliot. I love her ambitious range and characterization.

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be? Love running, so some speedy creature that would let experience running much faster than I can now.

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee? As a solo librarian I appreciate the chance to meet up regularly with other librarians and to contribute to helpful activities for the profession.  I had already been a committee member in the early 2000's, prior to my move to the country,  so I knew about these benefits when I was asked to join again.

Job Opportunity: Part Time, Library Manager, Perth

This job was originally posted on seek.com.au. Apologies for Cross Posting.

Library Manager (Executive Level 1) Library Services - Perth

Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) is a group within the Attorney-General’s Department. It is one of Australia’s most significant national legal services providers with offices in every capital city and approximately 320 lawyers who cover some 40 different areas of law related to government. AGS provides legal services through 3 national practice networks: AGS Commercial, AGS Dispute Resolution and the Office of General Counsel.

For further information about AGS practice networks and our business please visit www.ags.gov.au

For further information about the Department please visit www.ag.gov.au

About the role

The library provides a highly valued service for legal research and resources to the lawyers within AGS and across the whole of the Attorney-General’s Department nationally.

The role of the Library Manager will be responsible for managing the libraries and services to the Perth office and remotely to the Adelaide and Darwin offices. Operations include: training and reference, collection development and maintenance; procurement; budgeting and accounts; cataloguing; circulation; interlibrary loans; current awareness and other library activities.

The position provides an after-hours reference service to the eastern state offices. The position may also include a minor portfolio responsibility for library services to the team nationally.

Candidates should have:

  • high level of legal reference skills
  • demonstrated experience in library management 
  • knowledge of legal materials, collection development and online legal resources
  • demonstrated experience to perform under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • experience in using all aspects of library management systems.

For further information about the requirements of the Library Manager position, please refer to the role description available on the Department's recruitment portal.


This is a part-time position and will be offered on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis. Salary will be negotiated with the successful applicant within the AGS Legal Practice Support, Executive Level 1 range depending on their skills and experience.

The successful applicant will be covered by the Attorney-General’s Department Enterprise Agreement 2016.


This is a position for a Library Manager based in Perth.

Closing date

Applications close on 17 November 2017.

For details on how to apply, and for addtional contact infromation, please see the original seek.com.au posting

Public Access to the Law Library at the David Malcolm Justice Centre

Over the past few weeks, ALLA (WA) has received some queries relating to access at the Law Library at the David Malcolm Justice Centre. It has come to the committees attention via these queries that some people had thought that ALLA (WA) is the authority which decides access to the Law Library – that assumption is incorrect.

Access to the Law Library is determined by the Western Australian Parliament as per the Legal Profession (Law Library) Regulations 2016, specifically regulation 8. The committee referenced in regulation 7 is not the ALLA (WA) committee, rather it is the Library Advisory Committee. 

The Library Advisory Committee is a separate body comprised of 2 Judges, a Law Society representative, a Western Australian Bar representative, a Legal Practice Board representative, and two persons nominated by the Director General of the Department of Justice.

The Legal Profession (Law Library) Regulations 2016 are best read in conjunction with the Legal Profession Amendment Act 2016 – the purpose of that Act was to amend the Legal Profession Act 2008 to relieve the Legal Practice Board of its obligation to provide and maintain the Law Library at the Supreme Court of Western Australia. 

The Act was also amended to provide the State with the power to establish and manage a law library for the use of judiciary, local lawyers and other prescribed persons. Groups that were deprived of access by the 2016 changes in law include self-representing litigants (also known as litigants-in-person), law students, and other members of the general public.

Second Reading speeches for the Bills for these amendments reveal that access to the library was debated in parliament. Concerns were raised by Margaret Quirk, MLA about information regarding access to the library not being detailed in the Bill but left to regulations. 

At time of writing, the ALLA (WA) committee been advised by the Department of Justice that it is exploring options for providing legal reference service access to the groups that were deprived of access to the Law Library by the 2016 change in law. 

You can see our previous blog posts about this matter here and here



Western Australian Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)

CPD Event - Lexis Advance Roundtable

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to our next CPD Event: Lexis Advance Roundtable.

This round table allow attendees (no publisher representatives) to demonstrate the issues and solutions they have discovered using Lexis Advance.

This is a BYO Brown Bag Lunch session.

Please RSVP early as places are limited.

When: 1-2pm Friday 24th November 2017
Where: Jackson McDonald, Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace, Perth

RSVP by Wednesday 22nd November to David McDowell

Save the Date - End of Year Celebration!

It’s getting to be that time of year again! Project deadlines, present shopping, and time to celebrate the end of another year!

The ALLA (WA) Committee is proud to ask members to save the date for the 2017 End of Year Celebration!

When: Tuesday 19 December, from 5.30pm.

More details to follow!

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: Natalie McDonald

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

Natalie McDonald, ALLA (WA) President 2017-2018

Natalie McDonald
Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career? My Father.  What ever I did through life (ie sport, education) he would support me and say ‘whatever you start you have to finish’ (because I’m paying!) Especially in sport .  This was ingrained in me through my career and life that you need to keep perservering to achieve your goals.

What is the proudest moment in your professional life? Receiving my Degree

Career advice – what’s your top tip? Don’t sweat the small stuff! 

What’s your favourite legal research tool? JADE Professional.  So easy to use and the function of uploading documents is a great tool.   This is a great function to have authorities and legislation checked in submissions.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be? Before my term finishes as President, my project is to work with AustLII and have the WASC judgments accurately represented on their website. 

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?) The series of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ (a series of inspirational true stories about ordinary people’s lives). My favourite ‘Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul’.

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be? Penguin – I loved watching Happy Feet and Pingu – both were strong willed (and occasional throwing tantrums).  In the industry I’m in – this sometimes help!

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee? I first joined the ALLA(WA) Committee in 2000 when I started work in law libraries.  It was a great way to meet fellow law librarians and gain an understanding of the industry.  How times have changed since 2000!

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: Stephen Griffiths

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

Stephen Griffiths, ALLA (WA) Vice President 2017-2018

Jonesy, Stephen's cat, with a fidget spinner

Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

I’m a big fan of the public service librarians mentioned in the NSW library pay equity case ([2002] NSWIRComm 55) – their actions set a precedent that improved the lot of librarians across the country. And also James Procell, the library director of the Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library in Rupa Marya v. Warner Chappell Music Inc who unearthed the Mildred and Patty Hill manuscript for “Good morning to all” (aka “Happy Birthday to You”) which helped the court determine that the iconic song was out of copyright and kicked Larrikin Music Publishing Pty Ltd v EMI Songs Australia Pty Limited (No 2) [2010] FCA 698 up to its deserved spot of second-most ridiculous example of current copyright enforcement at large in the world today.

What is the proudest moment in your professional life?
Probably being part of the team overseeing the move of the Department of the Attorney General Library in Westralia Square to its new home at The Law Library, David Malcolm Justice Centre and its merger with the Law Library at the Supreme Court. Those collections merging and the combined resources being made available is a great step forward for the principle of equity of access to legal resources for the profession.

Career advice – what’s your top tip?
For aspiring librarians I always recommend that they volunteer early and volunteer often and keep active within their professional associations. If volunteering doesn’t directly lead to a job at least you are practicing and expanding your skillset and your network. 

What’s your favourite legal research tool?
As a public servant I’m sworn to neutrality in the great CCH|LexisNexis|ThomsonReuters War For All Our Money…
But Legify is free and faster than hitting up AustLII for authoritative legislation.
[By the way, what the heck is up with Google’s lack of a dedicated legislation search engine‽
They used to be cool!
At this rate Pintrest will have something more usable than Google!]

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
A program of targeted weeding of local government library stock for legal texts that are out of date and dangerous for use by unwary self-representing litigants/litigants-in-person – those texts are the other asbestos of the public library industry and something needs to be done about them.

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut.

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?
Those honey badgers seem to have the right attitude, unfortunately I’m pretty sure I’ll have to give greater…care to get my karmic balance to that point.

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee?
I vaguely recall being plied with liquor and delicious cheese served on crackers with the promise of more of the same…also to work on events and projects that benefit the legal information services profession.

Open Access Law

Today marks the start of Open Access Week.

With that in mind, here's a blog post from Cornell University Law Schools VoxPopuLII Blog - home of the Legal Information Insitute [LII] which has been providing open access to American law since 1992. (Those familiar with our own AustLII would see the relationship here).

The blog post, 25 for 25: A Librarian's Free Law Awakening by Sarah Glassmeyer talks about her "free law awakening' and the process of law publishing, and how this challenged her "librarian perceptions of what really matters in publishing Free Law."

It's a nice reminder of the value that free legal platforms do give us as law librarians (and practitioners). For instance,

The public needs to be able to access legal information on the open 24/7 Internet in an easy to navigate, mobile friendly way, since most people – especially lower income individuals – access the web via mobile devices. .... Primary law needs to be published without usage restrictions so that individuals and organizations can create useful adaptations and tools like encyclopedias and citators to assist self-represented individuals in their endeavors.

The ALLA Free Australian Legal Resources list shows a fantastic variety of free legal information resources in Australia. Take a look and see if there is something new to you - or if we've missed something: let us know.

If you are looking for free international materials, see the members of the Free Access to Law Movement.

Event Reminder: ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to the ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast.

This event will give members an opportunity to enjoy networking, a lovely spring morning and some good food.

When: Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 7.30 am
Where: Tiisch, 9B, 938 Hay Street (Corner Milligan Street), Perth
RSVP: Friday 20 October to Judy Allan judith.allan@legalaid.wa.gov.au

Please Note:
Tiisch will accept separate billing, and for ease have requested pre-orders.

Please include your order with your RSVP. Tiisch’s menu can be found here: http://www.tiisch.com.au/food/ 

Job Opportunity: Part Time Legal Research Officer, Adelaide

This job was originally posted on seek.com.au 

Legal Research Officer

South Australian Parliament Research Library

Part-time (Monday to Wednesday) / twelve-month contract

A Legal Research Officer is required to join a small team who contribute to the Library's research, reference and information services. Duties include the preparation of research reports, and written and oral briefings on a wide range of matters for Members of the South Australian Parliament.

A post-graduate qualification from a recognised tertiary institution is essential.

When Parliament is sitting some rostered evening work will be required.

Employment is subject to provisions of the Parliament (Joint Services) Act 1985.  Recreation leave will not be approved on Parliamentary sitting days.  Appointment may be subject to a satisfactory offender history check.

Any person who has been, or is currently, politically active may compromise the strict political neutrality of this position and will not be considered for appointment.

Review the Job and Person Specification.  Applicants who do not separately address the Job and Person Specification in their covering letter will not be considered.

Applications should be addressed to the Parliamentary Libraria. 

Enquiries to the Manager, Research Services.

Details of the Parliamentary Librarian and the Manager, Research Services can be found on the seek.com.au advertisement

Closing date: 9.00am Monday, 23 October 2017.

Job Opportunity, Liaison Librarian (Business & Law), Deakin

Salary Range: $76,585 to $82,706 pa (plus 17% super)
Employment Type: Full-time (36.75 hours per week) and fixed term to 31 December 2018
Location: Geelong Waterfront Campus or Melbourne Burwood Campus

About the Role:

To liaise with staff and students in designated Faculties, Schools and research centres to ensure that the Library is responsive to the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Deakin University community.

This will include:

  • As part of a cross-campus team, initiate and maintain strategic liaison with academic staff, researchers and students in the Faculty Business and Law to ensure Library responsiveness to client needs.
  • Develop collections and identify free scholarly resources in collaboration with academic and research staff and liaison teams to enhance the achievement of teaching, learning, and research objectives of designated Faculties and Departments or Schools.
  • As part of a cross-campus team, to design, deliver and evaluate digital literacy programs to meet undergraduate and postgraduate students’ needs to enhance cloud and campus learning experiences.
  • Provide expert information assistance and faculty outreach to the Deakin University community that reflects a customer service ethos, to maximise the use of Library resources, services and facilities.

About You:

  • Relevant degree and/or post-graduate qualification which qualifies for Associate (Professional) membership of the Australian Library and Information Association.
  • Proven ability to develop, deliver and evaluate digital literacy programs and professional development learning activities for staff and Library colleagues.
  • Ability to provide expert information assistance to enhance cloud and campus learning experiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in library and information services, scholarly communication and publishing trends in an educational and research environment.
  • For a full list of the selection criteria please see the position description

Contact for further information: Kim Phu, Tel: +61 3 9251 7017

Closing Date: Sunday 22 October 2017

Job Opportunity: Library & Research Assistant, Sydney

This position has been previous advertised on seek.com.au - visit the original posting for video footage.

Library & Research Assistant

  • Reporting to a Director
  • Exciting challenge - Newly created role
  • Flexible working hours
The Firm

With offices globally and an expanding Sydney office, this reputable firm are located in the heart of the CBD with spectacular views.

The firm maintain a very low staff turnover and provide their staff with; Regular team and firm wide events (lunches, dinners, drinks, Melbourne cup and Christmas parties), health insurance discounts, monthly morning teas and more!

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Legal Research Librarian to join their Sydney office. This is a standalone role supporting Australia, Asia and the US.

Your duties will include:
  • Provide reference and research to professionals of all levels
  • Ensure Lawyers are kept up to date on Business development
  • Being the first point of contact and perform in-depth and complex research for the Australian and Asia offices
  • Managing the Library management systems
The Candidate

To be considered for this position, you MUST have:
  • Previous experience as a Librarian within a law firm (Ideally 3+ years)
  • Hold a degree or post graduate qualification relating to Library or Information Services
  • Have advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Have proved experience working in a high pressured environment
  • Be professionally presented
To be considered for this position, apply on the relevant link. Or alternatively, for a confidential discussion, call Nicola Sparkes on 02 8270 9711 or Claire Booth on 02 8270 9775.

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Job Opportunity: Senior Librarian, Melbourne.

This position was originally advertised on Seek.com.au 

Senior Librarian

About Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox is a pre-eminent independent business law firm with one of the fastest growing partnerships in Australia. We are currently a firm of more than 550 people, including 70 partners. We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane and act nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests. Our leadership team was recognised by winning Managing Partner of the Year at the 2015 and 2017 Australian Law Awards.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Librarian to join our growing Knowledge & Library team. This role will provide the opportunity to work closely with various practice groups within the firm across all office locations and will be responsible for supervising two team members.


  • Provide research and reference services to the firm
  • Maintenance of the reference management system
  • Management of the electronic library management system
  • Maintenance of the firm’s intranet content
  • Produce and maintain legal research training materials and documentation
  • Provide training on Library tools and resources
  • Develop the library collection (electronic and hard copy)
  • Manage the library budget including contract negotiation

Skills & Experience

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Experience at a similar level gained in a library position, within a law firm environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to build strong work relationships


At Hall & Wilcox, we practise Smarter Law. This means being smarter across our entire business – by being progressive, by our commitment to excellence and by our focus on building great relationships.

We have a strong values-driven culture - our clients and people choose to work with us because of it. We care about our clients, our community and each other. Whether it be our technology or our business focused approach to the practise of law, we strive to change the legal market for the better. We work hard but we also have fun.


  • Modern, open plan offices
  • Structured learning & development programs for all career levels
  • Extensive health & wellbeing program including healthy start breakfast program, mindfulness training subsidised fitness, team sports and health checks
  • Flexible working opportunities – talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.
  • Salary continuance insurance
To apply for this position and for contact details, please see the Seek advertisement.

Report forecasts more jobs for librarians by 2022

Our friends over at ALIA have just released the fourth annual ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report

The report seeks to provide students, educators, employees and employers with an understanding of the national landscape and inform ALIA's work.

The ALIA news post for the Report provides a summary of its findings:

The report shows that over the five years from November 2010 to November 2015, there were 43.5% fewer Librarian positions in the workforce; 16.3% fewer Technician positions, and 12.4% fewer Library Assistant positions. However, looking ahead to May 2022, the Department of Employment predicts a 15.6% employment rise for Librarians, a relatively stable number of Library Technician positions and a drop of 13% for Library Assistant positions.

There is expected to be a modest increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years, but a significant decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification. The library and information sector remains an attractive job prospect but there is undoubtedly competition for jobs. The workforce tends to be fairly static, with a relatively small number of vacancies occurring through staff turnover, people leaving the sector and the creation of new positions.

What do you think of the reports findings? Are you going to seek additional qualifications to be prepared for 2022?

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: Judy Allan

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

Judy Allan, ALLA (WA) Committee Member 2017-2018

Judy Allan
Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?
There are three people who have influenced me greatly and to whom I am grateful for their help and support: Judy Clayden, my lecturer in cataloguing at ECU who made a particularly challenging subject interesting; Megan Evans who gave me my current job and who gently introduced me to law and mentored me to the point where I was competent; and last, but not least, Deb Harvey, my current boss, who is a very warm and incredibly generous person who is helpful and supportive of such aims and ambitions as I have.

What is the proudest moment in your professional life?
There isn’t a ‘proudest moment’ but the moments that I treasure are when clients respond to my efforts on their behalf with a comment such as “you’re a flamin’ marvel!”. We usually receive a “thank you” but we do appreciate it when they take the trouble to let us know that the results of our hard work have been especially helpful.

Career advice – what’s your top tip?
Be prepared to try anything – I went back to study after finding I enjoyed being in my children’s primary school library – but apart from a prac and some relief work while studying, didn’t work in schools. I came to Legal Aid for the tail end of a parental leave contract, which obviously wasn’t coveted by anyone with a permanent position – and I am still here 15 years later. I had thought that work in a law library would be boring – I was wrong!

What’s your favourite legal research tool?
The Australian Digest was my lifesaver when I first began searching for cases and really didn’t know where to start, and when we moved to online searching, I really liked being able to put a citation into First Point and use the resulting trail of index terms to find more cases on point, with the added bonus that ordering the results by Jurisdiction (Reverse) put WA at the top.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Only one? That sounds a bit boring, unless it was a multi-faceted project. One of the things I like about my job is the variety of tasks but if I could choose just one thing to do, it would probably be to create training materials that can be distributed to our staff who never have time to come to training sessions. The trick then would be to make them find the time to use the materials.

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)
It is ‘one of’; A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry still tugs at my heart. It truly is a fine balance between happiness and sorrow that I was unable to put down.

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?
Definitely a cat – I could, absolutely, spend the whole day on a cushion in a sunny window. I’d want to be a cat-who-could-read though.

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee?
There was a call for committee members and I felt that it was about time I stepped up and did my bit after being a non-contributing (i.e. enjoying the benefits) ALLA(WA) member for so long.

Conferences & Journals: Calls for papers

Have a desire to write a journal article? What about present at a conference? We've found some opportunities from all over the world.


CALL/ACBD Conference 2018

The Canadian Assocaition of Law Libraries / L'Assocation Canadienne des Bibliotheques de Droit Conference will be held on 27-30 May in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Submissions for Conference Sessions and Lighning Talks are open until October 20. The theme is Build Bridges | Broaden Our Reach. See the conference website for more details. 


Australian Law Librarian Journal

The Australian Law Librarian  is seeking  contributions for the upcoming issue. 

Centred around the theme of professional development, issue 4 of the journal is the place to share your experiences in mentoring, being mentored and growing as a professional.

As a professional, you never stop growing. With this issue, we invite you to share your experiences, learnings, and thoughts on mentoring and professional development.

Articles outside of this theme are also welcomed. 

The deadline for submissions is 25 October. 

Questions? Contact journaleditor@alla.asn.au

IFLA Journal

IFLA Journal and IFLA’s Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Advisory Committee has put out a call for papers for their special issue on privacy.

IFLA Journal invites papers for a special issue focused on privacy, libraries, and information professions across all continents. The issue will be published in the summer of 2018 as Volume 44:2. In particular, the main goal of the special issue is to gather the latest theory, research, and practices from libraries and information professions to further the professional discourse on the definition and provision of privacy in the 21st century.

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2018. For more information see the announcement on the IFLA Website.

84th IFLA General Conference Assembly - 2018, Malaysia

Registration for the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress is now open.

The 84th IFLA Conference will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24-30 August.

Attendees can register via the Congress website.

Please note that if you registered for one of the previous IFLA Congresses since 2012 via the online registration system, you can use the same login username and password for IFLA WLIC 2018.

Should you have a group booking of ten or more attendees please contact: wlic2018-registration@kit-group.org for further information on how to register your group.

Job Opportunities: University of Melbourne

Two positions are available in the Law Library at The University of Melbourne:

Applications for both positions close 19 October 2017.

Meet the ALLA (WA) Committee 2017-2018: David McDowell

With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events

David McDowell, ALLA (WA) Committee Member 2017-2018

David McDowell
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?
My family always encouraged me with my career choices despite them not always being the most lucrative or having the best job prospects. I worked a few different jobs before settling on a career working in libraries. I can't identify one person alone who influenced that decision but the people I have worked with along the way have made me feel that this was the direction I was meant to take. 

What is the proudest moment in your professional life?
Does staying consistently employed in the library field count? I guess the same can be said about a lot of industries but starting out in the library field these days can be pretty rough. I was very fortunate to get paid work from my university practicum which provided me with the experience to get other library jobs. Therefore I'm proud that my skills and attitude towards work have provided me with a variety of opportunities in the field.
Career advice – what’s your top tip?
Allow your career to takes unexpected twists and turns that could never have imagined when you first started. When I started working in libraries I only wanted to be a public library librarian. I enjoyed my time doing that immensely but I have been challenged by taking up opportunities in academic and law libraries. I have developed a whole range of research skills that I wouldn't have been capable of a few years ago. 

What’s your favourite legal research tool?
CaseBase & the abbreviation guide was a lifesaver when I was first starting at Jackson McDonald and didn't know the acronyms for law reports. While I wouldn't recommend people using it as their only legal research tool - it is user friendly.   

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
I like learning new skills and updating old ones. I haven't be required to do any computer coding since my university days so a project that involved me picking that up again would be good.  

Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)
Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden. This was the compulsory high school read that encouraged teenage boy me to read the rest of the series for pleasure.   

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?
An elephant. I used to love watching Babar as a kid. 

Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee?
It's great to get to know the people that make up our law library community better and to work on events or projects that benefit us all. 

Job Opportuntity: Researcher/Librarian Sydney

This position was originally posted on Seek.com.au

An exciting new opportunity exists for an experienced Research Librarian to join our well established Sydney Office. As a member of a high performing global team, the Research Librarian is responsible for providing reference and research library services to lawyers, paralegals and support staff on a Firm-wide basis. This is a full time position reporting to the Director of Firm Research & Library Services and the Australian Director of Operations.

The responsibilities of this role include the following:
  • delivering high quality legal and business research services to the Firm;
  • performing in-depth and complex business and legal reference and research duties, including responding to user requests for information from internal and external resources, onsite and offsite materials, and print and non-print media on legal, business and general topics;
  • ensuring that lawyers are kept up to date on all legal and business development relevant to the practice groups and their clients;
  • being the first point of contact for the Australian and Asia offices;
  • performing all job duties with a commitment to providing superior service to clients, producing quality work product and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement.

The ideal candidate will:
  • have demonstrated work experience performing online searches using external databases and services including, but not limited to: Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, MergerMarket, Capital IQ, Connect14, D&B Hoovers, PitchBook, etc.
  • hold a degree or postgraduate qualification in library and information services/management
  • have a minimum of two - four years of law firm library experience
  • display a commitment toward continual learning and development
  • have advanced communication skills and the ability to produce clear and logical written work
  • be pragmatic and able to work to tight deadlines
  • work effectively both on an autonomous basis and as part a team

This position joins the global Research and Library team while sitting with and working closely with the supportive and collaborative Sydney office administration and management team.

Positions on the ALLA Ltd. Committee: Seeking Nominations

Following the 2016-17 Annual General Meeting the Board are are seeking nominations for the following positions:

  • Treasurer
  • CPD coordinator and Director 

The positions are an opportunity for any member of the Association to expand their professional skills over the course of 1 year with the option to extend for a further 2 years. With the support of the ALLA Board the Treasurer and CPD coordinator undertake the following duties:

Responsible for ALLA Ltd financial reporting, and liaison with professionals engaged for financial services. The role of the Treasurer includes assisting the Board to ensure the Association’s compliance with all financial and governance requires. The Treasurer oversees the disbursement of funds to the divisions and the expenses incurred by the Association.

CPD Coordinator & Director
The CPD Coordinator manages the national CPD calendar. Working with members, non-members and vendors the CPD Coordinator organizes events to be held via teleconference and online.
The CPD coordinator also liaises with the Divisional Committees regarding National and Divisional CPD opportunities.

Any members wishing to nominate for the Board are encouraged to complete the nomination form.

Please submit your nomination by 30 October 2017. The Board position descriptions are available here. Any questions regarding the roles can be directed to Trung Quach at president@alla.asn.au

Career Progression in Academic-Professional Hybrid Roles

Last week The Guardian (Australian Edition) published an interesting article about the potential downsides of being professional services staff with an academic background at a higher education institution.

The article, Work in an academic-professional hybrid role? Say goodbye to career progression was written by an "anonymous academic", highlights the position that many academic librarians face. We blur the lines of professional staff and academic staff, something that tends to not fit will within the traditional career paths of Australian universities.

I now realise that some academics see me as someone who is just there to help them, while others see me as purely academic. But it’s also an inherent feature of the job: it’s hard to focus your work when you spread yourself thinly. Moving up within the institution is difficult when others are specialised, and you feel you do a bit of everything.

Of course not all librarians want to be on an academic career path, but the structures should better recognise the work that we do on both sides of the academic-professional line.

Give the article a read and tell us what you think? What has been your experience working in higher education?

Well, that's one way to start a judgment

Introduction: Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear.

When the reasons for decision starts with "Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear." you know it's going to be good. Just wait til you get to the end.

Full decision of AF v SWP (DLA) (No. 2) [2017] UKUT 366 (AAC) available on BAILII.

You're Invited! ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast

ALLA (WA) Members are invited to the ALLA (WA) Spring Breakfast.

This event will give members an opportunity to enjoy networking, a lovely spring morning and some good food.

When: Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 7.30am
Where: Tiisch, 9B, 938 Hay Street (Corner Milligan Street), Perth
RSVP: Friday 20 October to Judy Allan judith.allan@legalaid.wa.gov.au

Please Note:
Tiisch will accept separate billing, and for ease have requested pre-orders.
Please include your order with your RSVP. Tiisch’s menu can be found here: http://www.tiisch.com.au/food/ 

Libraries in the "news"

It seems that The Onion  has a thing for the Library of Congress with a recent spate of articles where the LOC is a star. Take a look if you need some laughs to help you get through your afternoon!

ALLA (WA) recognises that The Onion is a satire website. If you need assistance in determining if a news article is genuine, have a look at the IFLA - How to Spot Fake News Infographic or ask your Librarian.

So, it's 1948, and you want to be a Librarian

Ever wondered what Librarian School was like in 1948? The State Library of Victoria's Blog tells us all in their post So, you want to be a librarian?

It holds some great gems including a sample assignment, and links to newspaper articles in Trove (just don't be like me and get to stuck into fixing the text... promise me 5 mins tops!)

Special thanks to Justin Booker for the tip off!

ALLA(WA) Presidents Corner - Vol. 2 Issue 1

Natalie McDonald,
ALLA (WA) President, 2017-2018


We held our AGM on 9th August 2017 where the new 2017/2018 Committee were confirmed. This term we had a few new members join the Committee, David McDowell from Jackson McDonald and Judy Allan from Legal Aid. I would like to welcome David and Judy to the Committee.

I would also like to welcome back the following Committee members :
  • Vice President: Stephen Griffiths
  • Secretary : Alice Hewitt
  • Treasurer: Anne Young
  • Committee members: Gil Bevan and Catherine Kafentzis.
Details of the new Committee will be updated on the ALLA website soon and can be already found on the About The Committee page of this blog.

I mentioned at the AGM that the attendance at past AGM’s and CPD events had been poor and one of our focus’ for last term was to look at ways of improving the attendance. The Committee has worked hard in organising events, seeking feedback from members who attended the events but the support unfortunately hasn’t been there from the membership.

Not only is the support dwindling from attendance at CPD events, last term and this term we were struggling to form a Committee of Management. If the support from the membership continues to decline then the WA Division may have to look at winding up. We will do our best not to let this happen but we need your support.

Upcoming ALLA(WA) PD & Social Events

The ALLA(WA) CPD & Events Sub Committee are planning a Spring Breakfast for October where new and existing members can get together. Further details will be advertised via the usual channels.

Following on from the success of the Channel 9 tour, more social tours are being looked into by the CPD & Events Sub Committee, if you have any suggestions please let us know.

Salary Survey

The ALLA(WA) salary survey is sent to members every two years. It is due to be sent out this year, but before we do the Committee will be asking the membership a few questions. For example one of the questions will be around the frequency of the survey.

Members will receive a form to complete via Google docs shortly.


The Compliance & Regulatory Sub Committee lead by Catherine Kafentzis will continue to ensure the ALLA(WA) Constitution is compliant and the Policies and Register of Decisions and Procedure Manual are current. Legislative amendments from the Associations Incorporation Act 2005 (WA) will ensure the ALLA(WA) Constitution is compliant. The amendments will be signed off by the Committee next month.


The WALL (previously known as the Union List) Sub Committee lead by Gil Bevan, has an army of volunteers assisting her with data entry. A big thank you to these volunteers. A homepage is currently being created which will include the new logo design. The Committee received copyright permission from the creator of the logo to use the logo on external documents.

Social media statistics

The Blog page views last month were 2,424 and the number of all time view of this Blog is currently (at the time of posting) at 70,427.

On Twitter  (@LawLibsWA) we have 134 followers and have made over 510 tweets.

We would be delighted if you would like to follow us or like us on Facebook!


A reminder that the ALLA Ltd AGM will be held on Wednesday September 27th 2017 at 1pm EST via webinar. You can register you attendance by going to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4203253018005437699

If you wish to have your apologies recorded please email secretary@alla.asn.au

Please feel free to contact me or the committee on allawaexec@gmail.com with any ideas or feedback you have.

Natalie McDonald

2017/2018 ALLA(WA) President

ALLA Conference 2018 - Call for abstracts extended!

Call for abstracts has been extended till Friday 29th September 2017!!

Missed the deadline? Don't worry, we've extended the deadline.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity that only comes around very two years to share your ideas and learnings with the profession so now the time to get writing!

The theme for the conference is Local Footprint, Global Impact. This is a very broad theme and to help narrow it down the conference committee have given a few hints for topics within this theme, specifically:

  • Indigenous issues
  • Career development
  • Technology
  • Education

Remember the papers and posters for the conference do not need to be limited to these topics but be sure to bring your abstract back to the wider theme of the conference.

Additional details on submitting your abstract are available at http://allaconference.com.au/2018/index.php/call-for-abstracts/

Need help turning that fantastic idea into an abstract for ALLA 2018? Check out the tips for submitting your abstract on the Conference website (http://allaconference.com.au).