ALLA(WA) held a current awareness roundtable on 20th October 2015 at Jackson McDonald to discuss current awareness and the resources available to assist with keeping up-to-date with case law, legislation and news.
A number of discussions took place, and the following
question was put to the 11 members that attended:
How do library staff notify
clients/fee earners of new law reports, journals etc. when many of us are now
One member indicated that it is responsibility
of the fee earner to keep up-to-date by signing up to receive the LexisNexis notifiers,
alerts via Westlaw AU etc.
A number of members mentioned that they still
spend time either photocopying the contents pages of law reports and journals
or circulating the electronic issues/table of contents to subscribed fee earners.
Some members mentioned that the use of the
library catalogue allows for current awareness to be streamlined. First library software for example allows
library staff to link to electronic journals and issues, and it is the
responsibility of users to subscribe to relevant current awareness alerts.
Following on from that, a brainstorming session encouraged
members to discuss relevant subscriptions, free resources and products that can
assist with current awareness and research.
What are the resources
you use for legislation current awareness?
A number of members indicated that they
subscribe to LawLex This service provides for bill tracking and alerts
to be set up for amendments to Acts and subsidiary legislation.
Some members utilise the ‘As made’ or ‘As
passed’ section on Comlaw or State Law Publisher to keep track of new
Alerts to media statements from the Government of
Western Australia and the Commonwealth
government provide notification of new and prospective amendments to
legislation, as well awareness of state wide projects and developments.
Australian Parliament and the Commonwealth
Parliament allow users to monitor or track the progress of a Bill through
What are the resources
you use for case law alerts?
judgments is a free email service that identifies new cases that have been
handed down by the courts.
Barnet allows subscribers to set up alerts on specific topics of law,
Court notifiers (not an exhaustive list): High
Court of Australia; Supreme
Court of Western Australia; District
Court of Western Australia.
What services/subscriptions can be used for media and
Daily Business News
alert is a free email alert that provides an overview of business news
within Western Australia.
is a daily subscription that provides a summary of daily business news from The
Age, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review.Other subscription services that cover media
and newspaper alerts include: NexisNews;
What are other
alerts is a complimentary service for subscribers to the Australian Stock
Exchange Listing Rules through LexisNexis.
Subscribers receive a notification when the listing rules are updated.
is a subscription service, where members can sign up to receive alerts and live
company data for listed companies.Other
similar subscription services include: Company360;
is a free alerting service for Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and New Zealand
Stock Exchange (NZX) company announcements.Subscribers can sign up to receive alerts for up to 100 companies.
is complimentary service for existing LexisNexis customers.It contains legal news headlines, short case
notes and a concise list of newly released legislative information.
choose to customise your information if you are interested in particular
subject areas or jurisdictions only.
free service that provides tailored subject specific updates for articles
written by leading Australian and international law firms.
If you know of any other relevant resources, please fee free
to comment below.
ALLA(WA) Past President - Mawghan Elverd.
Senior Librarian, Jackson McDonald.