Contacting business librarians

At the ALLA(WA) Christmas breakfast there was some discussion regarding business librarians in WA.

Murdoch University hosts the ANZacBusLibs discussion list that is used by Australian and New Zealand business librarians in the corporate, government and academic sectors.

Visit http://lists.murdoch.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/anzacbuslibs for more information on the list.

The email anzacbuslibs@lists.murdoch.edu.au is used to send a message to all members of the list.   

2019 ALLA Icebreaker - The WALL Launch


Come for the delicious breakfast. Stay and see Gilien Bevan present on The WALL & learn about her experience of boldly going where no WA law librarian has gone before!

The WALL database replaces the union list of serial holdings within the state of Western Australia, and will be made available to subscribers this year.

The WALL will offer the capability for its subscribers to discover holdings of legal materials held within Western Australia and to request document delivery and inter-library loans.

The WALL is coming!

Where: The George (London Room) - 216 St Georges Terrace, Perth

When: 7.15 - 9.15 am, Thursday 31st January 2019

Cost: Free for members / $35 non-members

RSVP: Contact Judy Allan by 24th January at judith.allan@legalaid.wa.gov.au

Vegetarian & gluten free food will be available. Please let us know of other dietary requirements & allergies.

For anyone wanting to join ALLA WA please visit: https://www.alla.asn.au/membership/join-alla/how-join/

Law library industry movements

Natalie McDonald has commenced at Ashurst as a Research Librarian.  This is part time (Monday – Wednesday) replacing Lei Lin who is on maternity leave.  Natalie is also working part time at Williams& Hughes (Thurs & Friday) as a Librarian.

Gisella Warman has commenced at Tottle Partners as an Information Resources Manager replacing Kirsty McPhee.  Gisella is working part time, Monday and Wednesday.

Kirsty McPhee will be leaving Tottle Partners to take a position with Hancock Prospecting as an Assistant Information Manager.  Kirsty will commence her new role on November 26.   Kirsty will be staying on the ALLA Board as her role is a combination of litigation support and information management.  Kirsty can be contacted via LinkedIn.


Congratulations to everyone!

JustisOne training session Tuesday 27 November

Earlier this year the online legal database Justis and case citator JustCite combined to form the new platform JustisOne.

The JustisOne case citator cross-references case law with UK legislation and continues JustCite's excellent feature of providing access to reported versions of cases via direct links from citations to the source of the report (where they are available) from publishers as diverse as Westlaw, LexisNexis, and ICLR.

A free-to-ALLA (WA) members web-based training session will be held at 3pm Perth time Tuesday the 27th of November. Participants need a reliable internet connection, a PC with audio output (ie: speakers or headphones). The session will last approximately 45 minutes.

For further information and to sign up to take part, please email Stephen Griffiths by 4pm Thursday the 22nd of November.

Legislation Bill 2018 (WA)

Of interest to those consulting Western Australian legislation, the Legislation Bill 2018 had its third reading speech yesterday in the Legislative Assembly.

The Bill seeks to give official status to the electronic versions of the Government Gazette and other WA legislation!

From the explanatory memorandum:

This Bill proposes to modernise the processes for publishing WA legislation. It will enact a new Legislation Act that sets out the responsibilities for publishing WA legislation, provides for the official status of both hard copy and electronic versions of WA legislation and gives Parliamentary Counsel’s Office (PCO) a more useful set of editorial powers so that WA legislation can be kept up-to-date, modernised and simplified, and errors in it can be corrected, without the need for the changes to be enacted by Parliament. Important restrictions on the exercise of those editorial powers will remain. The Reprints Act 1984 will be repealed. In line with conferring official status on electronic versions of WA legislation, the electronic version of the Gazette will also be given official status. 

Interested parties can track the progress of the bill on its webpage.

ALLA (WA) 2018 Christmas Breakfast

We would love for members to join us for a scrumptious buffet breakfast to celebrate the festive season.

Where: Miss Maud Restaurant - 97 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000

When: Wednesday 5th December, 2018

Time: From 7:15 am

Cost: $10 per person. Payment by cash or email David McDowell for bank details to pay electronically by 23rd November 2018.

RSVP: by COB Friday 23rd November 2018 via email to David McDowell.


Job vacancies at the Law Library, Department of Justice (WA)




The Department of Justice is seeking a qualified law librarian with considerable knowledge and experience who can make a significant contribution to the delivery of a high level library and information service to judicial and legal officers and to the legal profession in Western Australia.

A pool position for librarian has also been advertised. 

Applications for both positions close 2 November 2018.