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.

Remuneration

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.

Location

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


References:

Legislation


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.