Australian Law Librarians Association (ALLA): NSW division

19 November 2017

Celebrate the silly season with ALLA NSW! 














Our annual Christmas Party is fast approaching and we want to see you there! 

Date: Tuesday 5 December
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: PS40
Cost: $15
RSVP: Friday 1 December

This year we are hosting our festivities at PS40 - Sydney's first soda factory and bar. 

It is located on 40 King St, Sydney CBD (entrance is via Skittle Lane).

You can expect Sydney's best sodas, as well as top-notch cocktails and bites to eat.

Tickets are $15 for ALLA NSW members, and $50 for non-members.

For any dietary requirements, please email austlawlib.nsw@gmail.com.

Payment can be made at the door on the day, or via EFT (see link below for details). 

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/celebrate-the-silly-season-with-alla-nsw-tickets-39669771354

Please RSVP by Friday 1 December.

We hope to see you there!

ALLA NSW

8 August 2017

ALLA NSW's 11th Annual AGM

Ever thought about joining the NSW Committee? Now is the perfect time.

At the ALLA NSW AGM on 17 August 2017, we will be opening up our Committee positions and calling for nominations. All current members are eligible to serve on the Committee.

Committee members will have the opportunity to develop new skills while making valuable contacts within the ALLA community. We have outlined the roles below:

President

The President's role is to represent the Association, chair the Committee and monthly meetings and drive new initiatives. The President will also get the opportunity to attend the 2018 ALLA Conference in Darwin.

Vice-President 

The Vice-President supports the President in carrying out his/her duties, and represents the Association on behalf of the President as required. To ensure the best for the Committee, it is intended that the Vice-President take the role of President in their successive year.

Plus, the new Vice-President will also receive a bursary to attend the 2018 ALLA Conference in Darwin alongside the President courtesy of the Lynn Pollock scholarship.

Secretary 

The Secretary ensures the Rules of Association are complied with, and controls all records, books and other documents relating to the association. Responsibilities include distributing the agenda and taking minutes at meetings. 

Treasurer 

The Treasurer is required to maintain the financial records of ALLA (NSW) activities, and report these records to the NSW Executive Committee and our ALLA (NSW) members. This role provides experience managing financial information and budgets, creating invoices, maintaining electronic financial records, and dealing with auditors. 

General Committee members

We will also be  calling on members to join Committee as a general member. General Committee members contribute by injecting new ideas into the Committee, liaising with CPD contacts, organising events, and sharing committee news via our various social media platforms.

All AGM materials are available here, including the nomination form and positions and responsibilities description. The Treasurer’s Report and President’s report will be added shortly. 

Please contact us with any questions. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Committee!

23 May 2017

2017 Fellowship applications are now open!

This year ALLA Ltd have altered the structure of Fellowships on offer to members to help as many members of the association as possible attend international conferences.

There are three fellowships still available:
  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference - closing date 31 May 2017, 5pm AEST
  • New Zealand Law Librarians Association (NZLLA) Conference (Including complimentary registration) - closing date 30 June 2017, 5pm AEST
  • International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) Conference - closing date 30 July 2017, 5pm AEST
Decide which conference you would like to go to and complete the application form and send it to fellowships@alla.asn.au prior to the relevant closing date.

More information can be found on the ALLA website.

20 March 2017

Over the Horizon – what’s trending in law?

Last week a group of our ALLA NSW members and friends attended Over the Horizon, a seminar by Wolter Kluwer’s Chris Taylor. This event provided an opportunity for Wolters Kluwer to share with us some of the key trends they’ve observed while mapping workflow techniques in law firms.

Their intention is to use this data to find ways of incorporating CCH content into the everyday search practices of lawyers and legal professionals. Information was gathered through contextual design – drawing on a mix of workplace observation, testing and interviews.

It was interesting to hear about the issues concerning our clients, and the trends developing in response. Some of these are outlined below:
  • The market is driving change. There has been a move towards efficiency driven innovation, integration and niche disrupters. New methods are being sought to simplify workflow and match legal advisors with those seeking advice.
  • There is already an interest in integration and specialisation. We are seeing the emergence of a range of digital technologies/niche disruptors. Examples include:
o   Data visualisation – e.g. Jade Premium, Ravel
o   AI technologies – e.g. Alira
o   Firms developing their own efficiency innovators - e.g. Minter Ellison’s Taskflow
  • Legal practitioners tend to be highly specialised. Their research practices vary depending on seniority and practice area. Often these areas overlap, and practitioners will benefit from sharing their knowledge with one another.
  • Business Development teams are focused on improving connection and content marketing, forging a battleground for publishers and distributors. With better understanding of social media platforms, firms can enhance the way they promote their services to potential clients. 
Wolters Kluwer provided a valuable insight into the processes our clients use to gather information. For many that attended the session, it also confirmed some trends we have ourselves begun to notice.

ALLA NSW would like to offer a very special thanks to Chris Taylor and Wolters Kluwer for sharing their research, and Herbert Smith Freehills for hosting the event.

12 February 2017

Parliamentary Library - internship opportunity for 2 lucky LIS students

The Parliamentary Library is calling on applications for its internship program.

The Internship program provides interns with an opportunity to develop their skills in a well-regarded library with highly professional and experienced staff.

The Internship is open to students who have commenced studying for an ALIA accredited Librarian qualification at an Australian institution. The successful interns will receive:
  • experience working in the Australian Parliament 
  • interaction with highly skilled librarians and researchers in the Parliamentary Library 
  • experience that can be used towards university course credit 
  • privileged access to the Parliamentary Library’s collections and facilities.
See the Parliament of Australia website for details on how to apply.

9 November 2016

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Come join us on the 6th December to celebrate 2016!!

Since it was such a success last year, we will be holding the festivities again at Since I Left You.

Date & Time:
Tuesday 6 December 2016
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm AEDT

Location:
Since I Left You
338 Kent Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Please RSVP by 1 December 2016. Email your dietary requirements to austlawlib.nsw@gmail.com

Cost: $15 for members and $50 for non-members

Payment: Can be made on the day or as an EFT to the following:
ALLA NSW
BSB:062303
ACC: 28013802

Please include your surname and Xmas in the details.

Hope to see everyone there!!

20 October 2016

Review of the ALLA 2016 conference: a "round table" event

Late last month our ALLA NSW members were invited to attend a “round table” to review the ALLA 2016 Conference. This was a great opportunity for those present at the conference to share their experiences and insights with those unable to attend.

The Conference was a success, with attendees noting many key takeaways from the event.

Much fun was had at the Old Melbourne Gaol, the perfect location for an ALLA social event. The library tours also proved popular, with the newly built Docklands library described as a place to visit on your next Melbourne trip.

There were many stand out presentations. Dan Hunter’s Gamification looked at the process of using popular game elements to engage students. He found that the appeal of competitive behaviour helps motivate and compel students to learn. It left many wondering what gaming elements to include in their own legal research training sessions.

Another presentation that garnered much interest was Junior Browne’s discussion on the role the University of the West Indies' Faculty of Law played in the development of law in the Caribbean. The faculty’s collection has become an authority on law in the region, and access to information has greatly improved as a result.

Junior Browne’s presentation stimulated conversation on how to respond to a change in traditional needs of law librarians, so that we can be leading the change rather than merely adjusting to it. As leaders, what industries might we seek to intentionally disrupt to bring about further change?

The event proved a great opportunity for members to get together, share a drink, and think about what really matters to us as librarians in an ever changing, constantly evolving environment.

Be sure to check the ALLA website to join the conversation at future NSW events.