Thursday, September 27, 2007

Australian Law Librarians Association conference: The ALLA conference ( was held in Sydney this year and I was fortunate to attend and speak on the first day. Justice Ruth McColl opened the conference commenting on the complex issues in the move to the digital environment and outlining the history of publication of cases and the law. Baden Powell gave a very interesting presentation on technical architecture and new service delivery models. Glenda Browne’s presentation focused on the differences between legal and other indexing, which provided an opportunity to suggest improvements to legal indexes (such as filing St as "St" rather than "Saint"). Carmel O'Sullivan reported on the information literacy training she and colleagues had developed at Blakes. Her lessons learnt were – develop a lesson plan, less is best, action learning is important but not essential for all courses, reflective practice needs to be included and training should, on occasion break with convention. I reported on our client survey and the information life of our clients. All in all a very stimulating experience for the approximately 140 attendees.

Australian Law Librarian of the Year: At the conference the 2007 Australian Law Librarian of the year was announced. Congratulations to Karyn Gladwish, Director Library Services, Australian Attorney-General's Department on receiving the award – very well deserved!

"The Librarians" to be on ABC TV: Tune your sets to the ABC on 31 October at 9.30 pm for the new series "The Librarians". Keep your sense of humour while watching.

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