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Papers now available

September 20, 2012

Papers and presentations from the conference are now available on the program page. John Birmingham’s address at the conference dinner is also now available on his blog.

Thanks again to everyone who was invloved in this year’s conference, our sponsors, speakers, volunteers, trade exhibitors, and delegeates, for making the event such a great success!


Delegate information

September 11, 2012

ALLA 2012 kicks off tomorrow at 4:00pm with our publishers panel.

The registration & information desk will be open at the following times:

  • Wednesday, 12 September 2012 3:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, 13 September 2012 8:00am – 4:15pm
  • Friday, 14 September 2012 8:00am – 3:30pm

All delegates are requested to check in at the registration desk on arrival at the venue.

For up to the minute information on the conference remember to follow us on Twitter @allaconf, and please use our hastag #alla2012  if you’re tweeting about the conference. There will be prizes on offer for those delegates who contribute via Twitter whilst the conference is on. 

First time conference attendees are invited to join conference committee member, Bianca Rusbatch, for coffee from 8:15am on Thursday morning – a great way to meet some fellow delegates.

Out conference dinner will be held at the conference venue, BCC, on the mezzanine level in room M3. Drinks will be served outside this room from 6:30pm on Thursday. Full details of room locations and program details will be provided to all delegates upon check-in at the registration & information desk.

Have a great conference!!

Publishers’ panel

August 20, 2012

The Australian Law Librarians’ Association national conference will kick off at 4pm on Wednesday 12 September 2012 with the always popular (and sometimes controversial) publishers’ panel.

This year’s panel members are:

  • Simon Wilkins – Executive Director of Sales, LexisNexis Pacific
  • Laini Bennett – Publishing Director, Information Services (Asia Pacific), SAI Global
  • Carl Olson – Commercial Director, Thomson Reuters
  • Andrew Bird – Director, TimeBase
  • Matthew Sullivan – Managing Director, CCH Australia and New Zealand
  • Professor Andrew Mowbray – Co-Director, AustLII

Check out the conference website for the topics the panel will discuss –

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, there is still time. Registration closes on Thursday 6 September 2012 –

An enormous thank you to all our generous sponsors, particularly:

Platinum sponsor – LexisNexis

Gold sponsors – SAI Global and Thomson Reuters

See you in Brisbane in September,
ALLA2012 organising committee

Pre-conference workshops and library tours

August 9, 2012

Coming to the Australian Law Librarians’ Association Conference in Brisbane next month?

Why not take advantage of one of the pre-conference workshops or book for the library tours that will run on Wednesday 12 September 2012?

Law for non-lawyers : an introduction to law and legal systems

Presented by Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), this course is aimed at new law librarians and others who want to gain a better understanding of the key components of the legal system.

Date: Wednesday 12 September 2012
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: LPC Room 3.07, Griffith University Legal Practice Centre, Griffith Graduate Centre, South Bank
Cost: $55 (ALLA members) and $70 (non-ALLA members) includes morning tea.
Proceeds will be used by QPILCH to support its mental health legal services.

See Flyer and Registration information for further details.

10+ tips for finding business information

Presented by Carine Research, this workshop is designed for new and experienced informational professionals and is full of practical tips for finding business information.

Date: Wednesday 12 September 2012
Time: 9.15am – 12.30pm (Registration at 9am)
Venue: Level 2, Law Society House, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane
Cost: $290 for ALLA2012 delegates

Free tours of Brisbane law libraries, including the Minter Ellison Library (10am), the University of Queensland Walter Harrison Law Library (11.30am), the new Supreme Court of Queensland Library and the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre (10am and 2pm). Numbers are limited and booking is essential.

For further details visit the ALLA2012 website. 

Thank you to everyone who has registered early for ALLA2012.  Although earlybird rates ended last week there is still plenty of time to register for the conference.

See you next month,

ALLA2012 organising committee

Earlybird discount extended until Friday 3 August

July 30, 2012

Due to popular demand we have extended ALLA2012 earlybird rates for three additional days.

The discounted rates must end on Friday 3 August 2012 so register now to save $80 on full member and non-member rates.

Don’t forget you can purchase additional tickets to the conference dinner as well as welcome and closing drinks. (Of course a ticket to these events is included in the price of each full registration).

Day passes are also available to the extensive trade exhibition that will feature over 20 exhibitors including our wonderful platinum sponsors (LexisNexis) and gold sponsors (SAI Global and Thomson Reuters).

Keep an eye on the Australian Law Librarians’ Association Conference website which is updated frequently and now includes details of things to see and do in Brisbane as well as travel and transport tips.

See you in September,

ALLA2012 organising committee

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities close on 3 August

July 11, 2012

There has been tremendous interest in ALLA2012 from sponsors and trade exhibitors.  Time is running out for your organisation to register it’s interest in participating in this year’s conference.  Don’t miss out – simply complete the last page of the Sponsorship Package and email it to

ALLA2012 will open and close with two very different panels offering their views on the future of legal research

July 10, 2012

Publishers’ panel – Wednesday 12 Sept 2012, 4.00-5.30pm

The conference will kick off with the popular publishers’ panel. This year’s panel will include, not only representatives from commercial legal publishers, but also a representative from AustLII.

Questions have been drawn from topics that have generated considerable debate recently, including:

Why do online platforms seem to favour searching over structured browsing?

Will Boolean searching soon be a thing of the past?

When so much legal research involves looking at the law at a date in the past, why isn’t there more online archiving and roll-back functionality?

What impact is the free online availability of so much legal information having on legal publishing in Australia?

The growth of new publishing models (mobile, eBook, app store style purchasing) present significant challenges for libraries. How are publishers facilitating basic library functions, such as lending and sharing, through their licensing models?

There will also be time for questions from the floor.

Closing panel – Friday 14 Sept 2012, 3.30-5.00pm

A judge, barrister, commercial solicitor, government solicitor and legal academic will provide a unique insight into their legal information needs and research practices.

Members of the panel will share their views on questions such as:

Are hardcopy resources still important or can you find most of what you need online?

How important are law reports (authorised or otherwise) now judgments are readily available in unreported form?

Have legal research tools kept pace with increases in the size and complexity of the law?

How do you keep up-to-date with changes to the law?

How do you see legal research methods and tools developing in the future?
You can’t afford to miss these important discussions. With only 3 weeks until early bird registration rates close on Tuesday 31 July 2012, now is a great time to register –

Library tours and satellite events – Wednesday 12 Sept 2012

Book your places early for free tours of the Minter Ellison Brisbane Library, University of Queensland Walter Harrison Law Library and the soon-to-open Supreme Court of Queensland Library and Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre. Tours will be held before the conference on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

Further details about pre-conference tours and workshops is available at –

Thanks again to all our very generous sponsors, particularly our platinum sponsor, LexisNexis and our two gold sponsors, SAI Global and Thomson Reuters.