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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.

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