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ALLA 2016 Conference


The Australian Law Librarians’ Association Ltd (ALLA) is delighted to announce that the 2016 conference will be held from Wednesday, 24th through to Friday, 26th of August 2016 in Melbourne, Victoria at the State Library Victoria.

A biennial event hosted by ALLA (the Association), the Conference is the major professional and business development event in the Association’s 2016 calendar.

2016 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers and Special Guests

Julian Burnside AO QC

Julian Burnside is a barrister based in Melbourne.  He specialises in commercial litigation.  He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989.

He acted for the Ok Tedi natives against BHP, for Alan Bond in fraud trials, for Rose Porteous in numerous actions against Gina Rinehart, and for the Maritime Union of Australia in the 1998 waterfront dispute against Patrick Stevedores. He was Senior Counsel assisting the Australian Broadcasting Authority in the “Cash for Comment” inquiry and was senior counsel for Liberty Victoria in the Tampa litigation.

He is a former President of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees.

He is passionately involved in the arts.  He collects contemporary paintings and sculptures and regularly commissions music.  He is Chair of Fortyfive Downstairs, a not for profit arts and performance venue in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and Chair of Chamber Music Australia.

He is the author of a book of essays on language and etymology, Wordwatching (Scribe, 2004) and Watching Brief, (Scribe, 2007) a collection of his essays and speeches about the justice system and human rights.  He compiled a book of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps.  The book, From Nothing to Zero was published in 2003 by Lonely Planet.  He also wrote Matilda and the Dragon a children’s book published by Allen & Unwin in 1991.

In 2004 he was elected as a Living National Treasure.  In 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

In 2014 he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

He is married to artist Kate Durham.

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Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist since 1984, contributed to more than 100 newspapers and magazines, and is a member of the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame.  Certain Admissions: A Beach, A Body and a Lifetime of Secrets (2015) was his thirty-first book.  His thirty-second, Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot that Changed Cricket, will be published next week by Penguin.


Rose Hiscock

Director, Science Gallery Melbourne

Rose Hiscock is the inaugural Director Science Gallery Melbourne, an innovative new gallery dedicated to the collision of art and science. Planned to open in 2018, Science Gallery Melbourne is a flagship engagement project of the University of Melbourne and once established, will be part of the Global Science Gallery Network – a network of eight Science Gallery locations developed in partnership with leading universities in urban centres including Dublin, London and Bangalore.

Prior to joining Science Gallery, Rose was Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. With an internationally revered collection of more than 500,000 objects, MAAS comprises the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre.

Rose’s career includes a period at the Australia Council, where she held the position Executive Director, Arts Development. Responsible for building Australian arts nationally and internationally, she was integrally involved in the development of the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Rose’s museum credentials were honed at Museum Victoria where she was in charge of commercial and audience growth across Museum Victoria’s highly successful venues; Scienceworks, Melbourne Museum, The Royal Exhibition Building, IMAX Melbourne and the Immigration Museum.

Rose is committed to building a vibrant, balanced and accessible arts sector. Noting the gender gap in Directorships, she played an instrumental role in developing a mentoring program to nurture future female museum Directors. She is a Board member of Back to Back Theatre, Australia’s highly successful company with a full-time ensemble of actors considered to have an intellectual disability, and Chunky Move, one of Australia’s premier dance companies.


Dan Hunter

Foundation Dean, Swinburne Law School

Professor Dan Hunter is the founding dean of Swinburne Law School. He is an international expert in internet law, intellectual property and cognitive science models of law. He holds a PhD from Cambridge on the nature of legal reasoning, as well as computer science and law degrees from Monash University and a Master of Laws by research from the University of Melbourne.

He has taught at QUT Law School, the University of Melbourne Law School, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, Deakin University, and New York Law School, where he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law.

Professor Hunter regularly publishes on the theory of intellectual property and on the intersection of computers and law. His most recent books have been The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Intellectual Property  (OUP, 2012), Amateur Media (Routledge, 2012) and two books on gamification, The Gamification Toolkit (Wharton Digital, 2015) and For The Win (Wharton Digital, 2012) (the latter of which has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Japanese).

His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Australian Research Council. He has been a judge for the resolution of domain name disputes for the World Intellectual Property Organization and is the recipient of a Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, a Smithsonian Fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, a Herchel Smith Research Fellowship in Intellectual Property Law, and a Science Commons Fellowship.

His research is focused on cultural histories of intellectual property in the postwar period, including work on LEGO bricks, Barbie dolls, modernist furniture, and the social significance of luxury handbags.

Clare O’Dwyer

Head of Library Services – Hanoi & Saigon South, RMIT International University Vietnam

Clare O’Dwyer is the Head of Library Services at RMIT University Vietnam. The University is the Asian campus of RMIT University Melbourne.  Established in 2000, the University offers programs from Business and Communication to Design and  Engineering, and from undergraduate to postgraduate.  Appointed in early 2015 Clare was the first expat Irish-Australian Librarian to manage this library service that was previously exclusively staffed by Vietnamese librarians only.

Prior to joining RMIT University Vietnam, Clare was the National Librarian at the Fair Work Commission based in Melbourne.  This role managed the employment law library, records and the Richard Kirby Archive.  This provided an opportunity to combine her law librarianship skills with her Masters degree in Arts Management.

Clare has had a variety of roles in her career that have included being a Business Analyst for BHP, Business Analyst for Ernst & Young, a Law Librarian in both Victorian and Federal courts, a Business Librarian for the Dairy Industry and in the long ago past a barmaid at Collingwood football games.

Clare strongly believes that Librarians have transforming, enriched and sustainable global careers.


Please note that the program is subject to change at the discretion of the organising committee.

Please click here to download a print-friendly version of the program.

Wednesday 24 August 2016





9.00am – 4.30pm

Presented by Michelle Mannering, Co-founder of Black

Workshop 2 – Hackathon
Presented by Michelle Mannering, Co-founder of Black

Proudly sponsored by MinterEllison
Venue:  MinterEllison,  Level 23 Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street

MinterEllison,  Level 23 Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Library tour 1 – Parliamentary Library

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Presented by Michelle De Aizpurua, Monash University

Workshop 1 – Using infographics for engaging visual communication

Proudly sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Australia


Venue: Wolters Kluwer Australia, Level 4, 461 Bourke Stree

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Presented by Sue Ann Yap, JADE – Little William Bourke

Workshop 3 – How I stopped using Prozac and started using Lean Six Sigma to defeat stupid, or Lean Six Sigma in a hurry

Proudly sponsored by  Russell Kennedy Lawyers

Venue:  Russell Kennedy Lawyers, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Library tour 2 – Supreme Court of Victoria

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Library tour 3 – Library at the Dock

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Library tour 4 – Melbourne Law School library

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Library tour 5 – MCG Library

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Library tour 6 – State Library Victoria

4.30pm – 6.30pm

Registration open

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Guest speaker: Julian Burnside AO QC

Welcome Reception

Proudly sponsored by ICLR

The Queen’s Hall, State Library Victoria

Thursday 3 May 2018: Local Footprint 





8.00am – 4.30pm

Registration open

8.45am – 9.00am

Wurundjeri Tribe Land & Compensation Cultural Heritage Council.

Welcome to Country    

9.00am – 9.20am

The Hon. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC

Opening Address

Theme: Institutions, Change and the Future

9.20am – 10.20am

Rose Hiscock

Keynote address: Rules of engagement    

10.20am – 11.10am

Morning tea

Proudly sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing

11.10am – 11.40am

Carey Hawker

Keynote address: Managing your career

11.40am – 12.20pm

Clare O’Dwyer

Keynote address: Changing library careers – a move overseas

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12.20pm – 12.30pm

Andrea Gilbey

Platinum sponsor presentation: Oxford University Press
Oxford Law Online – From Scholar to Practitioner

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12.30pm – 1.30pm

Proudly sponsored by Veda

Theme: Communication and Training

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Dan Hunter

Keynote address: Gamification
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2.30pm – 3.00pm

Theresa Buller

Successes, failures, resistance and lessons learnt from implementing a structured legal research skills programme at the University of Canterbury
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3.00pm – 3.20pm

Afternoon tea    

3.20pm – 4.20pm

Kirsty Wilson, Melinda Stewart, Michael Gavan

Panel: Training perspectives – 3 libraries, 3 trainers
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4.20pm – 5.00pm

Annual General Meeting

6.30pm – 9.30pm

Guest speaker: Gideon Haigh

Conference cocktail function: The Old Melbourne Gaol
Proudly sponsored by Little William Bourke

Friday 26 August 2016





Theme: Communication and Training

9.30am – 10.00am    

Karen Rowe-Nurse

Managing up, across and down in today’s multigenerational organisation (or how to avoid a good boomerism)
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10.00am – 10.30am

Katie Albright, Caitlin Nevill, Dan Peake

Client current awareness in an online world
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10.30am – 11.15am

Morning tea

11.15am – 12.15pm

John Guerrato, Nadia Wust

The law librarians’ guide to business & industry intelligence
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12.15pm – 1.45pm


Theme: Libraries serving their communities

1.45pm – 2.15pm

Helen Edney

The law, libraries and social justice outcomes

2.15pm – 2.20pm

Jane Maconachie

Gold sponsor presentation:  Thomson Reuters
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2.20pm – 2.50pm

David Bratchford, Carlo Iacono

How the Supreme Court Library Queensland is expanding access to online legal publications in cooperation with Australia’s major commercial legal publishers
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2.50pm – 3.50pm

Afternoon tea

3.50pm – 4.25pm

Junior Browne

Back & across: how the faculty of law library of the University of the West Indies contributes to the development of the law in the Commonwealth Caribbean
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4.25pm – 4.30pm

Lisa Sylvester

Gold sponsor presentation:  LexisNexis
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4.30pm – 5.15pm

Jason Bosland, Michael Bachelard

Data retention and privacy – a discussion

5.15pm – 5.30pm

Elizabeth Langeveldt

Closing address

5.30pm – 6.30pm

Proudly sponsored by Fairfax Media

Closing Drinks

Theatrette Foyer, State Library Victoria

Poster Presentations

Thursday, 25 August 2016

10.30am – 10.50am

Kay Tucker, Sandra Pyke, Caroline Knaggs, Michelle De Aizpura

Practice makes perfect: Building statutory research skills for students

12.40pm – 1.00pm

Louise Langridge, Lucy Brown

South Australian Government Gazette – Digitisation project

1.00pm – 1.20pm

Kate Freedman

Searching with Hector and Jane: Legal information literacy for first year law students

3.05pm – 3.25pm

Alissa Duke

Locating Victorian unreported judgements

Friday, 26 August 2016





10.40am – 11.00am

Trung Quach

Zotero: Reference management for law

12.30pm – 12.50pm

Carole Hinchcliff

What’s on the web strays from the web: Using to create permanent links to web pages cited in footnotes

12.50pm – 1.10pm

Bernard Lyons

Wikipedia for legal research: The good and the bad

3.15pm – 3.35pm

Lisa Sylvester, Georgie Leahy

LexisNexis’ rule of Law Impact Tracker

Sponsor Presentations

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Friday, 26 August 2016



10.30am – 10.35am

Cambridge University Press    

10.40am – 10.45am

Gale, Cengage Learning

10.50am – 10.55am

Emerald Group Publishing Pty Ltd    

11.00am – 11.05am

Fairfax Media    

12.45pm – 12.50pm

The Federation Press    

12.55pm – 1.00pm  

First Software Solutions    

1.05pm – 1.10pm    

Bloomsbury – Hart Publishing    

1.15pm – 1.20pm    


3.10pm – 3.15pm




10.40am – 10.45am


12.30pm – 12.35pm    


12.50pm – 12.55pm    

Oxford University Press

1.00pm – 1.05pm    


1.10pm – 1.15pm    

Thomson Reuters

1.20pm – 1.25pm    


3.10pm – 3.15pm    


3.20pm – 3.25pm    

Wildy & Sons Ltd

3.30pm – 3.35pm    

Wolters Kluwer

3.40pm – 3.45pm    

InfoTrack Pty Ltd

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