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Team Meeting

Board of Directors

Under the constitution of the Australian Law Librarians' Association Ltd. (ALLA), the ALLA Board of Directors is comprised of at least eight members, holding office for two year from the date of appointment, with eligibility for yearly re-appointment for a further two years. Elections for office are generally held every September at the ALLA AGM.

To contact the board, please email the President:

2023-2024 Board of Directors

Laurie oversees the management of the Law Library of Victoria - an important legal resource for the courts, the legal profession and members of the community, whilst forging a strategic direction for the Library that meets the information needs of all members of the Victorian legal community.


As Supreme Court Librarian, Laurie is an ex officio member of the Council of Law Reporting in Victoria and led the Council’s project to refresh and revitalise the Victorian Reports.


Laurie’s current role includes the management of a nationally significant law library collection: the Victorian Supreme Court Library established in 1851 by Sir Redmond Barry. Books that formed part of the first collection were placed on library shelves in 1852.

Specialties: Information management, influence, leadership, staff development, change management, nfp and public sector board director, board secretary, company secretary

Kate is an experienced librarian with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry.


A strong education professional skilled in legal librarianship, digital literacy, e-learning, emerging technologies, library science, and library instruction.

Paula is the Liaison Librarian for Law at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. She works with academics, researchers, and students, delivering customised training and research support. Paula is passionate about teaching legal research that empowers students with transferable employability skills. Prior to working at the University of Adelaide, she was the Digital Resources Librarian, Supreme Court Library, South Australia.

Paula was part of the ALLA 2014 conference committee and served as a committee member of the  ALLA (SA Division). She is a member of IALL (International Association of Law Libraries) and looks forward to attending an annual conference overseas one day.

Phil Mullen has worked in Libraries for well over 25 years, where he has worked in Law and Newspaper Libraries.

For much of his time he has been a solo law librarian and this has shaped how he views the challenges faced by librarians. His chief concerns during his time as a librarian have been the development of training and marketing programs to deliver the best service to his library customers.

With Michael Marriott he received the Australian Law Librarian (ALL) Ted Glasson Award in 2012 for the following article, "Redesigning an Information Services Portal" 2012 ALL Vol 20(3) 119 -124.

Amanda Surrey has been a member of ALLA for a number of years and has held positions as the Victorian Convenor, Organiser of the Finding the Law project, Co convenor of the first joint ALLA-NZLLA conference and is a regular contributor to the ALL journal.


Amanda has a background in Knowledge management, Library and information management and Legal and business research.  In her spare time she publishes poetry, short stories and self publishes a graphic / art novel, The Life and Times of a Sri Lankan Panda Bear.

Lisa is the Library Manager for Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) and has been a Librarian for 28 years both in the United Kingdom and Australia. Lisa has a BA Honours In information and Library Management, gained at Northumbria University (UK). Lisa’s career has seen her working in many specialised libraries, predominately law but also marine and more recently in a health library. As well as her knowledge of libraries, Lisa also has extensive experience as a records manager and led one of her teams to win a commendation for NAA Digital Excellence Awards. Lisa is very passionate about the library profession, especially in the rural and regional areas and how we deliver our services to our library clients.

I have worked for MinterEllison for close to 10 years now, covering various roles in reference, systems and collections & procurement. Prior to my days as a librarian I worked for ABC TV and in website content and design. My library career began with a post graduate diploma in information management at Southbank TAFE in Brisbane, which lead to my first library job in the multimedia department of the University of Queensland. My foundational degree in Communications and Media from RMIT was helpful then, and continues to inform how I see the work of librarians and the online world. As for books, I have a fondness for those too, I've even authored one.

Emma Joneshart is currently a research librarian as well as trainer at Minter Ellison.

Emma has worked for over 10 years at MinterEllison. Previously she held similar positions at Freehills, the Taxation Institute of Australia, Deacons and government libraries.

Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Arts followed by a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Information) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Emma's passion are her two furbabies, Cosmo and Maisie. She also enjoys the ballet and the movies.

Non-board members:

Carole is the Law School Librarian at the University of Melbourne. Before returning home to Melbourne in 2007, she was Associate Director, Moritz Law Library at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, U.S.A.

Carole is the former Co-CPD Coordinator for ALLA-Vic, a member of the International Federatino of Law Librarias (IFLA) Law Library Committee, a former convener of the Australian & New Zealand Academic and College Law Librarians Group (ANZACLL), and a convener of the Joint Study Institute for law librarians, which was held at the University of Melbourne in 2013 and sponsored b AALL, ALLA, BIALL, CALL/ACBD and NZLLA.

Amber is a research professional specialising in legal and business intelligence research. Experience delivering diverse research and reports that assist in the delivery of high quality legal advice and services to clients and help deepen understanding of clients and industries in alignment with business development strategic goals. Experience includes managing projects and communications in corporate and legal environments and working collaboratively at all levels with clients and stakeholders in high volume environments. Underpinning a research and legal career focus, Amber has a Masters of Information Studies from QUT as well as a BA/LLB from UNSW.

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