CPD Events

Upcoming Sessions

Title: If I knew then what I know now: Life as a junior lawyer in 2021 and how Practical Law can help

Time: 1 - 2 pm Thursday 24th Nov


Where: Online webinar




Bio: ALLA is proud to present Zachary Low and Shan-Ree Tan, both with Thomson Reuters Practical Law. They will present a webinar on the pressures faced by junior lawyers to deliver high quality and timely work while still learning their craft - and provide examples of how Practical Law resources can help.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Past Sessions


Title: Fundamentals of web design
Time: 1 - 2 pm Fri 25th June
Where: Online webinar
Bio: Tin is passionate about web technologies, digital and scholarly literacies. Tin has a background in academic and public libraries in Melbourne’s western suburbs where he has supported services in scholarly teaching and learning, research support and lifelong learning initiatives. He also has experience working in think tanks and local government and is interested in open access for scholarly publishing open data, web design and user experience. Tin holds qualifications in commerce, library and information sciences as well as archives and records management disciplines.
Fundamentals of web design topics for session
  • Layout and structure 
  • Web writing
  • User experience and testing
  • Accessibility
  • Web template platforms to get you started
    • WordPress
    • Wix
    • Webflow
    • Squarespace


Thursday 18th March 2021, 1pm - 1.45pm

Implementing Library Website Chat in the midst of a health pandemic

Alice Anderson, Director, Library Services, Monash Health 

and Tanja Ivacic-Ramljak, Library Manager, Monash Health 

Division - National 


This presentation will discuss and reflect on the implementation of website chat by Monash Health library in 2020. Last year the health library team at Monash Health had to move quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reshape access points to continue to respond to the needs of their library patrons and implement what was needed to deliver the existing range of library services remotely. A website chat project was brought to the fore as a crucial business continuity measure, fast tracked and completed in less than a week. The project had many benefits and signals how library services can be delivered into a digital future.



'The High Court Library - a conversation with the Court Librarian’

John Botherway, Court Librarian, High Court of Australia

Thursday 25th February 2021, 12pm - 12.45pm 

Division - National  


ALLA-Vic Legal Research Learning and Teaching Showcase

The ALLA-Vic Legal Research Learning and Teaching Showcase is a virtual event held via Zoom on Friday, December 4 2020 from 1pm - 2:30pm.

We are celebrating and sharing our successes and learnings by showcasing examples of online instruction delivered as part of providing law library services from home this year. Our program comprises a selection of short presentations by ALLA (Vic) members followed by questions and answers.


Michelle Bendall
Law Library: Deakin University
One size does not fit all - Instructional Video v Active Learning
Not every law student learns the same way. Some prefer watching instructional videos at their own pace, others prefer to join online active learning sessions.

Robert Hempel
Law Library: Victorian Government Library Service (VGLS)
The virtual challenge, drawing on our strengths during lockdown.
VGLS was well positioned to transition from face to face training to online training (via Teams) and met the challenge of retaining their client's interest and attention by marketing the sessions appropriately, quickly dealing with IT issues and supplying accompanying online resources guides/cheat sheets.

Renée Naylor
The Law Library of Victoria
Designing material for self-directed online learning
Designed to strengthen and extend research knowledge and skills for legal professionals, the Law Library of Victoria's Legal Research eLearning units include a variety of content formats to help users achieve learning outcomes. Library Education Coordinator Renée Naylor presents on the design process for the eLearning fact sheets, videos, and activities.

Anastasia Stepanovic
HIIT Classes
You all know it and have heard of these in the fitness industry, but have you thought this might be an effective training strategy? Well you're in luck, from an article I stumbled across this year on how to keep your staff engaged during an online meeting/training, the HIIT method has been a success. This method was implemented in one of the Seasonal Clerk training sessions and did indeed increase engagement.

Melissa Spain
La Trobe University Library
ALLA Legal Research Competencies
Incorporating the ALLA Legal Research competencies<https://alla.asn.au/membership/alla-divisions/vic/legal-research-competencies-new-law-graduates> into online legal research for law students.

Introduction to Data Science for Law Librarians

ALLA is proud to present Sarah Lin. Sarah works for the data science software company RStudio, PBC, as their Information Architect & Digital Librarian.


Data science is everywhere these days, but what exactly is it? How do you "do data science"? Is it something law librarians could or should learn? What relationship, if any, is there between data science and artificial intelligence? Is data science only for Big Data?


Participants will:

1. List the skills that make up data science

2. Describe the areas where data science intersects with the legal system, legal industry, and law librarianship

3. Acquire the vocabulary & background necessary to effectively discuss business analytics and data science with other institutional departments and/or vendors.

When: Friday 23rd October 2020 1pm – 2pm AEDT.

Cost: Free to ALLA members, join us if you are interested

Hashtag: #alladatascience


About Sarah Lin

Sarah is currently serving as President of NOCALL, was recently certified as an instructor with The Carpentries, and lives in Davis, CA. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago (African/African-American Studies) and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, and can be reached at http://sarah.rbind.io.

Law Reform in Victoria- A webinar

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) is the central agency for law reform in Victoria. Nick Gadd, Communications Manager at the VLRC has kindly agreed to talk to us about the role the VLRC plays in recommending changes to Victorian Law, including some interesting projects that have led to legislative change. As the Information and Communications Officer at the VLRC, Gemma Walsh will also be on hand to discuss the evolving nature of the librarian in supporting VLRC communications and legal research.

When: Oct 13, 2020 12:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney


Past Sessions for 2020

Past CPD Events (Prior to 2020)

The Podcasts and Papers archive (members only) contains a rich array of material to further your professional development. Members should encourage their state divisions to record CPD events and make them available to the wider membership.