Proctor : December 2017
30 PROCTOR | December 2017 Your library End of year message from your library with Supreme Court Librarian David Bratchford As another year draws to a close, I would like to thank Queensland Law Society (QLS) and its members for your continued support and patronage of the library during 2017. It has been a year of substantial progress for the library, with a key focus of expanding and improving library services for QLS members. In February, we considered the findings of the customer survey we undertook at the end of 2016. The results of that survey are helping to inform our strategies and planning so that we can improve your experience with us and deliver better, more relevant information services and products that meet your needs. In late 2017, we began discussions with QLS to review how members access their free library services. We will continue this review in the new year to help us improve library registration and login processes, and enable better integration between the library and QLS. Some of our key achievements for 2017 include: • expanding the library collection with new titles to provide you with more relevant and useful legal content • introducing a free online support and training service (via Skype) for members who are unable to visit the library in person • increasing uptake and use of our “Virtual Legal Library” (sclqld.org.au/vll) – a free service for sole practitioners and firms with five or less practising certificates, which provides online access to 138 key legal publications across civil, criminal and family law • growth in our online collection of unreported decisions of Queensland courts and tribunals, as well as increased use of our “CaseLaw” databases and the Queensland Sentencing Information Service • launching two new legal heritage exhibitions (legalheritage.sclqld.org.au/exhibitions): • Without fear or favour: exploring Queensland’s legal system uncovers significant developments that have shaped the law in Queensland – Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre, ground floor QEII Courts of Law, weekdays 8.30am to 4.30pm, free entry. • Lord Atkin: from Queensland to the House of Lords commemorates the 150th anniversary of Atkin’s birth in Brisbane and examines his life, career and lasting legacy to the common law – Supreme Court Library Queensland, level 12 QEII Courts of Law, weekdays 8.30am to 4.30pm, free entry. • hosting the popular Selden Society lecture series – recordings of all past lectures are available on the SCLQ YouTube channel. We also attended a number of QLS conferences throughout the year to raise awareness of the library and promote our free services for QLS members. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet lots of new members at these events. We look forward to working with you again in 2018. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable festive season. Christmas closure The library will be closed for the duration of the Christmas court closure – from Monday 25 December 2017 to Friday 5 January 2018 inclusive. Christmas book sale Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Order one of the library’s publications from us before 20 December and receive a 20% discount – includes free delivery within the Brisbane CBD. Visit legalheritage.sclqld.org.au/ publications for a full list of titles. Email email@example.com or phone 07 3247 4373 to place an order. qls.com.au/lawcare Feeling burnt out? LawCare. Yours to use LawCare is a QLS member benefit that provides confidential, personal and professional support.