Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year

BIALL Awards

The Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year Award 2017 has been awarded to Margaret Clay.

Reflecting the thoughts and deliberations of the Adjudication Panel for this award, Sandra Smyth, President of BIALL, said:

The Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year award is presented each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the work of BIALL or the legal information world.

The awardee this year has been in their post since 1991. During the past 26 years they have seen major change in information provision but their leadership has seen them prepare, consolidate and innovate for the future. In doing so they have consistently maintained traditional library functions to a very high standard.

Innovations introduced by this person and their team that have benefitted a wider audience include: AccessTo Law and a daily Current Awareness blog with over 3000 subscribers. These innovations resulted in the library winning the 2012 BIALL Wallace Bream Memorial Award.

She has been a long term volunteer, organizer, helper, leader, adviser and above all friend to the BIALL community. Her membership has encompassed many committees and roles over the years and she still regularly continues to contribute to BIALL, most recently on the Skills Framework Working Group. Whether at work or with her BIALL cap on, she has shown herself to be an exemplary Law Librarian with very high standards.

In 2017 she still seeks to maintain these standards as shown by the difficult and courageous efforts she has undertaken to protect the integrity, the worth and the heritage of her library during a time of great upheaval. She has striven to embrace and adapt to progress with acquired wisdom and not with a wrecking ball.

The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) has awarded the Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year Award 2017 to Margaret Clay, Librarian and Keeper of Manuscripts at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD GRANGE
9th June 2017. The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians annual conference and awards at The Principal Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester.
Winner of Librarian on the Year – Margaret Clay (centre) with Abbie Sinkins (right) on behalf of Wildy & Sons and Sandra Smythe (left), President of BIALL.
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The Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year Award was established in 2005. From 2007 it became the responsibility of the Awards & Bursaries Committee (ABC) who now administer this prestigious award. The award is generously sponsored by Wildy & Sons Ltd.

The annual award of £500 is made, courtesy of Wildy’s, to an individual law librarian / legal information professional who has made a significant contribution to the work of BIALL and/or the legal information world, either in the UK, Ireland or overseas.

The award will be given to an individual librarian who, in the opinion of the Council Officers, has made a significant contribution to the work of BIALL and/or the legal information profession. It is presented at the BIALL Annual Dinner at the Annual Conference.

The Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year Award is made each year and is presented at the BIALL Annual Dinner, which takes place at the BIALL Conference. As is customary, recommendations of suitable candidates are invited from BIALL members in the spring of each award year. This is achieved through advertisements and via the BIALL website and e-mail list.

The judges will consider all recommendations together with any suggestions made by the panel themselves.

The Adjudication Panel for the Award is comprised of senior BIALL Officers including the President of the Association, the Hon Secretary and the Hon Treasurer, together with a representative from the Awards & Bursaries Committee and a representative from Wildy & Son Ltd.

2016: Catherine Bowl

2015: Anneli Sarkanen, Senior Knowledge & Information Officer at Fieldfisher

2014: Lillian Stevenson, Academic Services Manager at Aberystwyth University

2013: Catherine McArdle, Deputy Librarian at Lincoln’s Inn Library

2012: Emily Allbon, City University, London

2011: George Woodman MBE, Northern Ireland Assembly Library

2010: Jules Winterton, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library in London

2009: James Mullan, CMS Cameron McKenna

2008: David Hart, Dundee University Law Library

2007: Guy Holborn, Lincolns Inn Library

2006: Peter Clinch, Law Library – University of Cardiff

2005: Sue Pettit, University of Bristol

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