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.