Student Award

BIALL Awards

The BIALL Student Award 2016 has been awarded to Steve Mishkin.

The award was presented by Karen Palmer, President of BIALL, at BIALL’s First Night Dinner which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin on the 9th June 2016. Reflecting the thoughts and deliberations of the Adjudication Panel for this award, Karen Palmer said:

The BIALL Student Award is an update of the existing BIALL Dissertation Award, expanding the scope and definition to include significant pieces of coursework related to law librarianship, or the provision of information or knowledge services in a corporate environment completed by students enrolled on CILIP or Library Association of Ireland accredited courses. We hope the award will raise the profile of BIALL as an organisation, and law librarianship as a career option, with library and information students across Ireland and Britain.

The Award this year goes to Steve Mishkin, who completed his dissertation titled ‘How can law librarians most effectively provide legal research training?’ as part of an MSc Information Science at City University London.

The Committee felt this was an interesting, well-researched and substantive work that did not shy away from offering some firm recommendations – as a result we had no hesitation in making the Award.

The BIALL Student Award is administered by the Awards & Bursaries Committee and is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate library school students on a CILIP/LAI accredited course.

The award was established in 2009 as the Dissertation Award by the PR & Promotions Committeee with the aim of recognising and encouraging new entrants to the profession. BIALL feel that it is important to ensure that those qualifying in any of the Library and Information Studies courses are aware of the many varying career opportunities to which their qualifications can lead. Legal Information professionals work in a number of fields, including academic institutions, law firms and barristers chambers, with a variety of job roles. The PR and Promotion Committee have organised a successful series of talks to Library Schools since the Committee was established in 2007 and the Dissertation Award is a development of the links between BIALL and the Schools.

The prize

The winner of the award will receive a £250 cash prize and One years’ full membership of BIALL, and will be invited to attend the awards dinner at the BIALL conference to receive their award. As a BIALL member, they will also have the opportunity to apply for a bursary to attend the full conference.

Submission may be made by the students themselves, accompanied by a letter of good standing signed by their department. Entries will be considered by a panel which will include members of the Awards & Bursaries Committee.

The criteria for submission are:

  • Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate library school students on a CILIP/LAI accredited course.
  • The topic must be one related to law librarianship, or the provision of information or knowledge services in a corporate environment.
  • The entry can be either a final dissertation or a final, graded, substantial piece of coursework, with a minimum word count of 5,000 words for any item submitted.

The entry must be submitted electronically, including an executive summary, to The closing date for applications for 2018 will be Friday 29th March 2019.

Entries can be submitted directly by students, and should include a letter of good standing signed by a member of the academic staff of the course attended.

*Please note that the winning entry will be made available to read via BIALL website or ListServ. *

2013: Deirdre Marie McGuinness, Aberystwyth University, for “Information disclosure, privacy behaviours, and attitudes regarding employer surveillance of social networking sites: A study within Aberystwyth University”

2010: Caroline Goulding, Aberystwyth University, for “A Comparison of The Role of the Information Professional in the Legal Environment in the Private and Public Sectors”

2009: Chris Cooper, University College, London, for “In the 2009 Recession the Value of Legal Information and Legal Information Professionals will Increase rather than Decrease”

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