Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year

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The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) has awarded the BIALL Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year 2018 to Loyita Worley. The award was presented by Anneli Sarkanen, President of BIALL, at the BIALL Annual Dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 8th June 2018.
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.
Loyita began her career in information at the British Standards Institution and moved from there to the Civil Aviation Authority and then Law Society. She is currently director of Library Operations at a global law firm. She has been a member of BIALL and a truly supportive friend and colleague to our members for many years. She was over the years carried out the varied roles of Membership Secretary, was Chair of the Association, Member of Council, and has been a member of the Professional Development Committee, chaired the Publications Committee and the Legal Information Management Editorial Board.
Loyita was instrumental in establishing the series Joint Study Institutes which also involved our sister associations AALL, CALL/ACBD and ALLA. Their involvement with the JSI programme earned this person the respect and affection of law librarians throughout the international legal information community
She was also co-editor of the BIALL Handbook of Legal Information Management published by Ashgate in 2014 and they were previously was awarded Life Membership of BIALL in recognition of their contribution to legal information

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 and the much coveted glass book with the winners name inscribed upon it, 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 nominations for the 2019 will be open in early Spring 2019, when an online form will be made available on this website.

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.



2017: Margaret Clay, Librarian and Keeper of Manuscripts at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

2016: Catherine Bowl, Deputy Head of Research, Travers Smith LLP

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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