Earlier today the Awards and Bursaries Committee announced that it was extending the deadline for nominations for the Lexis Library Awards. Previously called the Halsburys Awards, the LexisLibrary Awards celebrate and reward the dedicated performance and outstanding service given by legal information services, law libraries and those teams managing legal collections and resources.
An award is given to an organisation that falls into one of the following categories:
- Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector)
- Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector)
- Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) – London Only
So there’s no reason why you cant nominate your organisation! But why aside from the plaudits and the possibly of a nice shiny award to take home on the plane, would you want to nominate yourself for one of these awards. I believe there are two very significant reasons.
The first is that these awards provide the perfect excuse (not that there is ever an excuse) to promote a Library service within an organisation. What better way to say “Look how great we are” by putting yourself forward for an award. If Lawyers, Barristers, Chambers, Law Firms and Academic organisations do it, why shouldn’t we.
Secondly the process of asking for feedback from users could be a great way of promoting a library service internally. So if someone doesn’t know who you are, perhaps you shoudn’t be asking them to nominate you, or even if they do this could be a great time to sell what you and your colleagues do. How many opportunities during the course of the year do you have to do that?
Finally I’ve been part of an award winning Library Service twice so know exactly how it feels to receive this award and the great feeling that comes from knowing that your Library Service has been recognised as providing an outstanding service.