BIALL Dissertation award

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

The PR and Promotions Committee are delighted to announce the winner of the 2010 Dissertation Award. The Dissertation Award was first awarded in 2009 and is offered to any library school student who submits the best dissertation on a corporate or legal topic.

The winner of the award this year is Caroline Goulding (née Williams) . Caroline, who is Head of Knowledge and Information Strategy (jobshare) at the Ministry of Justice, completed her MSc Econ LIS in the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University.

She submitted a paper that looked at the role of an information professional in a legal environment, entitled "A Comparison of The Role of the Information Professional in the Legal Environment in the Private and Public Sectors". Ms Williams presented a small-scale, illustrative, qualitative study of the landscape for, and roles available to information professionals within the private and public sectors, focusing specifically on organisations that provide a legal service.

Ms Williams wins £250.00 plus one year's personal membership to BIALL.

For those wishing to submit in 2011 the criterion for submission is:

  • Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate library school students on a CILIP accredited course
  • The topic must be of a corporate or legal matter
  • The dissertation must be submitted electronically and include an executive summary
  • It must be submitted (to by 1 Oct each year
  • Only one dissertation from each course per library school may be submitted
  • Submission at the discretion of the university not by individual students
Our congratulations to Ms Williams, and a reminder that the closing date for next year's award will be Saturday 1st October 2011.

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So you want to be a Law Librarian

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Ted Tjaden has written an excellent post on SLAW asking "So you want to be a Law Librarian"

In the post Ted articulates the role/skills that Law Librarians working in a modern law firm will need to have. These are listed as:

  • Specialized knowledge/skills
  • Dealing with Information Overload
  • Adding value
  • Creating strategic partnerships
  • Training
  • Adapt to change

For me perhaps the most important skill is being able to adapt to change. Change is inevitable, it's happening within the legal sector, within law firms, within the library sector and within libraries themselves. Being able to adapt and to embrace change is hugely important and is something that is often taken for granted. Unfortunately if we don't learn to change we risk being left behind.

BIALL at Online 2010

Monday, 6 December 2010

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by the BIALL stand at Online Information in London last week. If you couldn't make it there, there are a few photos of the stand on our Flickr account.

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BIALL Membership Services Survey 2010

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Please complete this short survey and you could win £25 in book tokens!

This survey aims to:

  • collect BIALL members' opinions on services currently offered by the Membership Services Committee
  • collect BIALL members' opinions and suggestions on possible new services which could be offered by BIALL
You can find the survey form at

The survey will only take you 10 minutes or less to complete. All personal and institutional members of BIALL are invited to complete the survey before 17 December 2010. The findings of the survey will be published in early 2011.

All responses will be treated in the strictest of confidence and the anonymity of respondents will be preserved in the final report. You can complete the survey anonymously if you wish, but please give your name and contact details at the end, if you would like your name included in the prize draw.

The Membership Services Committee (MSC) of BIALL encourage members to make a response even if they have never used any of the services currently offered by the MSC, because we value your views on potential new services for BIALL members.

The BIALL Membership Services Committee aims to provide and promote services to the membership of the Association in conformity with the strategic and financial objectives of the Council.

The services currently offered by MSC are:
  • A members' forum at the annual conference, "Have Your Say"
  • A mentoring scheme for first-time delegates at the annual study conference
  • A regularly updated Members Information Pack
  • An annual salary survey
  • A duplicates exchange scheme, to share resources
  • The BIALL Conference Stand at the annual conference
Survey closing date: 17 December 2010
Survey form at :

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