Awards for Librarianship in Belfast

Friday, 22 June 2012

At the BIALL 2012 conference in Belfast the outgoing President Susan Scorey presented the award of Lifetime Membership;  She told the Conference;

"It gives me immense pleasure to present lifetime membership to one of our members this evening. This member has had a long and distinguished career within law librarianship, working in a range of university and special libraries including the Middle Temple, before moving to the Law Library of the Bar Council in Dublin.

They were a key member of the BIALL Irish group from its inception, including several years as convenor; served on a number of BIALL committees, Council and judging panels; as Chair between 2007-8; and as guest editor of Legal Information Management in 2011. She has also been Second Vice President of the International Association of Law Libraries. She was associated with the Irish Statute Book and the development of the Irish Reports on CD Rom as well as the Irish content of BAILII.

She is actively involved in a wide range of initiatives relating to the management of legal information, both in Ireland and internationally - largely in a voluntary capacity. In particular, she has worked tirelessly to represent the interests of BIALL in copyright law development, and has provided training for members and other librarians in this complex area.  Colleagues I am very pleased to announce that lifetime membership is awarded to Jennefer Aston."

Susan also presented the award for the Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year award  telling the Belfast gathering;

"Our winner has made extensive use of technology and learning media to provide information in bite size chunks, using videos, audio, images and slideshows in An inventive way that engages the students. I'm sure we are all aware that students and trainees don't always find legal research as engaging as we do, so providing a learning experience that is more appealing can only be regarded as a good thing!

Our winner has also demonstrated a commitment to our profession in engaging in all sectors, not just academia, and has shared these tools and learning methods widely. They also share their experiences, writing articles and chapters for legal research texts, presenting papers at conferences and leading training events. Further commitment is shown by their long standing and active support of BIALL, being a regular participant in Council and committee work. A quote on the nomination form, by their line manager is worth repeating:

"their commitment and work has really been responsible for bringing together the law school as a community ... This person is perceived as someone who can change things, by students, and who can work collaboratively with the students to create resources for the wider world."

I suspect by now that for many of you this will come as no surprise that our Wildy BIALL law librarian of the year for 2012 is Emily Allbon."

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Charity Appeal Raffle

Monday, 18 June 2012

Our Charity Raffle raised a whopping £1060 this year, in aid of the Simon Community a Belfast voluntary organisation working with people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  They do some truly impressive work and this donation will make a significant difference to their work.  Thank you very much to everyone who kindly supported our Charity Appeal. 

To see details of the sponsors, the prizes and the winners, please visit the conference pages.

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Final arrangements for the BIALL Conference

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Thinking of packing your bag for the BIALL Conference in Belfast and not quite sure what to wear? Thinking of anything else you need to bring?  Why not check our FAQs page, and then tackle your suitcase!

See you in Belfast.

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Creative Choices

Working as a Legal Librarian - Helen Marshall provides an insight into a career in Law Librarianship.

Helen considers what the role of a legal librarian involves, she looks at the route she travelled into law librarianship and provides information on building professional links and developing a career in librarianship.

Helen also offers advice to anyone considering this career path; "I’d say to anyone starting out, be enthusiastic and eager to learn. And don’t be afraid to approach people, for work experience or later on. Most people are willing to help.".

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BIALL Conference - Thinking of things to do in Belfast?

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Look no further.  Niamh Burns of the Conference Committee and city resident has compiled the following short guide.

See you in Belfast!

Titanic Walking Tour  (

For the Titanoraks among us……

According to its website the Titanic Walking Tour has recently been voted no.1 tourist attraction on tripadvisor.  The walk is not onerous, covering 1 mile over flat ground and time commitment is limited to 2 hours.  The itinerary includes the Titanic Quarter, the Drawing Offices and the Slipway.

South Belfast's Lisburn Road is the city’s home for designer boutiques, art galleries, fabulous home accessories and exquisite shoes, jewels and lingerie. Bespoke baby gifts, sumptuous chocolates and relaxing day spas are all there for the taking. The road is easily walkable and with an array of cafes, bars and restaurants your shopping trip will be enhanced by fine food and cocktails. And who knows it might be a fine enough day sip that cappuccino or margarita alfresco and soak up the atmosphere!

A short stroll from the Europa is St Georges Market with over 250 stalls.  Refurbished extensively in 1997 it is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest variety markets.  Shoppers can enjoy the range of fine foods and crafts whilst sampling fine coffee served up with live jazz, flamenco or local Irish music.  On Sunday, it operates as an antiques market and on a Friday it opens at 6.00 am so delegates can fit it in before the Conference starts!

Billed as the “only authentic jazz bar in Belfast” Bert’s Bar is a luxury within the ultimate luxury of the Merchant Hotel.  Although situated in Belfast’s vibrant cathedral quarter you could be forgiven for thinking you were in an intimate New York jazz bar.  Heralded for it famous cocktails and dynamite G & T’s why not visit and tap your feet to the daily live jazz.

Belfast Splash Tours  (www.)

A quirky way to see key Belfast landmarks such as the Lagan Lookout and Weir, the Waterfront Hall, the Lagan Reach, St. George's Market, St. Anne's Cathedral, the Old Cathedral Quarter the Belfast City Hall and the famous Harland & Wolff Cranes is by way of the “Duckling” – The tour takes one hour and conveniently leaves from the City Centre at frequent intervals.  Don’t forget to pack your waterproofs…..!

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A Decadent Night of Chocolate Making

Friday, 1 June 2012

When the you get to Belfast for the BIALL conference, you will probably have had a long journey.  You may have been cramped on a plane, rocked on a ferry, or just had an uncomfortable train or car journey.
You will need to relax ... and you will deserve a treat.
So you should sign up to the Justis pre-conference gathering immediately in order have the best chance to secure your place! You should certainly do so before the (recently extended) RSVP deadline of Friday 8th June.
Generally it does sound like a blast;

Justis tells us;

"Where – Ten Square, 10 Donegall Square South; when – from 6.30pm, Wednesday 13th June; what's on offer – an experience that a Prosecco-supping Willy Wonka would struggle to match."

The invite goes on to offer  "a decadent night of chocolate making".

To RSVP you need to email at Justis. 

If you don't want to feel like Conference started without you this is clearly  the place to be...

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