City’s Emily Allbon named Law Librarian of the Year
The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) has selected Emily Allbon to receive the Law Librarian of the Year Award for 2012.
The annual award was established in 2005 and is sponsored by the legal bookshop, Wildy & Sons Ltd. It is given is to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the work of BIALL and the legal information world in the UK, Ireland or overseas. The presentation was made at the 43rd BIALL Annual Study Conference and Exhibition, which took place in Belfast.
Emily has been a Law Librarian at City University London since 2000. A Chartered Librarian, she holds a BA in Literature, an MSc in Information Science, a Graduate Diploma in Law and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2003, Emily devised and set up Lawbore™ which is The City Law School's legal portal. The innovative online tool is designed to make legal research more engaging for students and encourage wider reading. It contains topic guides, events and commentary while sister site Learnmore provides online tutorials.
During the award presentation, Susan Scorey, President of BIALL, commended Emily for her outstanding work in supporting students and the profession.
"Emily has made extensive use of technology and learning media to provide information in an inventive way that engages the students. She is perceived as someone who can change things and who works collaboratively with the students to create resources for the wider world. Emily has demonstrated a commitment to our profession in engaging in all sectors, not just academia, and has shared these tools and learning methods widely."
The award is prestigious and the highest accolade in the legal information field. Recent winners of the award include Peter Clinch, Law Librarian at Cardiff University, Guy Holborn of Lincoln's Inn Library and George Woodman MBE of the Northern Ireland Assembly Library.