Now known as The LexisLibrary Awards, formerly The Halsbury’s Awards, these awards were established in 2007 by the BIALL Awards & Bursaries Committee and LexisNexis. They replaced the previously named BIALL Awards for Excellence which were presented in 2005 and 2006.
The LexisLibrary Awards were conceived in order to recognise, celebrate and reward the dedicated performance and outstanding service given by legal information services, law libraries and those teams managing legal collections and resources. These awards are particularly unique as they are the only legal information service awards that recognise the value and importance of dedicated team work within our sector.
2007 marked the centenary of Halsbury's Laws of England, the definitive authority of the law of England and Wales. BIALL and LexisNexis chose to celebrate the centenary by establishing these awards in association with BIALL for the Best Legal Information Services in the UK and Ireland. The inaugural presentations were made at a special event held at The Inner Temple on 16th October 2007.
The winners of the LexisLibrary Awards 2014 were announced on Thursday 12th June at the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Annual Conference held in Harrogate. The awards were presented by Jas Breslin, President of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, and Tom Laidlaw, Head of Academic Development at LexisNexis.
Best Legal Information Service outside of London (Commercial Sector): Mills & Reeve
Described as a “slick machine” by one nominator, this team received an avalanche of nominations for their pro-activity and performance at a very high level, as well as their responsiveness. Many of those nominations mentioned their tailored legal and client updates, as well as the media and research packs they create. Nominations go beyond their service, as we see the team described as “exceedingly pleasant people who are interesting and lively to work with” as well as “a delight to work with”. What also comes across strongly is the contribution this team have made to the wider legal information profession, with many playing an active and committed role on BIALL committees. The award for Best Legal Information Service in the Commercial sector, outside of London, goes to the Library and Information Service at Mills & Reeve.
Best Legal Information Service (Commercial Sector) - London Only: Mishcon de Reya
The winner of this category is highly prized by their firm: with nominations coming from many departments of the business, as well as the PSLs and lawyers themselves. Themes emphasised in the feedback included admiration for their dedication, efficiency and willingness to always go the extra mile. Impact of their work is also highlighted, with one nominator describing them as “friendly, efficient, responsive, organised and absolutely key to the success of our business”. The award for Best Legal Information Service in the Commercial Sector, London Only, goes to the Knowledge Services team at Mishcon de Reya.
Best Legal Information Service (Non-Commercial Sector): Lincoln's Inn Library
“Simply superb, excellent, 10 out of 10” – the nominations received for the team at this library were glowing, with library users in awe of the knowledge and expertise of staff, with one nominator stating how they came up trumps with a 16th century text on the back of very vague details and the passage required being written in Legal French!
Nominations came from barristers, academics and distance users of the service who noted how the team will always go the extra mile to satisfy requests regardless of time zone. Some of the comments came from those grateful users less familiar with online sources who had received a good deal of individual support in tracking down what they wanted.
One nominator pre-empted this award, telling us: “Their research skills coupled with the most friendly of manners, provides for an award winning level of service”. The award for Best Legal Information Service in the non-commercial sector goes to Lincoln’s Inn Library.