David Gee, IALS Librarian, has decided to retire in June 2022 after more than 32 years working for IALS Library.
“I have achieved much over my time at IALS. I renewed the MOU between IALS and the British Library, chaired the FLARE Group of major UK law libraries, represented SAS libraries on the University of London Federal Libraries Group and was elected to the Board of Directors of LLMC Digital. I was also elected to the Board of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) for three consecutive three-year terms, most recently for two terms as IALL Secretary and Chair of the IALL Scholarships Committee.
I led the library and its staff through the 3-year £13 million IALS Transformation Project, led it with resilience through the 2-year challenging coronavirus pandemic period, negotiated successive increases in the annual £1.1m funding from the London college law faculties, played my full part in developing the SAS libraries and their national role and collaborated effectively with SHL.
Throughout this time my focus has been on improving the library’s national research collections and services, meeting the needs of our various stakeholders (including UCL, LSE, KCL, QM and SOAS law faculties and their 2,000 registered LLM students) and developing my library staff. From the evidence of successive IALS Annual Reports, IALS Annual Reviews and annual IALS Library Reader Satisfaction Surveys for the past 20 years I believe I have achieved my aims.”