As the fortunate recipient of this award in 2003, I was very pleased to see it go to Hazel Hall this year. I have known Hazel for many years and always been impressed by her support and enthusiasm for her students, and at promoting the potential of the information and knowledge profession.
She has published and presented widely in international journals and at conferences including keynote presentations, plus numerous publications in the professional press and books.
She has also been in the vanguard of adopting social media activities such as Twitter, and trying to persuade resistant information professionals of their benefits.
Hazel is Director of the Centre for Social Informatics in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. She is also leading the implementation of the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition.
Peter Williams, Editor of IWR magazine, described Hazel during the presentations as an energetic and enthusiastic information professional whose work invigorates the professional landscape, both within and beyond the UK. 2009 has been an outstanding year of achievement for her and one on which future success will be built for the profession as a whole, as well as on a personal level.