Library and Information Show Reference Awards

I read in the latest CILIP Update that The Statute Law Database has made the electronic category shortcut for the ISG(CILIP)/Bookdata Reference Awards. To make the shortcut of such a pre-eminent award is excellent for a product that has only been in the public domain for 5 months, but I wonder what criteria was used for nominations and whether they have taken account of some of the criticism the SLD has received.

I'm not saying the SLD isn't a great product but it would seem a little pre-emptive to be handing out awards. The winner is announced on the 18th of April at the Library & Information Show in Birmingham.