IAML (UK & Irl) celebrated both institutional and individual Excellence in its recent Excellence Awards ceremony held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge on Saturday April 12th 2014.
The Excellence Awards are presented every two years and acknowledge activity in music libraries which demonstrates sustained good work and good practice with the potential to be adopted and adapted by others. The Awards also recognise outstanding personal achievement by individuals. Music collections from any sector in the UK and Ireland can be nominated for the Award, no matter what their sector, size or type.
The nominations for this year’s Awards were judged by a panel of experts from both the music and library worlds, chaired by Professor Jan Smaczny of Queen’s University, Belfast.
Music libraries play a key role in supporting the study, performance and enjoyment of music and underpin the vibrant diverse musical life and heritage in the UK and Ireland and, as Prof Smaczny has said,” the very musical infrastructure of the United Kingdom and Ireland depends fundamentally on the work of music librarians. [Music libraries] look after communities, those who study music and perform, those who pass on their expertise through instrumental and vocal tuition; and those who simply enquire and enjoy.”
This year saw the following 14 institutional libraries and 4 individuals receive the Excellence Awards:
Barbican Music Library
British Library: Music Collections
Cambridge University Library Music Department & Pendlebury Library
Henry Watson Music Library
Irish Traditional Music Archive
Kent Performing Arts Library
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Royal Northern College of Music
Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Somerset Performing Arts Library
Surrey Performing Arts Library
Westminster Music Library
Dr Karen McAulay
Dr Catherine Ferris
Citations for award winners can be seen 2014 here.