Westminster Music Library has won The International Association of Music Libraries Award for Excellence 2012 – and here’s a picture of Ruth collecting the award:
The Excellence in Music Libraries award is aimed at highlighting and celebrating all the good work that goes on in music libraries: supporting research, delivering music events and outreach to local communities, providing music for individuals and societies and much more.
Presented every two years and this year held at Cardiff University, it is judged by a panel of experts from the music industry. It was chaired by Professor Jan Smaczny of Queen’s University, Belfast: “The invitation to chair the 2012 Excellence Awards Panel was a huge honour for me” said Professor Smaczny, “I have always been a keen supporter of music libraries and the vital work they do. The work of the music librarian is key to all aspects of musical studies and this is a wonderful opportunity to recognise that.”
So what did we do to deserve it? According to the panel we are a valuable resource with impressive and relevant testimonials to our provision of a unique and important service. Our special collections are of national standing, rare in the public library arena, and include original manuscripts and letters of the great and the good in the music world. Our knowledgeable staff have been commended in many surveys for our helpfulness and knowledge, and our outreach activities include innovative music workshops, work with schools and with local community groups. In short, Westminster provides one of the best music library services in the country.
Didn’t we do well?!
Find out more about Westminster Music Library by visiting their web site, reading related blog posts here, liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter… or you could even pop in and visit them in Buckingham Palace Road, London!