IAML (UK & Irl) presented Westminster Music Library with its institutional and individual Excellence Awards in a recent ceremony held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge on Saturday 12 April 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.”
As well as a continued commitment to the development of its nationally regarded music collection, Westminster Music Library was particularly commended for the strong and varied partnerships developed with a variety of user groups – including children, the elderly and the homeless community as well as the partnership with the RPO which has culminated in the extensive Behind the Lines programme.
And my cover is blown…
Just to let you all know that today at the IAML conference, Westminster Music Library received the IAML Excellence Award AGAIN. Not only that, but Ruth herself received a Personal Achievement Award (she actually also received one 2 years ago, but kept it quiet!). No escape this time, Ruth!
Very well deserved. Many congratulations!
– Pam Thompson