ITMA Wins 2016 IAML Excellence Award for Music Libraries

The Irish Traditional Music Archive is delighted to have been chosen by the International Association of Music Libraries (UK & Ireland) as one of the 2016 winners of its prestigious Excellence Award for Music Libraries, recently presented at a ceremony held in Chancellor’s Hotel, Manchester.

The Award celebrates institutional and individual excellence, and acknowledges ‘activity in music libraries which demonstrates sustained good work and good practice with the potential to be adopted and adapted by others’. It is presented every two years. 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 Emeritus 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”.

ITMA was in very good company this year as the Library of Trinity College Dublin was also an Irish institutional winner, along with British libraries which included the Oxford Music Library, the Westminster Music Library, the Barbican Music Library, and the Royal Northern College of Music Library.

In its observations on ITMA, the judging panel said that its service was ‘particularly commended for its world-class specialist collection, innovative technology and highly trained staff.’

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