Trinity Laban's Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts has been awarded a 2014 Excellence Award by the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. Head Librarian, Claire Kidwell, accepted the award at a special ceremony in April.
The Excellence Awards acknowledge activity in music libraries which demonstrates sustained good work and good practice with the potential to be adopted or adapted by others. Trinity Laban also won an award in 2010.
The Jerwood Library was particularly commended for the strength of its special collections and stimulating a broad interest in music beyond that determined by the conservatoire's course requirements. Support to the high percentage of disabled users who attend Trinity Laban and the recognition of the importance of information literacy was also commended.
Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, said: "Thanks to the generous support of the Jerwood Foundation, we were able to build an exceptional library at our Faculty of Music when we moved to the Old Royal Naval College in 2001. The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts is a vital component in our world renowned musical training, and allows students, staff and visitors access to a collection of over 90,000 pieces of music information, resources and materials, including many rare and sometimes unique items."
Claire Kidwell said: "Trinity Laban's Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts is a vital component in our world renowned musical training, because it helps our students and staff explore music from across all centuries, and from around the world, through its constantly growing collection of over 90,000 pieces of music information, resources and materials.
"I'm delighted that the ongoing hard work of the Jerwood Library team and its commitment to delivering the best possible services to Trinity Laban students, staff and visitors has once again been recognised by our professional association in granting this award."