Last weekend (April 11-13, 2014) more than 70 music librarians, information professionals, musicologists and music publishers came to Cambridge to attend the IAML(UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend (better known as ASW). It was a very well organised and stimulating weekend and, with it taking place on home ground, 4 of our music team members were able to attend. Susi Woodhouse, our very valued volunteer and faithful contributor to this blog, has put in a lot of work as the Cambridge local representative and has played a crucial part in making the weekend such a success.
Not only are the ASW’s an excellent opportunity for professional development (the hot-of-the-press update on copyright being one of many examples) it is also a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from all over the UK and Ireland.
I am not aiming to give a full account (should you be interested there will be plenty of opportunity to read reports in the IAML(UK & Irl) Newsletter and blog, but would like to draw attention to some key events the Cambridge music teams were directly involved in.
Saturday morning started off with on-site professional activities in the form of simultaneous sessions exploring different aspects of music librarianship in different types of Cambridge libraries. Both the Pendlebury Library of Music and Cambridge University Library Music Department events were very well attended. We had organised displays, as we tend to do for library tours and outreach events, and showed people round open and closed access areas. It was a very stimulating experience for all involved and we had some really good discussions about our collections and services.
In addition to the on-site visits, Margaret Jones presented in one of the sessions, talking about promoting hidden music collections at Cambridge University Library Music Department, and this too was very well received.
The ASW also included the 2014 Excellence Awards ceremony. We are very pleased to say that since receiving our first Excellence Award in 2012 we have continued to aim for a consistently high standard and that our efforts have now been officially recognised as continuous good practice: “The service was particularly commended for the work done to bring the two collections close together and operate with a more “joined up” approach maximizing staff deployment and the sharing of collection development activities. The strong user focus was also commended as was the positive attitude to change during a period of service integration.”
Long may it continue.