Celebrating National Libraries Day at Cardiff University
The first ever National Music Library Day took place on Saturday 8 February to coincide with National Libraries Day. To celebrate this special occasion, The Music Library at Aberdare Hall, which supports the School of Music at Cardiff University had a display of ‘Staff Picks & Pick of the Staff. This small exhibition contained recent publications by Cardiff School of Music Academic staff, as well as items from the Library’s collection selected by each Music Library staff member. ‘Staff Picks & Pick of the Staff’ will also launch a new programme, ‘Picked by You’ at the Music Library where all visitors are invited to submit their own nominations for favourite Music Library items, with a new customer nomination selected each month by the staff and displayed for one week.
National Music Library Day is a new initiative brought forth by the UK & Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives & Documentation Centres (IAML) in honour of their Diamond Jubilee. Cardiff University is a member of IAML at both the national and international levels.
Cardiff University also marked National Libraries Day by highlighting its initiative to open up the University’s collections to the local community. The University Library’s new Community Membership Scheme was launched in early 2014 to make it easier for members of the local community to borrow materials from the University Libraries and to gain access to a wide range of library resources. While members of the public have been able to visit the libraries to consult printed materials for many years, the new Scheme allows loans from the majority of the collections for an annual membership fee. The Cardiff Libraries in Cooperation (CLIC) membership enables users to borrow up to two items from the main collections, as well as access the Library Catalogue and printed journal collections.