E.T. Bryant award

The E.T. Bryant prize of £300 is awarded at the Branch's Annual General Meeting for a significant contribution to the literature of music librarianship, by a student or group of students of Library and Information Science, or to a librarian in their first five years of music librarianship.

Members of the E.T. Bryant Prize Committee membership are listed under Committees and Working Groups.

Winners of the award

Eric ('Bill') Bryant is perhaps best remembered for the contribution he made to the music library profession through his published works, Music librarianship (1959, 2nd ed., 1985) and Collecting gramophone records and music — a reader's guide (1965). They have influenced many librarians over the years, and Bryant proved a source of inspiration for many aspiring librarians, always helpful and encouraging to young members of the profession.

Bryant's career covered all aspects of music librarianship, including Borough Librarian at Widnes, Lancashire, tutor on AAL correspondence courses for the Library Association finals in music, lecturer in music at Manchester Polytechnic, and founder member of the Sound Recordings Group, later the Audio-Visual Group. He also gave lectures abroad and was LA representative on the IAML(UK) branch committee for many years.

He was awarded honorary life membership of IAML(UK) for his services to music librarianship. His contribution to the profession was both distinguished and vital. Sadly, Bill died in 1990, and it was in recognition of the contribution he made to music libraries throughout his life that IAML(UK) and The Music Libraries Trust established The E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize. It is in both his honour and his memory, and to serve as a further encouragement for aspiring music librarians in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Terms and conditions

  • The prize is awarded to a library and information science student or group of students, or to a librarian in their first five years in music librarianship, for a significant contribution to the literature of music librarianship.
  • The prize is awarded for a significant contribution to the literature of music librarianship.
  • The recipient(s) of the prize must be resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland during the year of entry
  • Publication of the material during / within the previous five years does not preclude entry
  • All entries must be submitted by the published closing date.
  • The prize will be presented each year to the winner at the Annual General Meeting of the IAML (UK & Irl) Branch, by representatives of IAML (UK & Irl) and The Music Libraries Trust.
  • A copy of the winning work will be retained in the IAML (UK & Irl) Archive.