In 2006, the Spanish Society for Scientific Documentation and Information (SEDIC) presented the ARTIUM Library with its award for the best contribution to the quality and innovation of art museum libraries, documentation centres and archives. The prize was awarded by unanimous decision in recognition of the fact that “innovation is a constant in its approach to its work and in the products and services it offers”, among other values. The jury comprised members of the National Library, SEDIC, professors from the universities of Madrid and Valladolid and the directors of museums such as the National Museum of Roman Art and Oteiza Museum in Alzuza.
The jury took into account “the excellent quality of the report presented by the ARTIUM Library and Documentation Centre, in which it set out its objectives and the way it pursues these with enormous clarity, basing itself on a preliminary study of the information needs of the museum itself and the requirements of researchers in contemporary art”. The jury’s decision also emphasised the services offered by the Centre-Museum through its website: “the easy accessibility of its catalogue, combining hard-copy bibliographical records of artworks with electronic documents”, as well as “comprehensive information on artists, including bibliographies, newspaper articles, artworks in ARTIUM and other institutions and links to many of these in its section entitled ‘Guide to contemporary art’”.
The SEDIC prize also attested to the ARTIUM Library’s “work towards the digitisation of posters, comics and its own production of digital material”, as well as the organisation of exhibitions and other activities and workshops. The jury “fully acknowledges that innovation is a constant in its approach to work and in the products and services it offers”.