Among the many tasks performed by the National and University Library, it is principally to care for the material that constitutes the Slovenian written cultural heritage, and makes part of the identity of the Slovenian nation - it guarantees the availability of materials for study and research, which promote the scientific, cultural and artistic production of tomorrow.
We are very pleased that we are not alone in preserving the written cultural heritage of the Slovenian nation. We are grateful to all individuals and organizations who help us collect, preserve and promote the heritage. Therefore, since 2008 Trubar Prize has been awarded for important contributions to the preservation of the national written cultural heritage. It is given to individuals or legal entities who have made a significant contribution, or have important merits for the protection and preservation of the national written cultural heritage. The award is in the form of a diploma, and can only be received once. It is given by a special commission, which collects initiatives on the basis of a public tender.
The Trubar award was conferred to dr Pavel Zdovc and dr Michael Biggins
The explanation for awarding Dr Zdovc stresses that “With his modesty and unselfishness, Dr Zdovc made a decisive contribution to a continual development of the Slovenian studies at the University of Vienna in the 20th century, thus we can write down - what Miklošič was once to Slavic studies, Zdovc is to modern Slovenian studies in Vienna. His scientific work is an exceptionally valuable contribution to the placement of culturally important documents in space and time. "
The explanatory statement for awarding Dr Michael Biggins emphasises that the laureate stressed that” Slovenia may be a small country geographically, but its literature is anything but small.” It is due to of such personalities, that Slovenian culture can realize Trubar's vision “to be and to remain.” Professor Biggins, who assumed Slovenian language as his intimate or artistic language, is awarded the Trubar Award for his outstanding merits and lifelong preservation, translation and promotion of Slovenian written cultural heritage at the highest level internationally.”