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A (insert collective noun here) of music librarians

23. April 2018

I spent part of the Easter holidays in beautiful Edinburgh attending the annual IAML (pronounced Yam-ull, rhymes with camel) Annual Study Weekend. The UK and Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (Archives and Documentation Centres were added to make the title more inclusive in 1980, hence...

Libraries Reaching out to Distance Learners

23. April 2018

At this year’s IAML UK and Ireland Annual Study Weekend, I agreed to offer a ‘quick-fire’ session about a project that I carried out in 2017, investigating the provision of library instruction and support to distance-learners. It’s something I undertook as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education, through my own place of employment, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The certificate was offered using blended learning pedagogy, combining...

The "weird" world of music cataloguing

12. January 2018

A few months ago an email appeared on the IAML list asking for articles for the latest edition of CILIP's Catalogue and Index journal. This was going to be a particularly unusual issue in that it was going to look at items that were rather outside the usual cataloguing norms. As any music cataloguer will know, mention that you're a music cataloguer to a fellow librarian, and the reaction is usually a mixture of awe and a "S/He must be completely mad;" I just had to write...

E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize

2. January 2018

Now in its 24th year – see previous winners of the award – the E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize is awarded for a significant contribution to the literature of music information fields; namely, those professions found within libraries, museums, archives and records management. Award applications are welcome from Library and Information Science students (or group of students),...

On the 8th or 9th day of Christmas...

2. January 2018

As any lover of The Twelve Days of Christmas (or, for that matter, William Shakespeare ) will know, the festivities continue into the New Year, with the festive season officially ending on the 5th or 6th January. There is some disagreement as to which is the correct date. Both dates seem equally valid, with January 5th making Christmas Day itself the First Day of Christmas, or January 6th as the Twelfth Day marking the...

We wish you a Merry Christmas

22. December 2017

Following on from the festivities at Westminster Music Library, here's a snapshot of what music librarians in Cambridge and Huddersfield have been up to.

At Cambridge there was the usual departmental Christmas dinner along with our friends from the Chinese and Japanese departments...

Some of us were attempting to hide.... Sarah is taking the photo, Justin's arm can be spotted to the left. Then clockwise from the left - staff from the Chinese and Japanese department, then Music...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

19. December 2017

Festivities have commenced at Westminster Music Library .

There are drummers drumming...

Ruairi Glasheen and a party of enthusiastic drummers at Westminster Music Library

...pipers (ok, saxophonists, but it's as near as we could get...

An Irish Christmas

8. December 2017

The Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin has a useful catalogue of festive choral music with Irish connections, which can be viewed on its website . Ranging from unison to 8 part voices, and from the easily accessible to the challenging, there's something here for any choir looking for something a little different for its next carol concert. All of the items...

Advent with ITMA

6. December 2017

The canny librarians and archivists at ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) have been busy putting together an Advent Calendar celebrating the music of Ireland. Some great surprises include performances in pubs and in ITMA's very own reading room. There's even an interview with the Zambian Kalingalinga Ceili Band. For earlier "days" go to https://www.itma.ie/advent-calendar . The current day can be viewed on ITMA's home page - at the sign...

Rhythm for life – towards better health and well being

15. November 2017

The world is more complicated than ever and life around us seems to move at an ever faster pace, statistics show that anxiety and depression have risen by a third in just over four years – it’s clear that we are facing a significant and growing problem. Discovering new ways to target these issues present great challenges, but also, opportunities. As technology continues to dominate our lives and change our behaviours, research shows there are actions we can take to tackle these issues, one...

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